Most people are increasingly opting to create a site using the WordPress platform. We will explain why this is the case and why this particular platform is the right choice if you do not have any experience with programming.
What is WordPress?
WordPress is a fast, easy and efficient platform for creating websites and blogs. It is a Content Management System (CMS). Installation is free, easy, and takes only a few minutes.
It is based on the PHP programming language and uses a MySQL database. Software is open-source, which means that all users can modify or improve its content. It has a lot of themes and plugins that will help you make the website whatever you imagine.
A brief history
WordPress has been around since 2003, created as a joint work by Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little. The name WordPress gave Malenweg’s friend Christine Selleck Tremoulet. It experienced a rise only the following year when the competing software Movable Type increased the prices of its services.
Today, WordPress runs on 39.5% of all websites worldwide and 64.1% of the CMS site market.
It has two platforms – WordPress.com and WordPress.org. The first you can use for hobby blogging (like the Blogger platform). If you still want to start a more serious business from which you can earn and create a more serious image of your business – you will choose another.
Here are some basic features of both:
- Free to use
- The platform owns the domain and hosting for your site
- No possibility to add plugins
- Limited for customization and earning potential
- It is in the domain name
- It can remove your site – because it is in their ownership
- You buy the domain and host yourself
- Ability to choose plugins and widgets that the site will use
- Full customization and adjustment
- You have full ownership of the site
- There are no barriers to earning
What are a theme, plugin, and widget?
WordPress theme controls layout and design. You can completely change the look of the site with just one mouse click. There are free and paid themes, and if you have enough knowledge, you can create yours.
Plugins are an indispensable part of creating functional websites. They work similarly to smartphone apps. The selection is high, costing over 50,000 free and thousands of premium plugins.
Widgets are smaller blocks that contain some information. Depending on the theme used, the places for the widgets are determined. Their principal usage is for recent posts, search bar, navigation menu, etc.
What are the main advantages of the WordPress platform?
Besides not being charged and well connected to social networks, it is necessary to mention some other features.
Creating a site without programming knowledge
With just a few clicks and dragging of elements, you can create a site that will look like it was made by – world designers and developers. You can easily add, edit or delete the content you want, and it only takes a few minutes. That includes even simply adding an online store.
Safety and security
You will be safe from hacker attacks, viruses, bots, etc. You will have the security and safety of the site and data.
Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
Positioning a site on a Google search engine depends on a lot of on-site optimization. WordPress provides optimization tools that, along with quality content, will quickly put you at the very top of your search.
Fit for all devices
Whether your customers use a computer, laptop, tablet, or mobile phone – all the content will be nicely positioned and allow them to use it smoothly.
It is multilingual
WordPress allows you to translate the entire site into the language that the user wants.
What you see is what you get – is a user interface that allows the user to manipulate the document. Inserting news, blogs, or any other content could not be easier.
What else do you need to know?
If you have enough time, try to make your website. Well, it’s necessary to know that it’s always better to invite someone who has years of experience behind them. You need knowledge of the PHP language for more notable changes or changes to the website. By using multiple plugins, you can slow it down when loading and running. If you work alone, you will be responsible for the maintenance of the site. And for the installed themes and plugins. You need to make sure that they are regularly updated – so they won’t cause a problem with the release of newer versions.
But, if you have free time – try it. Maybe this experience will lead you to get more detailed information, improve and decide to become a WordPress developer in the future.