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Choosing A Blogging Platform: Why WordPress Is Still The One

A lot of my readers that want to start a blog email me and ask which platform they should be using.

  • WordPress.com?
  • Self-hosted WordPress?
  • SquareSpace?
  • Wix?
  • Weebly? ("oh, no, not Weebly!" is what I usually think when they say that one.)

I'm warming up to SquareSpace but, yes, self-hosted WordPress is still the best way to go.

The reason?

You OWN your site. You probably heard what's going on with Facebook this week and how it will hurt a lot of businesses.

If you built your business on Facebook (or any other platform that you don't own), anything can happen. It can be taken down, algorithms can change, etc., at any time without notice.

Sure, WordPress can be confusing at first, but I give my readers that pick up BlueHost through my link, a paid WP plugin that gives you videos on just how to use every part of your new website.

If you want to start a blog - now is THE time to do it!

Because I have something special for you.

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I'm so excited that I have two special offers for you:

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Buy BlueHost through this link and you will get your domain name for free and hosting for just $2.95/month.

  • I will also give you a Premium theme from Studiopress.com free (usually $99 to $149).
    • You get to pick whichever theme you want.
    • We'll even set it up on your new site so it looks like the demo. (usually $100)
  • And you'll get that paid plugin giving you all the WordPress videos, right in the backend of your new WordPress site, so you know how to use your new blog. (usually $79)

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Any questions? Email me at sue@successfulblogging.com

And join all the people who use self-hosted WordPress. You'll be in with the big guys from now on!

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27 comments on “Choosing A Blogging Platform: Why WordPress Is Still The One”

  1. Hey Sue,

    Yes self-hosted WordPress is STILL the way to go because you OWN it. I've had bad experiences during my early days and a couple of my blogs on blogger platform got deleted.

    When you have a self-hosted WordPress blog you have total control and you have all your content (your online asset) in a place you OWN.

    Thanks for bringing this up and for the nice offers.

    Cheers,

    Jane.

  2. Sue,

    Great advice and absolutely right!!!

    Paid WP is THE only way to start a blog.

    You can get one up and running in no time and you don't need to know coding, or how to do anything complicated. (Trust me, I have no patience with learning how to use complex systems, and WordPress --- although powerful is very user-friendly.)

    And my favorite things are the bazillions of plugins you can use!!!

    Just last week, I wanted to leave titles off of certain posts, and I didn't know how to do it. I Googled "How to post on WP without displaying a title" and immediately I found a page that had a plugin that could take care of that.

    It literally took me 3 minutes to plug it in to WP and use it.

    Using WordPress from the get-go will save you loads of problems in the future, and I highly recommend it to everyone!

  3. I totally agree, Mark. Once you get the hang of it, it's super fun with the plugins and capabilities.

    I so appreciate you taking the time to read and to comment!
    Sue

  4. Hi, Jane,

    It's always a pleasure to see you on my blog! Thanks for taking the time to read and comment - I so appreciate it.

    Thanks,
    Sue

  5. Thanks for this, Sue.

    The way I see it.... if it's not broken for me, then I don't need to fix it. WordPress.org has treated me insanely well since I first used it around 2011. The versatile plugins/themes, the coding portions it has, and the overall support is beyond anything other platforms provide.

    I'm sure other platforms have their usefulness for their respective audiences. Thankfully, i'm not one of them 😉

    Enjoy your week, and thanks for the post!

    Elvis

  6. Thanks for your advice, Sue

    You told us about WordPress.org, I agree with, self-hosted WordPress is still the best way to go.

  7. Hey Sue,

    Thank you for all the goodies, hopefully they will stay when I buy my next hosting package!

    WordPress is the best platform around, I have used so many platforms in the past and even other CMSs too but nothing seems to match the ease, theme and plugins availibility and support of WordPress.

    I just looked into the infographic and found some very cool things about wordpress, for example I never knew that the logo of wordpress has been around since 2005 - am pretty sure I have used wordpress before that, but can't remember how it looked without the logo!

    Thanks,

    - Shantanu

    1. I didn't realize that either, Shantanu, or all the celebrities that have blogs.

      Thanks so much for your comment!
      Sue

  8. WordPress is actually the best. You can build what ever you wish with it.

    On every update, there is an improvement. WordPress has huge support from the web community.

  9. Sue,

    I'm trying to move away from Blogspot and Weebly (I know you cringe when you see it!). Other than the fact that I would own it and am in total control, what other benefits are there? Is it also the user experience and a lack of good themes? Any help would be great!

    Thank you.

    1. Correct, Shanzu. More customization and you can sell whatever you want on WordPress (some restrictions on other platforms, depending on the platform). You can wait or use SquareSpace - the SEO is much better with WP and SS.

      Thanks for your comment and question!
      Sue

  10. Hey Sue,

    I love WordPress and I totally agree that self-hosted is the way to go if you want full control over everything. I've been working with WordPress.org for over 8 years and I love it.

    I have to admit that it does come with a learning curve if you've never used it before. At least I struggled with it at the very beginning.

    It's nice to know that there are people like you who are willing to set up a theme just like the demo on one of the Genesis themes. I personally love the Genesis theme and use it on my site as a well as some of my client's sites.

    You can't go wrong with a theme set up from Genesis. Another great thing about WordPress is that there are tutorials and forums that will help you learn everything you need to know.

    As bloggers, all we need to know are the basics.

    Thanks for taking the time to share this with us.

    Have a great day 🙂

    Susan

  11. Wow! Wow! ,Great information very Superb. You have provided really a very great info that is useful for readers and for me. Keep it up and make more similar type of creative and unique posts that is loved by readers.

  12. Hi Sue,

    Great article on hosting your blog on a self-hosted WordPress platform. With the amazing features and functionalities of WordPress.org and the fact that it becomes yours where you have complete control, it is definitely the way to go.

    The worst thing anyone can possibly do is to build on someone's else's property. Get yours and be in control.

    Thanks for sharing Sue!

  13. Hey Sue, after much consideration I went with WordPress. I think using their plugins was the best aspect of wanting to use WordPress. Also, like you said with Blogger and Tumblr I wouldn't be able to own my content. When you self-host, the content is yours.

  14. Hi Sue,

    Thanks for sharing this awesome infographic. websitebuilder.org did a really great job.

    I always feel WordPress is the best CMS in the world.

    When I started blogging I create my first blog on Blogspot and after 2months I move to WordPress.

    I love WordPress, easy to use, great support, themes, plugin. just love it.

    Thanks

    Terry

  15. We recently upgraded our website and while we made a bad decision in who we chose to hire, they did one thing right and used WordPress. I basically had to learn everything (and still am) about building and maintaining a website from scratch and WordPress has made it super easy. I love that I can just google the issue I'm having and then put "Wordpress" after it and a blog or article directly from WordPress comes up with step-by-step instructions. They're extremely user friendly.

  16. Hi Sue,

    thanks for sharing. 🙂

    I totally agree that WordPress is the way to go. I love the many options for customisation. Then again, I have to limit myself because too many Plugins and too much custom CSS is a really bad idea... So to sound a note of warning to all beginners: Don't go overboard even if it is tempting.

    Claudia

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