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What Is WordPress &
What Makes It So Popular?

WordPress is a content management system and blogging tool that is both free and amazing. It allows users to manage every aspect of their website from within their WordPress Dashboard.

It's user-friendly, allows for limitless options, and helps you create beautiful, dynamic websites simply and quickly. The best part is that it doesn't require technical knowledge to get great results.

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Quick Facts About WordPress

WordPress is simple to use, and simple to explain. Here are the quick facts:

  • Template


    Great-looking, modern templates that don't require advanced technical knowledge to customize.

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  • Plugins


    Huge library of plugins that cover virtually anything a site could possibly need.

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  • Pricing


    Free! The complete lack of cost is another thing that makes WordPress so popular. It's open-source, which means that in addition to being free, it's also kept up-to-date by other developers who want to see it used in the best, most advanced way.

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  • Ease-of-Use


    In case we weren't clear, WordPress is extremely easy to use. It simplifies the job of managing a website to one Dashboard where you can make all the choices about how your site looks, how your users interact with it, and even how you measure your web traffic.

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  • Support


    WordPress has a well-developed and popular support system with a huge community behind it. You can search for roughly any problem you have in WordPress and feel confident that relevant results will come up. Also, because the platform is so popular, it's extremely easy to find people who can custom design a template for you.

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Famous Sites That Run On WordPress

Don't just take our word for it. Many sites (maybe even some of your favorites) run on WordPress!

How WordPress Works

A behind the scenes look at how people use WordPress and what's available via templates and the dashboard


Building A Website

Building a website can be difficult. There are several different coding languages out there, and each one can take a long, long time to become proficient with. That's where WordPress comes in.

WordPress Features

WordPress is what's known as a CMS, or 'content management system.' It essentially takes coding tasks and boils them down to very simple commands, so that a website and its content can be managed even if you're not familiar with website code.

Plugin Architecture

WordPress has thousands of plugins you can download that perform several useful functions - from automatically collecting stats for your site, to showing your latest Twitter updates right on the homepage. No design, no complex code...just plugins.

Easy-To-Use Templates

The look of your website is important, but if you don't want to hire a designer, WordPress has thousands of amazing templates to choose from, both free and paid. They're a snap to install and customize.


WordPress Widgets

WordPress also uses "Widgets" to help you customize the look and functionality of your site. Want a search bar at the top right of your site? Drag and drop the widget from your WordPress dashboard. Widgets can include

  • Slideshow
  • Photo Gallery
  • Twitter & Facebook Updates
  • Text
  • Contact Forms
  • Media Player

Search-Engine Friendly

Many WordPress templates come already Search Engine Optimized. They'll have SEO-friendly permalinks and easy tagging for your posts.


Easy Content Organization

Easily tag your posts, pictures, and other media from within the WordPress dashboard. WordPress makes it easy to display posts with certain tags that you choose, so your visitors get the best user experience.

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How To Install WordPress

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Installing WordPress

WordPress is very easy to install automatically when you use our one-click install!

Install WordPress Automatically

Installing WordPress is a very simple process and takes less than five minutes to complete

  • Log into your IX Web Hosting Account
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  • Click the 'Manage' button
  • Click 'Easy Apps Collection.' If it is OFF, set it to ON.
  • Click 'Install'
  • … and your WordPress website is live
Once installed, go to the path you installed WordPress to and log in using the user name and password you just set up. Now you're ready to start blogging!

Install WordPress Manually

If you wish to install WordPress without EasyApps, this guide will help.
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Step 1

Get WordPress

The first step in getting WordPress working on your site is to go and get it. But don't worry, that part's easy. Just go to http://wordpress.org/download/ and click the 'Download' button. This will save a zip file onto your hard drive. So, open the zip file, and extract it to a new folder on your desktop (or somewhere you'll remember).

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Step 2

Create A MySQL Database

Create a database for WordPress on your web server, as well as a MySQL user who has all privileges for accessing and modifying it.

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Step 3

Upload WordPress (FTP)

So now you've downloaded the WordPress program. Well done. Now, we've got to get those files uploaded to your website so we can install the program.

There are a few ways to do this, but the easiest way is by using an FTP program. FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol and essentially refers to moving files from one place to another.

There are a lot of FTP programs out there like CuteFTP, Cyberduck, and WinFTP. But, if you don't have any of these programs, there is a powerful, free program available for you to download. It's called FileZilla, and you can get it here: http://filezilla-project.org/. Click "Download Filezilla Client" and pick your operating system (Windows, Mac, Linux). Once you've downloaded the program, install it and open it up.

