WordPress comes two ways; free on WordPress.com where anyone can have a blog and begin publishing right away, and also by downloading the software onto your server and creating your own blog, independent of the WordPress servers. In this article I?m talking about the second method for using the WordPress software to create a blog with its own unique IP address, that can be used as your corporate website, or as an add-on to your corporate website.

Many companies in the Philadelphia area have successfully used the paid hosting version of WordPress to create a website that is virtually impossible to spot as a blog. In fact, I?d bet that a lot of the Philadelphia website design in the past year have been using the WordPress software as a content management system. With WordPress you can create static HTML pages that search engines love to index.

WordPress has hundreds of free themes you can customize to create your site if you are not a developer. However, most Philadelphia Website Design firms will create a custom style sheet and apply that to the WordPress software for a completely unique website containing your branding, graphics and unique style. WordPress has a library full of thousands of plugins that extend its functionality and allow developers to make use of code that others have already tested. Developers can also add to the open source library of plugins and widgets. There are thousands of very talented developers involved in adding onto WordPress.

In addition to all the WordPress plugins you can use to customize your site and add functionality, there are also a host of other open source applications that interface quite well with WordPress. For instance, the JQuery library has numerous animations and uses of Ajax already written for your website design. Since newer websites use more animation to hold user?s attention, these JQuery applications can really save developers time.

Finally WordPress is really a well-designed Content Management System (CMS) that makes posting a new page or editing a page intuitive and fast. The publishing process in WordPress is much easier than in other open CMS systems like Joomla or Drupal. The publishing process happens in a logical order and while full of features, is easy to manage. People with absolutely no programming experience easily use WordPress to maintain their own web pages.

Sue McCrossin owns Boomtown Internet Group a Philadelphia Website Design firm utilizing Word Press as a CMS development tool. We are dedicated Philadelphia Website Design company providing various web design & development services.

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