For anyone who’s been out of the loop for a while, WordPress is a (mostly) free blogging platform created in an open source manner. While it still requires a separate hosting account to fully exploit all the functionality, the system has been catching on quite quickly and there are many hosts now supporting accounts that were created to house a WordPress blog.
So why is WordPress catching on so quickly? It’s simple. No really – that’s what I mean, it’s really easy to use. It’s simple.
I was first exposed to the WordPress platform and blogging intoface when I helped out on the HostingCon blog a few years ago. George Roberts (the organizer of HostingCon) had set up a blog that used WordPress. So he gives me *maybe* a two minute tutorial. It wnet something like this:
Derek: “So how does it…”
George (in a REALLY big hurry): “So you put the title here, the text for the body goes there, click here to add links, and add some tags at the bottom. So you’re good, right?”
Derek: “Well, it might take a…”
George: “Awesome! I’ll check in with you later. Gotta go!”
So I had literally NO background or experience with any WordPress site ever. None. Fast forward a few minutes and I had easily created a decent looking blog post. I noticed a minor typo – then I wnet back and figured out (easily) how to edit the mistake – and republished. This all took just a few minutes of learning. The next blog post was even easier, as I had already figured out the basics.
The point is that “ease of use” is a key driver of massively adopted online technologies these days. Another driver is the fact that many new plug-ins, themes (templates to spice up the design of your blog), and search engine friendly scripts are being launched – literally – every day for WordPress blogs.
So how to get started if you want to try this easy system to get a blog up and running?
You can visit the WordPress website.
There are great tips and some paid plugins there.
I would also recommend checking out a newly launched resource for WordPress hosting, from 34sp.com. They have some tools and an auto-installer for WordPress, along with a section for WordPress resources. You can also get your WordPress plugin or theme blog ranked by them in their “best of” section. Of course they also do all the WordPress hosting and customer support as well.
So what do WordPress websites look like? I’ll leave you with a few examples of WordPress sites you can check out.
Oh yeah, I almost forgot – the PingZine blog is a WordPress blog too!
This content was written by Derek Vaughan, Chief Marketing Officer with TechPad Agency, LLC – a full resource advertising and marketing agency, specializing in products and services for the web hosting industry. Mr. Vaughan’s writing appears courtesy of the dedicated server experts at www.thehostingnews.com.