In today’s world every business needs a website.
What if you are just starting up on very limited budget and can afford to hire a professional developer? Or maybe you are like me and want to do it yourself?
There is a solution – WordPress CMS
Selfhosted WordPress ideal for small business sites, period.
Did you know that WordPress is used by more than 18.9% of the top 10 million websites as of August 2013. Also, it is the most popular blogging system in use on the Web at more than 60 million websites. (source Wikipedia)
You may ask why is it so popular? Well, it is a powerful Content Management System (CMS) that can be used for more than just blogging. With WordPress you can build a beautiful and professional website, eCommerce shop selling you products, online portfolio, community site or a source of useful information in a form of a blog or even a video blog.
What makes WordPress so popular?
First of all is very easy to use and it is FREE! You can easily update your content in just a few clicks, add new pages and post as well as images and videos.
What makes it such a good choice for small business sites is a wide range of tools to customize it. From the vast amount of templates to give your site unique look, thought add-on features thanks to a variety of available plugins. With plugins you can extend your website with polls, contact forms, ratings or hundreds of other cool features without having to hire a web developer.
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What you need to start?
To build a website with WordPress you will need few things:
- Business name and domain
- Hosting account
- Your site content
- A bit of free time
Before you jump in to buy your domain take some time to think about it. Ideally you should get the business name, then decide which extension to use – .com or .co, if you are doing business nationally then go for your country extension.
Once you have a domain you will need to purchase hosting to make your site available on the internet.
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Once you got the domain, hosting and nameservers pointing to the hosting (you need to do this in your domain set up) you may install your WordPress. Most of the hosting providers do offer 1 Click Install tools to help with WordPress installation. You will have access to such tool in your cPanel.
In few clicks you will have your brand new WordPress site ready to add your content and build your very own professional website.
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