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What Is WordPress? A Quick Breakdown Of The Fastest Growing Publishing Platform

What is WordPress?

WordPress is a blog publishing platform that makes creating and maintaining a website or blog so easy anyone can do it.  It is the most popular blogging system on the Internet. WordPress is used by nearly 20% of the Alexa’s top 1 million websites and manages 22% of all new websites. vs. What’s the difference?

The difference in a nutshell is that the dot org version requires you to have your own hosting, which costs  money, you can have your own domain name that you own (ex. as opposed to, and you essentially have full control of your site to do what you want with.  Dot org is the blogging software, dot com is the blogging host.

The dot com version is a blog hosted on WordPress servers and is a little more limited as far as plugins, customization, and publishing.  The benefits of going with the dot com is that is practically impossible for you to muck it up.  It’s also a great way of testing the waters before you jump in and invest money ( although the cost of a self hosted blog is nominal at best).



3 BIG reasons why you should  be using WordPress

Easiest publishing tool available for blogs

WordPress is designed to be easy for even those who are just starting a blog and have no website/web design or publishing experience.  Choosing a WordPress theme and customizing colors and design is also fairly easy to do.  Trust me, if this is something that I could do, on my own, then anyone can do it.  Their are also plugins available(in the dot org version only) that help to create a more dynamic and interactive site.

Great SEO value

16% of the top 1 million traffic ranked websites by Alexa are run by WordPress and that number is growing fast.  Wordpress was create with SEO in mind.  Search engines can easily crawl and identify what the content is about because of the way WordPress is designed.

Easy to design and customize

From changing colors, to total customization- WordPress is super easy to make your own.  You can use a Framework such as Thesis, Genesis, or Headway (the top 3 in my opinion) and choose from themes they offer, or even hire someone to fully customize your site which is much cheaper than building a site from the ground up.


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