Domain of One's Own: WordPress

WordPress is an open-source content management system (CMS) platforms you can install on your domain in order to create a blog or a website. 

When to use WordPress

Build a WordPress site 

Before you start, you will need access to the following:

The basic processes for building a WordPress site on and are very similar, but there are two key differences:

  1. You log in differently. For a site on, you need to log in using the administrator username and password you created when installing WordPress site. You can do this from the Applications page of your Dashboard/CPanel or from your site itself, if you choose to make the Login link visible. 

Screenshot of WordPress dashboad

  1. You can install and activate additional themes and plugins:

Warning: As with any software, themes and plugins need to be kept up-to-date to continue working and remain secure against hacking. If you want long-term stability with minimum maintenance, stick with themes and plugins that are widely used and have a history of being well-maintained. If you want to experiment with newer and less tested themes and plugins, be prepared to routinely monitor your site and find new solutions if something stops working. Always delete themes and plugins you aren't using to reduce your site's security vulnerabilities. 


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