By this point in our how to blog series, you may be even more curious about WordPress and have some unanswered questions. If you use google as your resource for your answers you will find that the information available is sometimes confusing, contridictory and filled with myths.
We will discuss the common myths of WordPress, self hosting and how to get beyond these misconceptions.
Self Hosting is Expensive
I see this statement online so often, but let’s really look at the costs of hosting. Lets look at the top two hosting companies WordPress recommends and we will toss in one of my favorites at the end.
BlueHost: 1 year: $72
DreamHost: 1 year: $108
HostGator: 1 year: $67
If you pay more than one year you will pay even less.
These are just examples of hosts, I only have researched HostGator. I recommend doing your research and finding the hosting company for you. You can read more about how to do this in my series: How to Research Web Hosting.
WordPress is Hard to Setup
Most of the hosts above have a control panel where you can install wordpress with one or two clicks. If you know you want WordPress ask the host about this before buying hosting with them.
You have to keep updating WordPress
WordPress does need to be updated maybe once a month. But to update it you click a button and it tells you when it’s done. If you keep up on your updates (at least every few months or so) you shouldn’t have any troubles.
WordPress is Hard
Just like everything you need to dive in and learn. WordPress makes their software user friendly.
If you are not technically savvy or you can’t just jump in and learn, buy a book; subscribe to a few blogs; read some articles; and/or find some Youtube videos to watch.
You can also find someone to teach you. I can teach a new blogger about blogging and WordPress in two hours. Someone new to WordPress can learn to start posting in about an hour.