Where Is WordPress Website Stored on a Computer?
WordPress is one of the most popular and well-known content management systems (CMS) used for creating websites. Due to its popularity, many people may wonder where the WordPress CMS is stored physically on a computer. This article will answer that question.
Basic Server Configuration
To begin with, we will discuss the basics of how a web server works, which is essential to understand how a WordPress website is stored on a computer. When you visit a website such as https://mojotranslation.com/, your web browser makes a connection to the website’s web server, which in turn communicates with web servers that are located near the visitor’s geographic location. The geographic location of the visitor is determined by their IP address, which is a unique numeric identifier assigned to each device’s network interface. The web server then passes along the request to the appropriate WordPress website and returns the response to the visitor’s web browser.
If you have taken the time to read up to this point, you may be wondering where does all of this networking take place. After all, your computer has a network interface too, doesn’t it? The answer is yes, it does—but not the kind of network interface you would normally use to connect to the internet. A network interface that is specifically designed for connecting computers internally, or within a local network, is called a “private” network interface. Your computer has two of these network interfaces: one is called the “internal” network interface and the other is called the “external” network interface. The external network interface is what you would normally use to connect to the internet. It is called the “external” because it is physically located on your computer’s networking port (such as a LAN port or WiFi hotspot) and is thus accessible from outside your network. The internal network interface is different; it is located within your computer and is not connected to the internet or a local network. Your web browser only knows how to communicate with it via a special protocol called IP over USB. So, how do you connect to the internet with your computer if it doesn’t have a standard network port? You connect to the internet via an Ethernet cable or WiFi hotspot, which is connected to your network’s router.
This is why you must have a standard network port to connect to the internet with your computer. The reason your computer needs a standard network port is because all of the internet-related communication that takes place within your network happens through the use of IP addresses. When you connect to the internet through a cable or WiFi hotspot, your computer automatically becomes part of a larger network known as the “internet network” even if it is not directly connected to the internet.
Where Is WordPress On a Computer?
With all of this information in mind, we can now discuss where WordPress is physically located on a computer. When you download and install WordPress onto a computer, the software generally installs itself into “C:\Program Files\WordPress” or “C:\Program Files (x86)\WordPress”, depending on the operating system. (Windows)
On a Windows computer, these are the installation folders. You can tell which ones are for programs and which ones are for data because they have different file extensions. For example, “C:\Program Files (x86)\WordPress\WordPress” is the installation folder for WordPress. It is also the location of all of the WordPress data that is stored on the computer. The extension at the end of the filename indicates the file type (in this case, it is “.xml” for a WordPress XML file).
If you have installed WordPress to one of these folders, you can access the WordPress dashboard, which is the basic website builder that gives you access to all of the features of the software, via http://
The Structure Of A WordPress Website
Before we begin looking at how to configure your WordPress installation, it is important to understand the basic structure of a WordPress website. A WordPress website’s folders and files typically fall into one of three categories:
- Images: This is where your WordPress website’s images are stored. Typically, images are stored with a graphic organizer such as Imagemagick or GraphicsMagick so that they can be used in multiple places on a website without having to be stored individually (this reduces the amount of space they take up on your server). Images are usually stored in the “images” folder inside of your WordPress installation’s root folder. (In the case of a Windows installation, this is “C:\Program Files\WordPress\images”)
- CSS: This is where your WordPress website’s style sheet (CSS) files are stored. They are used to organize and style the pages of your website. CSS files are generally stored inside of your WordPress installation’s root folder with the exception of those linked to from an external source such as an online shop (in which case they are stored in a separate directory). To learn more, read our guide on How to Choose a Perfect WordPress Theme For Your Site.
Now that you understand the basic structure of a WordPress website, let’s examine how to configure it.