What is WordPress Introduction to the CMS


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What is WordPress Introduction to the CMS

  1. 1. February, 2012January, 2012WordPress Ecommerce StorelProposal ProposaIntroduction toWordPressby Nur Ahmad Furlong - www.the-colab.com the co lab people friendly communications
  2. 2. What is WordPress?WordPress.com — Free Blogging PlatformWordPress.com allows us to create our own free blog to start publishing our own content within afew clicks. Just go to wordpress.com and click the get starter here buttonWhat is WordPress? Page 1
  3. 3. WordPress.com — Get a Free Blog HereAs we can see at any given moment thousands of people worldwide are publishing content onWordPress.com around the clock. close to a million posts at the time of taking this screenshotwere created on one day.What is WordPress? Page 2
  4. 4. Wordpress.com Free BlogA quick example of a blog linked to from the Homepage of WordPress.com. This persons contentis made available to eveyone searching the WordPress.com sites database under her topics ofinterest. The site is hosted for free on WordPress .com platform and users receive access tocustom functionality and template designs for making their site unique.What is WordPress? Page 3
  5. 5. WordPress.com Art CategoryWordPress.com allows readers to find content within their area of interst through categories.Within the "Art" category on the WordPress.com site we can see the very recent posts in the Artcategory from across the network of millions of Free Wordpress.com sites. Content is eing postedround the clock by millions of WordPress.com users, close to 40 million sites run onWordPress.comWhat is WordPress? Page 4
  6. 6. WordPress › Blog Tool, Publishing Platform, and CMSWordPress.org is the self hosted version of WordPress. The software can be downloaded andinstalled on your own server or website hosting package. This allows us to run our own sites,tailored to our design & functional requirements on our own servers, which means we havecomplete control and ownership of our site and its data. The software is Open Source, with a GPLlicense.What is WordPress? Page 5
  7. 7. WordPress › ShowcaseThe WordPress.org Showcase provides many excellent examples of real world usage ofWordPress for a wide variety of different kinds of websites. Sites in the showcase are organisedaccording to some general categories.What is WordPress? Page 6
  8. 8. WordPress › Showcase » Tag » DesignSearching the Showcase section for the keyword "Design" brings up a list of related sites runningon WordPress.What is WordPress? Page 7
  9. 9. WordPress › MobileWordPress provides a number of solutions for accessing your site via your mobile makingblogging on the go even easier. Mobiler versions of WordPress exist to allow site users to managetheir sites from a number of mobile devices and platforms.What is WordPress? Page 8
  10. 10. WordPress on the Web Trends MapWordPress is very much on the Map when it comes to fitting into the web sphere and is a majorplayer in shaping the online space as we know it today.What is WordPress? Page 9
  11. 11. The Most Popular CMS by FarWordPress is by far the most popular CMS and outranks all other systems for usage. About 22%of all new Websites being created currently run on WordPress and close to 15% of the top 1million sites run on WordPress - http://en.wordpress.com/stats/What is WordPress? Page 10
  12. 12. WordPress › Free WordPress ThemesThousands are FREE themes are available for download from the WordPress Themes Directory -http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/What is WordPress? Page 11
  13. 13. WordPress › Search for portfolio « Free WordPress ThemesThe WordPress Themes Directory is fully searchable to find exactly the theme to suite your usageneeds or your taste.What is WordPress? Page 12
  14. 14. WordPress › WordPress PluginsAdditionally thousands of FREE Plugins, or functional add-ons are available to extend thefunctionality of your WordPress site - http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/What is WordPress? Page 13
  15. 15. WordPress › Search for video « WordPress PluginsSearching is made even easier with plugin data like ratings, dates when plugins were last updatedand author links so the reliability of these plugins can be assessed before use.What is WordPress? Page 14
  16. 16. Site Example 1 - Web Designer WallA Beautiful example of a well designed Blog style website, web designer wall is the blog of Nick la,a well known web designer & developer who writes tutorials and guides covering a range of webdesign topicsWhat is WordPress? Page 15
  17. 17. Site Example 2 - Clouds 365 ProjectThe Cloud 365 Project is an image gallery style website run on Wordpress and focuses onproviding imagery of cloudy skies. An example of an alternative non blog style usage ofWordPress.What is WordPress? Page 16
  18. 18. As we can see each day of the year a new cloudy image is posted instead of textual contents.WordPress is a very viable solution for image based blogging, or photoblogging.What is WordPress? Page 17
  19. 19. Site Example 3 - Amala FoundationA wide variety of NGOs use WordPress to power their websites as in the example below you cansee the design style is limited only by your imagination and your ability to bring that to life in themedevelopment. Custom Themes can be developed to suite just about any style and layout you canconceive.What is WordPress? Page 18
  20. 20. AMLA Foundation Page DetailRich page layouts can be created catering exactly for the content needs of your project ormessage.What is WordPress? Page 19
  21. 21. Amla Foundation Page FooterWordPress also makes connecting your site with the rest of the web really easy and providesthrough built in mechanisms and additional add-ons literally thousands of social and sharing toolsto give your message feet and to engage with your audience much further than a confines of yoursite.What is WordPress? Page 20
  22. 22. Selling your ProductsWordPress is becoming way more popular as a lite ecommerce solution allowing anyone to selljust about anything online with free or very low cost tools.What is WordPress? Page 21
  23. 23. Plugin Example - WiziApp turns your site into a Mobile AppTurn your site into a fully functional Mobile App which you can share or sell on the Apple Appstore.This plugin will convert your site contents into a mbile App which can be customised and sold.What is WordPress? Page 22
  24. 24. Plugins Example - Event Espresso - WordPress Event Registrationand Manager PluginWith the Event Espresso plugin you can turn your WordPress site into an advanced eventsmanagement system which can handle a wide variety of event specific functionality includingbooking and payment for events online, printing of tickets, attendee management and a host ofother features.What is WordPress? Page 23
  25. 25. Plugins Example - BuddyPress.org Turns your site into a socialnetworkTurn your site into a fullyfledged social network using the Buddypress suite of tools built forWordPress. You can create a custom social network for your organisation, your community, sportsteam or whatever, with control to allow logged in users custom access to member only featureswhile still making general contents publically available.What is WordPress? Page 24