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WordPress Overview

With WordPress you can create any type of website you want: a personal blog or website, a photo blog, a business website, a professional portfolio, a government website, a magazine or news website, an online community, even a network of websites.

You can make your website beautiful with themes, and extend it with plugins.

WordPress.com vs WordPress.org

WordPress comes in two flavors: the fully hosted WordPress.com, and the self-hosted version, whose software is available for free at WordPress.org.

Hosting your own WordPress site can be fun and rewarding, but it also requires some technical knowledge and places more responsibility on the publisher.

You can download the WordPress software for free at http://wordpress.org, but it must be installed on a web server before it will work. You will need to research and install your own themes and plugins.

At WordPress.com you don't have to download software, pay for hosting, or manage a web server. You can instead focus on creating wonderful content, and let the hosting handle the rest. The only advantage to choose this kind of site is the price - it's free.

There are many limitations comparing to the WordPress.org installable self-hosted site – limited theme support, cannot install plugins, limited monetization options.

You also are running your site under wordpress.com subdomain (example.wordpress.com) which is not considered serious or professional practice.

If you decide to move your site from WordPress.com to HostPulse hosting the migration process is far from simple.

Note: All WordPress articles refer to downloaded and installed software from WordPress.org on HostPulse servers unless otherwise stated.

Installation and Upgrades

WordPress has always been easy to install and upgrade - create a database, upload WordPress using FTP, and run the installer.

Also plenty of web hosts offer one-click WordPress installers (Softaculous) that let you install WordPress with just one click.

The same one click effort will upgrade your WordPress software.

Multisite

WordPress can be extended to MultiSite feature on demand base. You are able to develop and maintain multiple sites using single WordPress installation. When the multisite feature is activated, the original WordPress site can be converted to support a network of sites.

Themes

WordPress comes bundled with two default themes, but if they aren't for you there's a theme directory with thousands of themes for you to create a beautiful website. You are also free to build and upload your own theme or child-theme with the click of a button.

Plugins

WordPress comes packed full of features for every user, for every other feature there's a plugin directory with thousands of plugins. Add complex galleries, social networking, forums, social media widgets, spam protection, calendars, fine-tune controls for search engine optimization, and forms.

Widgets

WordPress Widgets add content and features to Sidebars. Examples are the default widgets that come with WordPress for Categories, Tag cloud, Search, etc. Plugins will often add their own widgets.

User Management

If different people work on site's content, they certainly do not need full administrative access - for example, administrators, editors, and authors. WP allows you to modify the access according to the specific functionality of each individual contributor.

Easy to use

WP makes it extremely easy to publish content - creating pages and posts, formatting text, adding images, video or audio, organizing content through categories, tags, custom post types, taxonomies and metadata and publishing with a click of a button.

Organized content

It doesn't matter how much content you have, if your visitors can't find it. WordPress organizes your content by day, by month, by year, by author, by category — any way you can describe it — and dynamically creates archives so things always stay up to date.

Beautiful URLs

WordPress realizes that websites are built for people, not computers. Every URL is intuitively written for humans and describes what your content says, not where it sits in a database.

Comments

Your blog is your home, and comments provide a space for your friends and followers to engage with your content. WordPress's comment tools give you everything you need to be a forum for discussion and to moderate that discussion.

Full Standards Compliance

Every piece of WordPress generated code is in full compliance with the standards set by the W3C.

Security

The WordPress Security Team, in collaboration with the WordPress Core Leadership Team and backed by the WordPress global community, works to identify and resolve security issues in the core software available for distribution and installation at WordPress.org, as well as recommending and documenting security best practices for third-party plugin and theme authors.

Conclusion

Why choose WordPress?

  • WordPress is open source software. This means that you don't have to pay a license or you don't have to pay to use it.
  • WordPress is easy to use. Not only it's simple to install and to configure, you also don't need any technical knowledge to create and to maintain the content.
  • Because WordPress is a flexible platform, it's easy to suit your needs. The default configuration contains the basics, but you also can extend WordPress with a lot of interesting and powerful plugins.
  • WordPress is used worldwide - thousands of blogs and websites run on the WordPress platform. Today, around 25 % (!) of the websites worldwide are running on WordPress!
  • Constantly in development - a lot of developers work together to constantly make WordPress better.

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