So you wanna start a blog huh? Part 2: What is WordPress?

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Hello people! I’m going to talk about how to start a blog using the WordPress platform. If you don’t know what that is ill be explaining that in detail. Please make sure you read my previous post here.

So What IS WordPress.org?

The answer is…. a platform type thingy? I know all my techy people out there, must be blowing steam out of their ears.

I’m going to try to explain this is layman’s terms for people who are new to blogging OR they don’t really care ” about the minutia of the plan”. They just want the meat and potatoes!

So basically, WordPress is just the means for you to create your site. You cannot paint without having a canvas to paint on, so think of it as your piece of paper.

WP is an open source Content Management System. A content management system allows you, or multiple people (if you have a team) to control what content/ information (aka posts, pages etc.) goes on your website. What’s an open source? An open source just means that there a many people all over the world working on it at the same time. Word Press has a section in their Dashboard where you can see all the code that makes up the site. And you have the right to giveth or taketh away from the code. This is what I mean when I say it’s completely customizable.

Easy, right? Now on to the next elephant in the room.

Who is WordPress for?

WordPress isn’t just for bloggers, they’re for business’s and many other types of institutions! WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org. From small business’s to fortune 500 companies.

WordPress.com

There is a BIG difference between the two. If you plan on just doing this s a hobby, you could just signup for WordPress.com, but I suggest you don’t. The only reason why I say this is because on WordPress.com, you don’t own your website. It’s owned by a private company.

Also, there’s no plug-ins, or custom themes. It’s basic! But sometimes that’s what people want I suppose. But anyways, I highly suggest you start off with WordPress.org.

Why do I use WP.org you ask?

The only reason why, is because I want to have control over what my website looks like! I’m an extremely detail-oriented person, and I like what I like. I don’t want a static site that I don’t have control over, I want to be able to customize it and make it to my liking. I love being able to add and take away as I please, making my site a replica of what I see in my head. No limitations.

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