What is WordPress?

WordPress is a flexible and powerful content management system. It is Open Source which means there is no licence fee to users. This has encouraged the growth of a global community of developers who have created a wide variety of plugins.

These plugins are freely or cheaply available and enhance the functionality of appearance of a WordPress Website. Whatever the website requires there is probably a plugin to do that task, massively reducing development costs.

A new administrators interface has made creating and editing page content far more flexible and powerful. It is also quite simple to use with a little practice. The new interface allows a page to be built from blocks of content. This makes page reformatting more reliable when viewed across different screen sizes.

Each block can be styled individually, allowing mixed content to be easily added to any page. Blocks can hold other blocks to create specific features such as columns, tables, image galleries, audio players, text styles, etc.

Blocks can be customised by your developer, or possibly by a plugin, to provide a specific format or function that cannot be achieved using the standard editor. For example ‘counters’ are often seen on websites that count up certain numbers, such as
the number of lofts converted or gardens landscaped.

Or there might be a page giving details of staff members in a custom layout that shows a photo, a short biography and icons linking to their social media accounts.

The new block editor makes it so much easier for non-technical users to create highly styled pages. It is a significant step forward in the power WordPress puts in
the hands of it’s users.

Beyond the flexibility of blocks all sorts of functionality can be added to a WordPress Website using shortcodes and plugins.