USE WORDPRESS AS A CONTENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM CMS

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Use WordPress as a Content Management System (CMS)

Use WordPress as a Content Management System (CMS)

If you're looking into WordPress as a Content Management System (CMS) for your website you came to the right place. Though there are many CMS options available, I'll explain why WordPress is one of the best. WordPress runs as a CMS smoothly, but what makes it great is how much control you have. You can code any part of WordPress to function the way you want.

Pricing

WordPress is an open source project, which means it was created by and for the community. It also means you are free to use it for any type of website without paying anyone a license fee. But not everything is free; WordPress has many features including a plugin architecture and a template system where anyone can develop and charge for their plugin or theme. You'll get everything you need in the WordPress install to build a basic free site. However, if you want to take advantage of the CMS (CMS's are built as an easy way to add content, images, videos, audio, etc. to your site; they are not built as a tool for designing websites) and use plugins that will instantly give you social sharing, or a theme that will instantly give you a nice looking site, then while there are free options you may have to pay for a quality or custom solution. Though WordPress is free you will also still need to purchase a host.

Hosting

WordPress won't run by itself, so you'll need a host to store and run it. A web hosting service is a type of internet hosting service that allows individuals and organizations to make their own website accessible via the World Wide Web. Web hosts are companies that provide space on a server they own or lease; an example of a host is GoDaddy or Hostgator. Hosting usually ranges from around $10 - $30 a month for sites that don't plan on getting too large, or $150 - $300 a month for sites that want to run quickly with a large number of visitors. The difference is shared servers and dedicated servers.

Control

You have access to all files and folders. If you know PHP or are a quick learner you can make a masterpiece quickly. You can also make a plugin or theme to install into your WordPress. Turn plugins on and off with one click and redesign your site with a simple and quick theme install. With the vast amount of themes and plugins available for downloading, anything is possible.

User Interface

The admin section of WordPress is easy to figure out; making posts, pages installs, and updates is a breeze. The WYSIWYG editor gives you everything you need to post a story to your site, from bold or left-align to an HTML tab. Publish a post or schedule it for another day; password protects a page or allows commenting on your site. It's all displayed with a visually pleasing user interface.

Upgrading WordPress

WordPress needs upgrading quite often to keep software up-to-date with the latest security fixes, user interface changes, new features and more. This can cause problems when you have to have certain plugins for your site. Because as WordPress upgrades, not all plugins upgrade; due to the developer's dedication and time. This means they may not work with the newest WordPress version.

Support

If you're going to need a lot of help building your site you can use the WordPress forums to help answer your questions. It is an open source community, meaning those helping to answer problems are often volunteers, so sometimes you may need to work through and resolve your own problems. Since emailing support is not available (because it's not a good way to help out a lot of people) consider a host with WordPress support like WP Engine or Page.ly. Not all hosting companies offer WordPress support, so choose your shared server host carefully.