May 032010
 
So…What is WordPress?

Before you go ahead and spend thousands of dollars on a website, consider using WordPress instead. Though it was initially designed for bloggers WordPress is now widely used by organizations to create affordable and professional looking websites. It can be tricky to figure out so you may want to hire someone to customize a theme for you, though even if you choose to do this, it will be at a fraction of the cost of a full blown website designer. Another major advantage is that once the site is up and running, it will be easy for you to add and update web content yourself.

How do I get Started with WordPress?
  1. Find a Web-host that supports WordPress (most do)
  2. Often you can install it through the control panel of your web-host. However, if this is not possible or you’d prefer to do a manual install it can be downloaded from http://wordpress.org/ and then uploaded to your website.
  3. Now log into your WordPress site by going to your domain name and clicking Log In. The first thing you should do is install a WordPress Theme, as without one your website is going to look pretty boring. The easiest way to get a theme is by going to Appearance then Add New Themes.
  4. Now you’re ready to get customizing and adding content. This is when it can get tricky, so you might want to hire someone to do it for you – check out YourWordPressExpert.com for affordable WordPress development services.
What Will it Cost Me?

WordPress is free and so are lots of the themes. You will have to pay if you want a premium or custom theme, or if you decide to hire someone to set it up for you.

What platform is it available on?

It doesn’t matter if you’re a Mac or a PC user, because WordPress is installed on to your web-hosts server and you access it online. As long as your hosting provider says you can run it that is all you should need to know.