You’ve probably heard your Web Developer guy mentioning it or seen it top lists of best website builders out there, but what is WordPress?
WordPress is an open source website content management system (some sort of software that enables you to create, edit and manage a website via an easy to use user interface) powering more than a third of the web as of 2019. Started as just a blog host provider back in 2003, WordPress has grown into a very powerful website creation tool.
WordPress is majorly based on PHP and MySQL, but can also be used with Marian DB or SQLite Databases.
Getting Started with WordPress
Depending on what you’re trying to build, you’ll always have two options, self managed WordPress or hosted wordpress.com. With hosted wordpress.com, yo get a sub-domain for your preferred username, say nickname.wordpress.com and the most you can do with it is start a blog and when it comes to customizing, change your theme from limited options and try build a followership for your new blog. wordpress.com is 100% free as long as you are okay with the limited options you’ve got in terms of everything. If you need to have your own domain, say myname.com, you’ll have to upgrade by purchasing the domain and hosting. And that’s where all the fun of WordPress begins.
Self hosted and managed WordPress playground is mainly wordpress.org, the home WordPress. Once you’ve upgraded to self hosted WordPress, you gain the rights to do anything you like with WordPress. Remember we said WP is open source, meaning you’re free to do with it whatever you like, build whatever your imaginations and skills can allow and make as much money as you can while at it. WordPress.org is a host of thousands and thousands of free themes and plugins. With those, you can turn WordPress to a blog, an eCommerce website, a Business Website, a News Website, a Social Media Platform, a Community, a Portfolio, you name it!