How to Get Started with WordPress

Many of my clients hear about WordPress and are convinced that they can build their own website themselves. But once they start their journey they often run into road blocks of one kind or another. 

1. What is the difference between WordPress.com or WordPress.org?
WordPress.org is a program you install on your own server using a hosting service like Dreamhost.com.  WordPress.com will host your site for you in a less cumbersome way but there are pros and cons for both. 

WordPress.com tends to have fewer choices for themes and customization and may cost more to host your site using their service.

To host WordPress yourself many hosting service like Dreamhost have one click installs which load your core files to your server automatically and send you instructions on how to login.

2. I am logged into WordPress, now what?
After you have logged into WordPress you are directed to the WordPress Dashboard. The next step is to pick the best WordPress theme that represents your brand or product identity. There are many free themes to choose from but be careful to select a theme can be easily updated and customized for the look you are wanting to achieve. Many free themes are limited in options and require you to purchase the premium version for more bells and whistles. The best type of theme on the market today is a Page builder that allows you to create a responsive web design which looks sharp on any device and screen size. 

3. What is the best WordPress Page builder to use for my website?
There are many good theme builders on the market and several are free like Beaver Builder and Elementor. One of the most popular WordPress Web Page Builders that I use is the DIVI WordPress theme from Elegantthemes.com.  The Divi Development Team keeps adding more and more options to make this theme faster, more user friendly and more fun to design a page than others in it’s category.

4. So I have a WordPress theme, now what?
Once you have found your theme, it is time to add your content to a page or post on your website which is another topic for another post. Stay tuned.

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