AtoZ of TEL: WordPress

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Website: wordpress.com

Cost: Varies depending on package.

  • Free – Free
  • Personal – £4.50/month
  • Premium – £7.08/month
  • Business – £20.83/month

For further details on pricing click here.

Availability: Accessed via a web browser, as well as being a desktop app. WordPress is also available on mobile devices through both the Apple store and Google Play.

What is it?

WordPress started in 2003 with a single bit of code to enhance the typography of everyday writing and with fewer users than you can count on your fingers and toes. Since then it has grown to be the largest self-hosted blogging tool in the world, used on millions of sites and seen by tens of millions of people every day.

As the worlds most popular blogging site that allows you to quickly and easily create engaging blogs. Basic blog creation tools are available on the ‘Free’ package, but more themes and actions become available with upgrades. Over the years WordPress has developed in sophistication beyond just a blogging platform into fully functional content management site (CMS), WordPress allows you to create and modify digital content and work collaboratively with other users too.

How does it work?

 

This application allows you to create and edit blog posts, create pages and websites. There are several features which allow you to add links to other web pages, add images, add videos etc., but for superior content quality and improved tools, the premium upgrades are required.

Getting a WordPress site.

Create a WordPress site at wordpress.com: your site will be hosted with WordPress and the basic account is free. Additional features and functionality can be purchased.

  • Pro: Simple , easy and worry free. Your site is backed up and updated (to the latest stable version of WordPress) automatically.
  • Con: Restricted customisation of your site to approved themes. There are thousands of plugins for WordPress to enhance and extend its functionality most of which will not be available to a wordpress.com site.

Create a self-hosted WordPress site: If you have web hosting with a 3rd part hosting company (or access to a web server through work etc) you can download WordPress from wordpress.org and install this yourself. Note: many hosting companies have dedicated WordPress hosting packages and one-click install of WordPress from their web hosting control panel.

  • Pro: Full control over your WordPress site including themes and plugins that you use. You can even develop your own extensions to WordPress if you wanted to.
  • Cons: You need to take a more active role in the management and administration of your website and it does potentially need a greater degree of technical understanding, though a self-hosted, one-click install WordPress site is still very straight forward to create and run.
    Unless you are using hosting space through work or other similar means then there will be a monthly/annual hosting fee to consider. These usually begin around £5 monthy/£50 yearly though deals can be found. Domain names additionally cost approximatly between £10-£20 per year depending on the popularity and class e.g .com, .co.uk, .org etc.

 Useful links

Using Blogs to Enhance Learning – Some Helpful Tips (HTML)

Blogging as a Tool for Reflection and Learning (PDF)

The Benefits of Blogging as a Learning Tool, Part 1 (HTML)

The Benefits of Blogging as a Learning Tool, Part 2 (HTML)

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