Helping a lot of people setting up their website I am always looking for a WordPress explanation that is easy to understand. Since an image says more then a thousand words I figure a schematic could help. So here it is:


One shot wordpress

A few pointers:

  • The website maintainer or user sees/maintains the website through the dashboard
  • The theme sets the design throughout the website. This is what the visitors see
  • WordPress stores media files on disk (this is static content)
  • Dynamic data is stored in the database
  • Plugins are components that work together with WordPress. They can add functionality from the back-end to the front-end or anywhere in between.

Hope this helps people trying to grasp what WordPress is all about.

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