August 13, 2011 by Rob Hurlbut
Matt Mullenweg – The Man Who Killed Facebook
Shortly after WordCamp San Diego 2011, I had an epiphany: WordPress is going to kill Facebook, ease the world’s pain in the aftermath and then play a utopian role in building a better internet society.
Think about what drove you to Facebook in the first place: You wanted to have an online presence, for whatever reason, but you didn’t know how to do it. Facebook quickly and easily solved that problem. You didn’t need to learn how to cook because Facebook had a 24 hour all you can eat buffet on every internet connected device in the world.
Guess what? There is something better out there on all those same devices and it’s called, WordPress. This blog, The World Is Raw is powered by WordPress, has been since day 1. WordPress is a Content Management System (CMS), but to you and me it’s the core of a website and the platform for a blog. Remember how you didn’t know anything about Facebook at first, but little by little you learned how to do stuff and before you knew it you were a pro? Put the same amount of effort into WordPress and you will realize you not only have what you need to build a Facebook life raft, you also have the materials to build your own beautiful internet kingdom.
You must realize that Facebook will end and the free ride of being an internet coach potato will be over. From now on, when you present yourself online you must also account for yourself and your privacy and you must use WordPress to do it.
1. If you have money, take $225 and use around $180 to purchase a two year lease on a domain and the rest to buy an accompanying dedicated IP. Don’t skimp, spend the entire $225. I went with Bluehost.com, and I have never had any issues at all, my site is always up.
b. Navigate to and read this First Steps with WordPress page on WordPress.org and start building something beautiful!
2. If you don’t have money, navigate to and read this Getting Starting page on WordPress.com.
a. Sign up for a free WordPress.com hosted blog and start building something beautiful!
There are some things, terms and websites to pay attention to here:
If you pay for a domain you are “self-hosted” and you will get all your information and support from WordPress.org. If you don’t pay for your domain you are “WordPress hosted” and will get your information and support from WordPress.com
It really is just that easy. Before you know it, you’ll have everything you had on Facebook and more. You friends and family will too because after following your lead they will be empowered with the tools to build their own internet kingdoms, and you will be able to help them do it. You will be able to help your friends and family build an internet community from the ground up and you won’t even realize you’re doing it because WordPress is silently doing all the heavy lifting for you. Because of the inclusive, open-source nature of WordPress, people reaching out to you and your community will be able to do so without having to sign up for some third party’s website, they can leave a comment on your very own blog or shoot you an email via your own website’s comment form! Once you see what WordPress can do for you, starting right now, including giving your friends and family democratic and unobstructed access to your beautiful website or blog I think you’ll realize you are not preparing to survive the fall of Facebook, you are simply moving on to bigger and better things in the form of you, your audience and WordPress. Cheers!