Why Choose WordPress?

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One of the prin­ci­ple ad­van­tages of Word­Press is that you are in con­trol. Un­like re­mote-host­ed scripts such as Blog­ger and Live­Jour­nal, you host Word­Press on your own serv­er. In­stal­la­tion is very sim­ple, as is the con­fig­u­ra­tion. Un­like oth­er soft­ware pro­grams, there are not a mil­lion files to chmod nor are there dozens of tem­plates to edit just to get your site set up and look­ing the way you want.

Also, Blog pages in Word­Press are gen­er­at­ed on the fly when­ev­er a page is re­quest­ed, so you do not have mul­ti­ple archive pages clog­ging up your web space. Wait­ing for pages to re­build is a thing of the past be­cause tem­plate changes are made in scant sec­onds.

Word­Press is built fol­low­ing W3C stan­dards for XHTML and CSS, en­sur­ing that your site is more eas­i­ly ren­dered across stan­dards-com­pli­ant browsers. Oth­er browsers are sup­port­ed with a few hacks; it’s a re­al­i­ty of the web that hacks are nec­es­sary.

Ag­gre­ga­tor sup­port is built-in with a num­ber of stan­dard RSS con­fig­u­ra­tions al­ready done for you, as well as Atom. Fol­low­ing stan­dards makes your Word­Press site eas­i­er to man­age, in­creas­es its longevi­ty for fu­ture In­ter­net tech­nol­o­gy adop­tion, and helps give your site the widest au­di­ence pos­si­ble.

What is The WordPress Loop?

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The Loop is PHP code used by Word­Press to dis­play posts. Us­ing The Loop, Word­Press process­es each post to be dis­played on the cur­rent page, and for­mats it ac­cord­ing to how it match­es spec­i­fied cri­te­ria with­in The Loop tags. Any HTML or PHP code in the Loop will be processed on each post.

When Word­Press doc­u­men­ta­tion says “This tag must be with­in The Loop”, such as for spe­cif­ic Tem­plate Tag or plu­g­ins, the tag will be re­peat­ed for each post. For ex­am­ple, The Loop dis­plays the fol­low­ing in­for­ma­tion by de­fault for each post:

You can dis­play oth­er in­for­ma­tion about each post us­ing the ap­pro­pri­ate Tem­plate Tags or (for ad­vanced users) by ac­cess­ing the vari­able, which is set with the cur­rent post’s in­for­ma­tion while The Loop is run­ning.