If you are interested in blogging, you have probably heard of WordPress and might be wondering what all the fuss is about. Well….quite simply, WordPress is the website software that most blogs operate on. First released in 2003, it quickly became a worldwide phenomenon, powering more than 70 million websites today. WordPress is not just a blogging tool though, but is also well-suited to build highly flexible, feature rich websites. And it is VERY easy to use, requiring no knowledge of complex codes, html, or the like.
If you are comfy with Microsoft Word, handling WordPress will be a breeze. It uses a similar editor to format pages and you can design and update your site without spending hundreds or thousands of dollars on a professional designer. Even better, it is completely FREE, because WordPress is an “open source project,” meaning hundreds of volunteers from all around the world are constantly evolving and improving code and features.
There are thousands of “plugins”, “widgets” and “themes”…..
Yep… that’s exactly how I felt in the beginning, but all those funky words will be explained in the coming chapters, not to worry…. In addition, “WordPress is made to do SEO well” to quote Matt Cutts from Google. “SEO” stands for “Search Engine Optimization”. Those are the tools and techniques that help your blog rank high on Google and other search engines, so people can find you easily.
If you are looking for a simple tool to build your site without any tech knowledge — no other system is this easy!
We all love free, but don’t skip this one….
A word of warning:
With WordPress new bloggers sometimes fall into the “freebie trap” – meaning they sign up with “free” services like Blogger/Blogspot, Weebly or WordPressCOM (the latter being an overpriced profit site, not to be confused with the non-profit WordPress.ORG which offers the free WordPress software and lots of support). Now….…I am “Miss Frugality” and always like to go the free route whenever possible. You probably, too, right…? However, as I’ve learned the hard way (my first blog was with blogspot and I also had brief experiences with WordPress.com…ugh….), this is one area where choosing the freebie route is a terrible idea – and it’s not something you can just change down the road. It will cost time and effort if you do…..
Plus, we are talking about $3/month – not some major expense! – and most everything else you will need for your blog comes FREE! – (another great thing about WordPress). The cost I am referring to is related to “hosting” your site.