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Introduction to WordPress

This content is sourced from our Launching a WordPress Website Course. Some information may not apply to your needs – but are informational.

WordPress is referred to as an open-source CMS (content management system). Your website, is built on WordPress hosted by your hosting company.

According to W3Techs, Wordpress powers 33.6%; roughly more than one in four websites of all the websites on the internet. A few common websites that use Wordpress are The New Yorker, Sony Music, MTV News, The Walt Disney Company.

That number might not be huge, but when you think of all the different types of website providers out there (Squarespace, Wix, Weebly, Joomla, Drupal etc) this is a very significant number considering there are 334.8 million registered domains on the internet.

Wordpress is the most recommended option for a business owner as the platform can expand and not have to pay more for smaller upgrades. (you can start a website as just a blog, and then add WooCommerce and make it into an online store platform) WordPress does however have a bit of a learning curve as it’s not a “done for you system”. There are many working parts within WordPress (theme, plugins, etc) however due to it being open-source the internet is full of tutorials on how to set it up.

With WordPress the possibilities are endless as to what you want to do within your website with the use of Plugins. There is no limit to what your website can do, as there are thousands of plugins out there for use; you just have to be smart about which ones to use (and we will go further into how to know if a plugin is safe!)



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