Once used primarily as a blogging platform, WordPress is now probably the most popular website publishing and content management tools on the web. According to Tech Crunch, about 22 out of every 100 new active domains in the U.S. run WordPress. What’s more, one of the most popular publishers in the world uses WordPress.
Here are 7 things you should know about WordPress:
- Updating your content is simpler than ever using WordPress. With its dynamic page creation you can update your site effortlessly without using a large amount of storage
- You can get a free website at WordPress.com with subdomains. This is a great way to cut costs if you don’t mind .wordpress.org at the end of your domain.
- If you have your own domain and hosting account, WordPress can be installed in minutes (WordPress calls it their ‘famous 5-minute install’). No coding skills necessary.
- For people with their own domain and hosting account, WordPress has some minimum requirements. Primarily you have to make certain you have a complying version of PHP and MySQL on your server. The benefits of meeting minimum requirements are that you’ll receive precise WordPress support should there be an issue.
- There are countless great looking templates (known as “themes”) available from various sources on the Internet. Many are free, some are not. Either way, choosing the best design for your website is quick and easy.
- WordPress offers centralized management for all of your pages, posts, multimedia assets, and reader comments. It’s also very easy to manage users and user profiles.
- WordPress encourages e-commerce. There’s an abundance of plugins that have already been created that allow you to accept payments, promote, and more on your website. The simple plugin search keeps all of these options at your fingertips.