WordPress as a general purpose publishing platform is effective for a myriad of reasons. One of the most compelling reasons to publish using WordPress rather than a hosted solution (e.g. Squarespace) is the assurance of knowing that you have complete data ownership. What is Data Ownership? Before we get too deep into the article let’s clarify what exactly is meant by the phrase “data ownership” and what it means to “own” your data. Most self-hosted CMS driven websites require a storage mechanism to keep track of the data that makes up the site itself. In the case of WordPress this includes the posts, pages, custom post types, comments, users, settings and more. Anyone familiar with setting up a self-hosted WordPress website will be no stranger to the famous 5 minute installation. During this installation you’re prompted to provide your database credentials. Once the installation is completed WordPress is able to communicate with your database and have it store the data required to make the website functional. At this point you’re solely responsible for your data and have complete ownership. Let’s compare this to a hosted solution such as Squarespace. Hosted solutions allow you to create
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