If you’re here, you’re probably wondering why WordPress is the most popular platform for professional bloggers. Its a good question, with so many options out there why do most still opt for WordPress?
Below I’ll outline why I think WordPress is the best platform for a professional blog, especially for the newbie blogger looking to turn pro.
What is WordPress?
WordPress is a CMS system specifically designed for blogging. WordPress comes in “two flavours” a fully hosted version (hosted on WordPress’s own servers) and Self hosted (hosted on your own web server). For the purposes of this article I’m going to be talking about the self hosted version. If you are looking for the WordPress hosted version, head over to WordPress.com.
The Self-hosted version of WordPress (wordpress.org) is what you need if you are looking to be a pro blogger. You would need a hosting server, to host your site on and to download the latest download of WordPress. I’m not going to go over how to install WordPress here, but it is fairly straight forward, most hosting companies will even a “one-click” install option for WordPress.
What advantages does WordPress have to a new blogger?
WordPress has quite a few advantages to the newbie blogger. For one, and maybe most importantly for a new blogger, there is tons and tons of support available! WordPress themselves have quite a comprehensive support site with their documentation and forum. Not only that but there are 100’s of great 3rd party sites offering great tutorials and guidance for WordPress. I personally have used WPBeginner quite a bit in the past, they offer loads of great articles about all things WordPress.
Secondly, there are 1000’s of available plugins, to further improve WordPress or to offer integration with other services. Some great plugins to look at straight away are Yoast SEO, Thirsty Affiliates and Wordfence, they are all great and “a must” for most blogs. WordPress has far more available plugins than any of its competitors.
Most newbie bloggers aren’t web designers or have much of an idea about web design. Thankfully WordPress also has a massive collection of easy to install themes available. Many are free and available from the either the WordPress website or other 3rd party sites. Or if you want something a little more professional looking or more fully featured, there are 1000’s of quality themes available from the likes of Theme Forest or Template Monster for less the $60.
The forth advantage to a new blogger is easy of use. WordPress is easy to use! I’ve tried others like Joomla and Drupal, neither of these come close to WordPress when it comes to easy of use in my opinion. I know quite a few bloggers that had no prior knowledge and they easily navigate WordPress and create awesome blogs.
What’s not so great about WordPress?
I honestly don’t think there is too much wrong with WordPress, it ticks all the boxes for me. One main disadvantage is it is only really designed as a blogging platform. So it may not suit quite so well if you want an ecommerce site or forum site for example.. Joomla, Drupal or others, are often chosen over WordPress it this instance. However there are some great solutions to this problem in the way of bbpress, woocommerce and others. Many purchased themes even incorporate these plugins within the theme, making it seamless. So even if you are looking to create a product site, forum, ecommerce, wiki site then WordPress could still potentially work for you.