Before you start worrying about colour schemes and domain names, youâ€™ve got to decide what platform youâ€™re going to build your website with. To put simply, a content management system is a user-friendly platform for building websites and managing your own online content, instead of using a bunch of loose HTML pages. As you can see, nearly half of the websites on the internet are running on the WordPress website platform.
WordPress doesnâ€™t cost a dime to download or install, and thereâ€™s a huge community who have designed beautiful themes and templates, making it easy to get going fast. WordPress can be expanded with free plugins to handle just about any site you can imagine â€“ from gorgeous business pages to social networking sites. From basic blogs to beautiful business sites and online stores, WordPress can handle just about any kind of website. With so many people on the platform, itâ€™s easy to find help when you need it, and lots of free resources you can dig into.
In fact, the site you’re reading right now is built with WordPress! Of course, there are other CMS / website building platforms, too. If for some reason you don’t want to build your site with WordPress, check out my Drupal, Joomla and HTML5 guides as well.