What Is WordPress?

In simple terms, WordPress is the easiest way to create a website or a blog (fancy people call it a CMS – content management system). Over 32% of the web is made of WordPress! Popular to say the least!

The best thing about it is that it is an open-source system, which means that anyone can use and modify it, for FREE! Needless to say, people have been very creative with it over time and you can find pretty much any variance of tools to achieve what you’re after.

Also noteworthy, WordPress is extremely easy to use, which means anyone can update the content of a WordPress site without any major technical skills!

What websites can you build in WordPress?

Pretty much anything you want. Below, an non-exhaustive list.

  • Business websites
  • eCommerce stores
  • Blogs
  • Portfolios
  • Resumes
  • Forums
  • Social networks
  • Membership sites

.com? .org?

When you type in ‘WordPress’ in Google, you get two main streams of links: wordpress.com and wordpress.org. So what’s the difference between the two?

WordPress.org is often called self-hosted WordPress. It is free software that you can install on your own web host to create a website that’s 100% your own.

WordPress.com is a paid service that is powered by the WordPress.org software. Very simple to use but you are quite restricted in terms of what you can achieve with it.

Most of the time, when people say “WordPress”, they mean the self-hosted WordPress available at WordPress.org. 

To get your own self-hosted website all you need is a domain and a hosting package. Check one.com for a good provider (affiliate link)

Websites you would not believe are WordPress

The websites below are all built with WordPress… Impressive, isn’t it?


Why use WordPress?

It’s free!

That’s right, free to download, modify, install… Just need to brush up on some technical bits and you’re good to go! Get in touch with us if you need a hand, we’re happy to help!)

It’s Flexible.

There are so many themes and plugins you can use, it’s impressive! Some of them are free, some not. Check Google out!
Check this post to see the plugins we can’t live without. 

Easy to install

There is really not much to getting your WordPress website up and running. Your host provider might even do it for you, if you ask nicely!

Loads of help available

WordPress being the default platform most people use, the internet is filled with resources to help you achieve what you’re looking for. Quick Google search should suffice!

To Sum Up…

WordPress is the most popular way to build a website for a reason. If you want to build any type of website, from a blog to an eCommerce store, WordPress is the go-to tool.

Just remember that self-hosted WordPress.org and WordPress.com are not the same thing. And, in most situations, self-hosted WordPress.org is what you want to build a website.

 


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