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vienna_boy

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Posted On: 2016-08-30 23:38:54
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What is WordPress exactly? And do you recommend it?

What is WordPress exactly?
Some people say that it is a Free Blog service.
Others say that it is a Web Site development tool.
Then others say that it is a CMS. Whatever that means since it seems to have so many :)
And when you create a Web Site on WordPress, is it Hosted on their Data center or do we host the site on our own rented server?

So what is exactly WordPress?
And when do you best think it should be used?

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gllincoln


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1 hour 27 minutes ago

I answered the what is... and ran out of space. :-)

It started out as a blogging software platform and it's roots are showing & graying.

Most commercial hosting services offer installing the Wordpress software as an option. You can download it and install it yourself but if you have to ask this question... you probably don't want to start off doing that.

The only application I would recommend it for is - a blog driven site (naturally) or niche marketing for a narrow target / short product list and relatively small consumer base. In the long run, it's a black box approach and there's no gentle learning curve to it. You are either what you are handed or have to become very proficient with PHP & JS - because the inevitable solving conflicts when you have various blocks of code being mashed up is far harder on code you didn't write.
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gllincoln


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1 hour 41 minutes ago

WordPress is a CMS (content management system) offering some excellent features, has a lot of support, many templates and add-ons /plug-ins available - many free, some rather expensive.

That said - it isn't easy and it's a dead end street. You can have this and that plug in but it's Wordpress and your template limits you (unless you start over with a new template) and new shiny plug-ins can trash your site without warning so you better back up everything, including your wordpress database, before installing.

Do I recommend it? Nope - but I don't condemn it either.

What I recommend for 2017 is pick a framework and learn to use it. For a user friendly path in that direction, I recommend Coffee Cup apps. They have a proprietary framework program, & also offer Foundation & Bootstrap GUI clients. Frameworks offer a huge helping hand into the responsive/fluid design world, compared to hand-coding CSS3/HTML5. IMO - the CC apps are powerful, & easier/cheaper than Dreamweaver.
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grsoftsolutions


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2 weeks 6 days ago

Hi dear, wordpress is a Content Management Service that produces horrible bloated code. Using it for anything for a small personal site is probably all it is good for. It should NEVER be used for a business website for many reasons, not the least of which is that you will never stop fixing your fixes of your fixes of your fixes to keep it working.
If you need to get great wordpress website/portal/ecommerce themes, i will provide you all premium themes. for more, Contact Me.
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vienna_boy 2 weeks 6 days ago

That is really good to know. But it is rather copy of what mmerlinn had said!
Although I tend to agree with both of you, that is mmerlinn, that something like
wordpress should never be used for a serious site.


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mmerlinn


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Turdpress is a Content Management Service that produces horrible bloated code. Using it for anything for a small personal site is probably all it is good for. It should NEVER be used for a business website for many reasons, not the least of which is that you will never stop fixing your fixes of your fixes of your fixes to keep it working.
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BloggingAll


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3 months 3 weeks ago

Wordpress is a blogging/website platform and can have a free website but your domain would be somthing like this thenameyouchoose.wordpress.com its the same as wix,blogger.

On the other hand you can have your own domain and have wordpress as your platform which makes it easier for you and new website owner to add features like plugins..

I may be totally wrong but this is what i think wordpress is to me and love using it, it's my main for when building website/blogs. I have no idea how to make a website.blog the old way when wordpress wasn't around.'

I have no intermediate html skillz that would require you to build a website from scratch using html,scripts, css, java blah blah blah.

Wordpress helps people with no skillz in the areas about to create there dream website with ease...
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vienna_boy 3 months 3 weeks ago

BA, thanks for that Input.
I specially like your input that:
"Wordpress helps people with no skillz in the areas about to create there dream website
with ease... "

So is Wordpress a server software that you install on your Server, or do you build your
Web site on Wordpress and then upload it to your server?

BloggingAll 3 months 3 weeks ago

You install wordpress on your domain and then you can use it to create content like blog
posts, pages, catagories, add images and videos. Like i said above you can then add
plugins. If your used to doing it the old fashioned way are your good at doing that then
stick with that.

vtube 2 months 1 week ago

Wordpress is professional blogging and website cms.. is an awesome content management for
websites of all shapes and sizes. One of the common misconceptions about WordPress is that
since it is open source, it may not be good enough for big brands. To disprove this myth,
we have created a list of most notable big name brands that are using WordPress on their
websites.

http://www.gv.com/
http://jquery.com/
https://www.plesk.com/
BBC
CNN
and other ;)


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angelo_fox


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4 months 2 weeks ago

Great thing about WordPredd is that it has a vast library of Plug-ins.
One of my favs are: Jetpack simplifies managing WordPress sites by giving you visitor stats, security services, speeding up images, and helping you get more traffic. Jetpack is a free plugin.

Here:
https://wordpress.org/plugins/jetpack/
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Efr418


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4 months 2 weeks ago

Wordpress is a website editor preferred by legacy business owners and developers as a building platform for their websites but somewhat disliked by more advanced web developers that lean to more versatile tools
like the editors from Oracle, Go Daddy, Wix and others. This alternative website editors are more versatile and full of features not available on Wordpress websites. Go to my website www.islatecno.com to see all the feature capabilities of Wordpress alternative web editors.
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angelo_fox 4 months 2 weeks ago

Well WP is more than that. It is its Plug-in Universe that makes it so great.
For example: Related posts Yuzo is intended to show related post plugin as accurate as
possible, also has multiple features with more customization options +60 much as structure
as design. Also in this new version features a super widget to display related or the best
post your wordpress blog. This fast to use and configure intuitive and the best thing is
free.


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