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Features

WordPress is a powerful personal publishing platform, and it comes with a great set of features designed to make your experience as a publisher on the Internet as easy, pleasant and appealing as possible. We are proud to offer you a freely distributed, standards-compliant, fast, light and free personal publishing platform, with sensible default settings and features, and an extremely customizable core.

License and Platform

  • License 
    WordPress is licensed under the GPL.
  • Platform 
    PHP (v4.2 or newer) and MySQL(v3.23.x or newer) are required.

Managing & Administering the Weblog

  • Locally Installed 
    WordPress is designed to be installed on your own web server, or shared hosting account, which gives you complete control over the weblog. Unlike third-party hosted services, you can be sure of being able to access and modify everything related to your weblog, in case you need to. This also means that you can install WordPress on your desktop or home computer, or even on an Intranet.
  • Portable Core 
    You can choose to have the tree of wordpress related files, which form the back-end of your publicly displayed weblog to be in the same directory as the weblog, or in a different directory. For example, if you want your weblog at http://example.com (public_html - the public "root" of your webserver or hosting account) and you want to store the wordpress related files and directory tree in http://example.com/wordpress (public_html/wordpress), you can!
  • UTC friendly 
    WordPress allows you to define your time as an offset from Universal Coordinated Time (UTC), so that all the time-related elements stored in the database are stored as GMT values, which is a universal standard. Among other things, this helps you display the correct time on your weblog, even if your host server is located in a different time zone, far away from where you live.
  • gzip enabled 
    You can save some bandwidth by turning on the gzip option in your WordPress install. WordPress gzips content when the readers' browser supports it. This requires the mod_gzip module to be enabled in your Apache server installation.
  • User management 
    WordPress uses user-levels to control user-access to different features, so you can restrict the ability of individual users to create or modify content in your weblog, by changing their user-level.
  • User profiles 
    Each user on your weblog can define a profile, with details such as their email address, instant messenging aliases etc, if they want to. Users can also control the way in which their details are displayed on the weblog.
  • Easy installation and upgrade 
    WordPress' famous 5 minute install can't be beaten for simplicity and ease of use. Upgrading your weblog to the latest version of WordPress is easy, too, and it should take less time than the installation!
  • Dynamic page generation 
    No rebuilding of all your pages each time you update your weblog, or any aspect of it. All pages are generated using the database and the templates each time a page from your weblog is requested by a viewer. This means that updating your weblog, or its design is as fast as possible, and required server storage space usage is minimal.
  • Internationalization and Localization 
    You can now create a weblog that is localized to your choice, and delivered in a language of your choice. The gettext method is used translate and localize WordPress to the fullest extent.

Publicizing Your Work

Feeds 
The RSS 1.0 (aka RDF), RSS 2.0 and ATOM specifications are fully supported by WordPress, and what's more, just about any page on your weblog has an associated feed that your readers can subscribe to - there's a feed for the latest posts, for categories, comments, well, like we said earlier, for anything you want. The more options your readers have to keep track of different sections of your weblog, the easier it is for you to spread the word around the world.
Cruft-free Permalinks 
The URLs for all the pages in your weblog can be made to conform to a standard, cruft-free system, and all the links are structured, sensible, and understable to human and machines, and that includes search engines. Clean URLs are the essential for search engine optimization and an improved user experience.
Inter-blog Communication 
In an increasingly connected world, WordPress comes ready for PingBack and TrackBack, two very useful ways of connecting to other weblogs, and to enable them to do the same.

Customizing the Design

Template Driven Design 
WordPress uses templates to generate the pages dynamically. You can control the presentation of content by editing the templates using the Template Editor tool and the Template Tags
  • Template and File Editor 
    Every installation of WordPress comes with a file editor you can use to edit your templates, and other WordPress related files, right there using a browser without having to worry about downloading and uploading the files in order to edit them.
  • Template Tags 
    Template tags make it easier to design the content and information displayed on you weblog. You don't need to be a PHP whiz to design your weblog.
Themes 
You can skin your weblog using readily available themes, or styles. You can also create and share your own themes.
Plugins 
Plugins extend the core functionality of your weblog. A large number of user-developed plugins are already available and can be used to do virtually anything you want to, with your blog.

Creating Content

Password protection 
So you want to share something with some people, but not everyone? Easy, protect the article in question with a password.
Post Slug 
If you are using clean PermaLinks on your website, you can define the link to an individual post by using a post-slug.
Post to the future 
You can write a post today and have it appear on the weblog at a future date, automatically.
Multi paged posts 
If your post is too long, cut it up into pages, so your readers don't have to scroll to the end of the world.
File/picture uploading 
You can upload pictures or files, and link to them or display them in your articles. You have the option of creating thumbnails of pictures when you upload them.
Categories 
Organize your posts into categories, and sub-categories, and sub-sub categories...
emoticons 
WordPress is smart enough to convert character smileys, like ":)" into the graphical image counterparts.
Save Drafts 
Save your unfinished articles, improve them later, publish when you're done.
Previewing Posts 
Before you press the "Publish" button, you can look at the preview for the article you just wrote to check if everything is the way you want it. In fact, you can do that at any time, since the preview is "live".
Desktop Tools 
You don't have to use a browser to update your weblog, you can use any desktop blogging tool that supports the MetaWeblog or Blogger API.
Blog by email 
You can send your posts as an email and have them appear on the weblog.
Bookmarklets 
Add the "Press It!" bookmarklet provided by WordPress to your browser and you have a shortcut to create an article with a link to the page currently displayed on your browser!
Sidebar 
If you don't like a bookmarklet, use our friendly broswer sidebar, which can be used in a similar fashion.
Formatting 
Think of WordPress as something that makes your words smoother, and your pages more appealing. WordPress ships with text-formatting plugins that clean up your content and add typographic goodness to your articles.

Archives and Search

Archiving 
After you've been blogging for an extended period of time, what matters is how well your posts are organized, and for that, WordPress provides you with several ready made options to display the archives of your blog, containing all the old posts. You can choose from yearly, monthly, daily, weekly, category-wise or author-wise archives, and easily link to the archive pages from the main page (or any other page) of your blog, using a template tag to generate the links to these archive pages. Since WordPress generates pages dynamically, all these archive pages come at no additional space-cost to your server.
Searching 
WordPress has a functional in-built search tool, which will allow visitors to your blog to search for the terms that they are looking for, and the search-hilite plugin that ships with WordPress can highlight the terms they were searching for, so it is all the more easier for them to find what they were searching for. In addition to this, the plugin also does the same for someone who arrives at your blog by clicking at a search result in a search engine, such as google. All in all, searching is fun, with WordPress.

Discussion and Comments

Community Building 
WP is not the YMCA, but it does help build communities around weblogs, through the use of comments, trackbacks and pingbacks, helping you keep in touch with the audience, and fostering friendship
Allowed html tags
Not everyone is evil, but keep those who are evil in check by deciding the html tags that are kosher on your weblog. The default html tags allowed by WordPress are a sane choice to let people use html in their comments, without compromising the safety of your data, or server.
Moderation 
For the control freak in all of us, WordPress provides an array of moderation options, you can moderate
  • all comments before they appear on the blog
  • comments with specific words in them
  • comments posted from specific IP addresses
  • comments with more than the number of links you allow in them.
All these moderation options keep spammers and vandals in check.
Notification 
WordPress can send you an email each time there is a new comment, or a comment awaiting moderation, to keep you in the loop.

Creating and Managing a Blogroll

Blogroll 
The blogroll is where you link to the blogs you read frequently - a friendly way of acknowledging the good blogs out there. WordPress' in-built Link Manager allows you to add and manage links effortlessly
Bookmarklet 
The effortlessness begins with a neat bookmarklet that you can add to the bookmarks or favourites in your browser. Adding a link to an interesting blog or website is as simple as clicking on the bookmark or favourite when you visit the blog or website the next time!
Categorizing 
The links in your blogroll can be categorized and neatly organized
Importing 
If you already have a list 'o links as an OPML file, you can import it to your WordPress blog. For those coming from other blogging tools, this means that you can import your blogroll from Blogrolling.com and never use a third-party service to manage your blogroll, again.
Exporting 
Did we say you can also export an OPML file with your list 'o links?
Displaying 
As with everything else, you get some neat template tags that enable you to display your blogroll the way you like - in alphabetical order, ranking order, the order in which they were updated - you get the idea.