How the Backend of your WordPress site works

You probably know that websites have frontends (what the public sees) and backends (the technology that creates and serves them).

In this post, we will recommend articles from our sister site, Mobile Atom Code, that look at the coding languages, databases, and servers of WordPress. Peruse them at your leisure to see how they make the backend of WordPress work.

The Coding Languages of WordPress

The coding languages that make WordPress work are:

  • HTML
  • CSS
  • PHP
  • Javascript
  • SQL

Put simply, HTML provides your site’s meaning and structure. CSS provides its aesthetics. Interactivity and functionality are provided by PHP and Javascript. These are the frontend languages used in WordPress. SQL is the language that allows your visitors to interact with your site’s database(s). These languages control what is seen in the browser.

The five articles linked below provide overviews and resources for additional information.

The Servers of WordPress

The servers that make WordPress work are:

  • Apache

According to TechTerms, “A server is a computer that provides data to other computers. It may serve data to systems on a local area network (LAN) or a wide area network (WAN) over the Internet. Many types of servers exist, including web servers, mail servers, and file servers. Each type runs software specific to the purpose of the server.”

The vast majority of WordPress sites use Apache and, to a lesser degree, NGINX servers. The two articles linked below provide overviews and resources for additional information.

The Databases of WordPress

The databases that make WordPress Work are:

  • MySQL
  • MariaDB

According to Oracle, “A database is an organized collection of structured information, or data, typically stored electronically in a computer system. A database is usually controlled by a database management system (DBMS). Together, the data and the DBMS, along with the applications that are associated with them, are referred to as a database system, often shortened to just database.

Data within the most common types of databases in operation today is typically modeled in rows and columns in a series of tables to make processing and data querying efficient. The data can then be easily accessed, managed, modified, updated, controlled, and organized. Most databases use structured query language (SQL) for writing and querying data.”

MYSQL is the database used by the majority of WordPress sites. The two articles linked below provide overviews and resources for additional information.

Wrapping Up

Explore the articles above at your leisure to see how the coding languages, servers, and databases of WordPress work together to make your site function and provide the best experience for its users.

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An ABJ graduate of the University of Georgia and MA graduate of Georgia State University he lives in Orlando, FL with his wife and English labrador. He received his full-stack certification from the University of Central Florida.

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Why your small business should use WordPress and nothing less

Your website/blog is your most valuable online asset. It should be on WordPress.

WordPress is the best CMS for small business

More than 40 percent of the world’s websites are built and run on WordPress. And that percentage is increasing every day. WordPress itself says, “over 429 million people view more than 22 billion pages each month” on the platform. It was started by Matt Mullenweg in 2003.

The platform is an open-source software CMS (content management system). That means the software is free, and it is a database-driven platform. A worldwide network of developers, designers, and companies like Mobile Atom Media support WordPress. Many of these dedicated souls are continually building website themes for WordPress. And thousands of developers create “plugins” to add functionality to it. WordCamps are held yearly in cities across the globe so bloggers; developers and designers can learn even more about it. has hundreds of videos covering almost every aspect of it. The site,, has everything there is possible to know about it.

You should use WordPress for your website for many reasons, but these are the best reasons:

  • It is free.
  • It is supported.
  • It is easy to use.
  • It is easy to edit.
  • It works.

If you are smart enough to invest in a blog, WordPress is the only platform you should use. Your blog houses the heart of your content marketing. It is an asset that will always be there for you. Your blog is where you establish authority and trust. Consequently, it is your most valuable online asset. It should be a WordPress blog. vs.

There are two versions of a WordPress website or blog, sites and sites. You can even add a blog to your existing site built on another platform. So what are the differences?

A site uses the free WordPress software that the site owner downloads, sets up, and pays a service to host. You have complete control over it and can choose from thousands of customizable themes and thousands of plugins to get the exact look and functionality you want. You select your hosting service and can integrate it with your email provider. You will have to maintain the site by updating the operating software, theme, and plugins. It is the content marketing home you own. It is your house and can be as big as you want it to be. is what most businesses use, including ones in the Fortune 100. It is the option I recommend.

Matt Mullenweg’s company, Automattic, hosts sites. The hosting is free. However, there are drawbacks to this. Your web address (also known as your URL) would be your website There are fewer than two hundred themes to choose from, and you can’t customize them. You only have the functionality Automattic provides and cannot add any plugins developed by third-party developers. It has a limited amount of storage capacity for your content. And if they want to they can run ads of their choosing on your site. This a content marketing home you rent. And it is more like a condo or apartment than a house.

You can pay Automattic for additional functionality like showing your website rather than your website and to prevent third party ads. You can also pay to have a customizable theme, extra storage space, email support, etc.. At this point, it is going to cost you what a basic site would. But you will not have the complete control of a self-hosted site.

The advantage is that you do not have to maintain the site by updating the operating software and themes. If you are a small service-oriented business, a site can work well for you.

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Power tools you need in your content marketing toolbox

There are many marketing mediums requiring strategic and creative tools in order to be used successfully. 

Marketing Essentials

The power tools you need in your content marketing toolbox

Most businesses are small businesses. And yours is probably no different. Unfairly or not you, have to compete with larger and better-funded opponents. Content Marketing is a weapon that your David can use against their Goliath. But to do it right, you have to have the right tools. This post lists many that can help you attract visitors to your website and convert them into customers.

There is an ever-growing myriad of digital marketing mediums and platforms. And they require many marketing tools in order to be used successfully. These include strategic and creative tools. In this post, I want to share some useful lists of mostly free ones that I’ve come across. I will also note which tools I use in the various categories to create effective content marketing.

Before I get into the lists, let’s look at the dominant player in content production tools, Adobe. For your in-house design and marketing efforts, Adobe’s Creative Cloud products are a no-brainer. Programs like Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator allow you to create project proposals and marketing pieces that as are as professional as any on earth. This service is a paid cloud-based toolbox that is an incredible value in my opinion. The price is around $50 a month and up. You get every creative program Adobe makes and always have the most up to date version.

See all the Adobe Creative Cloud programs here
. They allow you to create print advertising, websites, eBooks, videos, podcasts, animations, mobile apps, and more. So if you are creating your content marketing pieces, I recommend using what I do, Adobe Creative Cloud.

However, the lists below include free and nearly free marketing tools that let you do some of the same things designers do with Adobe’s professional-grade products. You must have a strategic plan in place before begin creating any marketing content, and a few of these lists describe tools for developing one.

So whether you want to create some of your content marketing in-house, are a freelance designer, or just want to understand what your agency or content strategy partner is talking about when it comes to production – here is some useful knowledge to absorb.

Read through the post first and then go back to check out the lists and other links. Bookmark this page to reference later. It is extensive, and you may want to peruse it at your leisure.

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