WordPress. It’s the free content management system (CMS) that powers everything from your favorite anime fan site to CNN’s online presence. In fact, WordPress.org, the website that houses the open-source software, states that WordPress powers 29 percent of the sites on the World Wide Web. That’s a lot of people and businesses running WordPress-powered websites. The more you know about WordPress, the more understandable that is.

WordPress is a remarkably flexible content management system that has many themes and plug-ins (more on these in a bit) to enhance the front-end and back-end experiences. There’s no coding required, unless you want a truly customized website feature or layout. As a result, building a WordPress-powered website isn’t particularly difficult. Still, people who aren’t familiar with the process may need a guiding hand. Reach out, grab my hands. Allow me to be your guide on this content-creating journey.

Org vs. Com

Let’s start with some background. WordPress.org is the place to download the CMS, as well as themes and plugins. WordPress.org urges you to self-host a WordPress installation by nudging you toward third-party hosts, such as Bluehost, DreamHost, and SiteGround, because it doesn’t supply web hosting packages. If you decide to go this self-hosted route, please note that there are many excellent, third-party web hosting services that offer robust, flexible plans for under $10 per month. Some of these services boast dedicated WordPress hosting plans, too. A self-hosted WordPress installation gives you the freedom to install nearly any theme or plug-in you desire.

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