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Step 4

Installing WordPress

Once you've uploaded all of the files to your website, follow the directions in WordPress' Famous 5-Minute Install

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Step 5

Testing WordPress

Once you've got everything up and running, give WordPress a try. Make a post, change the theme, add a tab... anything you feel comfortable with. Just make sure that everything works. Otherwise, you may run into a situation where you spend a lot of time building your site, then find out one of the functions you need is defective.


Step 6


After you've gotten your WordPress site up and running, there are a few things you have to keep in mind to keep your site healthy.

  • Don't install anything else in the root directory of your domain. If you do, you might accidentally delete or replace important files vital to WordPress' functionality.
  • Install patches and new versions as soon as they come out. Old versions of WordPress can be susceptible to hackers and other invasive programs.
  • Do research on any plugin or template that you install on your website. If you notice a large number of complaints or people claiming that their sites didn't work after the installation, steer clear. Also, make sure the plugin or template is compatible with whatever version of WordPress you're running.
  • Do backups! WordPress, though typically stable, can do some unpredictable things every once in a while. Make sure you save your work, just in case.

Frequently Asked Questions About WordPress

You're bound to have questions, so we put together a few of the most popular ones

It really depends on what you're using WordPress for

If you're using it for a simple blog, it's very easy to use. If you want to do something more complicated, like run an online store, it will be more difficult.

Difficulty with web programs is also subjective to your comfortability with internet technology. If you have some basic web experience, WordPress will be fairly simple for you. If you're a novice to the web, it will seem much more difficult.


Because WordPress is so dynamic, there are a multitude of different people using it for different tasks

First and foremost, WordPress is blog software, and is most widely used for that purpose. In the same vein, it is also used for sites that report news, as new articles can be added in quickly and easily. People also use WordPress to showcase their art or music, and some people even sell products using an ecommerce plugin.

There are plenty of very notable people and businesses using WordPress to run their sites. The silly, yet very popular meme site, I Can Haz Cheezburger runs on WordPress, as well as online financial news magazine Forbes, and the official website for CNN Live.

WordPress is surprisingly powerful given its free and simple nature

So long as you have enough server space and processing power, WordPress can take almost anything you throw at it. WordPress' limitations lie more in its function that its power.

WordPress is great when it comes to handling a general array of functions, but if you have a very specific function that's central to your website's livelihood, it may be wise to find a program that's specifically suited to do that task. For instance, if the main focus of your site is going to be a high definition image gallery, you may want to go with something like Coppermine that's specifically geared to do that sort of thing.

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WordPress has several plugins available that can be useful for a site that is used for both advertising and selling

It also provides the user several advantages over a typical HTML- based website.

First of all, WordPress is very SEO-friendly, and will help your business' Google search ranking. WordPress also has a very knowledgeable and extensive support community, so if something goes wrong, you have a plethora of resources at your disposal.

What's more, WordPress is fairly easy to edit, so you can add your own content at a moment's notice, or add a plugin like a calendar or poll on the fly. There are even shopping cart plugins out there if you'd like to sell your product directly from your site. All of these examples make WordPress a prime candidate for a small business' online solution.

Templates or themes are pre-designed layout formats for WordPress

They arrange the different sections and menu bars around, typically to appear more streamlined or stylish. When you download a theme and activate it, it will automatically tell WordPress where to move all the sections and modules.

See the example below. You can see many of the same sections, but they are in different locations. Also note the color and style differences as well:

There are many sites to choose from when you're choosing your template, both free and paid. Here are some of the more popular resources:



There are several things you'll want to consider when choosing a WordPress template

First and foremost, do some research to make sure the template is compatible with your version of WordPress, along with any plugins you have installed. Any conflicts could cause your website to go down. Second, make sure the template has generally positive reviews.

If you see a fair amount of negative feedback, it's best to steer clear. Beyond compatibility considerations, the main things you'll want to consider when picking a WordPress template are color scheme, layout, and purpose (referring to what the template is 'supposed' to be used for).

For example, if you want to build an online store, you might want to look for a theme or template that refers to 'storefront' or 'ecommerce'.

A plugin is a code module that can be added to WordPress to perform a specific task or function

For instance, if you want a calendar with event dates listed on the front page of your WordPress site, you can download a calendar plugin to do this. There are plugins for polls, email forms, shopping carts, image galleries, and all sorts of other things.

Similar to templates, there are both free and paid collections of plugins out there. And, just like templates, you'll want to do your research on any plugin before downloading it and installing it into WordPress, as a faulty plugin could cause your site to crash. Here's some of the more popular plugin sites: