Creating your content
WordPress is publishing software with a focus on ease of use, without knowing a programming language allows users to publish their own content dynamically.
You can upload pictures or files, and link to them or display them in your articles. You have the option of creating thumbnails of pictures when you upload them.
So you want to share something with some people, but not everyone? Easy, protect the article in question with a password.
Plugins extend the core functionality of your weblog. A large number of user-developed plugins are already available and can be used to do virtually anything you want to, with your blog. A WordPress Plugin is a program, or a set of one or more functions, written in the PHP scripting language, that adds a specific set of features or services to the WordPress weblog, which can be seamlessly integrated with the weblog using access points and methods provided by the WordPress Plugin Application Program Interface (API).
Organize your posts into categories, and sub-categories, and sub-sub categories…
WordPress Widgets are WordPress Plugins that add visitor visual and interactivity options and features, such as sidebar widgets for post categories, tag clouds, navigation, search, etc. Widgets require no code experience or expertise. They can be added, removed, and rearranged on the WordPress Administration Appearance > Widgets panel.
WordPress provides an array of moderation options. You can moderate all comments before they appear on the blog.
– comments with specific words in them
– comments posted from specific IP addresses
– comments containing more than some specified number of links.
All these moderation options keep spammers and vandals in check.
After you’ve been blogging for an extended period of time, what matters is how well your posts are organized, and for that, WordPress provides you with several ready made options to display the archives of your blog, containing all the old posts. You can choose from yearly, monthly, daily, weekly, category-wise or author-wise archives, and easily link to the archive pages from the main page (or any other page) of your blog, using a template tag to generate the links to these archive pages. Since WordPress generates pages dynamically, all these archive pages come at no additional space-cost to your server.
WordPress has a functional in-built search tool, which will allow visitors to your blog to search for the terms that they are looking for, and the search-hilite plugin that ships with WordPress can highlight the terms they were searching for, so it is all the more easier for them to find what they were searching for. In addition to this, the plugin also does the same for someone who arrives at your blog by clicking at a search result in a search engine, such as google. All in all, searching is fun, with WordPress.
The blogroll is where you link to the blogs you read frequently – a friendly way of acknowledging the good blogs out there. WordPress’ built-in Links Manager allows you to add and manage links effortlessly
Before you press the “Publish” button, you can look at the preview for the article you just wrote to check if everything is the way you want it. In fact, you can do that at any time, since the preview is “live”.
Save your unfinished articles, improve them later, publish when you’re done.
The sidebar is a narrow vertical column often contains a lot information about a website. The sidebar is usually placed on the right or left-hand side of the web page. It can contain widgets, ads, short menu or blogroll line etc.
WordPress uses user-levels to control user-access to different features, so you can restrict the ability of individual users to create or modify content in your weblog, by changing their user-level. Alternatively, you can configure WordPress so that individual users have their own separate weblogs where they can create their own content, without needing separate WordPress installations.
Each user on your weblog can define a profile, with details such as their email address, instant messaging aliases etc, if they want to. Users can also control the way in which their details are displayed on the weblog.