Welcome to the WordPress Primer blog, where you’ll learn the fundamentals of WordPress, a free and easy-to-use online software that was originally developed for blogging, but now is used for many other kinds of websites too.
Through my company, Teledavis, LLC, I help “the little guy” with affordable and user-friendly websites. Several years ago I began using Google sites and Pbworks for this purpose, but I have come to realize that WordPress is a more flexible tool, slightly more complicated but still easy to use, and also FREE! So, now Teledavis sites use WordPress exclusively.
Here are some things I love about WordPress:
- It’s free, open source software that’s easy to install and update.
- It’s super easy to make new blog or page posts, and to edit the ones already up.
- It provides an easy and secure way to interact with site visitors by way of comments.
- It’s really easy to change the look of your site through the use of themes, many of which are free.
- With hundreds if not thousands of plugins, it’s easy to make your site do things that aren’t built into the core package. Many of these plugins help your site to interact with other sites, such as Facebook and Twitter.
- It’s easy with site stats to follow your site’s popularity, and tell which posts are popular and which not.
- It’s easy to install a backup plugin so that your site’s files get backed up on a regular basis.
- WordPress is used by a huge number of people (22 out of every 100 new sites in the U.S., according to a recent study). A large user base means you have lots of people to go to for learning and problem solving. It also insures that the software will continue to be developed and improved.
BTW, this blog uses WordPress, so I love it because it enables me to keep posting here, and on the other Teledavis sites (see the home page) with minimal effort!
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