WordPress is a content management system (CMS) that allows you to create and maintain a blog or other type of website.
With almost 10 years of existence and more than a thousand themes (templates) available on its official website, it is not only a simple and intuitive system to create a personal blog, but it also allows you to create all kinds of more complex websites.
WordPress is an ideal system for a website that is regularly updated. If the content is written frequently, when someone accesses the website, they can find all that content in chronological order (the most recent first and last the oldest).
It is the ideal system for beginners, or for those who do not have much technical knowledge.
WordPress has a system of plugins, which allow extending the capabilities of WordPress, thus achieving a more flexible CMS.
Now that you know what it is, we are now going to explain the basic features of WordPress.
What can I do with WordPress?
WordPress is often associated as a tool that only hosts blogs. That only scratches the surface. Currently, 35% of all websites run on WordPress. 455 million websites use WordPress to create blogs, business websites, online stores, digital newspapers, reservation centers, etc. We are going to see some of the things that we can make with this content manager.
Create a Blog
It is its best-known function. WordPress incorporates, in its default installation, all the typical functionalities of a blog: displaying articles in blog format, option to add comments to entries, the possibility of organizing articles by categories or tags, etc.
Various modules, called widgets, common to blogs, can be added to the web: blog category list, tag list, search engine, list of most-read articles, list of last comments, etc.
With all this, y WordPress is possibly the best tool to create a blog, all the more reason if we consider its simplicity of use.
Build a Professional Business Website
WordPress can be used perfectly to create a business website, understanding as such a page where we can inform about everything that concerns our company or business: who we are, services, clients, etc.
Thanks to the multitude of templates available for WordPress, we will be able to get very varied designs for our website, ranging from a website with a minimalist design and that shows little information to complete websites that load a lot of data on each page.
We can create different sections on our website to organize the content. These are not limited to static pages or a blog page, but thanks to the thousands of plugins available, we can add more functionalities such as contact form, forum, directories, etc.
Curate an e-Commerce / Online store
Although there are other specific content managers to create online stores (PrestaShop, Magento, etc.), WordPress can be a completely valid option since it has several plugins that will allow us to incorporate an online store on our website. Of all of them, WooCommerce would be the most recommended option, although we can choose another plugin.
Thanks to WordPress and the WooCommerce plugin, we will be able to have an online store with all the typical functionalities that we hope to find in an application of this type: unlimited product creation, product organization by category, possibility of adding attributes to products, various systems of checkout, advanced order management, etc.
The functionalities of our store will not end with those that WooCommerce itself incorporates. Still, we will be able to add hundreds of new options thanks to the specific plugins for it: mass import of products, shipping costs by postal code, payment gateways with credit card credit, product prices by quantity, invoice generation, etc.
And much more …
As we mentioned before, the thousands of plugins available for WordPress will allow us to extend the possibilities of our website in WordPress, to be able to achieve almost anything: support forum, reservation management website, business directory, video channel, etc. If we add the thousands of themes (templates) available, the possibilities to build any website are almost endless.
How to install WordPress?
The ease of use of WordPress is not only limited to content management, but the installation process is also straightforward, and it will only take a few minutes to complete.
First of all, we must have a place to install our WordPress. We can do it on our local computer if we have a web server installed (Apache) or do it in a hosting service. Only with this last option, we can make the web visible to other users. The server where we host the web has to be able to run PHP and support MySQL databases. Also, additional minimum requirements must be met for everything to work correctly.
Once we have a place to host our WordPress, we must download the WordPress installer and unzip it in the path where the web will be loaded. Next, we will have to create a MySQL database and a user with access to that database.
Now we must open the page where we have uploaded the WordPress files. An installation wizard will be shown in several steps. We will have to enter the connection data to the database, the name of our website, and the administrator user data. After this wizard, we will have the web ready to start adding content and customizing it.
If you have a WordPress.com hosting account, the installation process will be more straightforward.
From the same account control panel, you will have an option where you can choose between different WordPress designs (company, blog, store, etc.)
The installation process will be done automatically, without more than entering a few data: installation path, website name, username, and password. It will not be necessary to upload the files or create the database.