What the Hell is a WordPress website?

Another handy Geek > English translation post for you, because “WordPress” is something we talk about a lot. WordPress is a PHP-driven, open-source Content Management System, or CMS.

In plain English, it is software designed for the creation of websites. It’s easily the most popular CMS around, and powers something like a third of all websites on the internet. That’s huge.

WordPress has been around for over 10 years and was originally made specifically for the creation of blogging websites. However, its flexibility soon meant it was being used to make sites of all kinds. Being “open-source”, WordPress is free to use, and is contributed to by thousands of geeky programmers who write optional little bits of extra functionality (called “plugins”) that can be added to a website to achieve a specific goal. Things like fancy image galleries, shopping carts, newsletter signups, can all be added with just a few clicks.

Giving Website owners control over their content

“Content Management System” is geek-speak for websites that users can update themselves, without any specific coding knowledge. Users have a “back-end” of the website that they can log into and from where they can edit the website’s text and images, and create new pages and blog posts.

In order to function, CMS websites are database-driven. This means that all text, site settings, and other information that make up the pages of the website are stored in a database, rather than in static pages.

Why do these websites need special hosting?

As WordPress is phenomenally popular, it is a prime target for hackers. Also, its open-source nature means that hackers have ready access to its code and are continually probing for weaknesses. It is therefore critical that WordPress websites are kept up to date so that vulnerabilities are fixed as soon as they’re discovered.

Also, database-driven websites are more resource-heavy, so are prone to performance issues if they’re on a standard, shared hosting server. That’s why we recommend our Premium VPS Hosting.

We also actively manage sites on the server, ensuring they are kept up to date at all times. This is why our Premium hosting is more expensive than our Standard hosting – and also why it is essential if you want to protect your website from being hacked.

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