Looking for a platform to host your blog? Here I will explain to you why WordPress has been the best choice out there for experienced and new bloggers alike.
Which platform are you using to for your blog?
If you have been blogging for sometimes, it is not hard to realize that it seems like everyone is using WordPress these days.
In fact, WordPress powers about 20% of the websites on the Internet. So if you are not in this platform’s community, it can be a bit lonely.
Why there are so many people go for WordPress?
It is obviously not a short-lived trend, a consequence of some marketing strategies as WordPress has been at the top for quite some time now.
If that is not about the trend, it must be because WordPress is so great for bloggers.
I know there are other platforms you can choose for your blog, but the best one is always WordPress. Here I will tell you why.
3 reasons why you should self-host your blog on WordPress
WordPress is popular for a reason. What I realize after years of using WordPress can be described like so:
It is professional
The most obvious and straightforward reason why we love free platform is, well, they are free.
However, the downside of free stuff is they may not look nice or professional as we expected.
Readers of your blog, to some extent, want to see a smartly designed interface. The reason is beautiful things attract attention easier.
Another one is if a blogger has a neatly-looking blog, he or she is more likely to dedicate to writing content on it.
Blogging on a free platform and its design will give you away immediately.
Most of the themes there look generic. The footer usually has credit links. So many more clues visitors can see and assume that you use free stuff.
Gives your readers an unprofessional impression and you risk losing their interest.
WordPress is hard to beat when it comes to making the first impression. With WordPress, what they see is www.yourname.com, not anything with the word free in it, which gives your blog a more trustworthy look.
Further reading: Easy Guide to Building a WordPress Website
It has its own community
WordPress community summit (Source: WordPress.org)
WordPress has for itself a vibrant community, which is of great help for experienced and new bloggers alike.
WordPress is easy to use but it does not mean mishaps don’t happen.
But here is the game changer:
Whatever troubles you, what kind of difficulty you have; there is a whole community online that is willing to help.
With frequently happened issues, you do not even have to ask the question. Googling what you have in mind, maybe someone has found the solution and posted it already.
The solutions can come in the form of a step-by-step guide, a video tutorial that walks you through, or the exact plugin with the benefits you need.
If what you want to know has never been asked, find a WordPress site or forum to ask.
They may or may not solve the problem for you but there are developers you can hire as a budget-friendly price.
Here comes the best part.
It gives you control
Another feature of WordPress that I am keen on is how much control it gives users.
Unlike other platforms where what you can do is limited, on WordPress, you have nearly full control over your blog.
WordPress has thousands of themes to choose from.
From WordPress designed themes to third-party developed ones; you can even customize your own if you have the capability.
You can alter the code as you wish if you have this expertise.
The list of things you can modify includes changing the texts, colors, fonts, or even the entire layout.
You also have a large collection of plugins on WordPress.
Plugins are one of the fastest ways to add the functionality you need to your blog. They allow you to further customize the blog according to your particular needs.
Want to know the best part?
WordPress has plugins for almost anything. Making and growing an email list, building a landing page, whatever you need, the platform might have just the thing for you.
Here is what you may not know.
Many free blogging platforms will not let you monetize your blogs by adding ads, selling sponsored posts, or making a membership site. These platforms cannot either support it or allow it.
While with WordPress, the site is yours so you can monetize it in any way you see fit. With some other platforms, they may take ownership of your content or delete it without any warning if you violate their terms of service.
You control your content on WordPress. What you create is yours to use and manage.
How much do you have to pay for a self-hosted blog on WordPress?
WordPress is 100% free to download and use but you have to pay for your own hosting and domain.
A domain name will set you back about $10 to $15 a year.
It is a bit trickier when it comes to hosting.
Depend on the type of hosting you wish to use, the price can vary widely. However, if you do not have a deep pocket, there is hosting that can be as cheap as $1 a month.
All in all, a self-hosted blog on WordPress costs at least $17 to $50 per year.
With all of its benefits, running a blog on WordPress at $50 is not expensive at all. If you monetize it, you can totally cover the cost.
How to get started with WordPress
If you are sold, here are a few things to do to have a blog on WordPress:
Buy your own hosting and domain: for new bloggers who wish to share hosting to cut cost, InMotion is the brand to go for. If security is what you are after, Namecheap is a better choice.
Install WordPress: I highly recommend InMotion because they offer a super quick installation of WordPress (with budget-friendly price, of course). WPX Hosting is also a good choice.
These are my two cents on why you should have a WordPress-powered blog. Is there anything else you want to add? Let me know by commenting down below.
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