It’s free, customisable and did I mention the free bit? Of course, should you use this method, be kind and throw a few pounds at the volunteers that create little bits of it. Otherwise it’ll all stop and millions of websites that spout rubbish will be gone forever. Hmm, OK, perhaps that’s a good thing – but selfishly I must suggest it’s maintained, for me!
The main benefit of WordPress, other than it’s really easy to ‘install’ on hosting, is that once set up, you don’t require any sort of program to update your site. In fact anyone that has ever used the internet can use it, because it’s web browser based. So, you simply log into the website in the same way you’d login to a ‘purchasing website’, such as Amazon, ebay and make your amendments. It can be done from anywhere in the world, on virtually any connection type, i.e. using your home broadband or using mobile broadband at the top of a mountain.
As with most free things in life, there are some downsides….WordPress is based on templates, so when you start using it, it’ll look like every other website. It is possible to change it and make it look very unique, but that does take a great deal of time and in that respect, it’s easier to create one from scratch! Then there’s the fact that it’s ‘software’, and as we all know, it can need upgrading and updating – this can potentially throw all of your hardwork out the window if a plugin update messes up your visuals. The final downside of WordPress relates to the big question of how long will it last? I think it’s incredible that people do things for free, especially when it comes to the international internet. So fair play to them, here’s the link wordpress.org/