WordPress is creating quite a hype by billions of websites and blogs across the globe now created on this platform. But, one question business owners have in their mind is, ‘why to use WordPress?’ On planning for your website, if you also have the same question in mind, then you have landed at the right place. Below, we will share some reasons why WordPress can be an ideal web development platform in a variety of business web development scenarios. We may also try to discuss different website types you can create with WordPress. In the second part of this article, we will learn how to set up the WordPress database, which is the most crucial task in WP web development.
Many out there still think that WordPress is simply a blogging platform as it initially was, but it’s not anymore. Even though WordPress was introduced as a blogging site, it evolved to become one of the most powerful and feature-rich content management system (CMS) for website building. The USP of WordPress is that it is very easy to use by even the non-techie developers and is capable of weaving various types of websites to meet the purpose of all types of users.
A recent survey had shown that almost 32.3% of the website on the world wide web now are built on WordPress. With its solid features and functions, even the top brands in the world have built their webs presence on WordPress like:
- Time Magazine
- The New Yorker
- The New York Times etc. to name a few.
Further, we will discuss a few reasons why you may also use WordPress as your website development platform.
It’s free to use and offers freedom to the developers
From its beginning onwards, WordPress is open-source software, which can be freely downloaded and customized based on the user needs. People now use it freely to build any websites. The WordPress platform offers a lot of freedom to the developers to custom creates their WordPress website by using a combination of themes and plug-ins available for use. With a website development requirement in hand, you can also hire an experienced WordPress developer to build one for you. However, if you have patience and time to train yourself, one can do web building by following the guide to install WordPress and build step by step. With a big community to support, you can easily find answers for any of your WordPress issues instantly online.
Search engine optimization is the default need for any website now. As per experts, WordPress is by default SEO compliant with high-end code and is capable of semantic markup. This approach makes search engines love WordPress pages.
Along with its in-built ability to be SEO friendly, there are many plug-ins also developer can use to optimize WordPress sites. You can find online guides at RemoteDBA.com to get complete instructions on how to make your WordPress sites SEO ready.
Easy to manage
There are built-in updates manager with WordPress, which makes it easier for the website administrators to keep your website fresh and updated. You can also update the WordPress themes and plugins right from the dashboard and it is so easy to add more plug-ins too based on the additional functional needs you come across over time. Updating one WordPress site doesn’t take much time, but if you run multiple sites, managing updates can become a quite time-consuming task, so in that case, it makes sense to try one of one-click productivity solution like WPBlazer or similar.
WordPress also provides automatic notifications when there are newer versions available, which you can install just on a click of a button. In order to protect your valuable data and avoid any possibility of a hacking, you can make use of the top WordPress plug-ins to backup data, which will help create backups automatically and safely store them. It is also now possible to manage WordPress sites with WP mobile apps on the go.
Alongside these, WordPress is also secure and can handle various media types. Now, let’s look into how to create a WP database.
Creation of WordPress database
When you approach WordPress hosting service, you will get a database set up. Many of the hosting services now offer automated DB setup solutions too. If you are planning to WordPress site create the database manually, then follow instructions to access phpMyAdmin or use Plesk or cPanel.
Using the phpMyAdmin method
If you have phpMyAdmin installed on your web server, then you may follow the given instructions to create a WordPress database and username. If you are doing hosting on your own server, you can first automatically install PhpMyAdmin.
# click on the phpMyAdmin icon, which may be seen at the upper left corner and then click on the Users tab. Create a new user if there is no user relating to the WordPress exists.
# Choose an appropriate username and put it in the field of the User name.
# Next enter a secure password with a combination of upper and lower case, numbers, and special characters. Re-enter password to confirm.
# Leave all the options in the Global privileges as shown in the defaults.
# Click on the Go button.
# Get back to the Users screen, choose the Edit option against the just created user name.
# Go to the Database privileges section and choose the newly created database under Add privileges to database dropdown and then click on Go.
# You will see the page refreshed with the chosen privileges for the specific database. Choose privileges and then again click on Go.
# You will see the hostname getting listed after Sever on the final page. This will be your localhost.
If the provider offers cPanel web hosting, then you can follow the instructions to create a database and choose a username.
# Log in to the control panel.
# Choose MySQL Database Wizard.
# Enter DB name and click next
# Create the DB users and set user name and password for the database. Click on Create User.
# Next, add the user to Database for which choose the Privileges checkboxes. Click Next Step.
# Complete the set up by noting the WordPress DB name and user set. Note down the username, hostname, database name, as well as remember the password set.
MySQL client can also be used to set up the database; however, the task of setting up the database is much easier with Plesk or using the custom cPanels offered by many WP specialize hosting providers.
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