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Building websites with WordPress

In this second post we will be looking at another content management system, WordPress. WordPress is one of the most widely used content management systems. Whether you use WordPress as a blog or a content management system, one is for sure, its really easy to use for the end user.

I use WordPress alot when building simple and basic websites, due to its simplicity for the end user. There are obviously some pros and cons to using WordPress and I am going to dive into them in detail later.

What is WordPress?

WordPress is an open source blogging tool and content managment system that uses PHP and MYSQL.

Advantages

  • Easy to use Administration area - Easy to navigate in the backend.
  • Built in Gallery - Add a Gallery to every page.
  • Plugins - Thousands of plugins to extend your website.
  • SEO Friendly - WordPress is Search Engine Optimized out of the box. There are two fantastic SEO plugins that make the website even more SEO friendly and will help improve your rankings
  • Themes - Thousands of ready made themes you can personalize.
  • Update - Easy to update the WordPress version and plugins with a click of button.

Disadvantages

  • User Management
  • Updating versions and plugins - Sometimes the plugins arent up to date and dont work the specific wordpress versions
  • Database Queries - Database queries may be very heavy
  • Security can be a problem - There are plugins to make your website even safer.

Examples of WordPress Websites

Summary

In summary WordPress is a powerful blogging tool. It is becoming a more stable CMS and there is some really great development in the works. For a small website this is an ideal CMS to use.

 

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