WordPress is a powerful web development software. Indeed, close to 40% of all websites on the internet use WordPress. So some people might think WordPress is a programming or coding language.
Let’s find out if that’s right.
Is WordPress a Programming Language?
No, WordPress is NOT a programming or coding language. Instead, WordPress packs into itself multiple web programming languages and allows you to create websites without actually coding.
For most people, WordPress is a powerful drag-and-drag web design software. That explains why it is so popular with bloggers.
The learning curve is anything but steep. Anyone with little interest can easily learn WordPress and create amazing websites.
As you drag and drop blocks to design in WordPress, the “coding” is done in the background. You don’t even have to ever think of what’s happening behind scene. That’s the power of WordPress!
What Programming Languages are used in WordPress?
The primary programming language behind WordPress is Php.
Additionally, the following web programming languages are also used:
Now that you know what’s under the hood of WordPress, what makes them all work together?
Enter Themes and Plugins!
What is a WordPress Theme?
A WordPress theme is a collection or folder or files- Php code,HTML, CSS styles, Javacript code, images etc.- that dictates the look and feel of your website.
Think of a theme as a basic template that you build your website on. Find some examples below.
Best Free WordPress Themes
You don’t need to pay a dime for a WordPress theme. While there are premium themes sold on Themeforest or CodeCanyon, there are thousands of free themes that can be installed in your WordPress dashboard.
Here’s a list of the best free WordPress themes:
- Store Front
What is a WordPress Plugin?
A WordPress plugin is a web software that adds extra functionality to a WordPress website. Plugins enable your website to do more than what the core WordPress software is built to do.
For example, you may want people to order products you sell on your website. Plugins make that possible.
You may also want businesses in your area to list on your website. There are hundreds of plugins for such a directory website.
Here are some common WordPress plugins and what they do.
Common WordPress Plugins
- Elementor – Easy to use page builder
- WooCommerce – Turns your website into an ecommerce store
You can learn to create websites without coding – with WordPress – in this online course.
We’ve answered other frequently asked questions about WordPress in the following articles.