WordPress is a powerful web content management system (CMS) that allows users flexible web design, abilities, and extensibility without necessarily learning to code a programming language. Since WordPress is open source and open for development thousands of templates, plugins, modifications, and extensions have been developed, and some have been brought into the core product. Wordpress installations serve an estimated 23% of the world’s most popular websites. In fact, this website uses WordPress.
WordPress gives users the ease of making quick website changes using a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) rich text editor and easy link and image placement. Users can also choose from thousands of community templates and layouts which provide a professional look and feel without having to use code. Plugins can be added to provide additional functionality such as wiki functions, multimedia embedding, permissions control, shopping carts, checkout systems, and much more. All code within WordPress can be edited by advanced users.
Part of: Adobe Creative Suite
Comparable: After Effects (animation)
Adobe Flash (formerly called Macromedia Flash and Shockwave Flash) is a multimedia and software platform used for creating vector graphics, animation, games and rich Internet applications (RIAs) that can be viewed, played and executed in Adobe Flash Player. Flash is frequently used to add streamed video or audio players, advertisement and interactive multimedia content to web pages, although usage of Flash on websites is declining.
Flash manipulates vector and raster graphics to provide animation of text, drawings, and still images. It allows bidirectional streaming of audio and video, and it can capture user input via mouse, keyboard, microphone and camera. Flash applications and animations can be programmed using the object-oriented language called ActionScript.
Adobe Flash Player makes the Flash content accessible on various operating systems such as Windows, OS X and Linux, and is available free of charge for common web browsers (as a plug-in) under a few of the major operating systems, some smartphones and tablets, and a few other electronic devices using Flash Lite.
The Flash Player installed in all Windows and Mac labs, and is installed by default on all faculty and staff computers. Flash Studio is a part of the Adobe Creative Suite Design and Web Premium. UNCC has a site license for all faculty and staff computers and it is available for installation upon request.