WordPress is a free and open source blogging tool and a content management system. It is based on PHP and MySQL functioning on a web-hosting service. Features of WordPress include:
• Plug-in architecture
• Template system
WordPress was developed by Matt Mullenweg & Mike Little and the first version (0.7) was released on May, 2003. During April, 2003, Version 3.5 of WordPress was released. This version has been downloaded more than 18 million times. Version 3.6 was released during June, 2013. It is available in several languages establishing its global presence.
WordPress has gained increasing popularity. A survey conducted indicated that WordPress was used by over 14.7% of internet’s top 1 billion users. Another survey conducted in August, 2011, has recorded that WordPress manages 22% of all new websites. WordPress is powering more than 60 billion websites across the world and by far, the most popular blogging system.
WordPress enables users to install several themes with the facility to switch between these themes. This feature enables the users to alter the look and the functioning of the website without altering the content or structure of the website. While most of the themes are available free, certain themes have to be bought.
The rich plug-in architecture of WordPress is a powerful tool for the users. It enables the users and the developers to extend the capabilities even beyond the core installation. Currently, WordPress has a database of more than 24,000 plug-ins. The developers and users can utilize these databases which offer custom functions and enable create tailor-made solutions to meet the specific needs. The extent of customization provides a very wide range of options – from SEO - Search Engine Optimization – enhancers to Content-displaying features, like addition of widgets and navigation bars.
• Widgets: small modules offering customization such as creation of forms to be filled. These are displayed on the header, footer, and side-bars of the websites.
• Multi-user & multi-blogging – WordPress enables a website to host its own blogging community while controlling and moderating all the blogs from a single dashboard.
• Operation on mobile phones – limited set of options are available for operation on Androids, iPhone, iPad, iPod, iPod Touch, etc.
• Integrated link management
• Tagging of posts & articles
• Ability to assign nested, multiple categories to articles
• Clean permalink structure
• Automatic filters
• Provision for standard formatting
WordPress has won a series of awards being the best open source CMS.
The main vulnerability is the issue of security as the records are vulnerable from cyber-attacks.
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