What is WordPress

WordPress is a "platform" for web development. Originally meant for "blogs", WordPress has become MUCH, MUCH more… allowing the creation of full websites, landing pages, and even web-apps. It is a very flexible system, and powers as much at 34% of the website in the world. That is a lot of websites!

WordPress… the open-source platform

There are two versions of WordPress.

  1. WordPress.com is the for-profit "commercial" version of WordPress… where you can easily sign up to create a FREE blog. You receive a subdomain like myblogname.wordpress.com for free. It is a great platform to learn on, but is limited in features. You can purchase and use your own domain for the website for only $35/yr… but you are very limited by themes, plugins, and capabilities. For example, you can't create any layout or styles you want.
  2. WordPress.org is the "platform" you can download and install, or automatically install on almost ALL hosting services. It gives us FULL control, allowing the installation of themes, builders, and plugins of our choice.

More at https://www.wpbeginner.com/beginners-guide/self-hosted-wordpress-org-vs-free-wordpress-com-infograph/

Although you can choose a service like WordPress.com, Wix, or Squarespace, all of my websites are created using WordPress installed on hosting we can control/manage. The benefits of using WordPress greatly outways the cons.

Pages Vs Posts

There are two basic types of content in WordPress.

  1. Pages: "static" pages (eg, mywebsite.com/pagename) that has content that doesn't change that often.
  2. Posts: Frequently created content that is typically in a "category" or "tag"… ie, news posts, or a "blog" article.

Pages: Static Content

Pages are a basic building block of a website. We typically see page names in the navigation, and upon clicking the link, are taken to a new "page" on the website. Pages tend to be somewhat static content that are not changed often. This doesn't mean that they can't have frequently updated content ON the page… only that the page itself doesn't change often. 

Posts: Dynamic Content

Posts are very common on WordPress sites, and they can be used in a lot of different ways! The more you learn how to use them effectively, the more you can do. The most common use of posts is a simple blog. Each post has important data (known as metadata) that is either manually selected (such as a category or tag) or generated (such as the publishing date or author). We can also add special custom fields to the posts as well.

Metadata is information that is related to the post, and contains

Understanding the "metadata" of posts is essential for understanding how to use them effectively. Meta-data is any 

  • Post Title:
  • Post Category:
  • Post Tags:
  • Post Published Date:
  • Post Author:
  • Post Custom Fields:

Custom Post Types

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Taxonomies and Custom Taxonomies

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Media & the Media Library