Links

If you've ever done any Web page design or programming, you're undoubtedly familiar with the structure of a link in HTML. In technical terms, an HTML link uses the anchor element (whose starting and ending tags are <a> and </a>), and one of its main attributes, href, which has a URL as its value. Text or images placed inside the beginning and ending <a> tags make a link that, when clicked, goes to the URL in the href attribute, like this:

<a href="http://www.myplace.com">Click Here</a>

So clicking a link is one form of user interaction enabling you to communicate with the server. But it's pretty limited, because all you can do is make a request for the page that's already supplied by the site designer. For example, if I click a link to the About page, the only reason it goes to the right page is because the site designer has already hard-coded the link with the URL for that page.

Benefits of using WordPress

Here are just the top 5 benefits of using WordPress:

1. The software is free!

How many times have you been given something for free that is fully functional and ready to use? And if you want to upscale your site a little with premium themes and plugins, you’re still going to save tons of money over what you would pay for a custom designed site.

2. It’s easy to use.

Seriously. If you can send an email, use Microsoft Word, or set up a Facebook account, then you can use WordPress. In other words, if you’ve already used a computer, chances are you are already skilled enough for the WordPress basics. And even better, it’s hard to mess it up. You can add and delete pages, posts, sidebar elements, etc. without accidentally messing up the overall design of your site.

3. You are in control.

Owning your own site, and being able to make changes to it yourself, is the ultimate in online freedom. You don’t have to rely on an expensive web designer to make changes or fix a tiny error for you whenever they can squeeze you in. You’re in control of your site – and your wallet.

4. Search Engine Advantages

Search engines love sites that are easy to index (WordPress is) and that have frequently updated content. That’s where blogging comes in to play so nicely. Just by running your business or personal site and communicating with your readers in a way that’s natural to you, you’ll be producing fresh, relevant content the search engines can’t wait to get ahold of.

5. A HUGE Support Community

WordPress isn’t just a software, it has become a community. Some might even say a movement. In fact, WordCamps (http://central.wordcamp.org/) - 1-3 day training sessions – have sprung up from grassroots efforts. They are informal, community-initiated and community-organized events put together by other WordPress users just like you. You’ll meet people of all backgrounds, ages, and nationalities at WordCamps anywhere. Plus, there are thousands of people and hundreds of resource and tutorial sites set up just to help you with your WordPress site.