As of the time I’m writing this, WordPress has crossed the 50% usage mark, which means that over 50% of websites in the world use the platform for their web and online projects. That’s a scary number. Almost like Facebook.
WordPress is used by 58.7% of all the websites whose content management system we know. This is 27.5% of all websites. — w3techs
I used to be rigid as a web designer in my early days. I’d rather spend hours and sleepless nights coding than do the seemingly easy 1click install that WordPress was offering. It wasn’t until I got a job where a client needed to tweak her website that I began to become intimate with the software. Fast forward a couple of months later, and I happily moved ALL my personal sites to WordPress, and convinced some of my clients to do so too!
That’s what this post is about! Even if you’re not a web designer, the least you can do is understand what WordPress offers, and run with it! 🙂
First, what is WordPress?
WordPress is an online, open source website creation tool written in PHP. But in non-geek speak, it’s probably the easiest and most powerful blogging and website content management system (or CMS) in existence today.
In simple English, this post you’re reading is created using WordPress.
Cool! So now you know what WordPress is. How do you start?
How to Start Your Website on WordPress as a Total Newbie
First, the options. To begin, WordPress gives 2 choices, as they have 2 platforms. They have WordPress.Com and WordPress.Org. For total newbies, whom this post is for, I’d advice you start with WordPress.Com. What’s the difference?
The one major difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org is who’s actually hosting your website. With WordPress.org, YOU host your own blog or website. WordPress.org is where you’ll find the free WordPress software that you can download and install on your own web server.
Having a website/blog includes buying stuff like domain names, web hosting, etc, but if you want to avoid those costs while you’re getting the hang of the whole thing, then just go for WordPress.Com, as with it you’ll have everything you need.
WordPress.Org is a bit trickier, because first, like I said above, you have to purchase a domain name, that is, your www.yourcompany.com and then buy a hosting plan from a recommended hosting company, and then install WordPress on that platform. As a total newbie, it’s a steep learning curve, but once you get it, you get it.
Guide to WordPress – The self hosted version
- Buy your domain
- Get Hosting
- Install WordPress
- Choose a Premium and Search Engine Friendly Theme to Install
- Select good plugins
- Add your content.
And that’s it! In part 2, I’ll break down how to do all 6 options listed above.