WordPress Content Management System — CMS

WordPress is not your website, it is a powerful tool for developing, growing and maintaining your website and blog content.
WordPress helps us produce a better website for you.

Website Content is the text and images which make up each website page or blog post.
WordPress (WP) is a set of tools for building and maintaining your website, posting blogs, integrating social media and connecting with “plugins” which provide expanded features.
The WP tools (Dashboard, themes, templates and widgets) expand your website capabilities, enhance its design and make the development and maintenance more efficient because of the flexible structure.

 

What is WordPress

It is a widely used CMS for websites and blogs (as of surveys in 2014 and 2015, View Report):

  • 74.6 million websites are based on WordPress.
  • 48% of all blogs are based on WordPress.
  • 24% of all websites are based on WordPress
  • 37,868 Plugins are available.
  • 19,000 Plugins are free (donations accepted).
  • 2,500 Themes of which 800 are Responsive (automatically adapt the display to mobile devices).
  • Most popular CMS for business websites.

 

WP is structured with these major components:

  • DashBoard for complete website management, by us, you and selected employees.  This accessed with a browser.
  • Themes for structuring the website’s display and format.
  • Templates for setting the layout of individual pages.
  • Plugins which add features and functionality such as ecommerce and event calendars.
  • Widgets which also provide additional features and functions.
  • Open Source access to customize all content and functions with additional programming.

 

Benefits of WordPress

Some of the major benefits of using WP:

  • Your site will automatically display well on mobile devices.
  • Easy integration with social media sites, such as a Facebook feed on a page and share buttons at the bottom of a page.
  • Higher rankings with search engines. This is well documented.
  • Numerous plugin and widget options. See the examples below.
  • Integration with and sharing of your blog.
  • Easier content management by both developers and owners.
  • Ease of using drop down menus and moving pages around on your site as well as adding a site map.
  • Ease of adding Google Analytics to your site to monitor activity.
  • Multiple users may be defined with several levels of permission for managing the website and contributing to content and blogs.  This provides you with complete control over your website.

 

 

Plugin Options — a few examples:

  • Google analytics support
  • Event Calendar management and display.
  • Slide shows of various capabilities.
  • Photo and image galleries.
  • Catalog displays with some integrated with ecommerce.
  • Ecommerce solutions from WordPress and other developers.
  • Freight rate calculators which integrate with ecommerce plugins.
  • Poll and Survey management and reporting.
  • Contact forms management and reporting.
  • Forms management and reporting
  • Email marketing integration.
  • Online Magazines.
  • Restaurant services, including access to on-line reservations such as Open Table.
  • Google maps.