Maybe you are thinking of creating your own website or blog online and you want to know more about the WordPress platform. Great, you are on the right platform on the internet.
In this post, we will look at what WordPress is all about and different types of WordPress platform.
What is WordPress?
WordPress is a web structural platform, it is an “open source” content management system that allows users to build web platform without dealing with codes.
Open source in the context means that, WordPress has a community of developers who are working towards a common interest, which is, building a Content management system that allows anyone to easily build beautiful and professional web platform without touching code.
The platform allows users to build web platforms without knowledge of the sophisticated programming skills needed in building web frameworks and other features that make up a web platform.
There are other platforms in the nature of WordPress, but based on a recent research WordPress is the most popular content management system on the web.
What is a Content Management System (CMS)
Content management system, also known as CMS, in the case of web development, is a software that allows users to use an already created structure and designs to create their own web platform.
Content management systems for web development allows users to build web platform by clicks and drags on buttons, the tools and settings needed for setting up a functioning web platform are already created what users need is to use the already created tools and settings to create their preferable look of website or blog.
Among a few web content management systems out there, WordPress is the most popular content management system. Its large market base is one of the reasons why most people trust it, research shows that more than 32% of about 1.7 billion websites in the world run on WordPress content management system, also top 1000 fortune companies, like The Walt Disney Company, Microsoft, UPS, etc. also use wordpress content management system to power their website or blog.
Types of WordPress Platform
When most people decide to build their online presence with WordPress one of the challenges they experience is differentiating the type of WordPress platform.
But here is what you should know about the two types of wordpress .
WordPress.com is a hosted WordPress content management system.
HOSTED means that users of wordpress.com don’t have to go through the stress of hosting and managing their site or blog on the internet, all they need to set up a website or blog is to sign up and start using already hosted web platform.
There are free and paid version of this wordpress.com, paid version offers more controls, features and tools than the free version.
On the other hand;
WordPress.org is for those who wish to have full control of their site or blog, user take responsibility of hosting and managing their site or blog on the internet, they control and managing settings that make their web platform available on the internet.
WordPress.org, which is the parent of the WordPress content management system offers tools and templates to users who choose to take the responsibility of hosting their web platform
To self-host your site you need to buy a hosting plan from hosting companies, that is one of the costs associated with a self-hosting website or blog, but there are thousands of free templates tools on WordPress.org that anyone can download and use for free to set up a self-hosted website or blog with wordpress.
If you are planning to build your website or blog with wordpress you need to decide on which of the wordpress you will go for.
If you are hoping to build a causal website or blog platforms without a budget then wordpress.com will be the best option for you because wordpress.com offers a free access to already hosted wordpress platforms but with limited features and access.
If you have a budget and want to build a professional looking website or blog that you will have full control over, I suggest you go for wordpress.org, It’s the right wordpress platform for you.
I hope this post helps you understand the WordPress CMS platform.
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