If you want to know how to understand WordPress website structure, you will find this post interesting. We will compare the structure of WordPress to that of a house. They are similar in many ways.

We will review the following components of the WordPress website structure:

The  WordPress Core РWordPress website structure

The primary part of a WordPress website is known as the core. WordPress core is the technical infrastructure for most websites and blogs.

Think of the WordPress core as the basement foundation, framework, utilities, and roof of your home. The core has no windows, fixtures, drywall, carpet, cabinets or doors.

Unlike a house, the WordPress Core install is the same setup on all sites. Everyone starts with the same foundation, framework, utilities and roof line.

Plugins – WordPress website structure

WordPress plugins are software components that connect to the WordPress core, allowing you to add to the roof line, expand the foundation, and create a unique and more spacious home. You can add as many wings to your home as you wish.

WordPress Theme – WordPress website structure

Next is your WordPress Theme. The Theme may include a complete start-to-finish package that will make your website move-in-ready. Your Theme may have the paint already on the walls, the appliances, fixtures, carpet, doors, and windows all finished for you.

Other Themes known as framework Themes are like having the drywall, floorboard, windows and doors readily installed, but require you to do interior, exterior design.

Child Themes – WordPress website structure

Child Themes go with the WordPress Framework Theme allowing you to customize your website design in the same way you build and design a custom home.

You will pick the paint, carpet, woodwork, windows, landscaping and more. The ChildTheme allows you to do your customized features without worrying about losing them when the WordPress theme updates.

Cornerstone content – WordPress website structure

Next, we add content to your website. Cornerstone content is like your furniture, utensils and so on. It is content that is consistent and will stay on your site a long time, likely forever.

Blog content – WordPress website structure

We will also add other types of content that go on your blog. This content is like your food, clothes, and so on. It is often time sensitive material that will help you build traffic to your site.

Now you should have a basic understanding of the WordPress Core, Plugins, WordPress Theme, Child Theme, Cornerstone content and blog content.

I will be expanding upon each area in upcoming posts which will help you better understand the options and strategy for each component to your website design and development plan.

Other Resources

Website Hosting

If you are opting to build your website, you should consider quality hosting services. WPEngine is hosting company that I use exclusively for building websites. They have a staging area making it easy to transfer your WordPress Website into a live production mode.

WPEngine will give you a fresh, updated WordPress install when you sign-up with them. Having WordPress already installed saves you time and money.

Recommended Theme

Having the right Child Theme will save you time, money, and give you the security that you need.

DIVI by Elegant Themes is a WordPress Theme Framework that offers an unlimited amount of customizable options for your Website. I use DIVI to build all of my websites.

Creating Quality Content

Grammarly is a tool that I use to proof all of my content before including it on any of my sites. Check for Plagiarism, spelling and grammar issues.

The App allows you to specify what kind of content you are creating, allowing the spell and grammar checkers to address technical writing issues.

For example, you could write in Academic, Business, Technical, Medical, Creative, or Casual modes. Each style features specific settings for the type of content you are writing.

A unique vocabulary enhancement feature suggests replacement words for overly used common words.

I have used Grammarly for years and found it valuable in improving my documents, and helping me to improve both spelling and grammar use.

Writing blog posts is faster using Grammarly, as I am also proofreading as I check for errors in my writing.