WordPress is a software used on the internet to help people easily manage websites. It allows you to “blog” or write articles and organize them by category. You can add nice designs to your website by using pre-made themes or design templates. You can host your own website by purchasing a hosting package or use a WordPress Hosted Solution.
A WordPress Hosted Solution is a website platform like WordPress.com or InDTexas.com that specializes in WordPress hosting. These are easy to use website builders used for do it yourself websites. These platforms will contain everything a website owner needs to own and manage a WordPress website. The hosted solution allows you to manage your website using drag and drop or fill in the blank templates to set up a site. You can literally create a site or landing page in minutes. Some of these website builders are free and some offer free trial.
With this option there is no need to worry about server maintenance, security or upgrades. This is all done on the platform. Many of the features you need are built right into the system and all you have to do is select or activate them in order to use them.
A WordPress Self Hosted Solutions allows you quite a bit more control over owning and managing your website. You can easily add additional features to your website such as a photo gallery, your social media channel, or other website features that typically would require programming. For this, WordPress uses “Plugins.” By installing a Plugin there is no need for you to know how to do any programming or have any complex technical knowledge.
There is a plugin for almost any feature or function you would want to include in your website. Simply select the Plugins menu and click “Add New” to search for a plugin. For instance, if you want to add a gallery to your website or eCommerce, you would type “gallery” or “eCommerce” in the search field and a list of gallery or eCommerce plugins will appear. When you find one you like, simply click install.
In addition, self hosting allows you complete access and control over what is installed on your hosting account. There are various levels of hosting you can purchasing depending on how much server space, traffic and functionality you need. For instance, if you have your own web team, you may find this option more suitable. You can provide server access to your web developer to build advanced features.