WordPress: Features and Benefits

Posted on June 25th, 2011

  • Local Install: WordPress is designed to be installed on your own web server, or shared hosting account, which gives you complete control over the web log. You can easily access and modify everything related to the web log. This is not possible in third party hosted services.
  • Portable Core: It allows you to have the tree of WordPress related files. This forms the back-end of your publicly displayed web log.
  • UTC friendly: It allows you to define your time as an offset from Universal Co-ordinate time (UTC). This allows all the time-related elements stored in the database to be stored as GMT values. It also helps you to display the correct time on your web log, even if your host server is located in a different time zone.
  • User management: It uses user levels to control user-access to different features. This gives you the ability of allowing individual users to create or modify content in your web log, by changing their user-level.
  • User profiles: Every user on your website can define a profile, with details such as their email address, instant messaging aliases etc, if they want to. Users can also select the way in which their details are displayed on the web log.
  • Easy installation and upgrade: It hardly takes five minutes to install WordPress and it is extremely simple to do that. Also you can easily upgrade to the latest version of WordPress and it takes even less time to install.
  • Dynamic page generation: With WordPress you do not need to rebuild all your pages every time you update your web log or any other feature. Whenever a viewer request a page from your web log, all pages are generated using the database and the templates. This makes updating your web log, or its design as fast as possible, and required server storage space usage is minimal.
  • Internationalization and Localization: WordPress allows you to create a web log which is localized in a way you want with a language of your choice. To localize the WordPress, get text method is used.
  • RSS feeds: WordPress fully supports RSS1.0 and RSS 2.0. It provides feeds for the latest posts, for categories, comments, well, like we said earlier, for anything you want. If you have more options for your readers to keep track of different sections of your web log, the easier it is for you to spread the word around the world.
Writing, publishing, editing posts have never been easier in the smooth and easy to use Administration section: WP-Admin.

  • Cruft free permalinks: It makes the URLs of all the pages in your web log conform to a standard, cruft-free system. All the links are structured, sensible, and understandable to human and machines, including search engines. Clean URLs are a prerequisite for search engine optimization and an improved user experience.
  • Inter-blog communication: WordPress comes ready for PingBack and TrackBack. These two are very useful ways of connecting with other web logs.
  • Template driven design: WordPress makes use of templates to generate pages dynamically. You can modify the presentation of content by editing the templates using the template editor tool and template tags.
  • Template and file editor: With the help of file editor you can edit your templates and other WordPress related files, right in your browser without having to worry about downloading and uploading the files in order to edit them.
  • Template tags: These tags make it easier to design the content and information displayed on your web log. You need not have any knowledge of PHP to design your web log.
  • Themes: You can skin your web log using readily available themes, or styles. You can also create and share your own themes.
  • Plug-ins: Plug-ins enhance the functionality of your web log. Using these plug-ins, you can do anything you want to with your web design.
  • Password protection: This allows you to share specific things with certain people.
  • File/Picture uploading: it allows you to upload pictures or files, and link to them or display them in your articles. You can also create thumbnails of pictures when you upload them.
  • Categories: This allows you to organize your posts into categories, sub-categories and sub-sub-categories.
  • Save drafts: You can save your unfinished articles and work on them later. You can publish them later when you are done with them.
  • Previewing posts: Before publishing you can preview the articles and check how it will look like.
  • Desktop tools: You do not require a browser to update your weblog; you can use any desktop blogging tool that supports the Metaweblog or Blogger API.
  • Sidebar: It provides a friendly browser sidebar.
  • Formatting: WordPress makes your web pages smoother and appealing. It has text-formatting plug-ins that cleans up your content and adds typographic features to your articles.

Benefits of WordPress

The number of highly useful features WordPress offers is incredible.The benefits are less in number but most definitely interesting.

  • Highly affordable: WordPress is highly affordable. Most of its features can be used for free. If you want to make use of some more features, you can buy them at an affordable price.
  • SEO friendly: WordPress helps to optimize your website by adding tags to all your pages and posts. It is also very easy to update regularly, and Google loves fresh content!
  • Customization: you can easily change the color and look of your website in just few clicks. WordPress provides an editor which is easy to use, along with many different themes.
  • Social Media: WordPress is completely compatible with all forms of social media like Facebook, You tube and twitter.
  • No Spam: You need not worry about Spam as WordPress has Akismet pre-installed which blocks all the Spam.
  • Automatic backups: it keeps backing up your website automatically and you do not have to do the daily backup on your own.
  • Free support: WordPress community has a lot of active members to guide you if you require any help to fix any issue.

With plethora of features and benefits, WordPress has surpassed other content management systems. Using WordPress design boosts your site’s performance and helps your business to generate more revenue. All you need to do is to hire a professional WordPress designer who guarantees best results.

Enjoy using WordPress for your own adventures.