WordPress Basics

WordPress Basics

WordPress was once viewed mainly as a blogging platform. But it has expanded into one of the most popular website publishing tools on the Internet. Tech Crunch recently reported that about one fifth of new domains in the U.S. operate on WordPress. And it also may surprise you to learn that one of the most popular publishers in the world uses WordPress.

Here are 7 things you should know about WordPress:

  1. WordPress offers dynamic page generation. This means no more rebuilding all your pages each time you update your website! Updating your site’s content and design is easy and quick, and the required server storage space usage is marginal.
  2. You can build a free subdomain within minutes. You can register at WordPress.com to get a free website (e.g. www.yourname.wordpress.org). This can be great if you don’t have the cash to spend on external hosting and domain services.
  3. WordPress also provides what they call their ‘famous 5-minute install’, which makes it easy to install WordPress if you currently have a domain and a hosting service. What’s more, no coding skills necessary.
  4. For people with their own domain and hosting account, WordPress has some minimum requirements. Essentially you have to ensure you have a complying version of PHP and MySQL on your server. The benefits of meeting minimum requirements are that you will receive reliable WordPress support if there is a dilemma.
  5. Themes are abundant! Before attempting to build your own theme, search to see what other themes have been created and are obtainable.
  6. WordPress offers centralized management for all your pages, posts, multimedia assets, and reader comments. It’s also really easy to manage users and user profiles.
  7. WordPress is e-commerce friendly. There are tons of plugins developed by users to allow you to advertise, review, and even sell products. Which means you don’t need to find other payment systems or any other add-ons, they can be found effortlessly within the WordPress community.