Hosting Technology Wrap-Up: What is WordPress & How Do I Use It?

Hosting Technology Wrap Up: What Is WordPress and How Do I Use It?
The most popular CMS with Liquid Web customers, and across the industry, is WordPress Hosting. In this Hosting Technology Wrap-Up, we’ll learn how WordPress is most often used, how to install WordPress, and how to secure and enhance your existing WordPress site.

Why is WordPress So Popular?

As the most popular CMS on the market, WordPress boasts the largest developer and user community of all the available CMS platforms. This community exists as an excellent resources for help with setup and troubleshooting. In addition, WordPress has the most plugins and themes available, making it ideal for any kind of website of any size. It’s easy-to-use interface makes it perfect for the less technically inclined, while still providing developers and more technical users the ability to add or edit back-end code to create customized looks. Not to mention, it is free to download. You can learn more about benefits of WordPress, as well as its potential limits and pitfalls, in our guide to help you choose the right CMS for you.

How Do I Set Up A WordPress Site / Blog?

Installing WordPress is easy to do, especially if you have access to your cPanel or Web Host Manager. There are a couple of third-party apps that make installation as easy as a simple click, such as Fantastico and Softaculous. The process is similar for both, but we’ve written up a simple step-by-step guide for installing WordPress with Softaculous to make the process even easier. In addition, you can find the next step, customizing your new site with a WordPress theme in another tutorial.

How Do I Secure My WordPress Site / Blog?

Because WordPress is so popular, it’s also a big target for hackers. The following tutorials can help you protect your site with some common security tips, a tutorial on how to enable automatic backups for the WordPress core, a list of the best security plugins available for WordPress, an explanation of WordPress modsecurity rules.

How Safe Are WordPress Plugins?

There are plenty of WordPress plugins to add to your site, but caution is advised. Plugins can be one of the biggest security risks for WordPress users. However, with proper use and regular updates, you can protect your site and take advantage of all the features available through third party plugins. The following tutorials explain how to best protect your site from plugin vulnerabilities and the process for updating your plugins.

What Are The Best Ecommerce WordPress Plugins?

It’s easy to expand and grow your WordPress site to include ecommerce functionality with the plethora of plugins available, but it can also be daunting to pick from the hundreds and thousands you have to choose from. Our team has done the work for you and identified the top ecommerce plugins for WordPress.

What Are The Best Caching WordPress Plugins?

It’s easy to speed up your website with one of the many caching plugins available for WordPress, however there are hundreds and thousands to pick through. Our team has done the work for you and identified the top caching plugins for WordPress.

Want to know more about WordPress or need help with your WordPress site? Contact our Heroic Support® team! While themes, plugins, and custom modifications are not covered with our fully managed Heroic Support®, our team will always provide Best Effort Support for installing and troubleshooting plugins for WordPress, 24/7/365.

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