An article by Top Web Hosting.
Created almost a decade ago by a few enthusiasts, today WordPress is the most popular blog platform used by millions of people all over the world. It is free of charge, so anybody can download it and use it to create a personal blog, a designer portfolio, or to present new company products.
WordPress is a PHP-driven script that uses a MySQL database to store all the articles created by the administrator or the comments on these articles left by the users. What makes the script superior to other blog platforms is its simplicity and the large community that supports it. Some companies like NTCHosting, for example, even offer a one-click script installer that saves you the time of manually installing WordPress. You can just select your domain name and click on the Install button - their system will do the rest.
Once WordPress is installed, it is ready to use. You can log in and start customizing it, and this is what makes the script truly unique. Since it is open-source software, there are thousands of themes and plug-ins that you can download and easily install to create an astonishing website. All you have to do is upload the plug-in or the theme in the corresponding folder in your hosting account, and then activate it from the WordPress Control Panel - it is as simple as that. There are one, two and three-column themes; you can also customize the color scheme, and the additional plug-ins will endow your WordPress-driven blog with a unique functionality. You can create rich websites, add a chat service, post videos or any other web content, allow your visitors to rate articles and comments, share the content in your favorite social network and much more. As the script is updated regularly, all vulnerabilities that may be exploited are fixed by the WordPress developer team in a timely manner, so you can be sure that your blog is secure. This is a major difference from other free blog scripts that are updated rarely or not updated at all, exposing both your blog and hosting account at risk.
WordPress also offers a free blog service on their website, so you can start a blog right away by registering there, but the address of this new blog of yours will be your-name.wordpress.com. While this service is free and easy to start, there will be advertisements on your blog and you cannot install additional themes or plug-ins - you are limited to what the website offers you. Without a doubt, having your own domain name and web hosting account gives you the freedom you need to create a unique website. If you want to create a company blog, this would also bring credibility and evoke respect.
Today, WordPress is used by millions of Internet users across the globe as it is easy and intuitive to use and although it was intended to be just a blog script, the additional plug-ins created by the vast WordPress community have developed it into a web platform that goes far beyond a simple blog. Just a few examples are the plug-ins that allow you to create a product catalog and sell goods online, to create slideshows, or even to add games that your visitors can play while browsing your website.