WordPress is a fantastic platform which initially started as functionality for people to start creating blogs. This soon became a developer’s favourite for creating full websites as it can be used as a CMS (content management system) which clients can use to easily update their websites. In addition, it comes with a wide range of plugins to assist you with every aspect of your site.
WordPress website design comes in 2 different forms, Hosted yourself on your own server (for creating your own sites and blogs), this can be downloaded at wordpress.org and hosted on wordpress’s server (quick and easy for setting up a blog). This is available at wordpress.com and can be set up ready to go in around 5 minutes. Or it can be installed and hosted on another server from a hosting company.
Downloading WordPress onto your own server can be a little tricky at first as it involves uploading to your host and altering the main configuration file and setting up your database structure. Although full instructions and support are available at the WordPress development codex for the more adventurous that want to play around with the coding.
For purposes, WordPress web development can be fantastic as it has many plugins available that give you a helping hand. You have to be careful how many plugins you install as it can slow down your site load time depending on how powerful your server is.
Straight out of the box WordPress website development needs a little setting up first. For example Askimet is worth setting up as it will protect your blog (to a certain level) from spam comments (The free version is fine to use it just needs signing up to).
Also you need to set up the sites to which your blog pings to. This is easily done as WordPress has already prepared them for you, it just needs copying and pasting into the right sections.
All in all, when you get used to it WordPress is easy to use, reliable, friendly, and great for search engines. It’s also great for clients who want to make their own changes, posts and can be taught in a short amount of time.