WordPress

The best blogging platform on the planet

WordPress is probably the most elegant and professional blogging platform out there. If you want to get started in blogging, you really can't make a much better choice. View full description

PROS

  • Elegant and easy to use interface
  • Lots of blog customisation possible
  • Many plug-ins to choose from
  • Dashboard is well designed
  • Tons of themes to choose from

CONS

  • Can be picky with multimedia content
  • Requires your own server to upload to
  • Uploading and installing plugins can be tricky sometimes

Excellent
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WordPress is probably the most elegant and professional blogging platform out there. If you want to get started in blogging, you really can't make a much better choice.

Although it was overshadowed for many years by Google's Blogger, WordPress has now become much more user friendly and offers far more customization, publishing control and just plain good looks than the former does.

WordPress is very much a community driven project with many of the thousands of themes available developed by enthusiastic users.

The community support forums are superb and with each release, WordPress has got better and better.

To setup your own WordPress blog, you'll need a server to upload WordPress to.

Alternatively, you can use Wordpress. com's own hosted blogging service which does all the hard work for you without the need for your own server.

However, doing it this way doesn't give you as much control over your blog - you can't use Google ads on a WordPress. com hosted blog for example.

Everything you do in WordPress is done via the Dashboard which is intuitively laid out. From here you can change themes, edit and manage comments and of course, write blog posts.

Adding multimedia content is made a breeze thanks to YouTube integration which simply requires you to enter the link of your video to embed it in your blog.

The only problems you might have is when embedding video from lesser known video sites and media outlets as WordPress can be quite fussy when it comes to video.

One of WordPress's strongest features is the ability to add plugins. These range from the bullet proof Akismet spam filter to stop your blog collecting spam comments to comment subscriptions and stat tracking plug-ins.

Changes

  • This maintenance release addresses about 50 minor issues

WordPress is a state-of-the-art semantic personal publishing platform with a focus on aesthetics, web standards, and usability. What a mouthful.

WordPress is both free and priceless at the same time. More simply, WordPress is what you use when you want to work with your blogging software, not fight it.

WordPress

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WordPress 3.1

User reviews about WordPress

  • jennifer.rook.737

    by jennifer.rook.737

    "http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-flip-image-free/"

    Hello I seriously cannot live without this plugin, as it makes the sites I build perform to my expectations, instead of... More.

    reviewed on May 27, 2013

  • lightfalling

    by lightfalling

    "Confusing mess, Very Un-maclike!"

    This needs a much more user friendly install process.. The documentation is also very non helpful, most convoluted Mac ... More.

    reviewed on February 1, 2012

  • theredblueblur

    by theredblueblur

    "WordPants 3.1"

    This has gotta be the most user-unfriendly bit of software I've seen yet. It is entirely possible I just don't understan... More.

    reviewed on November 18, 2011

  • nicholasmead123

    by nicholasmead123

    "Re: Download Wordpress to iMac"

    Keith, I've checked the download and it's working correctly. It sounds like maybe you have an ad-blocking application or... More.

    reviewed on November 30, 2010

  • kckckc

    by kckckc

    "Download Wordpress to iMac"

    Didn't work for me. It was a frustrating circle of events. 1. Download to desktop from Softronic site 2. That was labell... More.

    reviewed on November 29, 2010

  • oldovation

    by oldovation

    "Didn't work on my i Mac"

    Unfortunately, I could not get it to open on my iMac in an understandable format. Wish I could say more. More.

    reviewed on August 25, 2010