Ever wondered how to build a website from WordPress. Maybe you need to build a website for your business, your family or your school. You can't go past WordPress for simplicity and ease of use. You don't need to know anything about web development to build a stunning site. This article will give you a brief overview and point you towards some other sources where you can get up close and intimate with WordPress.
WordPress has been around for quite a while in internet terms. I first come across it in the early 2000's. It wasn't very developed then and still in it's infancy. Licensed under the GNU license, it is a free for use system that facilitates the build and maintenance of a website. Even a novice can get something up and running quickly.
After spending some time I decided it wasn't for me as it didn't have enough features that I wanted and the builds were pretty simplistic. I'm a developer and like getting my hands dirty but this needed a bit more.
Fast forward to today.
Well, since mid 2014, I have started using WordPress again and wow, it has really matured. Like any good wine, time makes the wine. Now you truly can build a stunning website in under 60 seconds with all the bells and whistles once WordPress is setup. Today I use it for a lot of my web work for simple to medium sized projects. Why reinvent the wheel when it has already been invented. It has pretty much everything I need to build out quickly. Anything it doesn't have I can build and contribute back to the community so I can still get my hands dirty.
Basically WordPress is a template based system originally written for building blog sites but has slowly adapted to include web pages as well. There are over 1700+ free templates and countless paid ones which you can buy. The template sets the look and feel of the site.
Here is a video with a short introduction to WordPress.
Options on WordPress
You have to decide first of all weather you want to have your own server or just use a hosted service.
I won't go into a dedicated server setup here as this is quite a bit more complicated and requires a certain level of understanding in terms of server administration and networking. This will be the subject of another article which I will be writing at a later date.
But I will shamelessly plug Digital Ocean here. I have been using them since their inception in 2011 and have had no problems at all. You can have you own Linux based WordPress server up and running in under 60 seconds for less than a cup of coffee a month in locations close to you. They have a great learning knowledge base and have easy to talk to geeks available when you get stuck. They can be found here at www.digitalocean.com. Tell them Steve sent you. 🙂
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WordPress Hosted Service.
I would recommend this option. This takes all the hassle out of the management and administration of your own server. Basically just signup and start building. With this option, you can definitely have a website up and running quickly. I will list a couple of options I use regularly.
The team at bluehost.com are dedicated WordPress suppliers who I have used before. They save you the hassle of setting up, configuring and managing servers. They provide good support and have plenty of training information to learn from.
What do you mean, Free? Checkout this article I did on Siterubix.com. It is a free hosting site with WordPress at it's core. Doesn't cost anything to join and will allow you to get up and running quickly, learning how to use WordPress with out any payments. You can upgrade to a paid hosting package if you want to later.
Well, I hope this has provided you with a good overview of WordPress. It is a simple system that does what it promises and more. You can build a website quickly and maintain when and as you like where ever you are.