This month the library introduced a new class series to its lineup, the web development platform WordPress. Here are the “need to know”s on WordPress and the class series.
What is WordPress?
WordPress is an online, open source website creation tool. It’s probably the easiest and most powerful blogging and website content management system (or CMS) in existence today. Many popular websites are created and run using WordPress, in fact the Cleveland Heights Public Library uses WordPress for its own website.
Nearly one quarter of all websites are created using WordPress.
Why use WordPress?
WordPress offers many tools in creating sleek and professional websites and blogs. Users who choose WordPress can also find many widgets and plug-ins to enhance the tools and customization.
Additionally WordPress is Open Source, meaning the original code has been made available to coders and developers everywhere. Open Source allows for new users to make custom theme designs, tools, and thousands of additional features.
In paid accounts users can choose from additional theme designs and add additional tools and features, called Plugins, to their website.
Community. WordPress is a very popular and powerful product when talking about why a user might pick WordPress over the competitors it’s important to mention the truly massive online community.
WordPress users are able to access the community through help forums and a help center on the website. Just about every problem can be fixed and solution implemented with a trip to the WordPress community.
The Difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org
It is important to note that there are two different WordPress creation websites available. They offer a different level of usage.
For most small business WordPress.com is completely sufficient for all of their website needs. WordPress.org works better for a company that has the resources to host many servers on their premises.
The classes at the library cover WordPress.com, however much of the skills learned in these classes can be applied to a WordPress.org website.
Next class series begins Monday August 8th at 7pm with the rest of the series continuing each following Monday night.
Register two weeks in prior to the first class, call (216) 932- 3600 or visit events.heightslibrary.org/computer-classes
Feel like WordPress looks a little advanced? Try Weebly, a web development tool that lets users drag and drop. Classes begin Monday July 11th at 7pm.
Register two weeks in advance, call (216) 932- 3600 or visit events.heightslibrary.org/computer-classes