What is WordPress?(for beginners)
At its core, WordPress is the simplest and perfect for beginners, most popular way to create your own website or blog.
In fact, WordPress powers over 43.3% of all the websites on the Internet. Yes – more than one in four websites that you visit are likely powered by it.
On a slightly more technical level, it is an open-source content management system licensed under GPLv2, which means that anyone can use or modify the this software for free.
A content management system is basically a tool that makes it easy to manage important aspects of your website – like content – without needing to know anything about programming.
The end result is that it makes building a website accessible to anyone – even people who aren’t developers.
What Kinds Of Websites Can WordPress Make?
since 2003, it was primarily a tool to create a blog, rather than more traditional websites.
It is a free software yet so valuable
That hasn’t been true for a long time, though. Nowadays, thanks to changes to the core code, as well as WordPress’ massive ecosystem of plugins and themes, you can create any type of website with it.
For example, not only does WordPress power a huge number of business sites and blogs, it’s also the most popular way to create an eCommerce store as well! With this software, you can create:
- Business websites
- eCommerce stores
- Social networks
- Membership sites
- …pretty much anything else you can dream up.
What’s The Difference Between WordPress.org and WordPress.com?
We’ve covered the difference between .org and .com in a lot more detail, but here’s the short version:
- .org, often called self-hosted WordPress, is the free, open-source software that you can install on your own web host to create a website that’s 100% your own.
- .com is a for-profit, paid service that is powered by the .org software. It’s simple to use, but you lose much of the flexibility of the self-hosted software.
Therefore most of the time, when people say “WordPress”, they mean the self-hosted WordPress available at .org. If you want to truly own your website, self-hosted .org is almost always the best option.
All you need to do to get started with self-hosted WordPress is purchase web hosting and a domain name.
Who Made it And How Long Has It Been Around?
This software was created as a standalone project all the way back in 2003, originating as an offshoot of a previous project called b2/cafelog.
It is open-source software, so nowadays it’s made by a huge community of contributors. But if we were to trace WordPress’ origins back to its roots, its original creation was a collaboration between Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little.
Since then, Matt Mullenweg has largely become the face of company. And he’s also the founder of Automatic, which is the company behind the for-profit WordPress.com service.
The history of software between its founding as a blog platform back in 2003 and today is a long one…
But suffice it to say, it has pushed forward and, thanks to its contributors and huge community, developed into the most popular solution to create any type of website.
Who Uses WordPress?
It is used by individuals, big businesses, and everyone in between! On an immediate note, we use WordPress! So the very site that you’re looking at right now is powered by it. Lots of other well-known entities use this software as well. Here are some of our favorite examples:
The Rolling Stones
The Walt Disney Company
Why Should You Use WordPress?
Ok, so over 43.3% of all the websites on the Internet are using it, including well-known entities like the White House and Microsoft.
But what about you? Why should you use it?
Well, no matter what type of website you want to create, there are plenty of reasons to use it. Here are some of the biggest:
It Is Free And Open Source
One of the biggest benefits of this software is that it’s free, open-source software. While you will need to pay a little bit for hosting, you will never have to pay just to use the WordPress software, which isn’t the case with alternatives like Squarespace.
Beyond that, you can also find lots of open-source plugins and themes to change how your website looks and functions. Speaking of….
WordPress Is Extensible
Even if you aren’t a developer, you can easily modify your website thanks to WordPress’ huge ecosystem of themes and plugins:
- Themes – these primarily change how your website looks.
- Plugins – these primarily change how your website functions. Plugins can be something small, like a contact form, or huge, like creating an eCommerce store.
Currently, there are over 50,000 free plugins and 5,000 free themes for it, as well as tons of premium options. That to say – you have plenty of choices! Here is a hand-picked list of the best WordPress plugins.
It Is Easy To Install
Think you need to be a tech genius to create your own website? Think again! If you can click a few buttons, you can install WordPress on your site.
Nowadays, most web hosts either:
- Offer to preinstall WordPress for you so that your site is ready to go right away.
- Give you dedicated tools that make the install process very beginner-friendly.
Can I Install WordPress On My Personal Computer?
Absolutely! There are several good reasons why you might want to install WordPress on a local computer. You are building a new site from scratch, install a new theme or plugin or you just want a safe space to experiment with your existing website, without fear of breaking it.
In this case, we recommend a free tool called DevKinsta that allows you to install WordPress on your Mac or PC.
WordPress Is Flexible
We’ve touched on this already, but WordPress is great because it lets you create pretty much any type of website. Better yet, your website can also evolve with you.
Want to add a forum to your existing WordPress site? No problem – just install the bbPress plugin! Want to add a social network? No worries! Just use the BuddyPress plugin.
You’re never locked into a specific set of functions – you can always adapt and evolve.
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It’s Easy To Find WordPress Help
Because WordPress is so popular, it’s easy to find help if you ever run into any issues. There are heaps of…
- Facebook Groups
…that you can turn to for free and paid help if needed.
So What Is WordPress? It’s The Best Way To Build A Website
It is the most popular way to build a website for a reason. If you want to build any type of website, from a blog to an eCommerce store, this software is a great option.
So how will you use WordPress? We can’t wait to find out!
Get all your applications, databases and WordPress sites online and under one roof. Our feature-packed, high-performance cloud platform includes:
First you should find a host as a server for your site
Then you should upload the software on your host
So on you need a domain for it
Install most fir plugins for your site, depends on which kind of site do you want to make
Choose a theme from theme section
Now you can start making pages and publish posts
also read this post about making site: