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What is wordpress?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Steve Nelson, Sep 15, 2016.

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  1. Steve Nelson

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    I'm an extreme newbie. I just bought a domain and hosting that comes with cPanel.

    What is Wordpress and do I need it? I suspect not. I know how to produce html code and I know that there are other html create/edit tools.

    Thx
     
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    This is a pretty big questions, but I will give you a quick answer:

    WordPress is a widely used blogging platform which can be installed and used to quickly setup a blog. It requires a MySQL database.

    Some developers customise WordPress to do more than just blogs though. Some websites that run WordPress have e-commerce stores, custom content, custom post types etc.. There is wide breadth of information out there on the web. It has a plugin eco-system that allows you to add new features quickly and easily with minimal configuration/code.

    WordPress is one of the "go to" solutions for quick websites. More information here I would advise you look for introduction to WordPress websites/tutorials online.

    One word of warning, with WordPress being one of the most commonly used solutions, this attracts attention from hackers/bots. So if you do go down the route of using WordPress, do some research into security and setting up the relevant precautions to deter the hackers. Like I mentioned previously, there are some plugins that can manage certain security aspects for you.

    Hope this helps!
     
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