Is WordPress the Best Blog Platform for Your Needs?

Is WordPress the Best Blog Platform for Your Needs?

wordpressWordPress is one of the most common software programs  available to blog owners.  WordPress is free software that makes it incredibly easy for users to publish their own blog. This software is easy to use, provides a variety of templates and offer excellent support to bloggers.

There is a difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org.  While the software is free for both sites, WordPress.org also requires a host site, while WordPress.com hosts the site for you for free.  In this blog, I will be referring to the WP.org platform.

There are other blogging program options available to bloggers which offer different features but many bloggers are quite pleased with WordPress. This article will offer some useful information for bloggers who are considering starting a blog with WordPress such as reasons to choose WordPress, tips on starting a blog and information about the support offered by WordPress. Based on this information as well as their own research bloggers can decide whether WordPress is right for them or whether they should seek out a different blog platform.

First, I want to show you a video on a quick explanation of what WordPress is.

Now, that you know what WordPress is (if you watched the video), here are some things to consider when deciding on picking WordPress for your own blog.

Do You Want to Pay for Hosting?

As I mentioned in a previous post on hosting, you will have to pay a monthly fee to have a WordPress blog on a hosting website.  There are free host sites, but they have limits.  Honestly, it is a small cost to get your business going.  If you only intentions are to have a blog for personal reasons, then getting a paid hosting service may not be necessary.  Other blog platforms like Blogger, TypePad, or WordPress.COM offer hosting as part of their blog software.

Do You Need to Put up Ads or Affiliate Banners?

Some blog platforms will not allow you to put up ads or affiliate banners. WordPress.com is an example of this.  At the time of this writing, they do not allow users to put up advertising. If you have no need to do that, that may not be a consideration.

Are You Concerned About Customization?

Many blog platforms can be set up in a matter if minutes with your blog up and running.  They offer a few blog themes and you are in business.  Some platforms allow more customization than others – you will have to decide how much customization you want.  If you have no HTML/CSS experience and do not really want to mess with that, WordPress is not neccesary for your needs. For WordPress to work well, you will probably need to be familiar with some basic HTML, CSS, and PHP in order to tweak your templates.

WordPress Offers a Variety of Options

There a many reasons WordPress is a good choice for a blog platform, including :

  • a large variety of templates
  • the ability to customize using HTML and CSS
  • thousands of plugin options
  • Plenty of free support
  • User-friendly interface.

Support Offered by WordPress

For many first time bloggers the type of support offered is very important. This is because first time bloggers may have quite a few questions about the process of starting a basic blog.  Even after a blog is up and running, there  is probably going to be additional questions about advanced features and/or customizing the blog.

WordPress offers a great deal of support for bloggers of all skill levels. The support offered by WordPress includes the ability to contact the support staff on the website, other people’s blogs, or from other members on online forums. Although the support staff is incredibly responsive some bloggers enjoy the ability to communicate with other bloggers in forums. This is because the forums are active 24 hours a day and bloggers can find support from peers at any time.

Personal Choice

Some of these features may be not be important to bloggers when deciding whether or not on choosing WordPress  Deciding on which blog platform is right for you will largely be a matter of personal preference.

For example bloggers with little or no programming experience may enjoy the myriad of templates available on WordPress while bloggers who are concerned about privacy issues may be more interested in the privacy options available through WordPress. Carefully investigating these features will help bloggers determine if they should start a blog with WordPress.

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