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Wordpress: Masking the database while creating the ultimate blogging experience

With over 156 million blogs in existence, the abundance of information has multiplied out of control with the introduction of the Internet. The introduction of blogs into cyberspace has allowed us to follow and receive information from infinite more sources than before.

The blogging phenomenon that has swept the globe has cultivated the idea of ‘produsage’. This essentially means that the producers of the information are also the users of that information. WordPress is one of the main blogging sites used, and the format for WordPress is standard across the globe. Whilst WordPress may look like a very natural and free-flowing website for its blogs, the constraints and rules with which users have to obey are extremely rigid. Thus, WordPress is able to ‘mask the database’ in all blogs, in order to create a ‘continuous blogging experience’.


This idea is evident throughout all WordPress documents, as the WordPress format is rigidly defined to appear the same in all examples. As you are looking at this blog, it seems relatively natural and without limitations. However, behind the blog there is a rigidly set structure. WordPress provides simplicity of a ‘one-click’ installation in many cases, automatically creating a database for users. With such a simple installation of WordPress, the idea is reinforced that whilst the website may seem to be very elegant and natural, the database behind the blog is still extremely rigid in its format. All WordPress blogs have the exact same template, despite the fact that each blog can be customized and altered to personal preferences.


Due to the fact that the template is always exactly the same, each WordPress blog that is viewed becomes instantly recognizable, and the brand name of WordPress is spread even further. However, because each blog may have different colours and settings, the reader of the blog feels like they are viewing a very natural and personal piece of information, which in turn enhances the blogging experience. Upon seemingly eliminating the rigid constraints that WordPress has in its format, the users are able to freely look at the content without feeling that they are reading a blog in a WordPress format.


Consumers of information in the blogs feel no restraint in the information that they are taking in, and the intake of the blogs becomes completely natural to the consumer, due to the concealment of the definitive structures that make up a WordPress document. The masking of the database is integral to the overall experience of reading the blog. This is because a blog is usually maintained by an individual, and is a personal recount of an event, or an individual feeling of a certain event, or personal emotions in day-to-day life.


A blog is a miniscule amount of space in cyberspace, only to altered and changed by a solitary person, making it a very personal experience for those reading it. Thus, it further enhances this personal, private experience if not only the database and constraints are hidden, but the blog is made to seem more individually constructed through the use of colours, and various backgrounds. This idea reflects the way we interact and use the World Wide Web as a whole, and how we interpret and receive information in blogs over the Internet.


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  1. May 31, 2011 at 1:40 am

    This blog was a response to the question

    WordPress “masks the database and creates a continuous blogging experience within the browser” (Helmond in Reader, p. 180), yet the database is rigidly defined and categorised. Discuss how this shapes the way we interact with the World Wide Web through blogging and how it affects user agency.

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