(Charts by Visualizer Lite.)
Again, that’s ALL websites.
- WordPress is nearly 10 times more popular than the no.2 on the list – Joomla.
- WordPress holds 60% of the CMS (content management system) market.
- WordPress is used by some of the biggest brands … BBC, Wired, Time Magazine, The Rolling Stones, Beyonce, New York Post, Harvard University, Jay Z, all use WordPress to power their websites and blogs.
- 🤑 It’s free.
- 👐 It’s open source.
- 🏋️♀️ It’s powerful and extremely extensible.
- 🚄 It’s fast.
- 🎨 It can be customized to suit your needs hand-in-glove.
And contrary to what common sense would dictate, those are not one and the same. In fact, they’re completely different:
WordPress.orgis THE blog engine that we’re going to be focusing on throughout the rest of this guide.
WordPress.comis a separate online service. While it’s also a solution that you can choose and launch your blog with, the way it’s all carried out is much different.
If you’re curious to find out what the specific differences between WordPress.org and WordPress.com are, check out this comparison. Let’s not get into the details here, though. For now, let’s just say that the “.ORG” version of WordPress gives us a lot more possibilities, both in terms of design and functionality, as well as it’s going to be cheaper and more fitting for all non-hobby purposes.
To say it another way, if you’re looking to learn how to start a blog for a business purpose then the “.ORG” version of WordPress is absolutely what you need.
Now the surprising part:
In order to work with the “.ORG” version of WordPress, you don’t actually need to go to the WordPress.org website. Instead, you can get WordPress installed on a web server of your choice and on your custom domain name without having to tinker with any source code. 🧙
Here’s how to do that – the actual simplest way of getting a blog launched on WordPress – the best blogging platform available in 2018: