Every website owner is anxious to know what is the simplest and most efficient way to setup a website and keep it up to date. All of us like to automate processes to reduce time and energy spent on routine tasks and increase our efficiency. WordPress helps us to do exactly that. This article describes the many ways in which a self-hosted WordPress website can be a useful for your small business.
WordPress works entirely off the cloud i.e. does not depend on any software on your local home or office machine. You do not need anything more than an internet connection and internet browser to use and manage WordPress. You can make updates and changes to your WordPress website using a simple and easy WYSIWYG editor. On your hosting account you need the web hosting server to have PHP installed and also will require it to have the MySQL Database Management System. WordPress can be installed on a Windows server or a Linux server and has no difference in performance on either.
The main advantage is that your data is safe and secure and is always available 24 x 7. This means that at any time if you want to keep a backup of your website, you can do it in a couple of clicks by backing up the specific folder in your hosting account. Nowadays, web hosting providers bundle an auto-installer software like Softaculous or Installatron, which allow you to upgrade WordPress in a single click.
WordPress also has a system of revision history, which tracks changes that you make to a post or a page and allows you to revert to a previous version of your article. This prevents accidental deletion and allows you to dig up the past record of the article.
Having a cloud-based system allows you to update your WordPress software frequently and with ease. Your software team does not even need to be in your office. They can update your website files from a remote location. WordPress also has an in-built option to upgrade itself from within the Admin Area. This makes updating and managing the core software a piece of cake. Just like for upgrades, auto-installers like Softaculous or Fantastico can instantly upgrade the WordPress software in a single-click without you having to hassle over the fact of downloading or uploading or unzipping any files.
WordPress is an open source platform which is completely free. You do not have to pay any license fees or charges for the software. You do need to pay for the web hosting space and the domain name (usually annually), if you have purchased it. Don’t forget to read the license under which your use of WordPress is governed.
Get your own WordPress website and host it yourself for a couple of dollars a year. It’s easy and keeps you in control of your online presence. Most hosting providers provide automatic installation of WordPress with a single click.