Larry BraunerA blog site is any website, which has been created and is managed with a blog tool like WordPress — even if that website has no blog at all.

WordPress is called a content management system or a CMS. WordPress was originally developed for the blogging community to make it easy to set up blogs and update blog content. This blog and my other one, Online Social Networking, are both WordPress blog sites.

Over time, WordPress has evolved into a general purpose web development platform. WordPress enables you to create a blog, a conventional web site or a combination of both.

Joomla is another such content management system, but it’s less popular than WordPress and more difficult to use, according to many people.

WordPress Blog Sites for Small Business

WordPress Blog SitesEase of use and flexibility make WordPress an excellent selection for your next blog site, either for your small business or for personal use.

WordPress is so ideal for small businesses that a great number of web developers have started using it to power their clients’ websites.

There’s no cost for using the WordPress content management system, but you’ll have to host your blog site yourself, or as I do, pay a web hosting service $5 to $10 per month to host it for you.

Although WordPress is easy to use, setting it up can be complex, especially if customization is desired. I recommend that a social media consultant, myself or another, set your blog site up for you and show you how to add content and maintain the site.

You’ll be able to manage your blog site by yourself without enormous effort and won’t require a webmaster — unless, of course, you prefer a hands-off approach.

Say good-bye to expensive web developers and big-ticket websites. Say hello to WordPress blog sites, affordable online homes for small businesses.

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11 Responses to “WordPress Blog Sites Ideal for Small Business”

  1. Timothy on July 7th, 2010 10:57 pm

    I use WordPress for both of my blogs. I find it very easy to use. What makes it great now is a lot of web hosts now offer a 1-clock install. I could install it manually, but this saves a lot of time.

  2. Woody Andrews on July 8th, 2010 10:59 am

    Hi Larry,

    What timing! Just got my first WP.org blog up. I put it together for our team out here in CA, and as I was putting it together I thought.. hey, I could make this perform like a website. I read your article here and as usual, you’re right on.

    Woody

  3. brooke on July 8th, 2010 2:05 pm

    Larry,

    I agree – small business WordPress websites is growing substantially and there is so much flexability.

    I amaze clients when I show them examples.. would you ever guess that lauriepeniuk.com is WordPress? Or don’t forget my new site design for forefrontmarketingconcepts.com .

    I started out blogging but am becoming far removed from it. 90% or more of my sites do not have a blog, because businesses just can not keep up and do other marketing means. My custom coded sites still take about 40 hours to complete because of graphic design so I would not downplay them as cheap – you get what you pay for – but it does drop the cost to make them affordable for small businesses.

  4. Larry Brauner on July 8th, 2010 3:39 pm

    I do have a couple of WordPress caveats.

    1. WordPress and other content management systems are magnets for hackers who like to attack databases.
    2. WordPress is constantly being upgraded. Some upgrades are completely seamless (good thing), while others are not (less good).
  5. Cherry Rahtu on July 8th, 2010 10:13 pm

    Hi Larry, I agree, WordPress is one of the best CMS in the world, easy to use, even easy to setup without any effort. WordPress could be perfect with extremely low cost for a small business which hasn’t had a website before. How do you deal with an existing website which needs to migrate to WordPress without losing links and database?

  6. redkathy on July 8th, 2010 10:57 pm

    I have a WordPress blog along with several other PHP-coded sites and a few HTML sites as well. I have to say that the hackers really reeked havoc in May when they hit my hosting. I spent countless hours cleaning those sites. Other than that, I have to agree WordPress is really easy to set up and use unlike other CMS like Joomla, Mambo, or Drupal. BTW – Really enjoy reading your posts.

  7. Larry Brauner on July 8th, 2010 11:05 pm

    Cherry, if there isn’t conversion software, moving page by page would seem to be the only option, if they must move the website.

    That was the case with Welkin Capital Group whose site I updated this past spring.

    Here’s the new WordPress blog site, and here’s the old hard coded HTML website.

    Kathy,

    I use Securi to monitor my websites and those of my clients.

    Last month a client’s website was hacked, and they notified me. They also had a PHP program that completely cleaned up the site and database in minutes. It was incredible. I highly recommend them for ongoing website monitoring.

  8. Tonya Heathco on September 15th, 2010 2:40 am

    I enjoyed the content of this article. Learned much from it. The article itself helped me put to rest one of my business fears. I had always thought every blog post must be lengthy and full of facts. This post and the others I’ve read here has shown me that when I am ready, my blog posts have the possibility of being different lengths, and I can put some personality into what I post. Imagine that, I learned something new today.

    Thank you Larry!

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