One of the main things to consider when starting a website online is which content management system (CMS) to use to build your site and presence on.
Think of CMS as the engine that powers your online project. It allows you to setup your web site functionality, create the design and the look and feel, publish and store the content and the files, and do all the other day-to-day tasks of managing an online presence.
One of my favourite tools when building my projects is WordPress. It is the most popular blogging platform but it is also a very popular CMS choice for many web masters and business owners. It now powers more than 60 million websites (1 out of 6 websites online).
Everything from a simple personal blog with a diary of a life, to a large corporate website which sells products online can be built using this software.
Why is WordPress such a popular CMS?
I have tried a number of tools to run my websites since I created my first project in 1997. Since I discovered and tried WordPress for the first time somewhere in mid-2000′s, I didn’t feel a need to look further as it really allowed me to do anything I wanted to do. Most importantly the software has grown and become more advanced in recent years, allowing me and my projects to grow and advance along with it.
What separates WordPress from the other content management systems is the ease-of-use and its extensibility. It may be best known as blogging software, but it is a CMS software and can be used for a wide variety of online projects. Whatever your idea is and whatever you want to create, WordPress provides you the functionality for it, be it a simple personal diary or an advanced e-business store.
When your website is online, WordPress frees your time to focus on creating content and marketing your site as it is so simple to use. You can change the look and feel of the site in a click or two.
You don’t need to learn to design or code as the CMS takes care of everything in terms of layout and structure. You don’t even need access to the server, nor FTP software. Everything is down in a web based interface using a browser like Chrome. It is also a search engine friendly way to publish your content according to a Google representative Matt Cutts, who thinks that WordPress takes care of most of the search engine optimisation for you out of the box.
WordPress = Open-source CMS
WordPress is a free open-source content management system. Open source means that the source code is available to the public to modify, refine and redistribute.
This opens the publishing software to collaboration from enthusiasts and loyal developers from all over the world, making the development and innovation of the product community driven.
There are endless opportunities for the look and feel of your site, and its functionality. The rich ecosystem of developers has provided WordPress users with thousands of free design themes and plugins that bring additional features and functionality to your site.
Starting your online project
The process of starting a WordPress website is a good introduction to the ease of using the platform. It takes one click to install the CMS and start your project within 5 minutes, no technical know-how is necessary.