WordPress Rocks!

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Having just set up another WordPress site for a client this morning, our 8th so far this year, I felt I have to sing their praises.

You really can be up and running in minutes with one of the strongest blog tools on the market and it’s completely free. With thousands of free off-the-shelf themes, plugins and widgets you can customise the look and functionality of your site.

You can even host it with WordPress for free, but there are some limitations as well as benefits. Most of the limitations can be overcome by having your own hosting solution.

Benefits & Limitations

  1. It can be totally, 100%, honestly FREE. The software platform itself remains free even if you host it yourself and customise your theme.
  2. Free domain name. You can have a url of your choice, www.yourchoice.wordpress.com or register your own domain and point it to your WordPress site, www.yourchoice.com
  3. Blogging  effortlessly. It really is very simple to use. You don’t need to know what HTML, CSS, PHP, FTP, or MySQL is. Drag & drop widgets and easy click-to-activate features. There’s full documentation on their site, including video tutorials.
  4. You are not allowed to display advertising, sell sponsorship, or paid posts if you host with WordPress, which cuts down revenue streams. Host it yourself though and you can do what you want.
  5. Free support through comprehensive forums.
  6. Automatic backups and updates with WordPress hosting and simple click-to-activate options if you host it yourself.
  7. Preinstalled Spam filters, to automatically block junk posts and comments, run in the background. These can be added as a plugin on your own hosted site.
  8. With WordPress hosting you cannot edit the actual themes themselves, but there are over 100 to choose from. Switch to your own hosting and there are over 1000 readymade themes, or you can edit/design your own.
  9. Web-forms, Galleries, Polls, Calendars and a host of other interactive elements can be added to your site. With your own hosting you can add plugins which can extend these and there’s over 13500 free plugins to choose from.
  10. Consolidate all your social media. LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc. fit seamlessly.

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