Starting from it’s humble beginnings as a blogging application, WordPress has grown into a powerful application that can be used as a CMS (Content Management System) that powers millions of websites on the web. WordPress is used for sites from blogs to E-commerce solutions to government sites to large corporate identity. Almost one quarter of the web is powered by WordPress today. So what is WordPress? … Answer: Anything you want it to be!
WordPress is Open Source and Free. One in Four new websites now use WordPress. This is testiment to how popular WordPress has become. Why?
- Because as your business grows it is so easy to change the look of your WordPress website.
- There is a vast community there to support you as your skills grow
- There are 1000’s of free plugins to do most anything you need
- There is a large market of premium plugins for when a free plugin just won’t do
- WordPress is known to be one of the easiest CMS’s to learn and master
- With a little HTML, CSS and PHP skills, the sky’s the limit
- It’s just plain fun to learn and be a part of 😉
Self hosted WordPress vs WordPress.com
WordPress is free and can be downloaded and installed on any standard web server. Go to WordPress.org for the latest version. You need a domain name and hosting for WordPress. WordPress.com is a cloud hosted application that runs WordPress as a multisite and allows users to create subdomain websites. If you want a blog or basic website with little control over and strictly serviced then WordPress.com is for you. On the other hand if you want to take advantage of WordPress’s power and versatility, then you’ll need a self-hosted WordPress install. That’s where we come in, showing you how to harness the power of WordPress and take advantage of everything it makes possible.