6 Facts You Need To Know About WordPress
For the past 10 years I’ve been creating websites. I’ve used a variety of means to do this.
I had heard about WordPress but didn’t give it much notice at first.
Then I started seeing sites that were using it. My curiosity was peaked.
Admittedly I was comfortable doing what I was doing in terms of my websites and wasn’t sure of the learning curve involved with switching to WordPress.
Once I did however there was no turning back.
People ask what’s one thing you would do over in business if you could. I would have to say not switching to WordPress sooner.
If you are looking to build a website WordPress in my opinion is the way to go.
Here are 6 facts you need to know about WordPress
1) In 2003, Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little created WordPress. It was a small piece of code that basically enhanced the typography of everyday web writing. You always want the things you do to be successful but I would venture to say these guys couldn’t predict just how successful this would be.
2) Since that day over ten years ago, it has grown to be the largest self-hosted blogging tool in the world. There are millions of WordPress sites online and tens of millions of people visit WordPress sites daily. Almost 25% of all new websites are powered by WordPress!
3) WordPress.com provides the WordPress platform PLUS hosting. It currently hosts over 60 million websites. WordPress.org allows people to download WordPress and use their own hosting. There have been over 25 million downloads of the latest version.
4) It allows anyone to easily run a blog or website without coding knowledge. If you can use a word processor like MS Word, then you can use WordPress. Once WordPress is installed, you can log into the “dashboard”. The dashboard contains everything you need to build your site. You can add posts, pages, menus and much more to your website.
5) The overall look of your site is controlled by “Themes”. There are over a thousand free themes to choose from (and many more paid options), simply changing your theme can instantly change the entire style of your site.
Many themes have a sidebar area. You can place “Widgets” in the sidebar to customize the feel of your site. Popular widgets include; Menus, Archives, Tag Cloud and Calendar. You can also download different widgets that add all kinds of functionality.
6) To further tweak your WordPress website you can use plugins. Plugins are add-ons for your site, and there are thousands to choose from. Some plugins will help with your search engine visibility, others will show you real time traffic stats on your site. In fact, pretty much any function you can think of, there is a plugin to add it to your site. As a matter of fact if you look to your right you will see a floating social sharing bar. That’s a plugin I am using. Feel free to share this post thereJ
When I do website reviews I often see a variety of mistakes people are making when it comes to their sites look, feel and overall experience. Sometimes the suggestions I give them are easier to make then others because they don’t use WordPress or have to email someone else to make those changes.
WordPress is a wonderful choice for anyone who is interested in creating and running their own blog or website. Themes and plugins will let you accomplish almost anything you need too do, plus will handle the styling of your site. All you need is your own unique perspective, a little time and the drive to learn and master the web’s leading CMS platform.
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Award Winning Videographer/Photographer, Founder of The MINE System Of Learning, Visibility Strategist, Author, Speaker