With Tracy Levesque / @liljimmi
WordPress is web software you can use to create a beautiful website or blog. We like to say that WordPress is both free and priceless at the same time.
WordPress is the #1 content management system in the world.
WordPress core software is built by hundreds of community volunteers. Thousands of people around the word contribute to it by either testing the software, submitting bugfixes or building plugins and themes for it.
WordPress is a platform for building and designing a website.
WordPress allows site owners to manage their site content via an easy-to-use admin.
The admin is divided into 3 areas:
Plugins can extend WordPress to do almost anything you can imagine.
Plugins are used to add functionality to WordPress. Examples include ecommerce, SEO, forms, photo galleries, social media sharing, forums and much more!
Right now there are 32,055 free plugins in the official WordPress Plugin Directory.
Fundamentally, the WordPress Theme system is a way to 'skin' your weblog. Yet, it is more than just a 'skin.' Skinning your site implies that only the design is changed. WordPress Themes can provide much more control over the look and presentation of the material on your website.
A theme not only determines how a site looks, it can also determine its functionality. There are themes that can turn a WordPress site into an online store, an art portfolio and more.
Right now there are 2,611 free themes in the official WordPress Themes Directory.
Under Appearance > Themes is a list of all installed themes. The theme in use is labeled "Current" and others "Available."
The Philadelphia WordPress Meetup Group is a group of WordPress enthusiasts in and around the Philadelphia area who love working with WordPress in a variety of different ways.