Why You Should Be Using WordPress…

The Reason Why You Should Be Using WordPress…It’s The Best!

WordPress, which was initially released in 2003, is powering almost 30% of all the websites on the internet.

Now, as of the writing of this blog post, there are over 1.3 Billion sites on the internet. According to Wikipedia, WordPress is used by more than 29.3% of all the websites on the internet as of January 2018.

There’s a reason so many sites are created on the WordPress system – it works and is very Google friendly for any Search Engine Optimization (SEO) functions.

Here’s a little secret – this site is actually created with WordPress… I have been creating websites since 2005, and have been using WordPress exclusively since 2006.

So, in a nutshell, WordPress is a Content Management System (CMS) that creates simple to complex websites and blogs.

According to WordPress.org, “WordPress was born out of a desire for an elegant, well-architectured personal publishing system built on PHP and MySQL“.  Not to get too technical, Hypertext Preprocessor (PHP) is a widely used open-source general-purpose scripting language that is especially suited for web development and can be embedded into HTML.  The entire WordPress CMS is based on using “themes” and “Plugins” (read on for that these themes and plugins are).

You see, before WordPress, most sites were written in HTML  This was a coded language that web browsers converted into the images and text that you actually see on your screen.

But, there are some things that you really need to understand before getting started with WordPress…

There are actually two (2) ways to create and host WordPress sites: self-hosted by you on a web server; or hosted by the WordPress.com system.

The two ways are:

The differences between the two are very distinct and impact the way you use, install and operate your WordPress based site.

WordPress.com does not require any hosting, downloading, installing, etc.  Everything you do is actually handled by WordPress.com, including the actual domain name that identifies your WordPress.org site.  In addition, you cannot install outside themes and plugins – both that are required to have that perfect running and elegant site or blog.

On the other hand,WordPress.org actually is a repository for themes and plugins – and s actual software that you must install on a web server for it to operate and be functional.  However, this is not very hard, and you can actually get started on shared or even free hosting if needed. (we don’t recommend any type of free hosting)

Check back later as we will discuss WordPress Plugins and Themes.

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