WordPress 5.0+ | User Introduction

WordPress is open source software you can use to create a beautiful website, blog, or app.

33% of the web uses WordPress, from hobby blogs to the biggest news sites online.

Extend WordPress with over 54,000 plugins to help your website meet your needs. Add an online store, galleries, mailing lists, forums, analytics, and much more.

Help & Support Information is plentiful in the WordPress community. Hundreds of thousands of developers, content creators, and site owners write about using WordPress, give advice & gather at monthly meetups in 436 cities worldwide.

Their Mission:

WordPress is software designed for everyone, emphasizing accessibility, performance, security, and ease of use. We believe great software should work with minimum set up, so you can focus on sharing your story, product, or services freely. The basic WordPress software is simple and predictable so you can easily get started. It also offers powerful features for growth and success.

We believe in democratizing publishing and the freedoms that come with open source. Supporting this idea is a large community of people collaborating on and contributing to this project. The WordPress community is welcoming and inclusive. Our contributors’ passion drives the success of WordPress which, in turn, helps you reach your goals.

Website:

https://wordpress.org

COOP Resources

Overview

WordPress is a blogging platform or what webmasters call a Content Management System (CMS platform) which is used to manage & display content on webpages and blogposts on the internet.

What is it?

WordPress allows us to categorize & tag information content to organize, sort & display to users in efficient, relevant, & meaningful ways. 

How Does it Work

WordPress works by allowing us to create web “Pages” that pull “dynamic” content called blog “Posts” by querying certain information attached to these Posts.

Content and information is 100% editable, and is no longer “static” or un-editable as earlier renditions of the internet we’re once limited to.

The job of content creation can be shared by many. Control & functionality of the platform is managed by assigning different user roles to WordPress users such as Admin, Editor, Author, Customer or Subscriber.

The combination of aggregating and displaying “dynamic” content, and with the ability to assign user “roles” makes WordPress a powerful platform to spread the burden of creating, updating and managing information. 

Best case uses

Literally just about anything. WordPress is soo extensible, there are few limitations as to what you can do. But mainly WordPress is best used when information dissemination must be controlled,  i.e. an author’s post must be passed a manager’s or editor’s desk for approval before going live to the world wide web.

Not good for

WordPress is not really built for user created content such as live chat or Facebook like functionality. Its more for broadcasting information from a main source and less a platfrom for open community discourse or what I would call public forum type features.  

Pros

  • Bombproof open source and really secure
  • Gets the Job Done
  • Extensible to fit literally any need you might have
  • Self hosted – You own your data not a social media company.

Cons

  • Because of its popularity, it’s a “high vector”  target for hackers.
  • Its a 1 size fits all platform so there are sometimes too many options you’ll overlook & never use.
  • Extra paid plugins are necessary to create a basic site
  • Dated technology, not “real time”

Similar Apps

  • Ghost
  • ButterCMS
  • Drupal
  • That one I never use…
  • Blogger
  • Medium
  • there’s a few more…

Instructional Videos

WordPress Resources

Basic Usage

Write and edit posts and pages with your text, images and other media.

 

Basic Administration

Learn about your website’s settings, permalinks, and other useful features.

Support

https://wordpress.org/support/

Video Tutorials

Other Resources

Here are some other resource videos 

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