Yes, WordPress is available in Southern Africa and Africa.
WordPress Africa is available in Southern Africa, the rest of Africa and no coding experience is required.
We have the choice of WordPress.org and WordPress.com.
The main difference is Hosting and the availability of the open-source Plugin and Theme repository that WordPress is so famous for. WordPress.org is self-hosted (your own hosting provider), flexible with the full range of free or paid Themes or Plugins. WordPress.com is a hosting service created and operated by Automattic, a propriety blog hosting service provider with limited Themes and Plugins.
WordPress.org gives you greater flexibility and full control over your website. WordPresss.com takes care of the complicated work but you lose the flexibility and full control over your website.
I recommend you conduct research into reliable hosting services in your region. If you are a local based business with local customers, it is recommended you host locally with a reliable website delivery plan. If you customers are country specific one would want to consider hosting location specific if you are competing in SERPs and therefore speed of the query to a local sever is important.
WordPress is an open-source versatile content management system CMS for users to create easy functional beautiful looking websites that is found in search. Follow the link below to learn more about WordPress Africa.
Please note that websites are at the heart of your digital footprint and good reliable web hosting is your digital footprint’s foundations. Some web developers have started web hosting business, either standalone or as resellers. Please take your time and research website hosting providers, especially hosting companies who are WordPress responsive with great uptime and have awesome customer service. If things go wrong, as they can do in Africa, your solutions to the problems with efficiency and great open communication is essential to your digital footprint.
Research your Web Hosting Provider.
Customer reviews, Google Research and recommendations from peers is essential in selecting a great web hosting provider that is WordPress responsive. Besides reviews, look at security, reliability and service which all determine a good website hosting company. If you are new to WordPress, then great support like Hetzner/Xneelo provides is essential. A word of advice, backup and backup externally as well as your hosting providers automated backup via cPanel. I use the plugin updraft and backup to remote storage like Dropbox. https://updraftplus.com/
Lookout for WordPress specific hosting providers who optimise their servers to better handle WordPress and running updated software latest MySQL & PHP. Research OpenLiteSpeed versus Apache https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_web_server_software
WordPress is available in Southern Africa and Africa.
What to look out for in your web hosting provider:
1-click WordPress Install. This is very important for beginners.
Excellent Customer Support
Server side scanning
Free SSL certificates,
Avoid limited storage of 2GB or less.
Number of emails accounts
Unlimited web traffic
Dedicated or Shared hosting
South African hosting in order of my experience of speed, uptime and customer service.
Non African hosting
Please check customer reviews, ask your peers and Google for recommendations. Website speed has become a major Google ranking factor so please check with your hosting provider their proactive measures for how they handle website speed. Compare and run a side-by-side comparison of the various hosting providers quoted speeds. Dedicated server hosting is faster (and more secure) as opposed to shared hosting.
Not enough can be said about uptime, especially in the African context, considering we have rolling blackouts or load shedding of the power grid. 99% is the bare minimum you want in uptime guarantees.
I rate great customer service with technical knowledge and WordPress expertise as a priority for those who are not dedicated web developers.
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WordPress is an open-source versatile content management system CMS for users to create easy functional beautiful looking websites that is found in search
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