Why Self-Hosted WordPress Blog Is the Best For Blogger
Whenever beginner bloggers come to me with this question, I always direct them to WordPress. (That’s WordPress.org, the self-hosted platform, not WordPress.com, the free platform.) WordPress is simply the best platform out there, hands down. And here’s why.
Most of the web building platforms out there give you a dozen or so themes to choose from, binding you to their limited options. And you can’t do very much customization inside of the theme itself, either. So if you want your header to be a bit taller, or the sidebar a bit wider, too bad. What you see is what you get.
With WordPress, there are literally thousands of themes available. You can go shopping on a marketplace like Themeforest, or you can grab one from my favorite theme author, Genesis Themes. No matter what industry or niche your blog is in, you will find a theme created specifically for you. And many of the themes allow for additional customization within themes as well, so you never have to worry that your website will look the same as everyone else’s.
Want to sell products on your blog? There’s a plugin for that. How about a social media sharing system that pulls up perfectly sized images for each social platform? Done. Pretty much anything you can think of doing with your blog can be achieved with the right plugin.
Just like with themes, there are thousands of plugins available. My favorites are OptinMonster and LeadPages for lead generation, and Social Warfare for social sharing.
Many of the other platforms work really well for beginner bloggers – until they decide that they want to do more. Then they want to grow their email list, but Blogger doesn’t have the right tools to do it. Or they want to create a customized shopping experience, only to discover that Weebly has limited options for that. If you start with WordPress, you will be able to expand your blog into a business without dealing with the headaches of switching over later.
I hear a lot of newbie bloggers tell me that they chose a different platform because they thought WordPress would be too difficult to learn. Is WordPress a little more difficult than some of the other platforms? Maybe. But once you learn the ropes, which takes a few hours at the most, you will most likely never have to do any coding to have a beautiful website. Many of the most popular themes offer drag and drop interfaces.
And when it comes to doing something like changing your fonts, you can easily download a plugin that will do the work for you. Most of the other platforms require you to learn code if you want to make changes like that. I don’t know about you, but I would rather not have to learn coding just to have my blog look the way I want it to.
You may think that because most of the top bloggers use WordPress, it’s very expensive. What you may not know is that WordPress itself is completely free. In order to use it, you just have to pay for a hosting provider. Then, once your new site is hosted, you just upload WordPress, and you are good to go.
With Bluehost’s initial sign up offer, you will pay less than $5 a month for your WordPress site, which is far less expensive than many of the other options, which charge you at least $10 a month to keep your site running. And with WordPress, you can always switch hosting providers if you find a better deal or want different services than your current host provides.
Also, most plugins and many WordPress themes are free. So, just like you can choose how your site looks with themes and how it functions with plugins, you can also choose how much you want to spend on your site.
As I mentioned before, most bloggers use WordPress as their chosen platform. Because of that, there is a ton of support out there for you if you have any questions about how to use it. In addition to the forums found on WordPress.org, there are also sites like WPBeginners that walk you step by step through every single thing you will ever need to know about running and maintaining a WordPress blog.
Also, most paid themes and plugins offer extensive support forums if you run into an issue that directly relates to their products. So you will never be left wondering what to do and how to fix it.
Get A Done-For-You WordPress Site
I’ve used WordPress ever since the beginning of my blogging career, and I absolutely love it. One of my favorite things to do is to get new bloggers set up on this incredible platform.
If you want to take the hassle out of your WordPress blog setup and get one on one coaching from me on how to set up your blog the right way, check out one of my favorite offerings, Website in a Week. You will come out with a beautiful website and training that teach you the ins and outs of how to use WordPress on your own.