WordPress

Blog Tool, Publishing Platform and CMS

WordPress is the behemoth in the content management industry. Powering 38.5% of the top 10 million websites, and with 63.5% market share amongst other Content Management Systems, nothing else comes close to it.

WordPress was released in 2003 as simply a blogging engine, and while it retains blogging as a focus, it's taken on all tasks of Content Management Systems in general - many sites built with WordPress these days do not include a blog.

WordPress.org differs from WordPress.com in that WordPress.com is the version hosted by the WordPress organization. WordPress.org (the version we concentrate on here) is self hosted, so hosting managed by the website owner, and has far more freedom for customization than WordPress.com.

WordPress is customized via Themes and Plugins. Themes are used to tailor the design, and practically speaking, any design is achievable. Thousands of pre-built themes are available, many free themes are available on WordPress.org and elsewhere, but also plenty of premium themes from marketplaces such as ThemeForest, TemplateMonster or Elegant Themes.

Categories within WordPress

WordPress Plugins

While themes are focused on the design of a WordPress site, plugins are there to satisfy all other needs. You can get plugins to handle pretty much any functionality not covered by base WordPress.

WordPress Themes

There are thousands of themes available for WordPress, ranging from the very flexible general purpose themes to more specific themes for every imaginable niche. WordPress itself hosts many community built themes, but there are also a number of marketplaces where you can buy professionally built themes.

Reviews

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WordPress Review by MyBestWebsiteBuilder

https://www.mybestwebsitebuilder.com/wordpress-review

This is a review of WordPress by a site called MyWebsiteBuilder, as such is coming from the perspective of a user of applications such as Squarespace or Zyro. It tries to cover both wordpress.com and wordpress.org (which is more like their website builders anyway), but as a result doesn't seem very focused, and somewhat lacking in detail.

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Comparisons

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Joomla vs WordPress

https://kinsta.com/blog/joomla-vs-wordpress/

A comparison of Joomla & WordPress by Kinsta. The comparison is quite balanced considering that Kinsta is a company offering managed WordPress hosting. They do lean towards WordPress in their conculsion, but I'd be surprised if they didn't given who they are.

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Articles/News

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Google Web Stories WordPress Plugin Officially Released

https://www.searchenginejournal.com/google-web-stories-wordpress-plugin-officially-released/381790/

Web Stories is a short form content format to help Google display relevant "bite sized" articles. Goggle has released a plugin to help WordPress website owners to easily create content in the Web Stories format.

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Courses

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The Complete WordPress Website Business Course

https://www.udemy.com/course/the-complete-wordpress-website-business-course/

A course hosted by Udemy about how to build a website business using WordPress.

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Become a WordPress Code Developer Course

https://www.udemy.com/course/become-a-wordpress-developer-php-javascript/

A popular course that goes into the details of programming within the WordPress environment itself.

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Wordpress for Beginners Course

https://www.udemy.com/course/wordpress-for-beginners-course/

An immensely popular beginner level course for WordPress hosted by Udemy

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Guides

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