WordPress was originally developed in 20013 (approx), for blogging and soon was picked up by web developers due to it’s CMS, usability and search-friendly structure. CMS is a Content Management System which allows the website owner to login to the backend and add pages, write blog posts, upload images, and change copy themselves rather than relying on a web developer. WordPress is free to use. However, a “theme” is required, many of which are free too, but the best ones do cost $50-$60 to purchase. These are referred to as “premium themes” and are feature rich with page layout tools, image sliders, galleries, buttons, Google fonts, and beautiful graphics. Considering all of the features, it’s well worth the $50-$60 for a theme.
Approximately 20-25% of all new websites registered are using WordPress with some 80 million sites online.
What’s required to have a WordPress website
You will need a properly configured server, MySQL Database set up, and PHP tables. Of course, you’ll need a computer with internet connection to sign into your new website and/or blog using an internet browser. Setting up the initial database, and preparing the server for WordPress can be very difficult for non-developers. In addition, setting up themes can be difficult too for non-developers especially if any customization is required which is normally the case. There are a lot of things to learn and put together initially before you even start to write copy and upload and insert images. It’s best to hire a professional.
What Do I Need to Know to Use WordPress
Glad you asked. To use WordPress, you really only need to know the basics which can be found in Youtube tutorials, again free. If you can use Microsoft Word, you can use WordPress. You login to your website/blog using a web browser like Google Chrome, IE, Safari, etc. and can switch between the front end and backend dashboard (see screenshot). Premium themes can be easier depending on the theme itself, and how you look at it. Some themes come with their own page builder which can be confusing. Another issue is that premium themes come with so much stuff it’s overwhelming for a non-developer especially if you only login to make a change every 6 months or so. You may have to re-learn how to use it all over again (like me and my hi-tech camera). On the upside, premium themes come nicely packaged out of the gate so if you’re not fussy, use the standard colors and styles. For benefits click here.
WordPress is an extremely powerful web authoring software and used by the likes of Best Buy, New York Times, ESPN, Xerox and many more fortune 500 companies. It’s free to use and you can add to it, change copy and more from any computer browser and/or tablet or smartphone. For the money, it’s a great value even when you hire a professional to set it up for you.
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