By Igbal Yagoub
Nowadays there are many different ways of building a website. Whilst experienced webmasters will still build their websites in HTML, the truth is that now it is not necessary any more to know a website scripting language in order to be able to build an effective website.
Over the past few years, the internet has seen the growth of many content management systems through which it is possible to build a highly effective website in a very short period of time. However, perhaps the most successful website creation resource is WordPress. Whilst true content management systems like Joomla and Drupal have many attractions, the fact is that WordPress has become the 'de facto' website building system of choice for the majority of online marketers.
Because of this, thousands of people have created add-ons or plug-ins for WordPress that have significantly enhanced its usability and flexibility. In addition, there are hundreds of free site templates (or themes as they are known in the WordPress world) that enable you to make your site look almost any way you want it to as well.
Consequently, there is almost nothing that you cannot do using WordPress as the basis of your website. For this reason, an increasingly large number of people are using WordPress as their site building tool of choice.
Let us therefore start to look at how you set up WordPress in the first place. The basic set up...
The first thing to understand is that there are two different versions of WordPress.
At WordPress.com, you will find a free blogging platform that is hosted by WordPress themselves. Whilst using this site will enable you to create a blog very quickly and easily, this is not the version of WordPress that you are going to use because it does not have the adaptability of creating a site hosted on your own servers.
The version of WordPress that you want to focus your efforts on is available from WordPress.org. This is the version that you download and install on your own site, which obviously gives you a far greater degree of control and flexibility than you would ever have if you are using a hosted system to build your site.
Downloading the software to install WordPress is completely free, and there are detailed instructions on the site to install WordPress using what the site homepage calls the 'famous 5-minute installation':
However, depending upon the web host that you are using, it may be possible to install WordPress on your site even more quickly than this.
Before starting any installation, you will need to register a domain name and set up an appropriate web hosting account. Consequently, even before doing that, you need to decide what the topic or subject matter of your site is going to be.
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