The software I use to run 98% of my websites is WordPress. Over the years WordPress has proven itself to be the best go-to CMS (content management system) out there. It has tons of plugins, themes, and add-ons (free and paid) that you can use to create almost any website or blog you can imagine. The world’s biggest sites like Mashable, Techcrunch & Wired use WordPress to power their websites.
The only reason NOT to use WordPress is if you want to run an online store and need to sell products online – and even then I would consider it. There are e-commerce plugins available for WordPress that turn it into a solid shopping cart solution.
Installing WordPress in WP Engine is done for you automatically. They will send you the login details once you sign up.
If you need help with the ins and outs of WordPress, you can always check out WP 101 tutorial series. I just picked up how everything works by trial and error over the years, but everyone has their own style of learning.
Recommended WordPress Settings
I’ve already written about this when I wrote the one week challenge on Art of Blog. I’ll cover the basics here again. In your Dashboard go to:
- Settings > General: write a tagline for your site and adjust date and time
- Settings > Permalinks: change to “Post name” /%postname%/
Next we’ll look at installing a WordPress theme to change the look (and functionality) of your site.