Lately, I feel as if every other conversation I have is about WordPress. Somehow, a mixture of techonological nerdiness and excitement seem to bubble up and out comes a spiel about how AWESOME WordPress is. Conversations in Downtown Phoenix coffee shops, baseball games, marketing consultations, parties, etc…you name it, I spread the WordPress gospel wherever I go. I even spent a weekend geeking out with other WordPress lovers at WordCamp Phoenix in Chandler, AZ – a whole 3 days of non-stop WordPress goodness.
But what IS Worpress you may ask? And that is the exact question I get when people ask about the website development and graphic design I do. I decided to share with you–beginners and WordPress groupies alike–my brief “beginners guide” to what WordPress is and how you may be able to use it in your personal or business lives.
In this part 1 of the Beginners Guide, you’ll read a general overview of WordPress and how it may apply to you. In the second part (to come), I’ll give you a peek into how I use WordPress in my freelance graphic design business in Phoenix, and what tools are available to businesses and individuals alike when it comes to getting the most out of their WordPress experience. So let’s start with the fundamental questions (key word: FUN) I’ve received when it comes to WordPress:
What is WordPress?
WordPress is a web-based content management system & blogging platform used for creating and maintaining websites. It manages all of your content into one easy-to-use interface where you can access everything: your photos, images, content, etc. It also gives you the ability to create a blog with consistent updates and categorization (like this very page you are on now). WordPress puts everything into one place, one interface, one magical world of organization that will make your life easier.
Isn’t WordPress just for blogs? I’m not a blogger.
Who uses WordPress?
Anyone and everyone!! When I mean everyone, I mean 3/5 websites I see nowadays are built on WordPress and WordPress.com is the 18th most visited site in the world… The possibilities are pretty endless with WordPress, but here are the main categories of usage:
Personal Use – Blogs that share your favorite content – quotes, personal musings, recipes, family photos, etc.
What makes WordPress so great?
For a non-techie, there is no need to learn coding, file uploading protocols, or any other processes that are out of your expertise. There is an easy way to install and set-up WordPress, along with customizing the style to your liking. If you have your site built on WordPress, you have the ability to manage your own content, rather than waiting weeks for a web manager to make a small edit. WordPress puts the power back in your hands when it comes to maintaining your own website.
How do I start my own WordPress site?
You have two options. The first way is to sign up through http://wordpress.com. You can get a free account with the ability to pick a theme template (how your page structure is laid out and styled), and you can start pushing content onto the web immediately!!
Option 2 is to have a self-hosted blog through http://wordpress.org. You can sign up for a domain name (i.e. www.sukhacreative.com) and buy a hosting account. Most hosts have an easy one-click installation of WordPress. Having a self-hosted site is even better because you have so many more options available to you: more options/control in the interface, thousands of free and minimally priced professional theme templates, and much more. I built all of my clients’ sites on WordPress.org and customize themes specific to their content & brand.
Stay tuned for Part Two on how to take your WordPress installation to the next level through design, development, and customization.
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