Do you remember when you first started blogging why you chose your current blogging platform, like Blogger, Serendipity, TypePad or Moveable Type? Was it because it was what your friends used? Did it seem like the easiest one? The cheapest? Did you grab the first one you came to and stuck with it because change is scary? It’s easy to get used to something, and when it took you a while to learn something in the first place, like how to work your way around TypePad, it may not seem worthwhile to make a change later on. But it is. Particularly if you’re not already using WordPress.org (the self-hosted version).
So why WordPress? From a technical standpoint, I can tell you first hand WordPress (.org) is the easiest blogging platform to set up on a server. Installation is a breeze and maintenance is practically nonexistent. On the user end, WordPress offers the flexibility to create the blog you want, whether it means running ads and making money or simply maintaining control over your own content, not to mention keeping the rights (!). Incidentally, some blog platforms out there don’t allow you to run ads and since most blogs have at least some money making potential, this little restriction can really cramp your style.
With WordPress, there will always be some help around. Just take a look at this:
“WordPress” is the #1 search query when people are looking for a content management system. It overtook all its competitors. That does not only mean WordPress has become incredibly popular, but there’s also a strong community behind it. More and more developers and designers join the WordPress community, constantly adding new functions and designs. While other platforms stand still or decline, WordPress keeps going, extending its lead.
So did I mention flexibility? Basically anything you want to do with your blog – make it look like a Website, paginate blog posts, etc. – you can find a plug-in or a template to do it. And you’re not confined to WordPress tools. The Internet abounds with plenty of free themes (such as at thebuckmaker.com), plug-ins and widgets that will work perfectly to customize your WordPress blog. Plus, WordPress is an open source software which means you can use it for free as long as you have a place to host your blog.
WordPress (.org) is the content management system that offers you the most flexibility for the least amount of effort. That’s something worth changing for.