If you’re anything like me, you’re full of ideas for projects you’d love to work on if only you had the time. I’m a writer, and I have no end of ideas for essays, blog articles, and books I’d like to write. Most of us are the same; whether it’s writing, photography, music, podcasting, art, or any of an unlimited variety of creative projects, we have an idea that we’d love to share with the world, but our daily responsibilities get in the way and we just can’t find the time.
But, as I’ve learned, it almost certainly doesn’t take as long as you think to create something worth sharing. A couple of hours a week is probably enough, if you have access to the right tools. For me, WordPress is that tool. WordPress is the world’s most popular content management system, and it’s the perfect platform for publishing your content. I prefer WordPress to social media networks like Facebook because, although I share on Facebook too, everything I publish lives on a site that I control.
Get Up-And-Running In No Time At All
The idea of setting up a website may seem daunting, but in reality you can be up and running with a WordPress site in a couple of minutes. The best WordPress hosting companies install and configure WordPress for you, and all you’ll have to do is choose a theme and start publishing.
Choose From Thousands Of Designs
Speaking of themes, WordPress provides a rich variety of designs so that you can choose the perfect look for your side project. There are thousands of high-quality free themes available in the official repository, and, if you don’t mind spending a few dollars, thousands more premium themes.
WordPress Can Make Your Vision A Reality
WordPress is modular and extensible. In simple terms that means developers have created thousands of plugins to add functionality to your WordPress site. In fact, if you can think of it, there’s probably a plugin for it. Take a look at the official WordPress plugin repository and search for something you’d like to do with your side project — you’re almost certain to find a plugin that will make it that much easier.
Plugins aren’t just about making WordPress easier to use; they also provide a wide range of extra functionality for the content management system, including plugins for SEO and eCommerce.
WordPress Is Fast And Secure
There are two secrets to ensuring that WordPress fulfills its potential as a fast and secure content management system.
First, choose a WordPress hosting provider that cares about performance. The best managed hosting providers invest in networks and servers that make the most of WordPress’s performance capabilities.
Second, make sure you keep your WordPress site up-to-date. The majority of security problems that WordPress site owners have are due to outdated plugins or WordPress installations. Updating is simple: most of the time it happens automatically, and for major updates, all you have to do is press a button.
If you have a side project that you’ve been putting off because you’re worried about the complexity of creating a website, try WordPress. You’ll be up-and-running with a beautiful, feature-rich website in no time at all.