WordPress was launched in 2003 as an open-source content management system built for blogging. Since then, WordPress has become the most popular way to build a website. According to W3Techs, WordPress powers 35.4% of the world’s websites as of December 2019. This includes both WordPress.com and WordPress.org which leads us to the question – what’s the difference between two?
WordPress uses a concept of User Roles, designed to give the site owner the ability to control what users can and cannot do within the site. A site owner can manage the user access to such tasks as writing and editing posts, creating Pages, defining links, creating categories, moderating comments, managing plugins, managing themes, and managing other users, by assigning a specific role to each of the users. https://codex.wordpress.org/Roles_and_Capabilities
WordPress comes with six user roles with varying capabilities:
- Super Admin – gives access to the site network administration and all features
- Administrator – gives access to the administration features within a single site
- Editor – gives the ability to publish and manage posts, including posts of other users
- Author – gives the ability to publish and manage their own posts
- Contributor – gives the ability to write and manage posts but cannot publish
- Subscriber – gives the ability to manage their own profile
The WordPress Dashboard can be a little daunting to the first time user. Below is a quick overview:
What is a Blog?
First, WordPress can be a bit daunting. One question that comes up quite frequently is: What is a blog?
So let’s start with some definitions:
a Web site that contains online personal reflections, comments, and often hyperlinks provided by the writer; also: the contents of such a site