Building Websites and Blogs with WordPress

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Many small business owners,freelancers, hobbyists etc want a website or blog, but find the cost of professional web designers prohibitive.

However at the same time they don’t feel that they have the expertise to design and build their own website.

WordPress is a content management system that enables anyone with basic computer skills to build their own profession looking website or blog.

It is so popular that over 20% of all new sites (wiki) use it, and it is used by many top brands like CNN, UPS (wordpress notable users).

Although building websites using WordPress is considerably simpler than using the old HTML templates, and web editing software like Dreamweaver, it does require a little effort to become familiar and comfortable with the system.

Getting Started

build website wordpressAll you need is a domain name and a web host that supports WordPress (almost all do) .

Here is a complete blueprint for building and setting up your own WordPress website or blog.

Once you have installed and configured WordPress its time to add Plugins, create menus add Posts etc.  WordPress Basics for Beginners will get you started.

You can also find extensive tutorials on the site and  the latest articles here.


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