WordPress is something you have probably heard mentioned when people talk about websites, but what is it? In the very simplest terms it’s is a piece of software, which provides an easy way to create and manage a website. It’s is a piece of software which is installed on a server, a server is a large computer which is designed to serve or send your website to other computers around the planet.
What is WordPress?
When it first appeared it was described as a piece of BLOG software – a BLOG is defined as:
“a regularly updated website or web page, typically one run by an individual or small group, that is written in an informal or conversational style.”
It currently represents the simplest way to get your website or blog online. If you know how to use a word processor, you can update your own website. Of course you might want to have your website designed to look a certain way for your needs and you can add code and themes to achieve this.
Setting up a basic website is simple and can be done with a few clicks, getting your website to look right and work right is more complex and that’s when you need the help of a web designer. You can decide as the customer the level of control you want over your website, it’s design and it’s content. Should you feel more technically capable then we can set your website up so that you can add your own updates. Or just send the content to us and we can optimise your text and images then post to your website for you.
With WordPress you are using a worldwide industry standard which is constantly changing and updated, as technology changes and updates your website needs to grow and work with those changes.
How popular is WordPress ?
WordPress is the technology behind 38.6% of all websites on the internet – https://w3techs.com/technologies/details/cm-wordpress – this is good for many reasons, the main one being because of this there is a huge team of people making sure WordPress is kept up to date and working efficiently.
What can be done with WordPress ?
It is used for many purposes but the main uses are for ecommerce and online company brochure websites. Your own website can be as simple or as complex as you need it to be. The chances are someone else wanted what you want and there will be code available to make your website work the way you need it to.
A modern search engine like Google also needs fast websites that work across multiple devices, WordPress creates stunning optimised websites if you have the experience and knowledge to make the changes needed after the initial installation.
Is WordPress Secure ?
Basically yes it is, but it’s like everything else on the internet – it’s open to attacks and abuse. The simple truth is that nothing on the internet is 100% secure and free from hackers attention, but if you work with an experienced web developer then the chances of this happening are minimised massively.
If WordPress and it’s themes and plugins are kept up to date then it’s not impossible but it is much more difficult to hack. Keeping on top of security updates in the modern world is the key to avoiding being hacked, prevention is ALWAYS better than a cure in that respect.
Work with an experienced web designer or web developer who knows how important this is and will manage your updates and make sure the hosting required for your WordPress website is also fit for purpose. Get in touch today if you have an existing website you need to be managed, or you would like a website you can manage yourself.