WordPress, the leading web content management system, is an express route to a new website.
WordPress, the leading web content management system, is an express route to a new website.
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In a sea of free online sites, portfolios and e-commerce shops, many struggle to find a simple, professional way to create a website that serves their needs while remaining economically feasible. However, one can easily navigate this seemingly impossible process by using one of the most robust, user-friendly systems available: WordPress. Users simply have to select a theme to adjust the look of their site, add plugins for interactivity and then place their content.

WordPress, a blogging platform turned content management system, may function as any type of website with a quick change of the theme. Choosing themes transforms a WordPress site, allowing users to explore many unique layouts and color schemes while retaining or building on the existing functionality of the WordPress platform. Themes only require a few clicks to install, making them one of the fastest ways to customize a website without any prior coding knowledge. Thousands of developers sell themes or give them away free of charge, so there’s never a lack of creative options to spruce up a website.

Plugins add extra functionality and interactivity to a WordPress site, such as specialized forms, databases, e-commerce services, search engine optimization and polls. They use an install process similar to the one used by themes, so one can enable them with little-to-no effort. Once videos, text and images fill the pages and posts with color and information, the site is ready for publication and promotion to prospective viewers all over the world.

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