Internet Tips & Tricks: Build Your Own Blog with WordPress
WordPress focuses on speed, ease of use and the best possible user experience. As an open source platform, there are hundreds of people all over the world working to improve WordPress â€” more than most commercial platforms. Open source also means you are free to use it for anything from a simple personal blog with just a few pages to a commercial site with hundreds of pages, all without paying a dime.
WordPress also allows you to really customize your blog with a wide selection of free plug-ins. With subjects ranging from spam control and photo display options, these plug-ins help you create a professional-quality looking site in no time. Hereâ€™s a couple of the more popular plug-ins available:
Akismet is a spam filter that checks your comments against the Akismet web service to see if they are spam or not and also checks the trackbacks for spam.
Google Analytics offers advanced Web site tracking free of charge. Use this plug-in to easily add the code to your site so you can begin to track all of your pages.
Google XML Sitemaps
This plug-in generates a sitemap of your WordPress blog. This format is supported by Ask.com, Google, YAHOO! and MSN Search.
FlickrRSS lets you easily display your Flickr photos on your blog and includes a sidebar widget.
WP-Cache stores your WordPress pages in a file so they can be delivered faster to your visitors.
With WordPress, a domain, a hosting account and just a few plug-ins, you can have a very powerful, professional-quality site in no time at all. So, get building â€” you deserve an awesome Web site!