WordPress: In and Out

Since its introduction in 2003, WordPress has become the most easily accessible and wisely used Content Management System (CMS) in the world. An estimated 60 million websites have been created because of it.

 

This is primarily down to how easy it is to operate, you don’t need to have any knowledge of HTML coding in order to make any changes to your site. If you want to add or remove posts, pages, images or change the theme, you simply click on the button. From a business’s point of view as well as being quick and easy it a=is also cheap to build your very own website. Finally, large numbers of volunteers create their own themes and plugins which can then be used by other WordPress users.

 

Posts and Pages: What’s the difference?

 

One of the key differences between posts and pages is that pages are static one off type content. A classic example is the “about” page. Posts are content entries published in reverse chronological order therefore making them ideal for blogs. They also feature their own unique URL’s.

 

For example, if you had a news blog and wanted to divide it up into different types of news, you may have a page dedicated to politics and another to sport. In these pages you would have your posts, for example a series of posts about an upcoming election, or a number of football match reports. These posts would appear on the page with the one posted most recently appearing at the top of the page.

 

Categories and Tags: What’s the difference?

 

Categories are meant as a broad grouping of your posts. They help identify what your blog is really about. Because they are hierarchical, you can also create sub-categories. Tags on the other hand are far more specific to the details of your posts. They could be referred to as the “index” of your blog. It is necessary to categorise your posts, however adding tags is entirely optional.

 

For example, if your blog was about food, you may have categories, such as breakfast, lunch, dinner and desert. When posting a recipe for chocolate brownie, that post would fall under the desert category but the tag you may want to create would be “chocolate”.