Wordpress has been one of the world’s largest and favorite Content Management Systems for quite some time. Since it is an Open Source project, millions of people from all walks of life were able to create their websites in minutes. From being the famous blogging platform, it has evolved tremendously since then. Despite the fact that it has kept with the fast paced evolution of the World Wide Web, it remained humble maintaining its purpose to be a user friendly and FREE blog system.
Wordpress can do almost anyting you can imagine. Two versions are available; first is hosted through wordpress.com (yourwebsite.wordpress.com) while the second one is downloadable and self-hosted. The only difference between the two is the latter needs your own website hosting space and is more flexisible.
Similar to Joomla, the platform can be extended using plugins available on the Wordpress Plugin Directory. Upon installation, you are rewarded with basic yet clean wordpress design theme. If you are not happy with the one installed, thousands of free designs can be found in the plugin directory.
Wordpress' useful built in features:
- Posts Manager (Known as blogging systems)
- Search engine friendly URL System
- Media Manager
- Design themes
- Separate Pages administration
- Comment Manager
- User Manager
- Plugin Manager
- Database driven content
Extended Wordpress Plugins we love to use:
Akismet – Best shield for spam comments. Akismet screens comments and checks if they are spam.
Why we love it: Nobody likees spam! With Akismet, spam comments are easier to monitor and delete.
Contact Form 7 – Simple yet flexible contact forms. Contact Form 7 is highly customisable and can manage multiple contact forms. This plugin supports AJAX, CAPTCHA and Akismet spam filtering.
Why we love it: Contact 7 makes life it easier for beginners and even PROs to create a contact form.
Really simple Facebook Twitter share buttons – Inserts popular social networking share buttons on your posts such as Facebook, Twitter, Google + and Pinterest.
Why we love it: Social media presence is an essential part of website nowadays. This plugin helps anybody to insert social sharing widgets easily.
Custom Recent Posts Widget – Adds a widget that contains your latest posts.
Why we love it: If you keep fresh contents on your site, this plugin will help your readers see the latest news on your website.
NextGEN Gallery – Definitely one of the most popular image gallery plugin for Wordpress. This has the ability to display galleries and sliders on any page.
Why we love it: Enables you to share your photos and albums in a widget in any part of your site with different layouts.
Google XML Sitemaps – Generates XML sitemaps that are helpful in your search engine rankings.
Why we love it: XML Sitemaps are what Googlebots chow therefore, using this plugin helps you create your sitemap in minutes.