You may have heard of WordPress, maybe not.  It is a platform for building websites that is easy to learn, requires no programming and is well supported all over the world.

I’d like to teach you how to get started with WordPress, so that you can get online and sharing your experiences.  You may want to blog about your pets, your hobbies or even get your business online.  WordPress can do all of this and more.

Lets get started.

Why Choose WordPress

Wordpress logoYou are in good company with WordPress. 12.5 million people have downloaded WordPress.  This is almost the size of the entire population of Ecuador.

While you may not live in Ecuador, there are people all over the world viewing sites created by WordPress.  In fact 409 million views each month are recorded on WordPress sites.

Open Source Software-

Generally, open source refers to a computer program in which the source code is available to the general public for use and/or modification from its original design. Open-source code is typically created as a collaborative effort in which programmers improve upon the code and share the changes within the community. Open source sprouted in the technological community as a response to proprietary software owned by corporations.Source: Wikipedia

This means that you can modify the code if you so desire.  It also means, WordPress is free.  There are no charges to use the program, ever.
WordPress is designed for the user, you don’t need to have programming skills to use it.

WordPress is easy to install.

Most hosting packages have a cPanel that includes a simple interface for installing the software on your website server.  If this is still too hard, Wealthy Affiliate provides a simple interface called WordPress Express that installs WordPress in under 5 minutes, requires no technical skills and even installs the most common plugins that you might need.  Wealthy Affiliate even provides a full training suite to help you understand the nuances of WordPress and blogging to make money with your blog.

If you would like to start a free WordPress Blog click on the image below.

Siterubix signup

Themes

WordPress handles the look and feel of your website with themes.  Each theme has its own unique style and can be changed easily if you decide you want a different look for your website.

You can choose colors and layouts that meet your whimsy or a clean and elegant theme that looks professional for any sort of business that you have.

Plugins

Plugins are small add-on programs that increase the functionality of your site.  There are many available from Anti-spam filters to layout tools.  Some Plugins are free, others have a small fee attached.  Many provide basic functions for free and have a premium attached for additional functions.

The WordPress Express feature at Wealthy Affiliate will install WP-Spamshield ( an anti-spam plugin), All in One SEO ( a Search Engine Optimization plugin) and the SI Captcha plugin ( adding Captcha to your comments)

SEO

SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization.  These are techniques that will make your site more attractive to the search engines, Google, Bing and Yahoo.

To get traffic to your site, you must be on the first page of Google and the other Search Engines for the terms that people search.  SEO will help this to happen.  Of course, the best SEO is your content and you should be writing for your audience and not the Search Engines but, it doesn’t hurt to make your site attractive the the Search Engines and well.

CMS

WordPress is what is known as a Content Management System (CMS).  There are several softwares that provide this function for people to allow them to make websites.  Joomla, Dot Net Nuke and Drupal are the other open source programs that provide this kind of functionality.  Only WordPress makes it easy for non-programmers to create sites.  The others require huge learning curves and really only shine when you know how to program in HTML5, CSS3 and PHP.

If you are a programmer, then the other options may work better for you. If just starting out, WordPress is your best option.

Community

As an open source software, WordPress has developed a huge following and a large community of people that know their way around this system.  This vibrant community of users have already solved most of the problems that you as a new user may encounter.  The WordPress Support Forum is freely available and supported by volunteers that are familiar with the inner workings of WordPress.

Inside Wealthy Affiliate, there is a knowledgeable group of members that can be reached in real time through the online chat feature.  If you are having problems with your WordPress installation, feel free to tap into this resource.  This is a membership site that teaches Affiliate Marketing through the use of WordPress so there are many members with high level skills in WordPress and general online marketing.

How to get Started with a WordPress Blog

 Identify the niche that you want to work with.

Register your Website Name

Obtain Hosting

Install WordPress on your hosting

Chose a Theme

Create Your First Pages

Start Writing about your topic.

 

When you have these in place you are ready to create your own piece of the internet.

 

 

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