Wordpress is probably the most powerful blogging and content management system (CMS) in existence today.
Recent surveys have shown that over 20% of all websites on the web are powered by WordPress. That’s pretty impressive! Pop over to the WordPress site showcase and you’ll find a huge selection of examples showing you exactly what’s possible.
But what makes it so popular? Firstly, as with Tumblr and Blogger, it’s FREE and we all love something for free don’t we?!
Secondly, it has the power and flexibility to grow with you as your blogging confidence and ambitions grow. As far as I’m aware no other blogging platform offers the flexibility and plethora of features and plugins offered by WordPress and its community.
The core WordPress system offers you all the basic features you need to start blogging in no time at all. Adding blog posts, static pages, photo galleries, videos and audio is all straightforward. Powerful and intuitive formatting options will help you make your blog look slick and professional too.
One of the most exciting features of WordPress is its ‘Plugins’. Plugins are computer programmes that seamlessly bolt on to the core WordPress system adding new features and functionality when you need them. This is great for the novice as you can keep everything nice and simple when you start on your blogging journey and then experiment and add extra elements to your blog as your confidence grows. The plugins integrate seamlessly into the WordPress dashboard so once you’ve mastered the layout of the core WordPress dashboard newly added plugins should be a doddle to use too.
You’ll also find thousands of template or ‘theme’ options too. Each have their own customisable options allowing you to make your blog look totally unique with little or no coding required.
WordPress can be downloaded for self-hosted installations from WordPress.org or it can be used as a hosted service (like Tumblr and Blogger) via WordPress.com
Whether you are a complete novice or an experienced web author you will undoubtedly find a WordPress solution that will work for you. If you are looking for an option that will grow with you and offer almost unlimited options and flexibility then WordPress should be top of your list.
Want to find out more about WordPress?
http://en.wordpress.com/features/ – Find out more about what WordPress.com has to offer from their own features page.
https://wordpress.org/about/features/ – Find out more about what WordPress.org (the self-hosted option) has to offer from their own features page.
http://www.creativebloq.com/web-design/free-wordpress-themes-712429– 43 of the best FREE themes for WordPress.