Getting Started in WordPress
If you're a first time DIY website builder, all of the reference to platforms, plugins, and widgets can be a bit mystifying! I know when I first started it felt like I was having to learn a new language all over again. I had a pretty steep learning curve, and experienced a lot of frustration as a result, so part of my mission is to take the mystery out of the design process!
It's good to start with a few simple questions:
What is WordPress?
WordPress is a Content Management System (CMS), and that simply means it's a place where you can put all of your stuff! When you build a website, you add words and pictures. You may add an email form so you can send people your articles, or a fancy header that tells the world about your business or ministry. WordPress is a tool you can use to house all of that stuff.
Who Uses WordPress?
You're in good company if you use WordPress to publish on the web. Many famous blogs, news outlets, music sites, Fortune 500 companies and celebrities are using WordPress. Sites like Facebook Newsroom, Google Ventures, and Flickr; Charles Barkley and Justin Timberlake; New York Times and In Style.
If you're ever curious about who uses WordPress, take a look at the WordPress site showcase and you'll be impressed by the number of well-known sites and famous people using WordPress to power their websites.
How Do I Get Started in WordPress?
As a business owner, you want to start in WordPress.org. The reason I say this is because WordPress.com does not give you full control over your site. With WordPress.org you host the site with your own host provider and you can do whatever you want to with it. Do not worry – both are free to use!
You might be wondering about the first steps you need to take on this DIY Website journey. Start by selecting and purchasing a domain name. Pick one that descriptive of your business and easy to remember.
Next, purchase a hosting package so you have a place to park your website, and then install WordPress.
There are a few ways to get WordPress installed:
1. You can go to WordPress.org, download the software and install it on your server.
2. Your hosting company may have a quick and easy one-click installation option to install WordPress.
3. You can just hire someone to install WordPress for you!
Whiche route you take, the WordPress platform is, in my opinion, the best out there! Happy blogging!