Using WordPress To Create A Website
Widgets are small modules that offer users drag-and-drop sidebar content placement through the implementation of plugins ‘ extended abilities. Some of these Widgets offer customization options such as web forms to fill out, a search form, includes or excludes of data and information such as Categories, Archives and Recent Posts, optional images through slideshows and/or carousels, among other customization features.These small modules are typically displayed within the header (header.php), footer (footer.php) and sidebars (sidebar.php files) of websites, but can also be placed outside of said locations enabling even further customization. Multi-user and multi-blogging edit source edit
Prior to WordPress 3.0, WordPress supported one blog per installation, although multiple concurrent copies may be run from different directories if configured to use separate database tables. WordPress Multi-User (WordPress MU, or WPMU) was a fork of WordPress created to allow multiple blogs to exist within one installation but is able to be administered by a centralized maintainer. WordPress MU makes it possible for those with a website to host their own blogging community, as well as control and moderate all the blogs from a single dashboard. WordPress MU adds eight new data tables for each blog.
But before you rush off and pick up one of these plugins it is worth pointing out that while you can do amazing things with them, you still need the content to populate your site with. Although these page builders add a lot of impressive functionality to WordPress they can’t work miracles. As tempting as it might be to purchase one of these items in the hope of producing something special and attention grabbing, without the quality images, videos and written content you will be left with a site packed full of all the latest bells and whistles without any of the substance required to engage readers.
On July 10, 2007, following a discussion on the WordPress ideas forum 29 and a post by Mark Ghosh in his blog Weblog Tools Collection, 30 Matt Mullenweg announced that the official WordPress theme directory at http://themes.wordpress.net would no longer host themes containing sponsored links. 31 32 Although this move was criticized by designers and users of sponsored themes, 33 it wasby WordPress users who consider such themes to be spam. 34 The official WordPress theme directory ceased to accept any new themes, including those without sponsored links, shortly after the announcement was made. 35 36
Each element that can be added to a page has many options which is great as it gives you lots of control over what you are working with. However, with so many options, this page builder could become a real time killer for the inquisitive and undisciplined. With that being said, it wasn’t necessary to touch most of the options so if you can ignore the temptation to play around, you can still quickly add impressive elements to your pages without the need to explore the settings too thoroughly. Some of the 44 built in content block elements that can easily be added to pages with this plugin include: