Features include a plugin architecture and a template system , referred to within WordPress as Themes. WordPress was originally created as a blog-publishing system but has evolved to support other web content types including more traditional mailing lists and forums , media galleries, membership sites, learning management systems LMS and online stores. WordPress is used by The software is released under the GPLv2 or later license. To function, WordPress has to be installed on a web server , either part of an Internet hosting service like WordPress.
I like to think of WordPress as the gateway drug of web development. Many people who get started using the platform are initially merely looking for a comfortable and free way to create a simple website, often with the help of a WordPress page builder plugin. Instead, they get hooked. Come up with more ideas. Try out new plugins. Discover Firebug. Soon there is no turning back. Does that sound like your story?
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A custom page lets you use a different layout from your regular pages in WordPress. Many WordPress sites have custom page layouts for their sales pages, landing pages, webinar pages, and more. By default WordPress allows you to create posts and pages. Your WordPress theme controls the appearance of your pages using a template file called page. However, as you already know that not all pages are the same. For instance, you may want to create a landing page that looks quite different from your regular website pages. We will cover that method, but we do not recommend it for beginners. Instead, we suggest using SeedProd or another page builder plugin to create your custom page.
Page templates are a specific type of template file that can be applied to a specific page or groups of pages. Note: As of WordPress 4. For more details how to set a page template to specific post types see example below. Since a page template is a specific type of template file, here are some distinguishing features of page templates:. You may decide that you want your homepage to look a specific way, that is quite different to other parts of your site. Or, you may want to display a featured image that links to a post on one part of the page, have a list of latest posts elsewhere, and use a custom navigation. You can use page templates to achieve these things. This section shows you how to build page templates that can be selected by your users through their admin screens. When a person browses to your website, WordPress selects which template to use for rendering that page. As we learned earlier in the Template Hierarchy , WordPress looks for template files in the following order:.