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Is Wordpress the Best Blogging Platform?

Updated on August 30, 2017

The Popularity of WordPress

According to a number of surveys, WordPress is the most popular blogging platform online - both the free, hosted version and the CMS that you download and install on your own server. It's easy to use, looks fantastic outside the box, and the admin panel is also very convenient to navigate. It might be a bit heavy on shared hosting, but various caching plugins like WP Super Cache should solve such problems quickly.

Indeed, there are many good reasons as to why WordPress is so popular. However, is it really the best blogging platform there is? If you know one that could give WP a run for its money, please share it in the ongoing discussion below.

What Do You Think?

Is Wordpress truly the best blogging platform available, or perhaps you know a better CMS for blogging?

WordPress logo.
WordPress logo.

WordPress.com vs WordPress.org

There are actually two kinds of WordPress: the .com one is a hosted blogging service, whereas .org offers a downloadable package that you install on your own shared hosting or dedicated server. If you decided to go with WP for your blogging needs, choose the version which suits your needs better.

Hosted (Wordpress.com):

  • Probably the easiest way to start blogging.
  • Free to use with a username.wordpress.com subdomain. Your own domain may be mapped for an additional cost of $13 a year.
  • No advertising allowed on your blog; in fact, Automattic might display their own ads on it, according to their Terms of Service.
  • Some basic customization and themes. More capabilities available with yearly upgrades.

Standalone (Wordpress.org):

  • Requires you to own a hosting package and your own domain.
  • Harder to set up, but there are numerous tutorials available.
  • Unlimited customization - your imagination and skills are the only limits.

Great Help For a Newbie Blogger

Blogging For Dummies
Blogging For Dummies

A handy guide for anyone who wants to start blogging, but doesn't know how. This book will help you with everything, from choosing the topic you'll be writing about, to selecting the best blogging software. Blogging will be easy with this book at hand.

 

More Than Just a Blogging Platform

Wordpress can be adapted to do just about anything

Perhaps one of the reasons why WordPress is so popular is that it can be used for more than just blogging. Over the years enthusiasts have adapted WP to use it for news sites, online magazines, review sites, online stores, podcasts, and more. This versatility was made possible because of the detailed information and documentation available, which really helps anyone who wants to learn about customizing this great CMS. Of course, blogging is still the #1 thing individuals and companies use WordPress for.

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      alicecornelios8 4 years ago

      Hi there Chad! I am a blogger and I want to make money online, but I often times wonder for my fellow blogger who uses free blog platform. Is there a chance that they can earn the same way as keeping your own domain?

      Alice from http://www.goodblogs.com.au/

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      claudiajux 5 years ago

      Try JUX.COM!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I am willing to my site wowrange.com to wordpress permanently

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I've tried everything on sourceforge.net as an alternative, and nothing beats WordPress period.

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      MarkTrueman 5 years ago

      I love the argument and seeing what other people have to say. Just squidliked this post :)

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      ferginarg lm 5 years ago

      The great debate :-) I for one think it's a brilliant platform to work with once you've gotten a bit of experience using it, thanks for this lens I enjoyed reading peoples remarks.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      hey lensmaster i just started using squidoo and my first post is about wordpress.

      please checkout my post and suggest me some tips to improve..

      http://www.squidoo.com/remove-post-date-from-your-...

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I am very happy to keep track the thing that I used to do. many thanks for sharing. impressive page indeed.

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      bolt101 6 years ago

      A very nice insight. One good guide for new bloggers is A Guide to the Perfect Blog

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      Donnette Davis 6 years ago from South Africa

      Wordpress is brilliant, particularly for trying to coach people into taking control of their own blog.. it's simple, pretty and user friendly... Self-hosting is fantastic with more advanced users!

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      NoYouAreNot 6 years ago

      Brilliant simplicity!

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      Allison Whitehead 7 years ago

      I get on just fine with Wordpress, although I wouldn't recommend the free version if you want to take total control of it.

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      Tanzz 7 years ago

      I think so. WordPress is the content management platform that I have come across. I'm a big fan of WP. Cheers

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      Kaelos 7 years ago

      I'm a big wordpress fan! In fact, I just made a lens about Yaro Starak's Become a Blogger Premium Course... check it out, it's about how to become a blogger quickly!

      http://www.squidoo.com/become-a-blogger-premium

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      wecomparebooks 8 years ago

      cool lens!

      Please check out mine and comment! http://www.squidoo.com/my0blogs

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I think WordPress is the best because its so flexible and, for the most part, free. But I hated WordPress until I bought this product and finally am able to make my blog work much better!

      www.wordpressforinternetmarketers.com

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      carny 9 years ago

      Yes, I agree the lens needs more work. Maybe in the future :)

      I've visited your site. So do you mean to say you add each new post 'manually', so to speak, and upload it to your server? And it's all static HTML? That looks like a lot of work. All modern blogging platforms or CMS (content management systems) make it a much easier process I believe. You can type the post online, click publish and that's it. Your site is dynamic basically.

      Static pages of course have their own advantages: safety, very little resource usage, and such. But I can't imagine many people using static sites nowadays. That's so XX century ;)

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      diggyisking 9 years ago

      Mmmm...interesting although you could expand the lens by detailing each specific blogging software and the pros and cons of it.

      I have recently started a site and started with a css sheet that I edited in notedpad.

      However my friend suggested I get wordpress which will make it much easier to insert blogs.

      Any help?

      http://www.upgradereality.com

      THanks

      Diggy