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What is WordPress? Best Free & Easy Website Builder in 2021

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In this digital era, business owners and brands have inevitably felt the importance of promoting products and services on the internet, and a website represents the brand as a whole. That is why credibility and smooth user experience are crucial. WordPress has proven to be a great helping hand in website building that provides a reliable, fast, and cost-effective website solution. Today, let's get to know WordPress together.

What Is WordPress?

WordPress is the most popular website-building platform in the world that powers over 40.0% of all the websites on the Internet. It utilizes Contents Management System (CMS) to help you create a website with ease, even with zero coding knowledge.

There are 3 main components to WordPress:

  1. WordPress Core: the main software to manage website and content
  2. Theme: optimize the design and appearance of a website
  3. Plugin: add-on software that enhances a website's performance and utility

WordPress has a Dashboard system that lets users easily manage and create content on the website without knowing a single line of coding. The best thing is, everything can be done online, no need to download additional files into your computer.

WordPress can be classified into 2:

Wordpress.com

WordPress.com

Free website building platform for people who want a blog to call their own or just want to try website building. Despite being Free, there are some limitations and features that you have to pay for access, such as advanced plugins or elegant themes, which cannot be imported manually either.

However, users can upgrade to full functionality by subscribing annually. There are various plans and packages to satisfy almost everyone's need, granting access to more themes and plugins or custom domain names, etc.

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WordPress.org

User can install open-source software on your existing hosting. Users can utilize assets to create their own website freely -- modifying appearance, installing external themes and plugins, or even turning the website into an eCommerce platform with a transaction system.

This has gained popularity over the years. But again, despite being Free, there are additional costs you have to bear in mind, such as domain registration, hosting subscription, or service fee for your outsourced UX/UI designer.

What Sets WordPress Apart?

Save time, money, and easy to build

Traditionally, building a website requires a certain level of coding skills, which means ordinary folks might have difficulty trying to get one. On the other hand, WordPress offers facilities to guide you through website building without learning to code. With Page Builder, users can drag and drop elements on a page. Et voila, the website's done!

Create a page that suits your needs

Users can create any website with WordPress, from a personal blog, online store, photo gallery, or a company page, basically anything you dream of!

Striking designs with elegant themes

WordPress stands out from other CMS for its extensive catalogue of Themes that you can modify to suit your own website. There are thousands of both free and paid themes to choose from.

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Enhance utility with plugins

Plugins are additional software that enhances your website, from adding photo sliders to tightening online security, managing your online store with transaction and stocking system, etc.

SEO-friendly

SEO or Search Engine Optimization is the practice of increasing targeted organic traffic to your website through Google's search results. It is entirely about improving the website rank in the Search Engine Results Pages (SERPs). There are several plugins on WordPress that helps you optimize your page for better ranking, and this is one of many reasons a WordPress website can rank better and faster.

Constantly updated

WordPress is constantly updated to keep hackers away and enhance performance on your websites. Updating is actually easy, it will notify you on the dashboard, and you click on them. Even an inexperienced website owner can update WordPress plugins hassle-free.

Community of developers

WordPress is free, open-source software. Developers can study the assets and use them to create more themes or plugins on their own. And with millions of users around the globe, whenever you run into trouble, you can ask for help from people who have seen worse cases. There are many blogs and threads on forums to help you. Google them, and they're safe.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is WordPress really free?

The WordPress software is free for everyone to download and use. However, to use it on the web, you will need WordPress Hosting. You can use WordPress.com to create a free blog, but there are some differences to be aware of. The only real cost you should consider is web hosting and domain name buying.

Is WordPress good for beginners?

The platform is easy to get started with and powerful for developers. It's very simple to set up and run. One-click auto-installers are a standard feature of most web hosts. It's as easy to use as Microsoft Word.

Does WordPress require coding?

You do not need to know any programming languages to code a website with WordPress. The majority of people who use the platform have zero coding or programming skills, and they have been using WordPress for years.

Is Wix better or WordPress?

If you're looking for a website publishing platform that will work for any kind of website, look no further than WordPress. While Wix offers an easy-to-use website builder, but you can accomplish a lot more with WordPress over the long run.

Is WordPress better than coding?

Multiple users are able to create and run a website without coding with the help of this flexible platform. It's much easier to modify a website, but a WordPress site will be more difficult to maintain. Meanwhile, you don't have to worry about plugin compatibility or site maintenance when you use an HTML website.

What are the disadvantages of WordPress?

Adding too many plugins on WordPress can slow things down even more since it's not built for high-speed performance. It means that after a theme upgrade, you can spend a lot of time changing the site to be compatible with the new themes.

Need a Decent WordPress Website for Your Business?

Does your brand need help with developing WordPress websites? Our team at Sphere Agency is here to help you create the most compelling page that users want to convert. Check out our Web Design & Development for more information. Getting interested? Contact us today!

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By Napat Charoengun on March 15, 2021

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