Long gone are the days when only qualified website developers could build a fully functioning website. As the internet and technologies have developed, we have seen the creation of a myriad of platforms that enable websites to be created with little to no knowledge of HTML coding or back-end server scripting.
One of the most prominent web development and content management tools available today is the hugely popular WordPress. Since its initial release in 2003, WordPress has grown to become one of the most successful platforms of its kind and boasts a huge active customer base.
WordPress is totally free to use and open source. This means that the community is continually adding new plugins and extensions for the platform and that it has awesome support. If you want to create a basic website, you can use a WordPress sub-domain and create a simple site using the WYSIWYG drag and drop interface.
You can also benefit from one of the many pre-designed themes available if you are struggling for inspiration or lack creative skills. It is even possible to purchase a proper unique domain name and remove the WordPress sub-domain.
The content management platform is so powerful in this respect that, as long as you have some proper WordPress hosting, it is all you need to start up a fully functional website. Alternatively, WordPress can also be used to create complete eCommerce solutions with a host of advanced features such as contact forms, data encryption, and Google Analytics integration.
This platform really is all-encompassing, and it is easy to see why so many businesses and individuals have used it to create their own websites. The infographic below provides some additional information and figures about WordPress and its CMS platform