Recently updated on June 10th, 2023
There’s nothing secret about WordPress, after all it’s free and open source with a thriving community supporting it. The developers behind WordPress have made it easy for you to setup your own website in a number of ways. With just a little computer savviness you can take advantage of what this fine CMS has to offer.
When you feel you’re ready to give it a go on your own, there are two ways in which can host your own website. One is by going to wordpress.org and downloading the latest version of the software and hosting it you’re your own server or through a hosting company. However this method is not recommended for beginners. The other method is to go to wordpress.com where you can create your own site and they do the hosting for free.
Hosting your own site on wordpress.com can be fun for the person that likes to work with computers and learn new software. But for people with little interest or time for computers might find this to be a bit of a challenge.
So what does this all mean?
Well, if you’re the type of person that can work your way around a computer. Have the ability to use let’s say, Microsoft office products such as word, outlook and maybe excel then you’ll surely be able to use the WordPress software.
On wordpress.com with just a few clicks you can have a website in minutes. When installed in comes with a pre-installed set on themes you can pick from for the look and layout of your site. The only downside to this is that you can’t customize your site to the exact way you want. You’re limited to only pre-made themes. However they do have many to choose from.
WordPress really does make it easy. You’ll find that using the CMS is very intuitive and user friendly. Once you’ve setup your account and picked your theme, you’re off to creating content for your site, adding images and organizing by categories. There’s a built in text editor for adding content to pages or posts which is very similar to using Microsoft Word. WordPress also makes it easy to upload and add images right from your computer directly into your posts or pages. This is most certainly why WordPress has become so popular. Anyone with average computer skills can set themselves up with a basic website in minutes.
But what about those that need more from WordPress?
This is where a web design professional with good knowledge and experience in WordPress can help. As I previously mentioned WordPress gives us another option to download their software and host it anywhere we choose. Also by going this route we can customize it anyway we like. This is also one of the great benefits to using WordPress. By going with the self hosted version we can custom tailor a design to your specific needs. Also we can choose from many plugins that have been developed to add additional styles, security, usability’s, functions, eCommerce and more to your site.
So as you can see there’s nothing secret about WordPress. You just need to decide how you want to use it. If you want something more then what wordress.com offers, then let’s have a chat and see what possibilities lay ahead.