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WordPress is a free tool used to create dynamic websites. It was originally developed as blogging software, but has since evolved into a robust tool used by web developers and average computer users to build just about any type of website you can think of.
Blogs, Portfolios, Corporate websites, Directories, e-Commerce website for physical and digital goods, Job Boards, Marketplaces, you just name it, can be built using this powerful platform.
WordPress powers 59.2% of all CMS and 26.6% of the entire websites online and is being managed by The WordPress Foundation.
Friends of this great platform can be grouped into three different types. (1) A Frontend designer who develops WordPress themes which takes care of the appearance, feel and style of the site. (2) A Backend Developer, creating plugins that add extra functionality to WordPress sites and (3) Someone who creates and manages the content on a website like a blogger or website administrator.
Different type of WordPress
WordPress comes in two versions: WordPress.com and WordPress.org.
WordPress.com is a WordPress-base blog owned by Founding Developer of WordPress Matt Mullenweg, where you can sign up and create a FREE website easily. With WordPress.com, you don’t have to worry about all behind the scene consideration like security and maintenance. All you need to do after creating an account is to concentrate on creating content.
Upon signing up you are given a sub-domain in the format of http://yoursite.wordpress.com, you have the option of purchasing a custom domain (e.g http://yoursite.com) and point it to your site.
- Free to Set Up
- Part of a network of blogs and is hosted on WordPress
- Support Available
- Spam Security protection included
- Ease of Use, Beginner friendly
- Pay for Custom domain
- Limited themes and customization
- WordPress displays ads for you
- Can not monetize until you reach 25,000 monthly visits
- You have to pay for storage above 3GB
WordPress.org on the other hand is blogging software script developed by the WordPress Foundation for installation on your self hosted account. The script is completely customizable and can be used for almost anything. With this option, the possibilities are endless.
- Free to download and use
- Complete control over your site
- Choose for thousands of themes and fully functional plugins
- Monetize how you like
- Have to pay for hosting and domain name
- You are responsible for all updates and security
- Responsible for site backup
- Support for WordPress not included
This tutorial series, will be dealing with the WordPress.org version where we will learn the process involved in securing a domain name, hosting your WordPress site and designing it to suit your purpose.