WordPress

WordPress


Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 13 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
3.6
File Size:
4.27MB
Date Added:
August 02, 2013
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP
Total Downloads:
92,261
Downloads Last Week:
238
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
PHP 4.1, MySQL 4.0

Editors' review

WordPress has developed into one of the most robust and customizable website development platforms on the Internet today and only continues to grow. As a free, open-source platform, it offers thousands of options for expansion and customization, whether through themes and plug-ins or custom code.

Pros

Extremely customizable platform: WordPress is highly customizable. From creation of custom pages to quick changes to the permalinks of your pages, it allows you to do just about anything you want with a site. Even then, plug-ins and themes are available to upgrade and enhance your website in many ways.

Open source and supported by many tools: WordPress is an open-source platform, so it is free. You can download it from Wordpress.org and install it in minutes if you have your own server. The last part can be a hurdle for some who are not experienced in website development, but the support community for this tool is immense with more than a decade's worth of updates, plug-ins, themes, and third-party tools that integrate with it.

Cons

Installation and maintenance require some technical knowledge: The one con of using a tool like WordPress is that it is not as simple as some plug-and-play website builders. You will need your own server, and you'll need some basic skills to create the necessary resources and upload the files to that server. Ongoing maintenance can also be technical to a degree, so it is important that you feel comfortable doing this or have access to a resource to help with it.

Bottom Line

Whether you're a website creation pro, or you're just building your first site, WordPress is a great platform. Offering plenty of entry-level themes and plug-ins for a quick-to-create website experience and the depth needed by seasoned developers to really experiment, it's a true standout in the world of open-source software.

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  • 5 stars

    "Find it amazing! So simple to use but very powerful!"

    February 08, 2013   |   By 88chandru

    Version: WordPress 3.5.1

    Pros

    More than just being an open source.. I find the WordPresss a great tool, so simple to use even for a novice like m.

    Cons

    none that i can think of at the moment.

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  • 3 stars

    "it has proven satisfactory"

    July 23, 2011   |   By DWARNER497

    Version: WordPress 3.2.1

    Pros

    it has proven satisfactory

    Cons

    it has proven satisfactory

    Summary

    it has proven satisfactory

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  • 3 stars

    "WordPress post and category list plugin"

    April 27, 2011   |   By workon1

    Version: WordPress 3.1.1

    Pros

    <a target="_new" href="http://w4dev.com/w4-plugin/w4-post-list/">W4 post list </a> Create a list of your categories, posts or category posts and show it your sites widget area, post or page content area by shortcode.

    Cons

    Visit the <a target="_new" href="http://w4dev.com/w4-plugin/w4-post-list/"> W4 post list website </a> for more informatiom

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  • 5 stars

    "Superior blogging and content management platform"

    July 30, 2010   |   By trader7757

    Version: WordPress 3.0.1

    Pros

    absolutely simple to install, set up a sql data base, unzip the file, get your passwords and you are ready to go. There are plenty of free plug-ins, and even more low priced plug-ins, so you can do virtually anything you want.

    Cons

    It takes a little practice to use if you are not familiar with sql, so you need to know a smattering of php and have some basic idea of how to set up your sql database.

    Summary

    I have many blogs on this platform and they run virtually problem free. There are often a flurry of update to install as security issues are uncovered and plug-ins update to work with the releases. I really enjoy using this platform.

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  • 1 stars

    "Wordpress is a developers nightmare"

    March 05, 2010   |   By rogueilluminatus

    Version: WordPress 2.9.2

    Pros

    Certainly there are a lot of good features, but these are shared by virtually every other blog product on the market.

    Cons

    The obfuscation of code is outrageous, if not unethical and immoral. Simple changes that should take minutes take hours to simply find WHERE to make the change. Official documentation is incomplete, not including many important function calls.

    Summary

    If you know enough php to edit your scripts, then you're better off writing your own scripts WITHOUT SENSELESS OBFUSCATION and building a fully custom blog from scratch. It may take two to three times as long, but eventually you'll get what you want, and if you have any maintenance to do or subtle changes to make, you'll save big time in the long run. Sorry Wordpress, but I have to give you a D-.

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  • 1 stars

    "Could not install"

    December 10, 2009   |   By bustertoad

    Version: WordPress 2.8.6

    Pros

    The description sounded very good and the download seemed to go okay.

    Cons

    Could not get program to install. Quit after two hours.
    No program removal function.

    Summary

    I downloaded the program because of the good reviews. I hate to have to unzip anything, but I did it for this one. Why is it necessary to still have use zipped functions. The programs claims to have an easy five minute install. I spent two hours and was never able to get it to install or function at all. The error messages were even confusing. I must be a dunce because all the other reviews are great. When I finally gave up, I found out that there was no way to uninstall this program. I wanted it to work and I really tried.

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  • 5 stars

    "Had my first blog up and running in no time"

    August 10, 2009   |   By geezeweb

    Version: WordPress 2.8.3

    Pros

    I could understand the installation language except for on word

    Cons

    Account for WordPress purposes has a different meaning that what is used in the business wold.

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  • 5 stars

    "Best Hands Down"

    March 15, 2009   |   By BlitzBoy1120

    Version: WordPress 2.7

    Pros

    Does what I need it to do, easy to edit php files, thousands of plugins for me to use, hassle free to add posts, pages, tags, media, etc. Can be used easily on a day to day basis.

    Cons

    You can't edit how you design each page individually.

    Summary

    It's no longer just a blogging software, it can be used for practically anything.

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  • 5 stars

    "Efficient product..."

    December 03, 2008   |   By smark82

    Version: WordPress 2.6

    Pros

    Efficient product...

    Cons

    Efficient product...

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  • 5 stars

    "A perfect blogging tool"

    May 26, 2007   |   By irina3131

    Version: WordPress 2.1

    Pros

    Wordpress is an amazing blogging tool. Having read through reviews I settled on Wordpress for a rather uncompelling reason - it was completely free, it looked ok and it installed via Fantastico, which meant less hassle for me.

    I was not disappointed. Wordpress installation was a breeze - 30 seconds flat. Even if your host doesn't have Fantastico - there are very detailed, step by step instructions for an install which should take about 5 minutes (I haven't tried though). You can also get Wordpress.org to install it for you in the unlikely event that you get stuck.

    Having installed Wordpress on my server it took me less than an hour to chose a theme from thousands of free themes available and customise it to my liking. Bear in mind that I don't know any php, have minimal html skills and have never had a blog before. Therefore the learning curve from zero to up and running was less than an hour.

    One of the best things about WordPress is that there are thousands of wonderful and completely free widgets and plugins. They are extremely easy to install (usually upload a folder on your server and click a button in Wordpress Admin interface) and I am yet to encounter an issue for which I couldn't find a plugin. Most come with detailed instructions and help from developers.

    Setting up a blog with Wordpress.com is supposedly easier than self-hosting, but the level of knowledge required to get Wordpress.org software up and running is minimal, so if you have a host and are chosing between the two options - I'd strongly recommend going with the self-hosted version - you get lots of flexibility and it is just so easy.

    Cons

    There is honestly nothing to not like about this product.

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