Hey! Welcome, this is the first post of the post series WordPress 101 – Beginners Guide To WordPress. In the coming days I’ll be writing on basics of WordPress for those who are just starting out with WordPress. Stay in touch.

At the end of the series you would have the basic knowledge of WordPress, how to set it up, write your first blog post and all the other basic stuff you’d need to get started with WordPress. So, shall we start?

So, What’s WordPress?

Simply put, WordPress is a free web-based application that can be used to create and publish blogs and websites. To create a site, you just have to download the WordPress script and install it on your server. Then you’ll be able to log into your site to customize your blog and publish posts in it. As simple as that!

Gone are the good old days when the only way you can create a website was to build it from scratch. It would take you no less than a week at least to create a basic website. There was also the huge cost you had to pay to a web designer and the tedious updates you had to make from time to time.

Now, with technologies like WordPress, creating a blog or a website has become a five minutes job. After you create a site, you can maintain and customize it with a click of a few buttons.

Why Use WordPress?

You still can create a website from scratch using any page designing software like dreamweaver, Kompozer, FirstPage etc or in simple HTML. There also are many other blogging softwares other than WordPress like Blogger, Joomla and others but there are a lot of points that make WordPress stand out from the rest. First and foremost, it is easy to use and can be downloaded for free.

Most importantly, it has many features including widgets, themes, plugins, multi-blogging and multi-user. You don’t need to write lines of code if you want to change the look of your site. You just download a theme from the WordPress themes directory or other many sources and upload it to your server.

Plugins are used to add additional features like shopping carts, backups and the like to WordPress. What widgets do is enable you to customize your site by drag-and-drop method and with the multi-blogging and multi-user features, you can install and manage multiple blogs from one administration panel.

Want more? WordPress is used by millions of users worldwide. This resulted in the fact that a lot of different types of plugins and themes are available for free or for small amounts of money. Also as a result of this, there are plenty of guides and tutorials available for free so you won’t get lost. Just Google “wodpress tutorials” and you’ll see what I mean.

WordPress is used and liked by many professionals, celebrities, educational institutions, news agencies, businesses and huge organizations including the big names like CNN, Forbes, Reuters and eBay. There are a lot more things that I can talk about WordPress and can go on and on because I just love it. But I think I’ve talked enough to explain to you what basically WordPress is so I’ll stop now.

If you still are not sure leave a comment and I’ll get back to you. If you think there’s anything else that can be added to this post feel free to comment.

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