WordPress started as just a blogging system, but has evolved to be used as a full content management system and so much more through the thousands of available plugins, widgets and themes. WordPress is limited only by your imagination and is currently used by over 35% of all web sites. There are three suggested methods of using WordPress - WordPress.Com, Instant WordPress and WordPress.Org and this site has been developed using the latter. The links from the buttons below go to appropriate sites and WordPress Codex provides Help and Documentation for WordPress.Org. A glossary of WordPress terms can be found here.
- WordPress.com is a commercial site where you can host your own site for free, but with some limitations. It runs on the open source WordPress platform co-created by Matt Mullenweg and his company Automattic. Hosting with WordPress.com means that your site will be free forever, but you can also pay to upgrade your site to achieve your specific needs. It also means your site will be well looked after with top of the line spam-fighting power and automatic security updates. All you need to do is sign up and choose your blog name, then design your site. You won’t have to worry about installing the software since it’s all managed in the cloud for you instantly. You select your own domain name and it is built into a web address such as our own dovesoft.wordpress.com.
- Instant WordPress - Developing and testing WordPress websites can be very time consuming if you are using a distant web server as a development machine. The time that FTPing up and down small changes to PHP files and CSS tweaks can be enormous. But there are other reasons why using a local WordPress development environment also makes sense. Instant WordPress was originally developed for a class in blogging and WordPress development and the classroom did not have great internet access and as a result, not everyone could use the net at once. It was decided to see if were possible to get WordPress into a simple enough form so that even a beginner could use it, without taking up huge amounts of time in class configuring Apache and PHP. After a few rough versions, the free Instant WordPress was created to use as a local WordPress installation. The class did not have to worry about being slowed down by an FTP client and they knew that they could not break anything as the website they were working on could only be seen by them! The best thing was that they could copy their classroom work by creating a portable version on a memory stick for demonstrating their work elsewhere. When their site was completed, it could be uploaded to the internet using File Transfer Protocol software such as Filezilla. To download and install Instant WordPress ....more-->
- WordPress.org -WordPress.org is where you can grab your own copy of the WordPress blogging/Content Management System (CMS) software for free. It is recommended that you always use the latest version (Version 5.6 as of November 2020). With the software comes the responsibility of finding your own hosting company to house your WordPress site along with your own domain name to point visitors to it. You’ll also have full control over the WordPress software and your site. The only limitation you might have could be the resources you’re allotted in the hosting package you pick. WordPress.org also includes extensive documentation and a community forum where you can ask questions if you get stuck or help someone else. It’s also the site to go to if you would like to get involved and join many other volunteers in contributing to the WordPress core code, mobile apps, translations, and accessibility. Useful videos for explaining and demonstrating WordPress.org ....more-->