WordPress.org is a robust self-hosted content management system (CMS) originally developed for blogging, but now capable of running many types of Web sites. Using WordPress in place of a regular (X)HTML site makes it easier to maintain design consistency, include recurring elements in pages, produce RSS feeds, organize and archive, support search engine optimization, and much more.
- WordPress.org's self-hosted software option allows for greater design and coding flexibility than WordPress.com's hosted option. Hosting requirements are minimal (PHP and MySQL) and commonly available from most popular Web hosting providers. Most hosts also offer an easy-install option that requires very little technical know how.
- Open Source
- WordPress.org is free and in wide-distribution. Being open-source makes it easy for developers to create plug-ins and other modifications. Wide distribution means their are many experienced users offering an array of tips and documentation. If something happens so that you can no longer support your client's project, your client won't be left in the cold with a proprietary CMS that no one understands.
- Supports W3C Web Standards
- Some CMS' make it more difficult to code to World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web standards. WordPress offers full coding control so that one can create templates using standards compliant semantic (X)HTML, thus making it easier to support browser compatibility, accessibility and search engine optimization (SEO).
- Relatively simple learning curve for developers & clients
- Developers can learn WordPress more quickly than more complex CMS's such as Drupal, while the WordPress Dashboard can also be easily understood by clients. Anyone who can edit a Word document should be comfortable editing pages in WordPress.
- WordPress sites don't need to look like blogs
- You can bend WordPress to your will. While WP offers code to automatically include page lists for menus, widgets, etc. there are times when you may want to create things manually. For clients who won't be adding content on their own, but who will only edit what is there, this can make it much easier to control what goes where.
Welcome to Social Media was created to host an e-book and to leave room for future editions. Rather than only distributing the e-book in .pdf format we used WordPress's category features to present the chapters as individual pages via a table of contents and through a side menu. Menu's were edited manually to give us full control.