It is vital to understand the importance of a Content Management System in the world of web. What role does it play and what features do the different CMS provide to give a better user experience.
Infact almost everything on the internet, websites, blogs and applications are primarily running on a publishing platform hidden behind which is formally known as the content management system. You must have heard about many of them including Joomla, Blogger and SilverStripe but the one I will be talking about in comprehensive detail today is the very famous WordPress.
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WordPress is currently the most popular CMS both for blogging and for hosting websites. Now I don't say that from any personal experiences rather its significance can be fathomed by looking into the websites of many big brands including CNN, PlayStation and Fords, which are powered by WordPress.
So if you are new to the world of blogging, and plan on establishing a blogging business of your own or any other online business that requires an interactive website, WordPress is the best publishing platform you can opt for. The popularity obviously comes as a consequence of interactive features that propose to give not just simplicity but also thousands of dynamic plugins that adds new flavors to its functionality.
Lets look deeper into some of the prominent features of WordPress that promise to make it a better CMS on the web.
1) WordPress Is Open Source
The first and foremost thing about the WordPress that you are definitely going to like is that this PHP blogging platform is open source. What does this mean? Its simple, the source code that runs the WordPress is available to the general public for customization. Anyone, having a little bit of knowledge about web-programming can alter the website aesthetics as per their own requirement.
This doesn't end here! As I talked about thousands of different dynamic plugins that can be added to WordPress to enhance its functionality, these adds-on have their source codes revealed too, which you can incorporate in the core source code of the website and change according to what you want.
2) User Management
Another of the much demanded feature that WordPress offers is the hierarchy of the user management. Maintaining a blog or a website is certainly not an easy task. There are divided responsibilities that require a team with a hierarchical structure. WordPress provides with different levels of administration for writers, editors , administrators and then the subscribers, all of which have different access to the website.
3) Future Compatibility
The WordPress themes that you use or edit are chunks of code that are in full compliance with the standards set by W3C. This ensures that your website will be compatible with any browsers of today and the next generation browsers as well.
4) Search Engine Optimized
You can further more refine your website on the SEO by adding in the various SEO related WordPress plugins that are readily available.
You might be surprised to know that WordPress is available in 70 different languages. If you plan on developing a website in a language other than English, WordPress will make it an easy to go thing for you, without much complications.
6) Easy Installation & UpgradeWordPress has always been easy to install and upgrade. If you're happy using an FTP program, you can create a database, upload WordPress using FTP, and run the installer. Not familiar with FTP? You will find plenty of web hosts that offer very quick installation of WordPress.
7) Data Importing
8) Anti-SpammingTo help the audience engage with the content on your website, a discussion forum is imperative and WordPress's comment tools give you everything you need to be a forum for discussion and to moderate that discussion, but apart from that the Akismet ensures minimal spamming in the comments section of the blog, to avoid any unwanted comments from being posted automatically or manually.
9) Wide Variety Of ThemesWordPress will ensure you some fine aesthetics for your website allowing to express yourself in style with over 210 ready made themes which you can customize at your own convenience. The WordPress API provides the extensibility to create themes as simple or as complex as you wish. If you want to give your theme away for free you can give it to users in the Theme Repository.
10) Social Media Integration
Social media integration is inevitably one of the most important factor that contributes in amplifying your content readership. The Publicize social tool in WordPress lets you easily connect your WordPress website to the some of the popular social media networks including Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and Tumblr. Your WordPress posts are automatically linked and set to these social media for promotion.
11) Local Auto SavingOne of the things that I dread the most is losing the update on my blog, while writing, if the power crashes or internet goes out. It has happened with me a couple of times on blogger. WordPress 3.6 brings a counter to this issue with auto saving locally.
This means that your posts now auto-save locally to your computer, tablet, or mobile, meaning if your browser crashes or you lose connection to the server, you won’t lose your changes. This infact comes as a blessing for people who often have to write their blogs while traveling, as they don't have to fear the loss of signals at any instant of their journey.
12) Post Locking
There is a concept of Mutual Exclusion in Operating Systems which suggest that no process can interfere another process while it is using a shared resource. WordPress brings you a similar concept where the shared resource is the content editor.
