Social media websites brought many changes into our lives, and it definitely changed the way we connect with our friends and customers. Before these, one had to have a business or personal website to share information on whatever matter. Still, if we run an online business, we have to set up a website to look professional, but it is different in many ways.
While social media sites are without a doubt very useful and good to business, if we dig a little bit deeper, we can see that there are limits to what we can do with these. So, the good old WordPress blog is still competitive, and I’ll go ahead and say that it will stay competitive for quite a while. The reasons for this are quite obvious. People want to be in charge of their lives – they want to customize things, they want to be unique and the most important, they want something that is reliable and foreseeable. The last one is probably the most important out of all, because even though social media sites are good regarding quality and reliablity, free things will stay free, and we know that in these cases those entities don’t take responsibility for our losses, whatever type of loss that might be. If we would take the time and patience to read the Terms of such a site, we would be surprised what statements are in those documents. So it is a lot safer and wiser to build a business on something that you have paid for, thus it is reliable, you can do almost anything you want, and they take more responsibility to make things run flawless.
WordPress is obviusly one of the most popular blogging software, there is no argument regarding this, it’s a fact. If you are new to WordPress, I’ll give you a short introduction here, just to make sure you understand the basics.
Created by the same team, but two different branches of WordPress exist: one is WordPress.org. This is the software that is used by web hosts to provide a blogging solution for customers. Millions of sites rely on this piece of master work, as it is feature rich and easy to use. Any kind of website can be created with, so it is not only for blogging purposes. Since you utilize it through your own web host (I always like to mention Fatcow as a great solution for WordPress hosting – and I’ve found a great Fatcow review on hostingmanual.net for you if you’re interested), you can customize every part of it to your needs (e.g. themes, plugins, code), and of course, you have to have your own domain.
The other one is WordPress.com – this is place that provides free blogs for anybody. Of course, this is mainly used for blogging and it has a lot of disadvantages over the other. First, is that you cannot use plugins, which is one of the main advantage of WordPress over other similar software. Despite the fact that it is quite limited, it gives home to many high quality blogs. The main advantage is that it is free, but you can go premium if you want, and among other things, you can have your own domain, use premium themes and customize them too.
All in all, we can say that WordPress.org is better, as it gives access to all the features that this great software has to offer.
Now let’s see what are the requirements to be able to use WordPress as your bloggins program.
It’s quite simple: find a web host that supports WordPress – if your host support PHP and MySQL, it will probably support WordPress too.