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In today’s article, we are going to talk about WordPress. We are going to see when WordPress started, what is WordPress and how it works.

So, the first question would be:

When WordPress started?

The birth of WordPress was on 27th May 2003 when Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little, decided to build a new platform on top of b2/cafelog. They announced the availability of the first version of WordPress. It was well-received by the community. It was based on b2 Cafelog with significant improvements. The first version of WordPress included a new admin interface, new templates, and generated XHTML 1.1 compliant templates.

What is WordPress?

WordPress is a Content Management System (CMS) that provides you the ability to publish, edit, modify, organize, delete and maintain content all in one central space. It`s not only a powerful platform to store and manipulate information but it`s also a blogging software as well as a framework for web development. WordPress is open-source software, which means anyone can study its code and write their own plugins and themes.

With the increase in the number of users, WordPress started getting better with the help and interest of the community and in time, it becomes what it is nowaday.

How does WordPress work?

WordPress needs two components to work on your web server: PHP and MySQL. PHP is the language WordPress is written in which makes it dynamic. PHP is a server-side language, meaning, it runs on your web server before a page is served to the browser. PHP is actually one of the most popular languages on the web today, partly due to the popularity of WordPress itself! It is great at adding information to databases and extracting information from them based on a given criterion. From here, that information can be inserted into an HTML page.

 On the other hand, MySQL is an open-source relational database management system, which can be likened to working with a complex spreadsheet that files data under multiple related headings. Users have access to the database where data of all kinds can be created, updated, read and deleted (CRUD). MySQL is the second most used database management system in the world and is extremely fast at responding to queries.

When it comes to functionality, WordPress functions on three levels:

  1. Providing. It provides an easy interface (known as the dashboard) for website owners to manage their content database;
  2. Creating. It creates MySQL queries for the database, receives the information and publishes the page containing the required data on the path when it is requested by a browser;
  3. Variety. It welcomes variety through themes, plugins and shortcodes so that any functionality a website owner wants can be added to the site, given they understand PHP and studies WordPress codes.

When it comes to access, WordPress can be accessed also on three levels:

  1. Front-end website that is accessed whenever someone visits an URL from your blog website.
  2. Admin area – also known as the Dashboard. This is accessible whenever you log-in to WordPress as an administrator or as an editor or author
  3. WordPress’s own files on the server – this contains the files with the actual WordPress code (known as the Core), along with theme files, plugin files, CSS and the like.

That being said, understanding how WordPress works is a great skill, which can be a bit scary at first, but let’s not give in from step one. Give yourself time. We will learn together. More to come, so Stay Tuned!

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