13) Easy Revision Of The PostAnother of the common blunders include an edit by mistake which makes it difficult to revert back to the original post if the changes you made were not small. The latest version of the WordPress brings this extra feature, a new scrubbing system allows you to scroll through previous revisions, and visually see the differences between them. This should go a long way to restoring the correct previous version if ever you make a mistake.
14) Simpler Menu Interface
15) Automated SyndicationYour blog posts on WordPress can be automatically converted to RSS feeds and syndicated to blog directories and other peoples’ websites.
16) Easy To Go On Mobile
It might be a pain in the ass to create a separate mobile compatible website for your blog. Imagine skipping this big step with WordPress which automatically recognizes if the user is viewing your website through a web browser or a mobile compatible device and adjusts the content and resolution accordingly.
17) Totally Free Upgrade
I know you might think about choosing a publishing platform that sustains each version for an ample span of time, in order to avoid any frequent purchases of the fresh edition. Well, you will be content to hear that unlike Photoshop, Dreamweaver or Flash, WordPress is upgraded for absolutely free. Just when you hear about the new edition of WordPress 3.6 being launched, within the next 8 minutes you will be ready to use it after all installation procedures.
18) Growth PotentialI am sure by now, talking about user friendliness has become more of a cliche but WordPress doesn't disappoint you with enhanced and miscellaneous features.
When ever you create a new page on WordPress, links are automatically assigned to it based on the categories you assign to your post and pages. This skips another step of updating the navigation when new pages are added.
19) Engage With Media
20) Thousands of Plugins Available
I talked about the WordPress being open source. Another thing that enhances the productivity is the thousands of plugins, pre-coded programs, are available which can be quickly installed for customization. A normal pHp website will require some broad programming skills to customize the website. Just keep on counting the easy flow to administer and own a website that is published on WordPress.
21) Search Engine Magnetism
One of the most important factors is the reputation of WordPress websites on prominent search engines like Google. If you are eagerly managing and posting original content on frequent bases, your content will attract these massive names in the world of search, like a magnet.
22) Custom Content Types
Obviously, it does come with default content types, but what we have been talking about earlier reveals enough to understand the fact that we can mould WordPress and take it to whatever direction we want.
Just with a few lines of code you can add new custom post types, texonomies and metadata.
23) Supports Application FrameworkRemember that with WordPress you don't have your boundaries confined to publishing just websites and blogs. If you want to build an application, WordPress can certainly help with that too. It provides many features that are essential in developing an app. Things like user management, HTTP requests, databases, URL routing, translation and much, much more.
24) You Be The Boss Of Your Data
As I talked about the sustainability of CMS and the how more frequent arrival of new versions can become costly, another factor that becomes a matter of concern is the ownership of the data.
25) SimplicitySimplicity makes it possible for you to get online and get publishing, quickly. Nothing should get in the way of you getting your website up and your content out there. WordPress is built to make that happen.
WordPress vs Blogger - An Interminable Argument?
If there is another CMS that is talked about a lot in comparison with the mighty WordPress, its the Google's Blogger. You might find interminable arguments on various discussion forums where dominance of the two is relatively talked about.
It is important to frame out the factors that these two can be fathomed upon to come across a fair conclusion. Most generally, these scaling factors will include the following, as you can find on many discussion forums on the internet.
- range of skis/templates/themes/plugins/adds-on
- search engine friendliness
- user friendliness
- ease of migration
In almost all of these scaling factors, WordPress has a dominant edge over blogger. For instance lets talk about the data migration. If you have a website or a blog published on blogger, at any given instant of time, migrating all of your content to WordPress or any other CMS will be a tough and time consuming task. Infact on the contrary, on WordPress you can find "import from blogger" option to extract all the content from blogger and migrate it to WordPress. See the difference?
Now lets talk about the dynamicity of the two. As I have been talking about the extended functionality of WordPress through the installation of pre-coded plugins, blogger on the other hand does not provide you with everything you might need.
It will be fair enough to say that WordPress functionality is only limited by your imagination. Although blogger is simple to use, but this simplicity comes at the expense of non user friendly functions. Again, it all comes down to the nature of your work and the how much demanding your website or blog can turn out to be.
If your blog contains nothing but simple text combined with a few images, blogger might be convenient to use for you, but keeping in mind the dynamicity of WordPress, if your blog asks for more features, and more importantly if it for a business oriented purpose, then WordPress is your final destination.
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