An Introduction to the Web via WordPress

W elcome to this WordPress tutorial, and thanks for your interest. You are probably here because you attended a workshop we conducted. I hope you find this WordPress journey instructive. Feel free to comment on any of these pages, and we will get back to you promptly if you have any questions or suggestions!

Why another WordPress tutorial, you may wonder? We present the various concepts behind WordPress because it is a great framework to understand how the Internet works. It incorporates many of the key concepts behind all websites - client-server applications, databases, content management, security and user accounts, platforms and APIs, and cloud configurations.

Moreover, WordPress is widely used, is open-sourced, and is supported by a very large, enthusiastic and international community. Wherever you travel in the country or around the world, you will find fellow WordPress aficionados!

WordPress vs WordPress.com vs WordPress.org

The WordPress community is a very important part of its history, current development, and your involvement in it. It’s important to understand the distinction between various parts of this community - chiefly, the folks behind WordPress.com and those behind WordPress.org.

The WordPress software itself is available as open-source software - it’s available free for you to use and modify as you please. It was developed by a company named Automattic, which provides a web hosting service called WordPress.com. A separate organization called the WordPress Foundation was started to own the trademark “WordPress,” and to manage the open-source developer community itself. The Foundation also manages the website WordPress.org, which among other things, hosts a number of pieces of the WordPress framework, about which we’ll learn a lot more later on.

The WordPress software itself is available as open-source software - it’s available free for you to use and modify as you please. It was developed by a company named Automattic, which provides a web hosting service called WordPress.com. A separate organization called the WordPress Foundation was started to own the trademark “WordPress,” and to manage the open-source developer community itself. The Foundation also manages the website WordPress.org, which among other things, hosts a number of pieces of the WordPress framework, about which we’ll learn a lot more later on.

When you download WordPress for your own use, it automatically connects to the website wordpress.org, for a number of purposes. This makes it in general easier for you to use WordPress. It’s useful throughout, however, to remember these 3 different entities - WordPress, the sofware; WordPress.com, the main website of the company that grew out of this software; and Wordpress.org, a website maintained by the Wordpress Foundation.