So, now that you have registered your domain name, got your website a place to host it, what next?
Designing your blog.
WordPress is the most popular blogging-publishing software available. It’s free of cost to install WordPress in your website. Most hosting providers provide WordPress installation for free. You also have other options like Joomla, Drupal, etc., but nothing as good as WordPress.
So, what is so special about WordPress that makes it the best among all of the available choices?
In other words, why should you choose WordPress? The top three reasons are here.
1. It is FREE. FREE. FREE.
WordPress is free of cost. It is free to download. It is free to use & modify. It is open source. You are free to take a look at its source code and understand it as a developer. Or you can choose not to give a damn about any of that and just install it and have the best platform to build your website on.
2. It is Search Engine Friendly.
WordPress makes it easier for your site to be indexed by Google and other search engines. This reason will be of benefit when you decide to monetize your website/blog. Let’s not go into the details now. I will cover this part later in-depth.
3. It is built around a helpful community.
Built around a community of open source developers, users & customers, you can get all the help you need. Most questions that might arise would have already been answered for you by someone else.
As much as I could tell you a hundred other reasons to go with WordPress, do your own research, question more, analyse more and opt for what you think would suit your needs the best. My opinion is that, in 99 out of 100 cases, WordPress will be the best choice to go with.
One compelling reason to go with WordPress is that you can apply and use it for any type of website/blog you might wanna create. There are a lot of variety & options with respect to the themes that you can choose for your website.
WordPress, on the administrator side, is very user-friendly. You will find it very easy to learn, navigate, understand and use. In other words, once installed and setup, you can focus on the writing part.
Most of the hosting providers provide a control panel to install and manage the WordPress installation on your website. cPanel is the most popular of all. The plugins that are built for WordPress make your life easier when it comes down to blogging. The different plugins built for managing WordPress based websites make it easy for you to leave some of the complicated site management part to the plugins, thereby automating those tasks. Few plugins provide functionalities that run behind the scenes. Few other plugins provide functionalities that run in the part visible to the readers. On the whole, plugins built for WordPress make your life easier.
The predominant reason I suggest anyone to take up WordPress is the learning curve. WordPress is presented to you in such a way that you learn on the go. It’s neither too difficult nor too easy. The balance between complexity and simplicity is just right. Add to that the packed set of features that help you manage your website, its performance, SEO and everything else, all from the same interface – you’ve got a winner in WordPress. So, go for it. You won’t regret it.
If you have any doubts on how to install WordPress in your website/blog after getting it hosted, you could talk to the customer support rep of the hosting provider and ask them to guide you through the installation process. Most often, almost all the hosting service providers give you free automatic WordPress installation.