Standalone or Freestanding…
How to design the right software for the right job. What kind of software should you have running your website, because it is no longer enough to just have a website you need programming and you need software to make your website stand out in the crowd.
WordPress is a CMS or Content Management System. Find out what you are missing in your wordpress content, because what you do not know about using wordpress websites will hurt you.
What if you could have both at the same time.
It was created to make it easier for the every day person to create content and to publish that content to the internet, it did not matter if you were a seasoned publisher or if you were just an average Joe or Jane publisher, you could setup and publish a website using wordpress. WordPress is considered by many to be the most popular publishing system out there and deservedly so. This is why this website is a wordpress website, you can skin it, (like decorating a home) with what they call themes, which apply through out a website often with the ease of a few mouse clicks. Google appears to really like wordpress websites, so that is another plus for using this CMS system. However, when you look under the hood of wordpress you may not really understand what you are seeing, like a complicated super charged race car, most people would be very impressed but understand little about how it worked.
The great thing is that like TV, you do not have to understand it to use it. WordPress can be used as many different things, part of how versatile it is depends on one part of the system called plug ins. This involves the use of programming, most often PHP, but it can be a combination of technologies, the nature of plugins can be used to adapt a wordpress website and instantly turn it into something very powerful. It can also be used for both good and bad, so beware of some of the free plugins, out there, not that we mean to scare you but not all plugin developers are the good guys, but you already knew that were just reminding you that if you walk down a blind alley, at midnight, you might be mugged.
Ok now that you have been warned, lets proceed to the next part.
Plugins are a great way to gain powerful features without having to understand how they work the down side is that you have little or no control over what they do, so you do have to be careful how you use them. There are literally thousands and thousands of plugins out there, many work just fine but many more do not. It is common to find that some plugins do not behave correctly, they might have a conflict with other plugins.
I know it is confusing, but if you think of it this way, the parent is wordpress and the children are plugins, often children may not always get along with the other children, they may fight, they may get angry with each other and do things that may cause you grief as the parent or the website operator. Now you would not just throw out the baby with the bath water, at least most of us would not do that, however you may at some point have to consider the value of a particular plugin if it does not play well with the other more valuable plugins. We have been using and developing plugins for a long time now and we are still learning every day something different about how they work, that is the way of change, and change is what wordpress is all about. The day something stops changing, (growing as a product) is the day that it begins to decline.
So the important thing here is that wordpress continues to evolve and part of that evolution is in developing software to use with wordpress websites, this is what we want to do, to provide you the public with plugins that make your life easier, since wordpress by itself is great, we thought that making it even better would be a lot of fun, this is why we started creating wordpress websites like this plugin related website. Over the next few weeks we will be releasing our well tested plugins, we hope you enjoy them as much as we do.