Starting a blog is not an easy decision. You have lot of things to choose. First you need to choose the topic on which to write, platform, themes and much more. Choosing a good topic is not very difficult, by following the right steps, you can easily find the topic that can make you famous.
But what about platform? Is choosing platform for blog difficult? The answer is No. But what is difficult is choosing right platform.
WordPress is a very good plaform for blogs and with its lot of plugins and themes, good choice for blogs of every niche as well.
In this post, I will tell you about the advantages of using WordPress as blogging platform and why 32 of the top 100 blogs use WordPress.
WordPress is an Open Source Content Management System that can be used for a variety of tasks. You can use WordPress to power Blogs, Forums, WebSites and even Directories. It is free to use and has vast community around it.
Advantages of Using WordPress:
- You Own Your Content: Once I created a test blog on Blogger to experiment and wrote a small post with random words in it. After a few days, I was shocked to see a "Your Blog has Been Blocked" message from Blogger saying that it was identified as spam. It took 2 days to unlock it. It was just a test blog but what if it had been Blogging With Success (our first two months were on Blogger) or any other regular blog?
- You can Extend it: There are more than 4000 plugins available in WordPress Plugin Directory. They add functionality to WordPress and make managing your blog easy.
- Easy to Manage: With Version 2.7, WordPress has made installing plugins and upgrading dead-simple. You can do these tasks with a single click, no need to mess up with FTP (File Transfer Protocol.)
- It's Supported by a Strong Community: WordPress is supported by a big community which develops plugins and themes for it.
- Organized: WordPress uses themes that further consist of individual files. This makes editing themes easy as you don't have to mess up with a single file (like Blogspot templates) and finding errors becomes easy.
- SEO Friendly: WordPress is lot more SEO friendly than many other platforms. With the help of good plugins, you can control almost every aspect of SEO.
- Free: WordPress is free to download and you can use it as you wish. Only costs incurred are those of web hosting.
- Troubleshooting: WordPress is much more complex than Blogger or any other platform. When errors occur, it's hard to find the root cause (especially with a lot of plugins).
- Finding Good Host: WordPress blogs rely on hosting quality. If your host is not good, your experience will be a bad one.
- Technical Requirements: You need to know php, css and HTML to make even small changes to your blog. Luckily plugins cover most of what you need to do.
In December 2008, we moved from Blogspot to WordPress and have never looked back. We broke (and fixed) our blog hundereds of times and will continue to do it! What about you? Which platform do you use and prefer?