What is WordPress?

Overview of WordPress:

Word Press is a free, open source and content management system (CMS) based on the Php and MySql. According to a survey, it is most widely used content management system in the world, and it powers more than 30% of the top 10 million websites and has an estimated 60% market share of all websites built using a CMS.

WordPress started as a simple blogging system in 2003, but after it has massive number of users, it has evolved into a full CMS with thousands of widgets, themes and plugins. WordPress allows you to customize and edit its code, create any type of websites using themes and plugins or any other tools.

What is CMS?

CMS stands for content management system. With this you are able to create, modify and publish digital content. It also supports multiple users, allowing you to work in collaboration. So, WordPress allows a CMS, with this you can create and define several administrative users and each one having different privileges.

WordPress.com Vs WordPress.org

WordPress.com and WordPress.org are two ways of hosting a WordPress sites.
  • In wordpress.com, if users are not interested in having a web server or own hosting, then wordpress.com may be way to go. WordPress.com quickly setup the sites and provides you a many features and customization but it comes with a price. And in this you cannot edit and modify the PHP code behind your site.
  • In wordpress.org, this allows you to edit and modify your PHP codes behind your site and you may download the script free of charge and host it yourself on a local machine. You don’t have to manage a web server or pay for hosting or download software. In this, you can add plugins locally or you can modify the codes accordingly to you.

Features of WordPress:

WordPress provides multiple features; some of the features are as follows:
  • WordPress provides advances user management system and settings
  • Easy to use
  • Password protection
  • Previewing Posts
  • Save Drafts
  • Drag and Drop Administration
  • Dynamic page generation
  • Easily Access to thousands of plugins
  • Easily use the third-party integrations

How to Download WordPress in Localhost:

In this article, I will show you, how to download and set up WordPress in a local machine with the following steps:

Step1: Download the PHP server:

You can download the XAMPP or WAMP server for your project. In this article, I have downloaded the WAMP server. You can download WAMP from this link: http://www.wampserver.com.

Next, Install Wamp server:

Step2: Download WordPress:

Go to browser and navigate the wordpress.org and download the WordPress: https://wordpress.org/download/. Next, after downloaded the wordpress, go to your directory where wordpress is downloaded and copy the folder and copy/move it under the C:\wamp64\www\ directory.

Step3: Connect WordPress with local server:

After installation of WAMP and WordPress, start the wamp server and enter the URL localhost/phpmyadmin/ like this

Next, open phpmyadmin and create database like this:

Step4: Set-up WordPress:

After database creation, navigate the browser localhost/wordpress, it will open a page and follow the given instruction like this:

Next, Enter some details of your database name, your database user_name and password like this:

After submit the page, then it will ask for Run and installation the wordpress like this:

After installation welcome page will be open and it will ask for some information such as your website title, admin username and password. Fill the information like this:

After submit the information, you will get success message and click on Login button:

Login into the page:

After login, you will get your Dashboard and web page like this: