For most web developers and bloggers, WordPress doesn't need introduction. Probably the most popular and most installed CMS in the world and one of the most user-friendly.
Originally developed as blogging platform in 2003, based on PHP and MySQL. Nowadays, WordPress is not just a blogging platform, but powerful CMS suitable for any kind of web project – business and personal websites, small e-commerce shops and social networks. Additionally there are many bridge components, mods and hooks for other content management systems that can integrate WordPress and provide website with blogging capabilities. You might also would like to check "WordPress Tips" section at our blog.
WordPress Web Hosting Requirements
This CMS is very light and easy to run on any kind of shared Linux web hosting based on Apache, Nginx, LightSpeed, etc server. It can run successfully on Windows hosting too, but personally would recommend to stick to Linux.
The official website states that require PHP version is 5.2, though I would recommend PHP 5.3, as there might be some conflicts with plug-ins and main core on 5.2. MySQL version 5 or greater. To have beautiful SEF URLs mod_rewrite is required, too.
For security reasons suPHP is required (almost all top web hosting companies use suPHP).
WordPress Features and Capabilities
WordPress is very flexible CMS that work out of the box. Literally there is no limit of what kind of website you can build with WordPress. Core features are:
Extend plug-in system
In-build comment forms
WordPress Themes and Plug-ins
Since WordPress is popular and mature CMS, there are tons of quality free and premium plug-ins (visit our WordPress Plug-in Reviews) and themes. WordPress developer comprehensive documentation is very well written, so another option is to create your own plug-ins and themes with custom features.
In the last few years, there is a trend of so called “App Themes for WordPress”, where custom functions are integrated in WordPress theme and can convert blog into any kind of project – for instance – real estate, web directory, article directory, job board, vacation rental, car dealer, etc....
Another big plus for this platform is the ease of management and maintenance. There are regular updates and clear course of development. There are many quality security and maintenance plug-ins. It is easy to pick a reliable web hosting for WordPress and if necessary to scale the project and migrate the website to another web host.
A complete WordPress review will need at least a thousand pages. In brief, this is a CMS that doesn't require knowledge about web development, there is a lot of information online and support community is very active. Literally, you can find answer of any problem just searching on Google.
WordPress is powerful CMS, not just a blogging platform. It is very flexible and suitable for different kind of web projects. Easy to host and transfer. Great number of themes and plug-ins. Offer great features and capabilities, highly recommended!