All Blogs are Websites, but not all Websites are Blogs.
Websites are fairly static in nature and don’t change much over time. Blogs are very dynamic and can be changed as often as you wish by creating new content as easily as using a word processor.
WordPress gives you the flexibility to create a Website, a Blog or both. Truly, the only thing that distinguishes your Website as a Blog is whether you post new content on a regular basis. You can just as easily create a static website using WordPress as using conventional Website development tools.
Why use WordPress?
WordPress is a very popular platform for several reasons:
1. I know it’s easy to dismiss something free as being worth what you paid for it, but that would not be a good assumption when it comes to WordPress.com. You’ll have a great deal of functionality and a good looking Website/Blog.
2. If you just have to have that unique domain name then you’ll need a hosted version of WordPress from www.wordpress.org. Before purchasing a hosting package, be sure that what you’re getting supports WordPress. Equally important in this decision is that the host provides an automated means of installing your WordPress Website/Blog. This will make your initial experience much smoother.
3. WordPress offers hundreds of free themes to give you the look you want. A theme can be likened to a template that defines how your site is laid out, the color scheme and the navigation of your site to mention a few. If you have special needs that may not be satisfied by the free themes, there are many premium themes available in the marketplace at reasonable prices.
4. WordPress also uses something called plugins. Plugins are optional, but they offer a whole host of additional functions at little or no cost to you. There are plugins to eliminate SPAM, plugins for Search Engine Optimization, plugins for social networking and many other features too numerous to mention here.
5. New capabilities are constantly being added to WordPress so it’s not likely to become outdated. And the best part is that it’s easy to use.
Word Press is not the only platform available for building websites and/or blogs, but its popularity and support is a testament to its utility.
Thank you to guest blogger Oleg for sharing his suggestions with us.
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