If you’re looking into setting up a website, one of the most efficient ways of doing so is by using WordPress. There are two different types of the WordPress CMS, or Content Management System. The first option WordPress.com, which allows you to host a blog for free using the WordPress servers, use their CMS system and customize your blog to a small degree. Unfortunately, this also means no plug-ins, customization to the point of creating something truly unique, or various other features so common to successful, well-designed websites.
However, if your plan is to host your own website, you’ll need blog hosting and WordPress.org. There are a variety of ways to go about this, and one of the simplest is to use a service like Network Solutions in order to secure hosting, a domain name, and a wide variety of server-side management tools like FTP, email hosting and name-server access. This will grant you a far greater degree of freedom in how your website is run, and of course, it means that if the WordPress.com servers go down, your site stays up.
Once you have a hosting plan, a domain name and all your login details, most hosts, like Network Solutions, offer one-click installs of various packages, and one of these is WordPress. All you do is click the “install” button, wait for five minutes, and then you’ll be able to log in, design the WordPress-hosted site and start posting to it immediately. The best aspect of running your own WordPress site is the sheer flexibility. If you want to take a wonderful theme and then completely make it your own, you can do so, as you can edit the actual CSS and HTML of the site, rather than waiting for a theme that suits your needs, as you would have to when using WordPress.com.
WordPress.org also has a vibrant community, and you will find a lot of advice on hosting, in addition to WordPress’ own host recommendations. Which host you choose will indeed vary based on what purpose you’re seeking to fulfill with your website. It also depends on how you feel about hosts – do you want to be hosted by a small company who have personal relationships with the people whose sites they host, or would you rather use a large company that will allow you to get on with things and ask them questions whenever something goes wrong? There are countless choices, and with a self-hosted WordPress site, all the decisions are left up to you, as the owner of your own little piece of the internet.