Are you scared of WordPress? The self-hosted one… not the WordPress.com that doesn't allow widgets, advertising, etc. In case you are wondering, self-hosted WordPress.org is the open source content management system (CMS) that many professional bloggers use, magazines, ecommerce sites, portfolio sites run on. The beauty of self-hosted WordPress, is that you can build your site however you like, want to add forums to your website? Done. Want to add a ecommerce to your blog? Done. Heck, even if you want to add a “social network” to your blog… that can be done too!
But for the most part, people love WordPress because of ownership. You own your content, no one can mark it as “spam” or shut it down (unless you do something REALLY crazy!) you own your own URL, email address, etc.
The main thing that has stopped me from recommending WordPress to everyone, was that it used to be difficult to set up and maintain if you were technically challenged. That is just not true anymore.
Many Web Hosts Have Automatic WordPress Installations
I am launching a new blog. Of course, as a WordPress junky, I purchased a hosting plan (this time at GoDaddy) and lo behold, upon logging in, WordPress was listed as one of their “Applications” I clicked on the icon, and was brought to a page which automatically installs WordPress within a few clicks.
Check with the the web-host you are interested in using to see if they also have automatic installs for WordPress. And yes, it's super easy!
WordPress Has Automatic Updates
WordPress has had this for a long time, but it keeps getting easier to keep updating your blog (it used to be a REAL pain). In a couple of clicks (after you backup your files, which see, next point…) you'll be running on the latest version of WordPress in a snap. It may not seem like a big deal, but if you're someone who has to prepare mentally for change, or has plugins that are finicky, updating on your own schedule is a much better alternative to being at the whim of the blog platform service provider.
WordPress has PLENTY of automatic backup options
Have you ever lost your work? Has your site ever crashed? Have you ever messed up your site and needed to restore it to how it was before you started hacking away? Don't not try to do things because you're afraid of messing up… that's what backups are for. There are LOADS of free options for backing up your blog available on WordPress. So check around!
It's Easy to Install Plugins
This option has been around for years…but the beauty of WordPress is that because it is open source, there are a lot of people working on it! You can install plugins right from your site, or upload them to the proper folder again, right from your blog.
Many themes have design options
Depending on which theme you install, there are various tweaking options. This Responsive WordPress Theme (I got the Pro Version, but you can get the free version here) Allows me to use whatever Google Font I like or background color, menu color, even custom CSS right from the customize panel. It's pretty amazing considering back in the day, it was much, much harder.
So there. Every excuse I used to have for not recommending WordPress across the board is now a thing of the past because it's super easy nowadays.
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