Ready, Set, WordPress!

WordPress is a fantastic site that allows users to create their own blog or website. One key feature makes WordPress a force to be reckoned with: WordPress is accessible to almost anyone. No matter what your budget is, WordPress is available to you. When creating an account, users are presented with two possibilities: create a free account with a URL that contains the WordPress domain or make a website without the extra tag at the end of the name, but that costs money each month. In addition, the website is extremely appealing to many users because WordPress has simplified the process of creating a webpage. There is no need to have an extensive knowledge of programming languages to have a blog. Many themes, essentially layouts, are offered to members. Once again, some of them are free of charge and others come at a price. It is as simple as selecting the template that best suits the type of website or blog that you wish to have and then posting or uploading content for your viewers to enjoy.

WordPress seems to have made creating a blog or website as easy as possible. However, it still takes some getting used to. Users may spend a substantial amount of time learning how to make, for example, blog posts, add pages, and then organize and classify their articles and pages by creating menus and adding menu items to children. Finally, WordPress, compared to a few other similar websites, does not offer a selection of pictures that members can use to spruce up their blogs. Instead, users must either take their own pictures or find photos that are public domain and are, therefore, not protected by copyright laws. Despite these limitations, WordPress is a popular website that deserves to be tried at least once.

Tweet Tweet

Twitter is another well-know social media and social networking website as well as a microblogging service. One of the advantages of using Twitter is that members can write posts called “tweets” that are limited to 140 characters. To get an idea of just how brief a “tweet” actually is, here is an example: “Peter Piper picked a pack of pickled peppers. How many packs of pickled peppers did Peter Piper pick? He picked one pack of pickled peppers.” As you can see, it is comprised of just a few condensed sentences. In a fast-paced society such as ours, where individuals want access to information at a moment’s notice and cannot be bothered to long-winded posts, the ability to send short, concise messages is paramount.

However, what might seem like an advantage for some people may be a disadvantage for others. Writing a successful post that contains all the essential information you wish to communicate without being wordy is a lot harder than it appears. Like most anything else, it is a skill that takes time to develop and perfect. Is it possible to transmit any type of message that is straight to the point with just 140 characters? Or do some ideas, due to their complexity, unavoidably require more space? Regardless of the answer, some people will prefer to join a social media and social networking website such as Facebook that will give them the opportunity to freely express themselves without any bothersome constraints.

The limitations placed on messages are defining features of the website. They are what make Twitter, essentially Twitter. Without them, I believe the site would probably blend in with other social media and social networking sites and lose its unique touch. Twitter appeals to a certain type of writer, communicator, and overall audience. It is up to you to figure out if Twitter is the right platform for you.

“Stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive” -Bee Gees

It is almost impossible to talk about Myspace without mentioning Facebook. Once upon a time, Myspace was one of the most popular social networking websites in the world. However, with the arrival of Facebook, the number of MySpace users dwindled and many ‘loyal’ followers flocked to Marc Zuckerberg’s Facebook.

While the old version on Myspace appealed to a general audience, the new revamped one is geared towards a more specific group of users: its target audience is now various types of artists and creative individuals. Myspace is dedicated to music and video sharing and can be compared to websites such as Spotify and Pandora. Perhaps the owners of Myspace realized that they could no longer compete against the social networking giant that is Facebook. Instead, they embraced change: first-time users can now more easily sign-up for a Myspace account through Facebook or Twitter. Myspace has the largest online music library in the world.

Great strides have been made over the past couple of years to improve Myspace. However, the website remains behind the times in terms of accessibility since the site is only available in English. Therefore, potential users who do not understand the language may have a hard time navigating it.

Myspace has a lot of new features, but others could be improved. It is up to you to explore Myspace and make your own opinion about the website.

Photo credit: By Myspace LLC ( [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons