Have you been hearing or reading comments about WordPress, but wonder what the heck it is? Well, wonder no more. In this article, you will get to know the most vital things about WordPress and how it can be set up without coding skills.
Before delving into what WordPress really is and how you can set up your website using the platform, it is necessary to know that there are two versions of WordPress. One of them is WorPress.com, and the other is WordPress.org.
WordPress.com is the commercial version that is hosted on WordPress server. The free version of this comes with limited features. But the paid version comes with lot more. WordPress.org, on the other hand, is completely free and can be hosted on any web server of your choice. In addition, it has many interesting free features.
On that note, wherever the word ‘WordPress’ is being used in this article, it denotes the WordPress.org version.
What is WordPress?
WordPress is an open source (meaning free for everyone to use and not protected by copyright) Content Management System (CMS) whose design is based on PHP and MySQL programming languages. WordPress was first launched in the year 2003, and celebrated its 15th year anniversary on May 27, 2018.
Since its launched, WordPress has been shaking up the world of open source web platforms, and connecting communities of free thinkers who strive to bring free service to businesses and individual of various kinds.
WordPress is not the only CMS available for free. But its unique characteristics set it aside in comparison to CMS such as Joomla, Drupal, Blogger, TYPO3, Magento, Squarespace, etc. As WordPress continues to gain momentum over the others, it is crucial to understand what makes it standout from the rest.
Most vital things to know about WordPress
One of the things to know about WordPress is the flexibility and power to grab attention. Moreover, it gives you the freedom of interaction and how you decide to use the platform.
- No coding skills required: Using or setting up a WordPress website does not require any coding skills. If you do not understand coding, there is no need to worry about mobile friendly website. WordPress is designed to fit all screen sizes for desktop computer, tabs and smartphones.
- It is easy to manage: In terms of maintenance and usability, WordPress is easy to manage. There are tons of available plug-ins that can help you manage your files and contents on the platform. Moreover, the online community of WordPress is huge, with tons of available documents to help in case you need assistance.
- It is user friendly: It is easy to navigate around website built with WordPress. At the backend, adding, editing and removing contents are just as easy as navigating around the frontend of a website.
- It receives constant updates: Updates for the platform is continuous. So, your website is always in ‘ready mode’ to receive the latest revolving around the web. Even if you face update issues, there are WordPress developers and support available to serve your need.
- The platform is secure: Just like receiving updates, security patches are always being released to make the platform secure as ever.
Things you can do with WordPress
Initially, WordPress was launched as a blogging website. Ever since, it has changed from traditional blogging platform to using it as an Enterprise Content Management (ECM) system.
WordPress serves any industry you can think of and can be used for creating personal profile. To name a few, these are the most common things you can do on WordPress.
- Blogging platform: As stated above, WordPress started as a platform for blogging. This feature is still very much in play and it keeps serving that purpose. So, you can create variety of blog niches and can find a suitable theme for any niche within the platform.
- Business website: No matter how big or small your business is, WordPress has got you covered. You can use this platform as an extranet or intranet for your company.
- Personal website: This platform can also be used to build online portfolio. For instance, if you want to showcase your skills, achievements and past experiences to employers online, WordPress has the right template to use.
- Affiliate website: With the right themes and plugins, your website can be monetised using WordPress. There are several communities dedicated to helping users get the best solutions for using this platform.
Getting started with WordPress
Now that you have understood the importance of WordPress and what you can do on it, it is crucial to also know how to get started. To begin, visit WordPress setup guide and follow all the instructions given, one step at a time.
Overwhelmed by too many things to read? Do not worry. Here is a simplified version of the guide:
1. Decide the purpose
The first thing is to set a clear purpose for creating a website. Is it going to be for blogging, consulting, affiliate marketing, online profile or any other? Establish this reason clearly, and it will guide you towards the rest of the setup process.
2. Get a domain name
Domain name is a unique name given to a website. For example, ‘Calistus’ is the domain name for www.calistus.net. In your case, you will need to get one for your new website too. When choosing a name, avoid names that are not easy to remember and make it short.
3. Choose a hosting platform and package
Hosting is what powers your website to display on the web. Without hosting, your website will not be visible to the public. All you need to do is choose a hosting company with good reputation that can provide WordPress integration. Then select a package that is suitable for your website.
If you are going to be uploading large contents on your website, go for the package that allows reasonable or unlimited amount of disk space.
4. Install WordPress theme
This is an easy step. After choosing a hosting platform and package, you will get the option of installing WordPress directly from the control panel of the host company. With few clicks, your website will be setup without any stress.
Alternatively, you can install WordPress manually. This is a bit tedious, and will not recommend it for those without technical skills.
5. Customise your web pages and install the necessary plug-ins
At this stage, your website is set and available online. All you need to do here is choose an interesting theme that matches the purpose of the website. Thereafter, modify the template to fit your taste, and add plug-ins.
6. Start creating contents
Now is the time to start uploading contents on your website. Describe whatever activities your website will be engaged in, and let people get to know your business.
Still confused? There is no problem at all. Whatever the confusion, connect or send me a message. I can guide you throughout the setup process of your website. Within a short span of time, your website will be up and running.
Without a doubt, WordPress is a recommendable platform for running your own business or blog website. Everything has already been created at your disposal by the ever busy community of developers who make sure that you get the best from using this free CMS.
Whether you want to incorporate your business in a unique style or want to have a strong web presence, this can be achieved using WordPress.