An Overview of WordPress

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WordPress is a system that enables website owners to create and manage blog entries. It handles comments, user registration, profiles and links. WordPress is highly customizable; bloggers may easily install a wide range of add-ons and visual themes. Designers can even build entire websites with WordPress, complete with sidebars and static pages.

The WordPress blogging system offers many sophisticated features. Bloggers can format text with fonts, styles and special characters. It’s easy to add multiple pictures to entries as well. Each post may be set to accept comments or block them. WordPress automatically adds blog entries to a website; bloggers don’t need to manually create new pages.

Some websites without blogs use WordPress to manage large databases of articles. It has many features that prove useful when creating Web content. WordPress makes it easy to place text in boxes, wrap words around pictures or split articles into columns. If desired, it can also allow readers to rate the quality of each entry.

The WordPress system isn’t only designed for use by individual bloggers. A company may authorize several authors to publish entries on its blog; each person can sign in to WordPress with a different username and password. The administrator may give authors permission to post live blog entries or submit articles for approval by an editor.

WordPress proves so versatile that a number of major corporations use it to run their official blogs. Such companies include Adobe, AMD, eBay, Network Solutions, Nokia and Staples Canada. TechCrunch reported in 2011 that almost 147,000 of the top 1,000,000 websites utilize the WordPress system. About one out of five new websites make use of it.

Readers may also register for accounts on WordPress blogs. If the administrator chooses to enable this feature, members can sign up, create profiles and post comments under registered usernames. To prevent the maximum amount of comment spam, blogs may combine the WordPress spam-blocking function with the user registration system.

The WordPress platform even helps website owners to promote their articles and blog entries. Bloggers can set it to display social media “share” icons at the end of each page. Trackbacks and pingbacks notify other bloggers when WordPress blogs link to their posts. It’s easy to optimize entries for the best search engine rankings as well.

Bloggers who currently use other blogging systems needn’t discard their archives to begin using WP. It can transfer previous posts from services like and add them to a new archive. However, it’s best to only keep blog entries on one service or platform at a time; search engines tend to downgrade duplicate content.

After installing WordPress, a blogger may start by selecting a visual theme and placing introductory text on the home page. Some bloggers also add links to the “blogroll” or put commercial advertisements on their blogs. Upon completing these initial steps, they can begin posting entries for the public to read and comment on.