In this article, I’m hoping to give you the basics of what wordpress is. First we’ll look at what is needed, next we’ll look at the general overview of the parts of wordpress and finally, we’ll take a real quick look at an easy install of wordpress.

Learn About WordPress – The Basics

WordPress is a content management system programming in a programming language called PHP. WordPress needs a mySQL database to store its settings and content. It’s my recommendation to seek out a good hosting provider that runs on a server utility called cPanel. There is a lot of wins using cPanel and I didn’t discover cPanel until I had installed well over 20 wordpress blogs. I’ll get deeper into the why’s of cPanel, but it is an option.

WordPress, as I mentioned is a content management system or CMS for short. The whole idea is wordpress allows you to seperate your website into four functional components.

  1. Page management – the code (PHP) behind the site. This controls the hows, whys and whens of page presentation. If you are not terribly technically minded, and even if you are, this is a blessing and can also be a curse.
  2. Page presentation – imagine being able to change the look and feel of your blog with just a couple of mouse clicks. With wordpress, you don’t have to imagine this. This is stock out of the package. This is called wordpress themes.
  3. Page options – Imagine being about to install high end options to help increase your blog’s traffic, response or being able to easily monitize your site. WordPress plugins give you this ability easily!
  4. Page contents – Finally, adding in the actual content such as articles, pictures, videos and sound is extremely easy with wordpress.

Now if you know something about WordPress, I’m going to quickly say in the section above, I’m using the term ‘page’ in general to describe pages and posts. More on this in a moment.

Learn About WordPress – Terms You Need To Know

WordPress is broken up into something called:

  • Pages – Pages are more static and cannot be inserted into categories. When you make a page, it’s designed to be used as a static page such as an ‘about us’ page. Pages live outside of the normal blog chronology, and are often used to present information about yourself or your site that is somehow timeless – information that is always applicable. You can use Pages to organize and manage any amount of content.
  • Posts – Posts are just like pages, BUT, can be inserted into multiple categories. They are used for more time sensitive things and in general where you’ll be inserting most of your blog content.

That really is a very quick definition. As you learn more here and use WordPress, the several difference will become apparently clear.

Also, you hear the word categories. You can use categories so isolate content dependant on topic. So you can associate several posts into on category and use the category to help your search engine optimization efforts too! Ah, more on that one later too!

Here I provided a very quick and probably confusing intro to learning about wordpress. Don’t let it confuse you. It really is simple and mistakes are not irreversible. Stay tuned for more info about wordpress!