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WordPress, one of the best of the Open Source CMS [Content Management System], in PHP language, was initially used to manage frequently updating sites like blogs. Infact once wordpress was know to be as a blogers CMS. But as wordpress developed from the initial stages, now this is used to develop and manage almost any type of websites. We can have blogs, personal webpages, photo galleries and so on easily done in wordpress. The ease of use, great flexibility, spectacular interface are all that had made wordpress CMS most common.

How to install wordpress:
1, WordPress runs on MySQL database. So first start lammp/xampp or in general the server.
2, Download wordpress from wordpress.org. This is a zip file, unzip the file to document root. eg: if using lammp, doc root is
/opt/lampp/htdocs/
3, Create a database in mysql / mysqli [mysql lite].
For this, if you are using lampp/xampp take localhost/phpmyadmin/
phpmyadmin is an interface for mysql database.
4, Take the link /wordpress/ in your browser.
eg; if running lampp, take the url http://localhost/wordpress/
5, Now follow the simple instructions shown in the screen.
* In most cases the host name would be localhost/your ip. Give the name of the database that you have created.
6, System would now prompt a username and password, please note these details. Your wordpress has been installed successfully.

Perls in WordPress

We normally take admin area with /wordpress/wp-admin
In admin the main items that are of significance are;

  • Post
  • Page
  • Theme
  • Plugin

Post
Posts are the sections that we frequently update. Taking the case of a blog, posts are the snippets that we usually update to the site frequently.

Post
Pages are those that we normally see in the websites. These basically represents different sections of a blog or the site. Say About the author would be “About” page etc.

Theme
Theme comes inside the Appearance section. This determines the look and feel of the site. We can add different themes available in net to our wodprress website and then activate it.

Plugin
Plugins are those that enhances the functionality. Here in wordpress we use plugins for the same thing. Examples of plugins are calendar plugin, twitter plugin etc.

In Appearance section we also have an option “Editor”. This enables us to make some tweaks in the look and feel of the site and also on some basic php functions too.

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