WordPress is the most user-friendly and widely used content management system (CMS). It is an open source CMS managed by Automattic Inc.
It is probably the easiest and most powerful blogging tool or CMS available on the Internet.
WordPress is highly customizable, a very own website or blog creation tool to use. It has thousands of themes and plug-in responstry, which helps you to manage and customize your site/theme as you need.
Do you know? WordPress gives power to more than 25% sites/blogs of the whole over the world.
Amazon-owned Alexa.com is also using WordPress to run their site.
Benefits of using WordPress:
1. Open-source and free.
Some open-source CMS have hidden charges and tricky terms of usage, but WordPress is not like them, it’s completely free. WordPress is an Open-source and free to use.
You can make a fully functional site/blog in few minutes using WordPress then why you want to pay tons of money for a custom designed site.
WordPress is a free to use for everyone. However, you need to pay for domain name and hosting. Don’t worry it is not any trick to charge you money or not a scam. I will tell you about this in below.
2. Easy to use.
Are you using Facebook? Gmail? Twitter? No. Wait what you said??? Hehe. WordPress is simple as surfing the Internet. If you have a computer basic knowledge of using a computer and the internet, then you can easily use WordPress.
3. You are in control.
Owning your site, and being able to make changes to it yourself, is the ultimate in online freedom. You can customize your blog yourself or hire any geek for that. You are in control of your site—and your wallet.
4. SEO Friendly CMS
Search engines love sites that are easy to index (WordPress is) and that have frequently updated content. That is where blogging comes into play so nicely.
Just by running your business or personal site and communicating with your readers in a way that’s natural to you, you will be producing fresh, relevant content the search engines.
Simple URL structure of Self-hosted WordPress makes your blog content more SEO friendly, and hence it attracts search engines like Google, Bing, and others.
5. Themes & Plugins Give You Super Power
Plenty of platforms out there offers plugin functionality. WordPress have the largest number of useful plugins on WordPress.org.
Plugins help you to add great functionality on WordPress Blog, such as wonderful photo galleries, sliders, shopping carts, forums, maps, and more.
Some people create a custom theme for their blog/website, while some people do not want it. Buy any theme or pick a best free theme to give your blog a perfect look.
You can get many good looking, powerful and easy to use themes at an affordable price. Hence, themes are pre-built so they may look awful for your blog, you can customize them.
If you have coding skills, then it will easy for you otherwise you can hire a freelance to do it for you.
I can assist you with your blog theme customization and help you to give your blog a better look.
WordPress.com Vs. WordPress.org
If you are new to WordPress platform then, you might be confused about the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org.
Read next lines and let me help to clear your confusion.
WordPress.com (Free WordPress): WordPress.com is a service that offers websites that run on WordPress. You can sign up for a free account and get a fully functioning website.— However, for a first-time user, the restrictions are minimal.
In Free WordPress (WordPress.com), they host your blog, the back end, and give you access to have it on WoordPress.com subdomain [such as yoursite.wordpress.com.]. It is free to start but, you pay to upgrade different elements of it.
WordPress.org (Self-hosted WordPress): WordPress.org is the central location for the WordPress software project. You can download it, view the documentation, ask and answer questions in the forums and more.
In self-hosted WordPress, you have total control and host the blog on your server.
WordPress.org (Self-hosted WordPress) is completely free to use, but you need to arrange domain name and hosting.
The main difference between wordprees.com and wordpress.org is control over the site. In WordPress.org, you host your blog or website, and hence it is also called self-hosted WordPress.
To make your blog/website with WordPress.org, you need a domain name and hosting. Then you have to install WordPress CMS tool on your server. WordPress installation on a server is not a concept of rocket science.
You can install WordPress in just a few minutes by just a few clicks (WordPress one-click Installation). Most hosting provide this feature, although you can also install WordPress manually.
Purchasing Your Domain Name – The first thing you need to have a blog or website is to have a domain name.
The domain name represents the location your our blog.
For example, http://www.example.com [inputblogger.com]
In this post, you will learn to:
1. Register Domain Name
2. Purchase Hosting
3. Install WordPress
Register a Domain Name
To have a website; you must have a domain name. Anyone, from anywhere on the earth can access your site by your domain name. Ah, they must have an Internet connection.
If you have not a domain name yet, then register it. You will need a credit/debit card to make payment, and yes there must be balance in your bank account.
Many hosting companies provide free domain name registration with every hosting plan. So, you can get a free domain name. However, personally, I prefer to register domain name separately.
To register a domain name, Godaddy is my always my first choice. [ GoDaddy is just for the domain, ignore hosting from them. You will get some better hosting offers and service in comparison to GoDaddy.]
A domain is an essential part of the online branding of any blog/service/website/company. So always choose a brandable domain name. Read my Domain Name Selection Guide.
Don’t let a domain name to be a barrier to getting started to make your online presence. Register a domain name now.
Domain names disappear extremely fast. Many people [Me, too] claim that all the good domain names are gone.
Act fast to get your domain name otherwise you’ll lose it.
Setting Up Your Hosting Account
Web Hosting is the medium that makes your blog accessible for everyone.
A web hosting stores all of your web content such as files, images, and articles that display on your blog/website to a visitor. Without a web hosting, you cannot make your blog live.
Web hosting is like a store room of your house. The more stuff you have, the more storage space you need.
There are many hosting companies out there. Remember “If you pay less, you get less.” Be careful about choosing a hosting plan, as many hosting companies overload their servers, which will impact the speed of your site.
Siteground is our recommended hosting for WordPress sites. Do you know? WordPress also recommends Siteground hosting.
In the process of creating your blog final step is to install WordPress.
WordPress installation on a server is not a concept of rocket science. You can install WordPress in just a few minutes by just a few clicks (WordPress one-click Installation). Most hosting provide this feature, although you can also install WordPress manually.
Most of WordPress web hosting companies allow you to install WordPress within few clicks. WordPress installation is a simple process that hardly takes five minutes to complete.
If you need help in creating your blog on WordPress, then contact me. It will be my pleasure to be a part of your journey.
WordPress is simple and easy to use. [Yeah for non-techie human, too.]
You can create an awesome blog in just a few minutes.
So, how is this Beginner Guide to Create WordPress Blog
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