In case you haven’t noticed that our blog has changed a bit in the list month, I’ll tell you why. We have switched our blog over to WordPress, an OpenSource blogging tool. It looks great, doesn’t it?
WordPress is an excellent way for a person to create a blog or a blog-style website on the Internet quickly and easily. A person does not need to have considerable experience at website building to be able to use WordPress successfully. WordPress has numerous features that make it a great choice for anyone who wants to post content about their favorite subject.
First of all, WordPress is an open source software, which means that it can be used for free. WordPress can be used in a stand alone version or it can be incorporated into an existing website through the website’s hosting company (which is what we have done here). For the stand alone version simply go to WordPress.com, sign up for a free account and begin building the site.
WordPress is user friendly and provides excellent support. They offer tutorials to help you learn how best to use all of their features. And there are many forums where WordPress experts and users answer questions of anyone needing help with their site.
You can customize the look and feel of the site by selecting from among more than 60 different themes. Plus, many developers on the Internet offer an even wider range of WordPress themes to choose from, though many of the custom themes are not free of charge. With many of the themes you can create and upload your own images to the header bar, which is a great way to give the site your own identity. Themes can be changed easily at the click of a button and the sidebars of the themes can be customized with various features called widgets. You can make your site look professional or fun or crazy, as you wish.
Further, you can write articles for your WordPress site of any length or style. Your posts can be made more valuable by adding photos or embedding YouTube or Google videos. You can publish the articles instantly or save them as drafts to be published to the site on a later date. And you don’t have to worry about saving your good writing because WordPress constantly saves the work as you write.
In addition to regular, ongoing posts of articles you can also create static pages that readers will be interested in reading. The article pages, as well as your ongoing blog articles, are search engine friendly, meaning that they can be easily indexed by all of the search engines and found by those who are searching the Internet for information.
Further, you can congregate your articles into categories. You can designate one or more categories that your article fits into so that readers can easily find multiple articles of yours on specific topics.
Lastly, WordPress provides useful statistics about your site. WordPress stats will give you current information about how many people are visiting your articles, how they got to your site, and which articles are the most popular, among other statistics.
Another advantage is that most web designers these days are familiar with WordPress and so you can start the site yourself and eventually hand it over to a web designer to complete. Take a look at the WordPress platform if you are looking for an easy, inexpensive, feature-laden way to create a great looking site.