WordPress is an amazing solution whether you need to build a Website, a blog, or both. To get started we need to understand the differences between a Website and a Blog. (even though many use the terms interchangeably)
Website: In the early days of the Web, a Website consisted of static pages (one-way messages) that were available to view on the Web. These pages rarely changed their content and were used for “Home” pages, “About Us” pages, etc… (There was no two-way communication available)
Blog: Blogs change a regular Web page into a dynamic page that includes a commenting system so there is two-way communication between the author and his or her following. Typically blogs usually post new content on a weekly or daily basis and are posted in reverse-chronological order. Search engines love blogs because it provides fresh and new content.
Why you should have a Website with a Blog: Nowadays, you should have both static pages and dynamic pages in a Website. This gives you the ability to post information and also get feedback on your posts through blogging. The best way I have found to integrate both is using WordPress. There are a lot of good platforms out there, but for the cost and scalability, WordPress is my favorite!
WordPress can be confusing because there are two different versions. My favorite is WordPress.org, but let me explain the differences.
WordPress.com: This is the scaled down free version. WordPress.com is hosted on their servers (in the cloud) and you are limited to the themes you can use and you can’t use plugins. When you set up your account you will get a domain name like “www.mywebsite.wordpress.com”. This doesn’t look very professional, but it depends on why you are using the service.
WordPress.org: This version of WordPress is free, but you host it on your own server. To do this you need to buy a hosting plan that supports WordPress. It gives you the ability to create a professional looking Website at a fraction of the cost. Here are some of the features you get:
Setting Up WordPress.org: You need to buy a hosting plan for your WordPress.org Website/Blog.
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