The third article in my 101 series concentrates on WordPress. If you’ve never heard of it, you’ve been missing out.

WordPress. Do a search in Google and you’ll find over 1,000,000,000 results – that’s right, over a billion – yet there’s a good chance you’ve never heard of it. It has more results than ‘BBC’ (364 million), ‘Coca Cola’ (105 million), ‘football’ (861 million) and even the word ‘porn’ (you can search for that one yourself….) yet unless you’re already developing sites, it’s probably completely new to you.

I was introduced to WordPress by a friend of mine, Sam Sinton, who had been using WordPress to build his sites for some time. I’d played around with some of the basic website building tools that domain providers sell but I found it very restrictive and the results were always amatuer at best. Sam suggested I buy a domain and give WordPress a try, and so I did.

WordPress is a piece of free, open source software that sits on your server which allows you to write pages and posts which are published directly to your website. It can be installed either through your host server (HostGator has an application that puts it onto your domain for you) or downloaded from Screen

Once you’ve installed the software, you log into the back end by typing ‘’. You’ll be presented with a login screen, and once you’ve logged in using the username and password chosen at the installation stage, you’ll literally be seconds away from getting your content online.

ControlsThe left hand side of the back end is where you can choose how to get going – you can add posts, pages, play around with images and even the appearance of what is shown on your site.

The main benefit of using WordPress is the ability to purchase ready made templates, known as ‘themes’, for your site. 101/4 will look at themes in a little more detail, but for now, why not visit Theme Forest or Woo Themes.

There are website dedicated to WordPress which can provide you with far more information than this article can. I’d suggest playing around with the basic theme provided with WordPress first of all and familiarise yourself with how it all works. You can find tutorials and documentation explaining it on the WordPress site, but for me, nothing beats rolling your sleeves up and getting stuck in. Once you’ve got a grasp of the basics, you can start being adventurous and try a new theme, adding plugins or even editing the code. I’ve been using WordPress since December 2010 and at the time of writing I’d say I’m proficient. I can edit bits of code, I can install and use pretty much any theme, and I can build a good looking site within an hour. With a bit of time and patience, you can easily do the same.

All you need to do then is provide really interesting content. Even I’m not going to say I’ve got that part nailed.



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