Find out the 8 facts about WordPress that you may have not known about before – unless you are an advanced user of that CMS.
WordPress corrects its own name in entries on its own
One of facts about wordpress is that the creators of WordPress are very obsessed about the name of this CMS being written correctly – the “P” letter has to be capitalized and that’s the end of it. The incorrect spellings of their name were so annoying to them that a special function was created called capital_P_dangit that corrects the spelling. This function is by default connected to the the_title, the_content and comment_text filters, which means that it Automatically corrects the instances of the “WordPress” name in the entry titles and contents, as well as in the text of the comments.
WordPress was not created from scratch
WordPress is not a script written from scratch by its creators. Its first public version, issued 27th May 2003 (numbered 0.70), was a slightly improved modification of the b2/cafelog script (its name for some reason exists to this day, despite the project being long dead).
One can create their own templates of the maintenance mode page and database connection error
The maintenance mode is activated automatically during updates of WordPress, plugins and themes. A database connection error is displayed when our database doesn’t work or we have entered incorrect login info. In both cases, people visiting our website will see a pretty Unimpressive page with info on the scheduled maintenance break or an error connecting the database.
WordPress lowers the quality of the generated JPG files
By default, WordPress generates image thumbnails in the JPEG format with a compression ratio of 90. It means that the output images will be of slightly lower quality compared to the original we’ve sent.
We can set a whole lot of interesting options in the wp-config.php file
The Settings section in the WordPress admin panel doesn’t give that many options, especially when compared with what the competition offers. It is a deliberate action on the part of the creators of this CMS – only making the Key options available was meant to make configuration easier to less advanced users.
The most popular WordPress plugin has been downloaded over 19 million times
We’re talking about the All in One SEO Pack extension, which was one of the first tools of this type. As of now, it is being effectively superseded by the WordPress SEO by Yoast plugin, which can be seen in the weekly download statistics, among other things.
WordPress can cooperate with other databases than MySQL
WordPress officially only cooperates with the MySQL database in the 5.0 version or above. There has been several extensions made, however, that allow us to make it work with other databases, such as SQLite, PostgreSQL or MS SQL. These are of course unofficial extensions that are not supported by the creators of WordPress – we use them at our own risk and have to keep in mind that not everything may work properly.
WordPress has been translated entirely to 50 languages
In the translator tool we can find the info that the number of 100% complete translations is 49, another 17 languages are over 80% complete, and the total number of languages that have ever been touched by anyone is 107.