What is WordPress and why do so many use it?

You may have heard of WordPress as a blogging tool or website since its been around for over a decade and used by millions of people, but since its introduction in 2003 it has blossomed into possibly the most powerful, user-friendly and customizable website platform available today! WordPress is used by countless small businesses and personal users, as well as Fortune 500 companies and celebrities.

WordPress allows us to build your entire website online in a web browser, like Firefox or Google Chrome. This means that you can easily access your website from any computer, smart phone or tablet in the world and make changes & updates that take effect instantly! We’ve taught even the most novice computer users how to maintain and update their own website without having to call or pay anyone.
Wordpress also handles pretty much every job a user might need, with the aid of thousands of free and inexpensive plugins! You can have beautiful animated banners, image/video/music galleries, blogs, custom forms, search functionality and fully secure e-commerce! Literally anything you’d want your website to do, WordPress has a solution! It’s code is “open-source”, which means any programmer in the world can customize and create new code and plugins and offer them to the public for free. Combine this with secure website hosting, and you’ll have the ability to safely and securely store & share endless data/content with your viewers and sell your products & services with no limitations!
The final thing to consider is price, and it’s hard to beat the saving power of WordPress! Because of the incredible flexibility and inherit beauty of standard WordPress Themes and plugins, it’s possible to create a stunning and functional website in a fraction of the time and cost it used to. There is very little need to write raw code or even manipulate code at all, since much of it is pre-written into the themes and plugins. This allows designers to focus more on the aesthetics and details of the website, to make sure it looks pleasant and the content is laid out in the most intelligent way possible. As long as you have all of your content ready to go (text,images,logo,etc.), a nice WordPress website can usually be created in a matter of days or a week, not weeks or months!

If you have any other questions about WordPress or building a new website, please feel free to contact Brainy Beaver at anytime. We’re always happy to offer advice and share useful information we’ve gathered over the years

The difference between “domain name registration” and “web hosting”

These are two terms that are commonly used in discussions about owning a website or starting a new one.
Simply put, your “Domain Name” is the physical address, or URL of your website. For example, www.yourcompany.com. Ideally this would contain the exact name of your company, but many people choose clever or varied domain names depending on availability or marketing slogans. Since every domain name is 100% unique and only one person on earth at a time can own a domain name, many of the popular and obvious name have already been registered. In this case, try to choose a name that most closely resembles your business name or one that is associated with a company slogan or marketing campaign.

“Web Hosting” is the physical space on the internet where your website and files are stored. Your Domain Name is linked to your hosting provider, so without hosting your website cannot be viewed by anyone online! Think of your Domain Name as a giant sign with your company name on it, and the hosting is the actual store below it that holds all of your products and information for your visitors!

It’s also good to know that standard domain names typically cost only $15 per year to own, and web hosting costs as little as $5 per month but can increase depending on what features and security options you choose. Feel free to check out this article on Web Hosting to explore your hosting options!