How to Create a Free WordPress Website

WordPress is the most popular blogging platform. It is free and open-source. Many large websites use WordPress, including Wikipedia, the New York Times, and the Guardian. It is also the most popular CMS (content management system), which means it can be used to run a website without needing to know any code. Finally, it is a versatile platform. Not only can you create blogs but you can use the various plugins to extend its functionality.

The Anatomy Of A WordPress Website

When you install WordPress on your computer, you will see that it is made up of many folders and files. These are the building blocks of a functional website. Some of these folders and files are hidden from view, but you need to have access to them in order to fully utilize WordPress.

The WordPress Files

The WordPress files are located in the wp-content folder. The name of the folder itself is WordPress. Inside this folder, you will find four other folders and files:

  • THEME FOLDER: The theme folder contains all the styling information for your blog. Changing the theme will change the entire appearance of your blog.
  • PLUGIN FOLDER: The plugin folder contains the code for all the plugins you install. Changing the plugins will change the functionality of your blog.
  • PLUGIN FOLDER: The plugin folder contains the code for all the plugins you install. Changing the plugins will change the functionality of your blog.
  • MAIN FOLDER: The main folder contains the content that is going to be shown on your blog. Inside this folder, you will find all the blog posts and pages. When you create a new post, it will automatically go into this folder.

Database Files

The WordPress database is also stored in the wp-content folder. The name of this file is wp_options. This database file contains all the options for your WordPress installation. Options can be thought of as configuration settings for WordPress. There are five options that you can change here:

  • MAX_NUM_NEEDED_LESS_IMAGES: You can set here the maximum number of posts that will be shown on your blog before a reader has to scroll down to see more content.
  • THEME: This is where you set the theme for your blog. There are several themes available for WordPress. If you visit the WordPress directory, you will see that there are almost a thousand themes to choose from.
  • BLOG_URL: You can enter the URL of your blog here. The blog_url option is essential for any blogger or website owner. This is the address that will be shown in the URL bar when a user browses the internet. If you enter the URL of a different blog here, the user will be taken to that blog when they click on a link or visit the website.
  • ORGANIC: You can choose to use or disable the organic search features on your blog. These features allow users to find your blog using search engines like Google or Bing.
  • DEV_MEME: If you use the WordPress development mode, you can assign a name for this site. This is the URL that will be used by other developers while working on your project.

Discussion Board Files

The WordPress discussion board is located in the wp-content folder. The name of this file is wp_comments. This database file stores the comments on your website. You can edit the content of this file using any text editor. This file also contains some more important information about your blog.

When you create a new comment on your blog, it will go into this file. You can choose whether or not to moderate comments on your blog. When you moderate or allow comments, you will see a little flag next to the comment. You can click on this flag to see more options, including the ability to move the comment to another area of your blog or delete it altogether.

Media Files

The WordPress media library is located in the wp-content folder. The name of this file is wp_media. This library stores any images and videos that you add to your blog. Some people use images and videos on their WordPress blogs to display products or showcase content.

When you add images to a post on your blog, they will go into the wp_media folder. You can add as many images and videos as you want, but please remember that the more images you have, the more space you are using up on your blog.


The miscellaneous folder contains many of the other files and folders that make up WordPress. This folder is not essential to the operation of your blog, but it does contain some important information. There is a robots.txt file in this folder. This file tells robots, “please don’t visit my blog, because I don’t want other websites to republish my content without my permission.” There is also a readme.txt file in this folder. This file contains information about the WordPress installation, such as the name of the database and the administrator’s e-mail address.

WordPress is a free and open-source tool that allows for the easy setup of a website. With just a few clicks of the mouse, you can get started creating a blog in no time at all. If you already have a blog or website you want to use WordPress for, just go to the wp-content folder on your computer and click on the Install WordPress button to start the installation process.