WEBSITE and WORDPRESS

Creating a Website Using WordPress: Literature Review

Spragins (1998) describes a website as a collection of web pages that are related in serving a particular purpose to its visitors. Typically, the web pages are identified with a common domain name and published on at least one server. The web pages, which form the building blocks of a website are composed in plain text that is interspersed with formatting codes/instructions Hypertext Markup Language (HTML or XHTML). A webpage is transported and/or accessed with a Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) although the encrypted one is called HTTPS. A website can be complex or simple static website depending on the functions. With this regard therefore, it follows that the importance of a website depends on its functions and service delivery. A website can be either a personal website (this may be a simple static website) or a large public site. Among large websites, there are government websites, corporate websites, social websites and business websites. With this diversity of websites it means websites enjoy a wider scope and ease of access through the internet. This has led to popularity of the website with an increasing number of users.

Pew Research Center (2014) shows an increase in the number of internet users from 14% to 78% in America alone. Based on the ease of access to information over a wider area within a very short time, websites have contributed to very high increase in communication. The internet community has resulted in increased demand for websites in an effort to market businesses, faster information dissemination (social media) and convenient, transparent and cheaper ways of service delivery. Empirically, all areas require websites. However, the process of website creation is no easy walk.’ Some of the solutions to the task is the content management system (CMS)

CMS and WordPress

There are two major ways in which a person can make a website. The first one, and this you bet is quite a task, is hard coding. There are many coding languages and it can take quite a lot of time programming or very expensive paying for the service. The second method is the content management system (CMS). This is essentially a precoded system that enables the user to manage according to his need. This is a very necessary and biggest achievement since it is the fastest known method of making a website. There are many CMS systems and publications alike including the major systems such as Joomla, drupal and wordpress. The most competitive part of a CMS is the ease of use. WordPress does not even require extensive guides to use and this has led to increased popularity to the top position as CMS accounting for —%. Making a website in wordpress takes a shorter time, less expertise and above it all, the customer finds it easy to understand the system so the system won’t require a lot of technical support after delivery. Other factors such as security and variety of choice may not be the selling point of wordpress since others have them too. Simplicity of wordpress has been contributed by a large community of users and this makes it the best considered system for any CMS project (Mauthe and Thomas, 2004).

References

Mauthe, A. and Thomas, P. (2004). Professional content management systems. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons.

Pew Research Center: Internet, Science & Tech. (2014). Internet Use Over Time. [online] Available at: http://www.pewinternet.org/data-trend/internet-use/internet-use-over-time/ [Accessed 18 May 2016].

Spragins, J. (1998). Web site engineering: beyond web page design [Book Reviews]. IEEE Network, 12(6), pp.5-5.