What is WordPress?

WordPress is an open source content management system which makes it easy to set up a blog or full website using a 'point and click' interface and a straightforward text editor.

Why WordPress?

In the past to create a website it was necessary to understand html (hypertext markup language) in addition to ftp (file transfer protocol) and specific web hosting platforms. With the advent of WordPress, any entrepreneur or small business person can now install the WordPress platform and create a professional website using pre-designed themes (templates) and the basic text editor. Additionally, as WordPress is an open platform, there have been myriad plug-ins created by independent developers to assist in the vast array of website tasks such as: search engine optimisation, creating and swapping out new design templates, and installing a shopping cart to enable ecommerce.

The Development of WordPress

WordPress was first released on May 27, 2003, by developers Mike Little and Matt Mullenweg. As of the beginning of 2011, WordPress had been downloaded over 32.5 million times according to Wikipedia. The complete WordPress history with details can be viewed at the Wikipedia WordPress page. WordPress also has a great history of the various versions on the WordPress.org website. You can view the entire Codex history at: http://codex.wordpress.org/History.

There is also an infographic on the history of WordPress here. It combines historical information on WordPress with photos, drawings and graphs to summarise how WordPress has grown.

Getting Started with WordPress at 34SP.com

To get started using WordPress professionally, you need the following:

Step-by-step instructions:

Registering a Domain Name to Use with WordPress

A great website or blog has a great domain name. Although many of the most common words and phrases have already been registered as domain names, if you get creative you can still come up with an interesting and memorable domain name. Once you have thought up a number of candidates, use 34SP.com's domain search tool to determine if your desired domain name is available.

If you already have a domain name registered that you would like to use with your WordPress website, you can transfer your domain to 34SP.com.

Selecting a WordPress Web Hosting Provider

In order to determine the very best WordPress web hosting provider you should investigate the following:

How long has the web hosting company been in business?

Although web hosting is a relatively new industry, it is best to work together with a hosting provider who has been in business at least 10 years. This will ensure that your hosting company is stable and reliable. 34SP.com was founded in the year 2000 and has been providing quality web hosting products and services for over 15 years.

Does the hosting provider understand WordPress hosting? Do they have many WordPress websites that they currently host?

34SP.com has been offering WordPress web hosting since WordPress was officially launched in 2003. From 2003 until today, 34SP.com has installed and hosted thousands of WordPress websites. Our team of engineers have vast WordPress experience and will make your WordPress hosting the very best it can be. You can view examples of WordPress websites hosting by 34SP.com here.

Are the current customers happy? Would they recommend their WordPress hosting company to others?

34SP.com has built its reputation on superior service and support. You can read the opinions of current customers here - on our website hosting testimonials page. You can also view the comments of current customers as posted on micro-blogging website Twitter. Click here to read the comments on 34SP.com customer service and support from Twitter.

Using WordPress at 34SP.com

WordPress hosting at 34SP.com is accomplished very easily by simply purchasing any of our hosting accounts and installing the WordPress content management system onto the hosting account. When installing WordPress onto a 34SP.com hosting account, one may easily use our ''1 Click WordPress Auto-Installer''. For anyone who finds this installer to be less than perfectly straightforward, 34SP.com engineers will assist in the WordPress installation. You can view these instructions on how to install a WordPress hosting account.

The types of accounts that can be used for WordPress hosting at 34SP.com are:

Professional Hosting
Our most popular WordPress hosting platform often used with blogs.

Business Hosting
A lower contention WordPress hosting account that offers higher reliability and greater system resources.

Reseller Hosting
Typically used by web designers and developers who wish to resell WordPress web hosting to their customers.

Virtual Server Hosting
A virtual server platform with root level access and increased system resources and reliability.

Dedicated Servers
The highest reliability platform available with the entire set of system resources devoted to a single client. Typically used by very large websites or those WordPress websites with very large volumes of traffic.

Payment for WordPress Hosting

Any 34SP.com WordPress web hosting account can be paid for in any one of three currencies: British Pounds, Euros, or United States Dollars. All WordPress web hosting accounts may be paid monthly or annually via credit card. Selected accounts may also be paid via cheque. 34SP.com also offers convenient automatic payment deduction plans that ensure your WordPress website will always be available and your payments up to date.

Money Back Guarantee

All 34SP.com WordPress web hosting accounts are provided with a 30 day unconditional money back guarantee. If you are not completely satisfied with your WordPress hosting account, 34SP.com will refund your money. You can read further details here on the 34SP.com web hosting money back guarantee.

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