Post by Fajr Muhammad
I have a confession: I am a full blown, unabashed WordPress groupie. Me and WordPress go way back and our relationship gets stronger by the day. In return for easily managed content, an extensive plugin library, keyword-rich permalinks and built-in search engine optimization, I have to spread the gospel of WordPress to every blogger, shop owner and elderly person who will humor me. Consider this your induction to the cult of WordPress and with over 16 million installations you are in good company.
Each blogging platform has its own unique features: Blogger is affiliated with Google (enough said), Typepad has an inexpensive pricing model, Wordpress.com has the ease of WP without the need for hosting (and without the ability to monetize). However, WordPress.org seems to be in a class of its own. (Do I sound like a groupie yet?)
Here are some of the great benefits to using WordPress.org
- Content Management Simplified: WordPress uses a standard WYSIWYG editor similar to document software, however for the fast lane you also have the option of editing the HTML of a post.
- Theme Playground: And who doesn’t love a playground. There are literally thousands of WP themes to choose from, many of them free and with a amazing design and functionality right out of the box. And with a little chutzpah you can tweak the HTML/CSS of any theme and tailor it your needs.
- Community of developers, designers, coders, you name it they know it!: No blogger is an island, and with the WP community behind you you don’t have to be. WordPress is open-source meaning that it is open for development and millions of developers, designers and “enthusiasts” create themes, plugins and stalk the forums!
- Google loves WordPress: Despite Blogger being a Google property, the mighty search engine has an affinity for WP. Google loves fresh content and with over 16 million publishers that’s a hella lot of new content.
- Totally controlled by Y-O-U: Maybe this is just the control freak in me, but WordPress is installed and run by you. You dictate how far you can take your site, when and how to monetize. There are few restrictions, outside of common decency.
The stellar thing about setting up a self-hosted WordPress blog or site is that it literally takes minutes. If you have purchased a domain name and hosting account, your host provider should have simple interface to set up your WP site. Some of the hosting providers that provide easy installation include:
Once you have installed your WordPress site, the world’s your oyster. Well maybe not the world, but the world of WordPress for sure. Here’s a quick resource guides full of links and articles from my fellow WordPress groupies
- Askimet Spam-Fighting plugin
- All-In-One SEO pack plugin
- WordPress Automatic Upgrade plugin
- WordPress Related Posts
Now that you have a cheat sheet of sorts, go forth, create WordPress blogs and prosper!