Content management is the number one most needed but most often
What can wordpress do for you?
WordPress is a CMS, or content management system
How do they work and why are they so often hard to understand.
There are so many CMS software solutions out there, you might imagine that it is difficult to
find one that is easy to use.
WordPress is one of the most versatile and scalable website platforms in existence.
It’s ease of use is unparalleled by almost anything (except perhaps a toaster), and it’s functionality can be expanded within seconds by installing plug-ins. In this article, we’re going to focus on what they are, and some examples of what they can do.
To begin, what exactly are plug-ins? In essence, they modify software by “plugging in” extra code. This code can do anything from automatically make posts, add extra pages, and on occasion even play annoying music that can’t be shut off. Most plug-ins run independently from the actual WordPress installation, running in parallel.
So, what kind of plug-ins can you get? Almost anything. Let me give you a little exercise – go into your WordPress admin panel. Click the plug-ins menu, then “Add New”. Think of something you want on your blog, and type it into the box. Hit enter, and look at the results. Chances are, somewhere on that list, there’s a plug-in to do exactly what you were looking for. There are plug-ins to increase your Google rank. There are plug-ins to automatically get rid of spam comments. The list is endless.
Some people, especially if new to WordPress, may miss some of the time saving features in the system. When you write a post, it automatically saves itself as a draft every 30 seconds or so. This means if you don’t post, and you accidentally close the window, the post is saved. In addition to this, let’s imagine you’re going on holiday, but you update your blog daily. Not a problem – on the post page, just above the “Publish” option, you can schedule a post to go live at a later time.
But what if you don’t actually want to write a post at all? WordPress comes in with a built-in “Syndication” feature – this basically means that it looks at websites you specify, and copies over interesting posts. You can even use some of the aforementioned plug-ins to filter these so you get specific content. What if you hate the way it looks? No problem, just head into the themes menu. Explore the hundreds of themes other people have made – it saves time on making your own, that’s for sure.
The only real way to find all of the features you need in WordPress is experimentation. Sure, you can read articles, ask friends, but the only true way to learn is by teaching yourself.