Working with WordPress

 

WordPress

WordPress

What I’d like to explore today is a FAIRLY easy system that can get you up and running a blog in no time for little or NO cash—WordPress.

First, what is WordPress?

WordPress is an open source (free) software tool specifically designed for blogging. It essentially provides a template system that allows users to install and change themes that give the look and feel to the blog.

A system of plugins allow users to add over 30,000 features to their blogs.

WordPress comes in two varieties: WordPress.org and WordPress.com.

What’s the difference? Glad you asked!

Working with WordPress.org           

WordPress.org is free software you can download and install on a web server. You need to use WordPress.org, the software, with a web server.

If you intend on using a specific web address: yourname.com, websitesareus.com, etc. then this is the route you’ll want to take.

WordPress.org software allows you to use different themes and plugins as well as edit your database and run advertisements.

If you use a web server it’ll cost you. Web hosts such as hostgator.com, godaddy.com, and others can give you decent discounts for long-term hosting as well as step-by-step instructions on how to install your WordPress.org.

Empoweredpros.com is a WordPress.org site. We use hostgator.com as our web host. We purchased our domain name (empoweredpros.com) through godaddy.com before we decided which web host to go with. If we had it to do over again we’d probably purchase our domain name through our web host.

The nice thing was, hostgator.com talked us through the setup and it was pretty easy. In fact they have a one-step setup for WordPress.org. Check out my link on the page. ———>

To recap, use WordPress.org if you plan to have your own domain name and don’t mind spending around $100 a year for your domain name and web hosting.

Working with WordPress.com

If you’re interested in setting up a free blog that doesn’t have your domain then WordPress.com is for you. Your web address will looks something like: yourname.wordpress.com, or myblog.wordpress.com.

With WordPress.com you don’t get as much functionality as WordPress.org—but it’s totally free!

And that’s why WordPress.com can be your best bet for building your business. Check out my new travelblog Adventures of a Freelancer on WordPress.com.

With WordPress.com you can test your idea for free and if it takes off you can then upgrade to a personal domain name.

Think about it. You can run a blog to see how it’s received BEFORE you commit to a specific domain name or expensive web hosting.

While the functionality may be a BIT more Spartan than WordPress.org you’ll be able to test before you leap.

Another benefit is WordPress.com let’s you get comfortable using the dashboard inside your blog.

The dashboard allows you to add posts, media, links, and even add pages. You’ll get the chance to work with different themes and learn how to use widgets.

Take the plunge and try WordPress.com for free. It’ll give you an opportunity to “try before you buy” so you can build your business fast!

For more information  are plenty of good guides on WordPress to help you get started.

Here’s to your success!

 

Thanks for reading my post! Do you have any WordPress.com or WordPress.org stories you’d like to share?
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Keith is the resident writer and troublemaker at Empowered Pros.
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