WordPress Features

Here is a summary of some of the many features available in WordPress.

Publicizing Your Work

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. WordPress also fully supports RSS 2.0 with enclosures, so adding mp3 files (such as podcasts) to your RSS feeds is a snap.
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 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 in your 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 your weblog. You don’t need to be a PHP whiz to design your weblog.
You can skin your weblog using readily available themes, or styles. You can also create and share your own themes.
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.
Organize your posts into categories, and sub-categories, and sub-sub categories…
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.
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!
If you don’t like a bookmarklet, use our friendly browser sidebar, which can be used in a similar fashion.
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

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, weekly, daily, 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.
WordPress has a functional built-in search tool, which allows visitors to your blog to search for terms they are interested in, and the search-hilite plugin that ships with WordPress can highlight their search terms, so it is even 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 in check by limiting which html tags 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.
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 containing more than some specified number of links.
All these moderation options keep spammers and vandals in check.
WordPress can keep you in the loop by sending you an email each time there is a new comment or a comment awaiting moderation.