What is WordPress?
WordPress is a free and open source blogging tool and content management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL. It has many features including a plug-in architecture and a template system.
Why should I consider WordPress for my website?
There are a huge number of themes available for WordPress that you can download and install. These themes get better every year, but they will never beat a design that is created from scratch to match your unique marketing goals.
Themes also make it easier for web designers and web developers to create a custom theme for your website (or to update the look of your existing WordPress website), without totally redoing the entire website. If you are looking for a web designer/web developer to create an attractive and functional WordPress theme for your website, please contact us.
WordPress is supported by virtually all hosts, but some are better than others. At Ellsworth Media, we often use Hostgator and Lunarpages for our WordPress hosting. We also provide our own managed WordPress hosting for our clients through our partner Hostgator. If you need help or advice with hosting for WordPress please contact us.
Cost and Flexibility
WordPress can be an excellent Content Management System (CMS), blogging platform or both, when configured properly. Years ago, CMS sites and blogs often had to be coded from scratch, had expensive licenses or were hard to customize. WordPress uses — the General Public License. This means that WordPress does not charge you to run WordPress on your own web hosting – which gives you immense freedom to do more or less anything you want.
Community and Plugins
As mentioned above, WordPress has few restrictions and no cost to use. This has created a large community of web developers and web designers that use WordPress as their platform of choice. Some WordPress developers contribute to the WordPress community by sharing the customizations they make as plugins. WordPress has over 100,000 plugins, so most website functionality has already been created as a plugin by another developer in the community.