Why should I choose WordPress?

Picking out WordPress from among the many Content Management Systems (CMS) and blogging platforms is a very wise choice and decision. Why? WordPress is not just a CMS but a blogging platform as well. In fact, it was originally intended and designed as a blogging platform but has gone a long way since and has become one of the most sought after and most used CMS platforms today. Aside from getting two platforms from one application, WordPress is one of the easiest to use online publishing tools which can be used both for text and for a wide variety of media. It also allows and helps you connect to the social networking sites without the need to the page’s source code. Moreover, it is free and is downloadable from its official site and can be installed anytime you want. And to top it all, it is open source which means everyone has free access to the source. This free access allows developers and programmers to customize it according to their needs.

How can I setup WordPress in my iPage hosted website?

WordPress does not come automatically with your iPage plan. To be able to use it, you need to install it and set it up in your website. Sounds like a daunting task? Installing and setting WordPress up is no rocket science and anybody with a hosted website and, naturally, an internet connection can install and use WordPress. Simply follow the succeeding steps:

  • First, you need to login to your iPage account and then proceed to the Control Panel.
  • On the Control Panel, move your mouse over the “Scripting and Add-ons” tab and then select the “Install Central” from the menu.
  • On the opened page, select the “Blogs” tab and then click “WordPress”.
  • Click on the “Begin Installation” button that shall be found at the bottom of the page.
  • Before the installation can continue, you need to fill in your website information, which shall include the blog title, the username and password. You need not enter anything on the “Installation Directory” space.
  • Click on the “Install Now” button and then wait for the process to complete. You shall WordPress installed on your site in about a minute.

How can I use WordPress to start a blog post?

Aside from being an efficient and easy to use CMS, WordPress is first and foremost a blogging platform. To start a blog page where you can share your thoughts, ideas and even your ramblings through the internet, you need to set-up a new blog page and WordPress can have your blog site ready in few minutes. Here is how to use it.

  • Visit the WordPress website and click the orange “Get Started” button located on the left side of the page.
  • Enter necessary information by filling in all the required fields and then click the “Create Blog” tab. Information includes a valid e-mail address, username and password.
  • On the bottom of the box is a field that requires you to create an address or URL for your blog. Remember that you cannot change the URL once it is created. However, you can always create a new blog on the same account but with another URL address.
  • Once you receive a message informing you that a confirmation e-mail has been sent to your e-mail address, immediately open your e-mail account and click the activation link. Activate the blog by clicking on the “Activate Blog” button that should be found on your e-mail.
  • Once activated, a new window called the “Dashboard” will appear; this window will be vital when you edit your blog.
  • Give your blog a new title by clicking “Settings” then “General”. Provide it with a title, a tagline, and then adjust privacy settings if you want.
  • Give your blog a theme by clicking on the “Appearance” tab on the left side of the dashboard and choosing the theme of your choice.
  • To make your first blog post, click the “Posts” tab then click “Add New”. You may now start writing your first blog. By now, you shall have your very first blog up and running.

How much should I pay iPage for my use of WordPress?

WordPress comes free and is part of the package that iPage offers to its customers. This means that you can use WordPress, either as a CMS or as a blogging platform without spending a single cent, aside from the cost of your package plan.