WordPress is open-source software that can be used to make any type of website.
What is WordPress? Explained Simply.
In simple terms, WordPress is the operating system of a website, just like your PC or laptop needs an operating system like Windows, Mac, or Linux to run. Likewise, a website also needs an operating system like WordPress to run.
What is WordPress? What is a CMS?
WordPress is the world's most popular CMS or Content Management System. A CMS is a software application that is used to create, modify, and customize digital content like images, audio, video, text, visual stories, etc. WordPress makes it very easy to make a website and share your digital content with the world.
Why use WordPress? What makes WordPress Special?
WordPress represents 35% of all websites available on the internet today, while 60% of all CMS based websites are made with WordPress. WordPress is completely free and is 100% responsive, which means it works on all types of screen sizes and devices. It has all the latest features and functionalities to make any type of website. You can make a business/corporate website, portfolio website, eCommerce website, event website, forum website, membership website, and a wide variety of other types of websites with WordPress.
WordPress is beautiful and comes with thousands of free and premium or paid designs in the form of themes. WordPress themes are easily customizable with different features, images, videos, texts, colors, and a wide range of other options.
WordPress is also one of the most secure and SEO friendly CMS platforms. It is an open-source software platform that means it has a community of dedicated developers who are contributing every day to add more and more features and functionalities to WordPress.
The two different ways to use WordPress
There are two different ways to use WordPress. You can visit www.wordpress.com to start right now your free WordPress website but it has limitations as you cannot use WordPress plugins or the theme of your choice. Whereas if you download WordPress for free from www.wordpress.org then you can use it on your hosting service with your domain name and the WordPress themes and WordPress plugins that you have purchased according to the features and functionalities you require.
What do you need to build a WordPress website?
To build your WordPress website you need to do the following things.
- You need to download WordPress from www.wordpress.org.
- You also need to purchase a hosting service and a domain name.
- You will also need to buy a WordPress theme that has your desired design and features.
- You will also need to buy WordPress Plugins according to your specific requirements. Like if you want to do SEO for your website then you need to buy Yoast SEO plugin.
- You can also buy a WordPress page builder like Elementor to build your unique design for your WordPress website.
The above list is neither fixed nor comprehensive but it gives you a general list of things that you will need to build your WordPress website.
Where to learn WordPress?
There are a lot of free online resources from which you can learn about the WordPress platform including WordPress themes, WordPress plugins, WordPress events and news, WordPress customization, etc.
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