One of the most popular and powerful Content Management Systems on the Internet today, WordPress is much more than just a blogging platform. This versatile application lets you build sites of all kinds, and is highly customizable with add-ons, plug-ins, and widgets.
Building a website with a Content Management System (CMS) is an increasingly popular option for small business owners who value versatility and simplicity. And one of the most powerful and well-known CMS applications on the market today is WordPress.
WordPress is, like its many competitors, template-based. You simply choose a theme you like, customize it, and voilaâ€”you’re up and running. And with a wide variety of plug-ins, add-ons, themes, and widgets to provide customization, you can use WordPress to create just about any kind of site you can imagine. This versatile software is used by millions to create eCommerce sites, social communities, blogs, and corporate websites around the world
The application is available as a free download from WordPress.org, or as a one-click install from many hosting providers’ Web control panels. If you choose the latter method, you can usually have the basic framework of your new WordPress site up and running in just a few minutes. Manual installations are a bit trickier, but if you’ve got a Web administrator or your hosting provider has a strong support service, you should still be able to get your site up relatively quickly.
The WordPress application is free, and so shouldn’t add any additional costs to your monthly hosting (unless you purchase custom themes, premium plug-ins, etc.). Remember, though, that any additional features you add to your site via plug-ins or add-ons also consume resources like bandwidth. If you’ve got a big photo gallery, lots of media files you’re sharing, or large databases for eCommerce, be sure to budget accordingly and pick a plan that fits your needs.
You can also get hosting for free directly from WordPress.com, but keep in mind that you’ll have limited control over your WordPress installation, design options, and plug-ins unless you choose to upgrade your plan or buy additional services
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