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Getting Started with WordPress

Getting started with wordpress. Picture of the wordpress logo.

You bought the perfect domain and now you're ready to start your website. Like many people, you probably have a lot of questions running through your head. Do I have to pay someone to design the site? Do I need to learn to code? How will I make updates to my website content? Getting your website up doesn't need to be daunting, especially with an intuitive system like WordPress.

What is WordPress?

WordPress is a free and open source content management system (CMS) that originally started as a blogging platform but has since become the most popular CMS on the Internet. Some users have WordPress websites as a sub-domain of wordpress.org, but our hosting offers fully stand-alone services with your own domain or sub-domains.

Features of WordPress

Although WordPress was initially built for blogging, it has expanded to include a host of features that make it ideal for novices and veterans of web design alike. In general, WordPress is extremely flexible and has a large community of developers constantly building new (and typically free) functionality. More specifically, it has several features which make it an ideal platform for most websites:

Themes

WordPress provides easy installation, selection and customization of different themes, allowing your website to have different professional looks and functionality.

Plugins

Like themes, WordPress allows for installation of plugins, enabling you to customize and expand functionality specific to your needs.

Widgets

WordPress also allows for installing widgets, which add drag-and-drop boxes that can be placed on your site to add functions like dynamic picture display, social media integration, news updates, and much more.

Mobile Applications

WordPress offers a native application for iOS, Android, WebOS, Windows Phone 7 and Blackberry, giving you the freedom to edit your website and publish content from a mobile device.

Login Structure

WordPress allows login to the administrator panel of the website for different users, offering set levels of access and editing capability.

Benefits of WordPress

There's no need to feel overwhelmed when designing your first website.Here's how WordPress makes it simple.

Easy to use

WordPress is easy to use for even non-technical people, and you can start with basic functionality before moving into advanced options. You don't need to be a designer or developer – but any skills you learn (like coding), will benefit you as you grow more comfortable.

Open source and supported

As WordPress is free and open to use, there are many experts – meaning help and resources are never hard to find. WordPress is community-driven and constantly innovating.

Optimized for mobile and SEO

Most WordPress themes and widgets are built to be browsable on mobile devices and optimized for search engines.

Professional

WordPress themes are high-quality, giving your website a professional look and feel. You can build a whole website on your own that looks like it was produced by a team of experts. WordPress is a good way to save money, build your site quickly, and not compromise on quality.

If you'd like more information on WordPress, visit the WordPress Codex, the official online manual and guide for using WordPress.

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