WordPress is a free-to-use, open source, web-based software, written in PHP, that anyone can make an independent blog or website with. It can be accessed on multiple platforms nowadays such as computers, mobile phones and tablets.
Since being born in 2003 to just be a simple blogging site, it has developed into a full content management system which means that it can be used to maintain full-size, rich business websites. It has also become the most popular engine for bloggers. A variety of famous sites use WordPress for example, Mashable. In my opinion the reason WordPress is so well-liked is because the developers have made it so easy-to-use.
You only have to access this one site to create, edit and manage as many sites you want. And also allows you to add other users to your site so that you can collaborate with others to make a bigger environment. So not only can you make your blog/website as wide as you want, you can also make it look how you want by using the large amount of customisable themes that most are free, some though have to be paid for, however everything is up to you and what direction you want to go in for your site.
To make it even more inviting you have a collection of options to make your posts with.
Firstly there is the default Text format which you can write an unlimited amount of rambles with and on top of that you can add in media such as videos, photos and polls.
Then there is also options to make posts based solely around photos (Image), videos (Video) and link (Link) which are all pretty basic.
In addition to those formats there is Quote which highlights your text to make it stand out more. And also Aside which can be used for smaller posts to make notes of quick thoughts. Then finally you have Audio posts on which you can share your favourite songs or podcasts and Chat which comes out in the style of transcript so you can show off conversations you’ve had with friends.
Once you’ve made your posts you will supposedly want to organise them so they’re more easily found by your audience. This is where categories and tags come in.
Categories can be used to make separate pages so that different subjects aren’t all smushed together. For example if you have made a post about your latest favourite outfit you could make a “Fashion” category then your next post that is updating your life can be put under “Personal” and so on. So those reading your blog that want to find a specific post don’t have to scroll through you archive for ages.
Tags are for when those searching for a specific subject can find your post on that subject more easily. Though they sound similar to Categories, the difference is that you can have multiple tags (however there is a limit on the number of tags you can use to prevent spam) that cover each and every part your post is about, and so are more specific, therefore using some tags means that your blog will appear in more Topic Listings.
Thanks to its number of different features and platforms WordPress will most likely be one of the most widely-used blogging sites for a long time.