WordPress is one of the world’s most popular web publishing platforms. In fact, over 28% of the entire Web is built on WordPress. From simple, one-page sites through a mass of personal blogs and online communities, all the way to large enterprise websites and retail stores, this flexible and friendly platform is loved the world over.
WordPress is a great selection for users taking their first steps on the Web, as it’s easy to get up and running with quickly. Find out how to install WordPress on your HostPapa account with this knowledge base article: How to install WordPress. Once you’re up and running, browse and choose a design for your website from the thousands of available themes, supporting powerful features and beautiful designs.
While originally envisioned as a blogging platform, the flexibility of WordPress is such that it can be tweaked to support a wide range of uses. Personal blogs and websites remain popular, but WordPress can be configured for publishing creative portfolios, business showcases, online magazine or news sites, multi-user communities, discussion forums, online stores and more.
If you’re working on your own, you’ll find it easy to get along with WordPress’ publishing tools, including a great WYSIWYG post and page editor and simple configuration settings. In larger organisations, secure user management controls allow you to configure roles for administrators, editors and contributors with tailored permissions for each. All accounts can be secured with complex passwords, and if you need greater control, you can further strengthen security through .htaccess rules.
Alongside first-class text-editing features, WordPress also supports publishing of a wide range of media, including image galleries, documents, self-hosted or streaming videos from YouTube or Vimeo and even embedded tweets and posts from your favorite social media platforms. Integrated media management features allow basic image editing, captions, alt text support and much more. Just drag and drop your media to get started.
Check out this HostPapa support document for more on media publishing in WordPress: How to add images, audio and video to posts in WordPress
Due to its vast popularity, the developers of WordPress strive to keep the platform updated with bug fixes, security enhancements and, of course, new features. WordPress updates are posted regularly and you’ll find they’re easy to install – often requiring a simple click of a button. More advanced users can use FTP to manage updates if required or take the easy route and use our Softaculous application manager to automatically update WordPress on your behalf (https://www.hostpapa.com/tutorials/tutorials-softaculous.shtml).
WordPress is fully standards compliant and available in over 70 languages (https://make.wordpress.org/polyglots/teams/). It’s also optimized for search engines, so you can be sure that readers will be able to find your content via Google, Bing and other popular platforms. If you need additional control over SEO, be sure to read this HostPapa knowledge base article: How to optimize WordPress posts and pages for better search results.
If all these features haven’t convinced you to get started with WordPress, then you’ll be happy to know that there’s an extensive library of plugins (https://en-ca.wordpress.org/plugins/) available to extend the platform’s core features. Thousands of plugins are available at no additional charge, while a flourishing commercial plugin market has developed over the last few years supporting advanced features and professional customer support.
Ready to get started with WordPress? Take the next step by reading this HostPapa knowledge base article: How to install WordPress.
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