Are you planning to create a website and wondering what is the best authoring platform?
Today, we look at WordPress – a free and open-source content management system (CMS) for your website. Most people know WordPress as a page builder for website. That’s not wrong but it is more than that. WordPress manages your entire website for each and every post and page you create. For all its power, WordPress is highly user-friendly and setting up a free account takes less than a minute.
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What makes WordPress tick?
What makes WordPress a popular choice among bloggers and business owners? We examine the following aspects.
- User interface
- WordPress Updates
- Technical Support
If this whole idea of creating a website sounds challenging, you will love WordPress. It is so easy to setup and has a built-in page editor that makes designing your website a breeze. The built-in editor allows you to design the layout of your homepage, control the placement of text and images for each blog post. In fact, you can create a stunning and fully functional website in seconds.
WordPress is updated regularly and as of this writing stands at version 4.8.3. The latest update 4.8.3 actually took place while I was writing this article. The availability of such updates serve to improve the overall performance and security of WordPress, giving you the peace of mind that your work will not be easily compromised.
Robust as it may be, performing regular backups is still the responsibility of every individual if you do not want to lose your work.
With free and open-source products such as WordPress, it is rare to receive updates as they are free…much less on a regular basis. WordPress amazes everyone with their consistent timely updates, a sign that they are SERIOUS about their business.
Two Thumbs Up for WordPress in this respect!
As WordPress is an open-source platform constantly undergoing development, you will find that many of the WordPress features are highly customisable. If this suits your style and you love to customise, then I would say WordPress would be your haven!
Just as Apps are to mobile devices, so are Plugins to WordPress.
A plugin is an additional add-on to the WordPress platform to help you achieve a certain effect. For example, you may want to create an Author Bio at the end of every post in your website. Technically, you can code this in but not everyone is into coding. If we talk about the general masses, a plugin such as Simple Author Box will do the trick and spare you from getting more white hair or losing them.
As there are thousands of WordPress developers out there, you can find a plugin for almost any function you desire. The caveat is that plugins can slow down your website, so use them sparingly. A suggestion is to keep your total plugins to 5 or less and no worries if you cross that magical number. Your website will still run.
Even if you are using a Free WordPress account, you can still find technical support online especially in forums. Due to the large and ever growing user base, it is likely whatever question you have has been asked and it just takes a bit of research to dig out the answer. There is always a lively discussion going somewhere.
When it comes to pricing, you can start with a free account. The free account allows you to build a website using one of the WordPress subdomain because they are hosting it for you. For example, you may have a website domain like http://365parenting.wordpress.com. Using the WordPress editor, you can create the website and have it published onto the internet. With a free account, you will have to live with WordPress ad, which is commonly found in the form of a footer credit.
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If you don’t like it and wish to remove the ad, you have to upgrade to the personal plan at least. This will set you back by $46 per year but you do get a domain name which is crucial for branding.
WordPress is a great platform. The free account allows you to create a basic website using their subdomain. It is great if you just want to share information and you are not that concerned about branding and monetising your website. For the paid plans, you have access to your own domain, domain-specific emails, chat support, CSS editing, and the ability to monetise your site with ads.
I use WordPress for my websites and I highly recommend it. However, I didn’t sign up for WordPress paid plan directly. Instead, I am with Wealthy Affiliate and through my premium membership, I have access to WordPress with all its plugins (over 50,000+ as of now) , 2000+ themes to choose from, regular updates and technical site support. If you ask me, this is the best value for money deal you can get.
The Wealthy Affiliate University offers the best WordPress package in terms of cost. For $49 per month, the premium member has access to the WordPress platform and can host a total of 50 websites which includes 25 free sites under the .siterubix subdomain and another 25 sites with your own purchased domains. This works out to be about $1 per month for each website you host on Wealthy Affiliate.
Of course, most people do not create that many websites in one shot but let’s go with an average of three websites. That still works out to be only $16 per month ($0.50 per day) for each website. On top of that, you have full access to all plugins and themes.
If you compare this to the pricing of WordPress Premium, Wealthy Affiliate is offering a lot more, dollar for dollar.
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