Education App of the Week: WordPress

It might seem strange that the education app and the education website are the same, but there is a reason for this. First, we are considering the ability to download and install WordPress on your own server to be different than a website. But by going to wordpress.org, you can do just that. Also, there are apps to update your blog, either on wordpress.com or wordpress.org that are available for various platforms.

There is some advantage to hosting WordPress on your own server, or to pay someone to host it. Primary among them is having a unique domain name, instead of relying on the wordpress.com site to host and name your site. There can also be advantages to customizing your installation of the site as well.

The advantages mentioned in the website of the week feature are all available if you choose to host your own copy of the WordPress codex. There are many free templates and plugins to enhance your site. Whether you host it or not, WordPress is worth the mention twice in our education apps and websites of the week.

Education Website of the Week: WordPress

WordPress is the easiest way to power a website or to have a blog. If you are looking for a free, easy solution, go to wordpress.com. According to the website, wordpress powers almost a quarter of the internet. And even looking quickly makes it easy to see why.

First, it is easy. At the wordpress.com website, clicking the “create your website” takes you to a page where you can enter a name for your website. While this might take some creativity, there is usually some easy way to come up with a personal name for your blog. The next step is to enter an email address, and to create a user name and a password.

If you are not creative, no need to worry. There are thousands of templates that make it easy to get just the look you want. Most simply require you to type in the right place. The templates range from the very simple to the very involved. Regardless, it would be quite surprising if there were not more than a few templates to provide the look you are seeking. Gone are the days where creating your own website required a deep technical background.

Creating your first post is also easy. It is essentially the same process as creating a word processing document. If your experience is anything like mine, you will discover that people will quickly start coming to your site. Adding “plug-ins”, or those things that do complex tasks rather simply can help create powerful and easy additions to your blog.

So good luck and start blogging. With a powerful and free site, you have nothing to lose and a lot to gain.