Beginner’s Guide for WordPress

How to start a WordPress website

WordPress is open source web software that you can install on your web server to create your website, blog, community or network. Originally started as a blogging platform WordPress has become one of the most widely used content management systems (CMS) in the world. Over 60 million people choose WordPress to power their websites.

More than just blogging

WordPress can do more than just blogging. Use pages to build your website beyond any limits. It’s easy to create pages, embed video and manage media.

One of the principal advantages of WordPress is that you are in control. The customization opportunities are endless and the huge number of available plugins and themes make it easy to achieve the look and function you want.

WordPress.com vs WordPress.org

There are two ways that you can get started with WordPress. You can host a WordPress installation on your own server, or you can host your site with limited options at WordPress.com.

Hosting your own WordPress site can be fun and rewarding, but it also requires some technical knowledge. Download the free WordPress web software at WordPress.org*, it must be installed on a web server.

* recommended

Picking the best WordPress host

Only a domain and hosting is required to get a website online. Expect hosting to cost $5 to $15/month and up. The host or server is where your website actually sits, on a computer, in a building, when you put it on the Internet.

In addition to cost, it’s important to compare reliability and security of any hosting provider. Some hosts also include one-click WordPress installs.

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Guide for WordPress