WordPress FAQ

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How to use WordPress
WordPress is an easy to use content management system that lets you add, delete, or edit content on your website as easy as writing an email.


General Questions

What is WordPress?

WordPress is both a CMS (Content Management System) and a blogging platform. That means that you can use it to power just about any website out there, use to run just a blog, or use it to power a web site with built-in blogging capabilities.

What is a CMS?

CMS stands for Content Management System. If you wanted to create a web site in days before CMSs were widely available, you had to code the entire thing by hand. With a CMS, the coding is handled for you. If you can use a word processor like Microsoft Office or Open Office, you can use WordPress to add, delete, or edit content at any time.

Why WordPress?

There are many different content management systems out there. WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal are currently the three most widely known and used. We chose WordPress because of its ease of use, wide base of support, and frequent upgrades, which makes it one of the most secure CMSs available.

If I use WordPress, why do I need to hire a web design firm?

While a CMS such as WordPress makes it easy to add or delete content, there are many other items you must consider when creating a website. Design, security, and upgrades are some of the many things that a good web design and hosting company can offer you. You would rather spend your time growing your business than worrying about the security of your website.

Technical Questions

I have seen other WordPress sites, and they have features I don't have, or I have features they don't. Why?

WordPress has a lot of controls, and what appears to you on the backend depends mostly upon which user role you have. However, we have also turned off certain features that only the webmaster needs to worry about. Doing so makes it harder for you to make a mistake that could mess up your site.

Is it possible to customize which permissions a user role has, or to create a custom role?

Yes. Simply submit a support ticket describing the changes you would like. (Will be billed at the hourly rate.)