Wordpress is free and very powerful website management software
Wordpress is a capable blogging tool suitable for a simple, personal blog or something a little grander. By installing it on your own webhost you get more control over the settings and you can use the address you want.
The Wordpress software is the same as the one used on the hosted service at Wordpress.com and is opensource, so there is no cost for downloading and installing it.
Before going any further we should point out that WordPress requires a website that has a MySQL database as well as PHP support. PHP is supported just about every hosting account, but the MySQL database might not be available on the cheapest deals. Wordpress also requires the mod_rewrite Apache software. If you are unsure it is best to contact the webhost directly.
Writing posts is easy with plenty of formatting options. It is also possible to write permanent pages for the website so important information is not lost.
The links for posts are also created in a user-friendly format rather than strange letter and number combinations. This is both helpful when sharing links and also for improving your websites standing with search engines.
The appearance of the website is set using Themes and there are lots available to use at no cost. It is also possible to edit the Themes if you are willing to get your hands dirty with the HTML code.
If you want to get a feel for WordPress without having to install it, blogging accounts at WordPress.com can be created at no cost.
WordPress 3 is a major new release with a brand new default theme, a lightweight control panel, many bug fixes and support for updating all your plugins in one go. Wordpress 3.4.2 includes some security improvement
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