Why You Should Use WordPress To Create Your Blog?
For those that are new to the world of blogging, there are many different choices out there for places to host your site. While every platform has its advantages and disadvantages, one of the best blogs to use is WordPress. They have an easy to use setup that will get you started within minutes, and there are many features and benefits. This article refers to setting up your own domain and hosting for your WordPress blog, not using WordPress.org.
Easy Installation – The installation of WordPress is quick and simple to do. When you visit your web hosts website, you may find a cpanel (control panel) that features something called Fantastico, which is what will allow you to install WordPress. Click on the link and follow the instructions that it gives you. Make sure you do the full install of the most recent version.
Themes – Once you have your blog installed, you are going to want to install a theme. There is a default theme, but most people prefer to use something different. It tends to look more professional and that you have spent some time on the site. You can find many options on WordPress itself or you can search for other themes on the Internet. All you need to do is download, unzip and then upload the files to the appropriate directory. Then visit the admin area of your hosting and activate the theme.
Applications – You may have a variety of activities that you want your blog to be able to perform for you. There are many different applications or plugins that you are able to install on your website for a variety of different purposes. You install these the same way that you install the themes onto your site.
Updates – If there are updates for your WordPress software, theme or plugins, you will get a notice when you log into the site. You can then click on the link to install the update.
Control – A big benefit for using WordPress versus some of the other blogging platforms is that you have complete control over your site. You install the software onto your own web host and have control of what you do. The other platforms can restrict what you post or shut you down for some reason if you do something that they do not like.
Money – Many people decide that they want to monetize their blog after a while. Again, many different platforms will either restrict the methods you can use to make money or will not allow anything at all. If you think you may want to do this at any point, it is best to start your blog directly with WordPress so you do not have to move it later.
While you may be tempted to use some of the other popular blogging platforms, it is important to know what your ultimate goals for your blog are. If you prefer to have control on your blog, and want to be able to sell anything, you are best to build a site with WordPress.