Want your own website or blog for your business without having to be at the mercy of a Webmaster? (With all due respect to those Webmasters out there!)

If so, there is no better choice than WordPress.  In fact, I believe it is the best out there, and many others would agree.

There are actually two versions available: one at WordPress.org and one at WordPress.com.  The main distinctions are that with WordPress.com you don’t have to download software, purchase hosting or manage a server.  However, when you sign up for a WordPress.com blog, you will receive a URL like “mysite.WordPress.com” as opposed to “mysite.com” unless you map a domain—at an added cost.  You also do not control the database or the software with the WordPress.com version.  Because of these distinctions I always recommend the WordPress.org version, which is also known as the “self-hosted” version.

WordPress is a very powerful platform for several reasons.  It has a huge community of developers behind it who are constantly creating new plugins and themes, which give WordPress lots of useful functionality.  This community involvement has also led to an enormous amount of documentation, which is readily available to users.  Additionally, its rapid development cycle means features are cutting edge and security and bug issues are quickly taken care of.

Add to that the fact that it’s super simple to use, it’s free and inherently search engine optimization friendly and you’ve got a fantastic way to begin building that all-important web presence for yourself.

WordPress is especially known for being a powerful blogging platform—and just a reminder about why blogging is great if you are in business—because solid, regular content is king! The more quality content you create on the web, the more you are seen as an expert in your particular niche and the more you improve your search engine rankings.

Not looking to blog? You can still use WordPress as a traditional website, and many people do. This is because it functions as a “content management system,” allowing you to set a static front page, add new pages easily, use it as a portfolio, gallery or e-commerce site and more.  The best part?  If you don’t want to wait for (or pay for!) a Webmaster to make changes and adjustments to your site, you don’t have to.  WordPress makes it easy for anyone to administer his or her own site without needing heavy technical knowledge or coding ability. Definitely something worth celebrating!

So don’t wait any longer—check out WordPress today and begin enjoying your very own home on the web in just a few short hours.

Do you use and love WordPress?  If so, let me know what you like best about it in the comments.

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