WordPress started out in 2003 with very few users and has grown to be used on millions of websites throughout the world and are seen by tens of millions of people every day.
WordPress started out as a blogging system but has evolved to be one of the largest Content Managements Systems in the world.
WordPress is Open Source, meaning that there are literally thousands of people around the world contributing to it. Since it is open source, its code and installation is FREE for anyone to use. This means big savings for you, the end consumer.
Assuming you already have a domain name (i.e.: yourwebsite.com) and it is hosted somewhere, WordPress can usually be installed. Wordpress comes with hundreds, if not thousands of themes to choose from as well as thousands of plugins and widgets.
Think of it this way…I will use the building of a house as an analogy:
- Installing WordPress on your site is installing the foundation of your website. Everything else “plugs into this. It is like pouring a concrete foundation of a home.
- Once the foundation (WordPress) has been installed, the next step would be to choose and install a theme. This would be like choosing the look of your house – the framing, layout, how many bedrooms and how you move around inside your house. There are so many themes to choose from, although it is highly recommended that your choice be a theme that is fully responsive.
- Then there are the plugins. Plugins provide many of the features on your website, like site security, contact forms and the list goes on.
- Widgets are cool little pieces of code that can be placed strategically throughout your website. They can show things like weather, call to action buttons etc.
- Plugins and widgets can be thought of a something similar to choosing features in your home…blinds or curtains? Carpet or hardwood floors?
Being a Content Management System means that you will have the ability to log into the back-end of the website and using an editor (Similar to MS Word), be able to edit or update your own content. No more needing to call your web designer any time you need to make a minor change. Again, saving you money. Of course I am not adverse to receiving more money should you be too busy to maintain the site yourself. Feel free to contact me should you be interested in a WordPress custom website.