What is WordPress

Wordpress Blogging and Content Management PlatformWhether building a blog or a website, WordPress is a great tool to use for novices or seasoned web site developers alike. It is an open source application, meaning that it is free to use. WordPress started off strictly as a blog publication app, however, it is now considered one of the best open source CMS (content management systems) around. It has dramatically grown in popularity, and with its large community, it has many themes and plugins available for free to make your website into pretty much anything your heart desires. This website is built on the WordPress backbone with the Thesis theme.

WordPress has a search engine friendly architecture, and is based on PHP and mySQL. It has a template system that allows you to easily switch between different looks and styles. It also includes a widget system which can be arranged and customized to your liking, without needing any knowledge of PHP or mySQL. For those who are even just slightly familiar with html, css, and php, further enhancements and customization can be easily accomplished for their WordPress blog or website.

Because WordPress is based on PHP and mySQL, a hosting plan supporting PHP and mySQL is recommended. I hear that a Microsoft Web Platform Installer can be used to install WordPress on Windows Servers and IIS, but seriously, why go backwards. The hosting requirements from WordPress.org suggest PHP 4.3 or higher and MySQL 4.0 or higher.

For the best buck value and ease of installation and maintanance, I would go with a host like Host Gator or Host Papa … no questions asked. Their Linux/Apache Servers run the latest versions of PHP and mySQL. In my opinion they give you not only a good price, but excellent back-end administrative options via cPanel, not only for WordPress, but other applications such as Zan Cart, OsCommerce and many more. WordPress installation with these two hosts is simply a matter of clicking a few buttons …literally. Oh yeah, if you’ re thinking of going with GoDaddy for your WordPress blog, I wouldn’t …

I have found that using WordPress as a CMS drastically reduces the development time for my websites. Furthermore, having such a huge development community behind this product, not only provides you with a large selection of unimaginable plugins, but also a means of always being able to find an answer for any problem you might run into. If you haven’t tried WordPress, you should definitely give it a try .. you have nothing to lose, and a lot to gain.

Below are examples of the sites built with WordPress:

The Artworld, IsoTech Spray Foams, All Things Radon, Open Door Immigration, West Market Dental, Seventh Life Path.

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Katty June 11, 2011 at 10:48 am

Got it! Thnaks a lot again for helping me out!

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