Be sure not to confuse WordPress with WordPress.com! The dot com is a commercial website where you can host a free website with limitations. It runs the open source WordPress software but it does not give you same freedom as a self hosted site. You can host a personalized URL (ie www.yourbusinesname.com) on WordPress.com but your site will be limited in the widgets you can install, the amount of advertising you can accept and back end functionality of some plugins (such as a protected area where clients can share information with you) will not work.
If you have a WordPress.com site, check out the terms of service. I’m sure you’ll be surprised at the number of things you are not allowed to do when you host with them.
You can host a WordPress website on most any plat form for a small monthly fee. Our preferred vendor, Bluehost.com, has very low hosting fees, unlimited storage and they have the ability to install WordPress with a one click option.
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Many large companies, including People Magazine and NASA, use WordPress to run their
Because WordPress is run by such a large number of websites, there are many people who can help you debug your site, add new content and create custom solutions for you.
WordPress offers a virtually unlimited number of ways to customize your site. The layout (called a theme) of your site can change with a few clicks of the mouse and most themes are free. You can have custom WordPress theme created by a developer or you can purchase a theme on one of the many exchanges and websites that offer them.
“There’s an app for that.” Just like software for a smartphone, there is a virtually unlimited number of free and fee based apps for WordPress websites. These programs, called plugins, can do anything from produce a podcast feed to color coding a map, scan your comments for spam or create custom links for your site.
Six Reasons to Use WordPress
- You will always be in control of all of your files and data.
- No one can legally copy your content without your permission.
- Versatile design options
- Hosting your own website is more professional.
- The only advertisements that show up are the ones you want.
- Functional plugin capabilities
So what are you waiting for? If you aren’t using WordPress by now, what is stopping you?
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