WordPress is an open-source content management system which is used by nearly a quarter of the top 10,000,000 websites on the world wide web. It dates back to 2003, and is used today by many well-known blogs, news sites, and Fortune 500 companies. You can view a showcase of major sites running WordPress by clicking here (opens a new window/tab).
WordPress is free. There is free hosting available on WordPress.com, though it’s limited in its customization abilities. You can extend WordPress by adding free or commercial:
- Themes, which change the appearance of your site
- Plugins, which add features that can do pretty much anything
To extend WordPress’s features or create a new look and feel for your site, you will need to host your own WordPress site through a hosting company. This will typically cost a few dollars a month for very basic hosting.
The free option I recommend is Weebly. You can get a Weebly account here:
Weebly – The Easiest Way To Create A Website
Weebly offers premium plans which are comparable in price to WordPress hosting plans. The higher paid plans provide access to more advanced features (like E-commerce). Also, the free Weebly account displays ads and the only way to get rid of them is to upgrade.
Weebly might be a better choice for you than WordPress if one or more of the following are true:
- Your website needs are fairly simple and addressed by Weebly
- You don’t expect a large number of members or a lot of traffic
- Your budget is thin and you can’t afford to hire someone
- You want to get up and running quickly
- You don’t want to spend the time learning WordPress
If you decide on Weebly, and later want to move it to WordPress, there are ways of doing so. If you do decide to do your own website, you might want to consider signing up for the reasonably priced training site via the Do It Yourself menu item.
For those who need to set up a knowledgebase, I can also set up MediaWiki sites and stand-alone forums. (MediaWiki is the software used to create WikiPedia)
(note: the above link connects to my Weebly affiliate account, if you choose to create a paid rather than a free account I’ll receive a payment for it)