This is the first post of my Complete WordPress Tutorials series. For all tutorials in this series, please visit:
What is WordPress?
I suppose you have the concept of blog, or you can figure it out in Wikipedia.
So if you want to have your own personal website(blog), or you’re looking for a tool to create and manage your websites(CMS), I will suggest you to try WordPress. It’s one of the most popular CMS and blog platform in the world(Top 3 CMS: Drupal, WordPress, Joomla) .
Full features of WordPress is described here. And here are some of my favorites:
- Everything of a Blog: Post, Page, Comment, Trackback, Tag…
- Theme and Plugin System: Theme and plugin are separated from the core. So that you can change as many themes as you want, or install plugins to get new features without changing(re-installing) WordPress.
- Easy to update: You can upgrade WordPress, themes and plugins with one click in Admin panel, rather than re-installing or uploading files.
Why You Need a Blog?
There are a lot of blog posts telling you why you need a blog. I’d like to suggest you to read this post by Mark Suster. He’s talking about startups, but you can figure out the power of blog, here are two examples from that post:
Example 1 : Mint.com
Think Mint.com. In their early days they had an enormously effective blog on the topic of personal financial management. They created a reason for their customers to aggregate on their site on a regular basis. They became both a thought leader in the space as well as a beautifully designed product. They created inbound link juice on topics that drove more traffic to their site. Type “personal financial management” into Google. Mint.com is the second result. Smart.
Example 2: Magento
Think Magento. They are an open-source & SaaS provider of eCommerce solutions. They are the fastest growing player in the world in this space. They achieved all of this before they raised even a penny of venture capital. eCommerce is an enormously competitive search term. Yet type it into Google and the third result (behind the Wikipedia entry and ecommerce.com) is Magento. Magic. They did it by creating a blog, discussion board and hub for eCommerce advice and information.
WordPress.org and WordPress.com
What’s the difference?
WordPress.org is for the open source project of WordPress. Here you can download your own copy of WordPress and install it on your server. And there are a lot of great themes and plugins can be found here.
WordPress.com is a blog service website run by the company behind WordPress, Automattic. They offer free and paid blog service powered by WordPress. You can have a WordPress blog by signing up on their website. The disadvantage is less flexibility. You can’t edit everything, and they have limitation on themes and plugins.
That’s It for Lesson One
I guess that’s enough for the first lesson. In the next post, I will guide you to go through WordPress.com. You will understand how to blog in WordPress.