Never heard of WordPress? Or have you heard this name before but don’t know what to do with it? WordPress is a content management system (CMS), i.e. a system for managing website content, which is available to everyone as open source software.
It builds on four core principles, all related to the word “free”:
- free download,
- free use,
- free changes
- free distribution of the software.
WordPress is currently the leading CMS on the market: around 33% of all websites worldwide were built with this product.
Some may be surprised that such a widespread system recognizes free distribution and use as part of its identity. This is because WordPress has been an open source product since its inception in 2003. In case you’re unfamiliar with the term “open source,” it’s an ethical concept that relies on open and free collaboration in the development of software, with the aim of improving the software – and in turn the world in itself – to do better. That’s why WordPress is freely available!
You can either download the latest version of WordPress from wordpress.org or simply go to Gandi’s website and install WordPress on your Simple Hosting instance with just one click under the Simple Hosting section.
If you read up on wordpress.org or search for “WordPress” in Google, you may also end up at “wordpress.com” and wonder what the difference between “wordpress.org” and “wordpress.com” is.
The site “wordpress.org” is community driven for WordPress development, communication, distribution and learning, while “wordpress.com” is a cloud-based subscription service provided by a company for website or personal use of WordPress Blogs including hosting is. If you need general information about WordPress (download instructions, plugins, documentation, etc.), be sure to go to wordpress.org. There you will find everything you need.
With WordPress you can run your own real website, which gives you a completely different online presence than if you are only represented on the Internet with a Facebook fan page, for example. As a WordPress website owner, you will be seen and found much more easily because WordPress gives you all the freedom to design your website exactly how you want it to be. In addition, by working independently with your WordPress website, you can improve your marketing skills and generally become familiar with the Internet and its possibilities.
Why not try WordPress with Gandi and set up a blog or website yourself!
The choice of domain name
Even before you install WordPress, you need to choose a name for your new domain. The domain name is not just any name, but the first point of contact between you and your readers or customers. Ideally, choose a short, memorable domain name that is easy to pronounce and write. Also, the domain name should have something to do with the theme of your website. A simple example: you work in fashion and want to launch your own fashion label. In this case, both your name and the word “fashion” should be included in your domain name. There are now even top-level domains for many areas of interest, these are the (English-language) endings of the domain names. In our fashion example, this would be .fashion, technology enthusiasts can use the top-level domain .tech. At Gandi you have over 750 top-level domains to choose from. This ranges from .academy, .beer and .catering to .wedding, .yoga and .zone.
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Installation of the instance
Once you’ve chosen your domain name, the next step is to set up your hosting instance. Simply put, the instance is the platform on which WordPress is installed and running. It provides disk space, a certain amount of bandwidth, an operating system, a database, and all the basic infrastructure you need to run your website.
To set up your instance, you need a hosting provider, such as Gandi Simple Hosting. Then you can install WordPress and associate your domain name with it.[Yourwebsiteisthenreadytolaunch[AnschließendistIhreWebsitestartbereit
Here’s how to get started after installing WordPress
The most useful features of WordPress are “themes” and “plugins”.
What is a theme?
Simply put, a theme is the look and feel of your website. In general, a WordPress theme consists of three parts: blog, official website and e-commerce section. Themes make it easy to create a high-quality, professional-looking website. All you have to do is select a theme after installing WordPress and then add your own text and images to it.
However, to customize a theme, you need to be familiar with HTML and CSS. If this is not the case and you are not satisfied with the theme you have chosen because it is not 100% suitable for your needs, there are a variety of paid themes available to you. Among them you will surely find one that exactly meets your needs. Usually, these themes are intended for advanced users or for technical support.
What are plugins?
As already mentioned, WordPress is a content management system (CMS). H. You can use this software to manage your website content. The software has built-in management functions such as publishing and editing articles, categorizing them, adding tags (which are keywords or terms associated with a topic), etc. Now how do you use WordPress to create an E -Run a commerce website? To extend the functionality and features of your WordPress website, you need to install certain plugins. For example, Woocommerce allows you to manage all products, orders and people involved from a single plugin.
In other words, you can extend the functionality of WordPress by installing plugins and then use these additional capabilities to build your website.
Manage your domain names and website from a single interface at Gandi
After reading this article, are you still a little unsure if you can do it all? Want an easier way to build your website? Then Gandi is probably for you. Gandi does everything for you – from domain name registration to setting up an instance to installing WordPress.
Gandi has over 750 top-level domains for you to choose from. Here you will find the right domain for your website, regardless of the industry or area of interest. In a previous article entitled 7 Tips for Choosing a Successful Domain Name for Your Startup, we gave you recommendations on how to brand your business and differentiate yourself from the competition in your market segment.
Our simple hosting service offers you packages of various sizes for your individual needs, from sizes S+ to XXL. Since our service is very flexible, you can always opt for a different package size. As a rule, it is advisable to start with size M.
Finally, all that remains is to install WordPress under Simple Hosting. Then you can start writing your blog or running your ecommerce business right away.
When you buy a Simple Hosting instance for the first time, you will receive an introductory 50% discount on your first order (term: 1, 3, 6 or 12 months).
Don’t hesitate any longer! Get started with Simple Hosting WordPress today!
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