In this highly competitive world everyone wants to design their website which will look different from others and will be cost efficient and easy to use. It should also be quick to download with simple instructions on how to use. If you are looking for such a platform then WordPress is the right place to look. It is a web development free open source software of content management system. It was developed by Matt Mullenweg on May 27, 2003. This is used for creating blog and websites using plug-in architecture and a template system available in its core package. It is one of the best CMS software with over 60 million users using this for customizing their website in their own way.
WordPress allows the user to some basic features:
- Themes installation– The themes allow the user to install themes from its directory and bring in a fresh look to your sites. Themes that are available are- Coraline, Suffusion etc.
- Plug-in installation– It is an important feature of WordPress, through plug-in architecture a user can change the functionality of the basic structure provided in this open source software in a more sophisticated form and also allows WordPress customizing. Some of the plug-in that are available are – Tumblr Importer, WP Super Cache etc.
- Widgets– Widgets are usually used for adding functions to the site such as slide-show and it can also be used as small blocks on-screen such as clocks, event countdowns, daily weather etc.
- Comments – your visitors like to connect with you and leave their comments on the blogs and other services the liked or did not like. The owner of the site has the control in his hand to enable or disable the comment posts.
- Full User Registration– WordPress has a built-in user registration system allowing people to register themselves with the particular site also write posts and comments. The site owner can block this comment page for non registered users.
- Multiple Authors – WordPress has an advanced user system allowing multiple users to edit and publish content.
- Easy Installation and Upgrades– Installing WordPress is extremely easy and hardly takes any time. Now even upgrading it to the next version is also equally easy.
WordPress has an effective e-store feature too which are as below:
- Automatic instant digital product delivery.
- Encrypted Product download link.
- Variation control for digital product.
- Automatic Link Expiration.
- Ability to offer multiple file downloads per product.
- Customers can use Multiple Payment Gateways and can pay via PayPal, 2-Checkout, Authorize.net or a manual process.
- Mysql Database driven.
- The WordPress e-Store Admin can see the Customer Database (When a Customer purchases an Item his/her details are stored in the database).
Another benefit for opting for WordPress is its online community and forums which can solve your queries and issues. WordPress is not complicated like other CMS. WordPress today is used by business houses, entrepreneurs, internet marketers, direct sales professionals and others. It also helps in creating an e-commerce site with shopping cart and payment gateways.
Today WordPress is one of the fastest and user-friendly development tools which can be easily installed and for being an open source CMS it is easily available to anyone. WordPress blogs and websites can be used as a commercial platform for internet marketing and can also be very valuable for the development of your company. The installation of this software is free and takes just few minutes to install. As new versions of WordPress Open Source CMS are being upgraded therefore the software has been designed keeping scope for future up gradation. The latest WordPress version is 3.3.1 released on January 3, 2012.