AlphaDrive includes WordPress Hosting for free as part of its web hosting plans. Our one-click Web Applications Installer always has the latest version of WordPress available. Simply scroll down to the Web Apps section of your control panel and click the WordPress icon to get started!
You can rest assured that AlphaDrive exceeds the minimium requirements set by WordPress to offer WordPress Hosting:
- PHP version 5.2.4 or greater
- MySQL version 5.0 or greater
What is WordPress?
WordPress is a state-of-the-art web site publishing platform, with a focus on aesthetics and ease-of-use. If you want to create a blog or an article-based website, AlphaDrive's WordPress Hosting is the perfect solution - it' simple to set up and has a friendly, intuitive web-based interface that you can access from anywhere in the world. WordPress started in 2003 as a simple blogging tool designed to enhance the typography of everyday writing. Since that time, it has become the most popular blogging software application in the world, used on hundreds of thousands of sites globally, and seen by tens of millions of people every day.
Why choose WordPress?
WordPress started as a blogging system, but has evolved to be used as a full content management system (CMS) and so much more through the thousands of plugins, widgets, and themes. With so much extended functionality available, your WordPress site is limited only by your imagination.
Out-of-the-box, WordPress comes with many powerful features, including:
- Comments - Visitors to your website can leave comments on individual entries, and using WordPress' Trackback or Pingback features, can post comments on their own blogs that link back to yours. With WordPress, can enable or disable comments on a per-post basis.
- WordPress Pages — The Pages feature allows you to manage static (unchanging) content easily, such as an "About" page or a "Contact" page. To get an idea of how useful and powerful this is, the entire WordPress.org site could be run off WordPress alone.
- WordPress Links - With WordPress you can create, maintain, and update "blogrolls," or lists of links to other sites, through your administrative interface. Other blogging tools require you to install add-ons to get this feature, but it comes standard with WordPress.
- WordPress Themes - WordPress comes with a full theme system which makes designing everything from the simplest blog to the most complicated website a piece of cake. You can switch between different themes with a single click, meaning you can change the look of your site for Halloween or Christmas, for example, and switch back in a flash!
- Cross-blog communication tools - WordPress fully supports both the Trackback and Pingback standards.
- Full standards compliance — All WordPress generated code is in full compliance with W3C standards. This is important, as it ensures your text will look virtually the same in different web browsers today and going forward as new browser versions are released.
- No rebuilding — Changes you make to your templates or entries are reflected immediately on your site, with no need for regenerating static pages.
- Full user registration — WordPress has a built-in user registration system that (if you choose) can allow people to register, create a profile, and leave authenticated comments on your blog. If you want, you can close comments for non-registered users. There are also plugins available that hide posts from lower level users.
- Spam protection - WordPress comes with very robust tools such as an integrated blacklist and open proxy checker to manage and eliminate comment spam on your blog. The system also includes a rich array of plugins that can take this functionality a step further.
- Password Protected Posts — You can assign passwords to individual posts to hide them from the public. You can also have private posts which are viewable only by their author.
- Easy installation and upgrades — Installing WordPress and upgrading from previous versions and other software is a piece of cake. Try it and you'll wonder why all web software isn't this easy.
- Easy Importing — Wordpress currently has importers for Movable Type, Textpattern, Greymatter, Blogger, and b2 blogs. Work on importers for Nucleus and pMachine are under way.
- XML-RPC interface — WordPress currently supports an extended version of the Blogger API, MetaWeblog API, and the MovableType API.
- Workflow — Manage the entire posting process in WordPress, from writing your first draft to reviewing your article, to finally clicking "Publish" and seeing your post online!
- Typographical niceties — WordPress uses the Texturize engine to intelligently convert plain ASCII into typographically correct XHTML entities. This includes quotes, apostrophes, ellipses, em and en dashes, multiplication symbols, and ampersands. For information about the proper use of such entities see Peter Sheerin's article The Trouble With Em 'n En.
- Intelligent text formatting — WordPress' HTML formatting function intelligently avoids places where you already have breaks and block-level HTML tags, so you can leave it on without worrying about it breaking your code.
- Multiple authors — WordPress' highly advanced user system allows up to 10 levels of users, with different levels having different (and configurable) privileges with regard to publishing, editing, options, and more.
- Bookmarklets — Cross-browser bookmarklets make it easy to publish to your blog or add links to your blogroll with a minimum of effort.
- Ping away — WordPress supports pinging Ping-O-Matic, which notifies search engines when your site is updated, increasing the exposure of your blog.
WordPress has thousands of plugins and themes available to help you add functionality and design to your website. This, combined with its simple, straight-forward interface, make WordPress thee most popular blogging application in the world, with millions of website installations.
What if I need help with my WordPress installation?
The WordPress Codex is the first place you should check if you have a question or problem with WordPress. This online manual has step by step instructions for both beginners and experienced users on everything WordPress-related. WordPress also hosts a Support Forum that has millions of searchable posts with answers to almost any question you can think of related to WordPress and its plugins.
How do I get started with WordPress Hosting?
Sign up for one of AlphaDrive's web hosting plans. Once your account is set up, we will email you a login to your web hosting control panel. Log in, scroll down to the Web Apps Installer, and click the WordPress icon. Then, simply click Install and follow the instructions to get started!