This is a marriage. (But not the Hollywood sort.) Choosing the best blogging platform is one of the most important decisions you will make when starting a blog.
And choosing the best blogging platform is kind of like choosing a partner. (except you won’t have to do their dirty laundry).
The point is, this is serious, and if you want to run your blog like a business, or you are setting up a blog for your business, then you need a partner that will help you make more money.
That partner is WordPress. So get ready to fall in LOVE.
Difference between wordpress and wordpress.com
WordPress is an open source software that powers millions of websites around the web, including this one. WordPress.org is the center of the WordPress community. This is the website where the core software is hosted, along with thousands of free themes and plugins, all of which are 100% free to use and modify.
To put it plainly, this is the software you will install onto your hosting account that enables you to manage your content. This is the core content management system that you will use to run your blog or website. (It’s the best one around).
WordPress.com is a commercial website where you can host a free site with some limitations or pay for upgrades. It runs on the exact same software offered at WordPress.org. However, WordPress.com relieves you of having to set up and maintain WordPress on your own server.
Choosing this option will leave your site with a URL like this: www.angiesworld.wordpress.com (not a real site, but if it was, it would be mad cool)
You should NEVER do this if you are a business. Please and thank you. If you are a business you will need your own domain and hosting.
Reasons Why WordPress Is The Best Blogging Platform
1. It’s free.
WordPress is an open source software. Meaning it is free. Don’t be confused, you will have to buy your domain name and your hosting, but the software download of WordPress is completely free.
Once you’ve got your domain and hosting through GoDaddy, here is how you install WordPress:
Installing WordPress on Your Hosting Account
WordPress® is a personal publishing platform, or content management system, that you can use to set up a blog on your website.
To Install WordPress on Your Hosting Account
- Log in to your Account Manager.
- Click Web Hosting.
Click one of the following, based on the type of hosting you have. You can tell this by the second word in your hosting’s description beneath your hosting account’s domain name, e.g. Deluxe Web correlates to Web/Classic (Hosting Control Panel).
- Next to the hosting account you want to use, click Launch.
- In the Popular Apps section, click WordPress.
- Complete the on-screen fields, and then click OK:
- Domain — Select the domain on your account you want to use.
- Directory — Enter the directory after the domain name where you want to install WordPress. If you want the domain name itself to use WordPress, the directory field should only have “/” entered.
- Enter a Username, a Password (and its confirmation), and an Email Address.
2. It’s easy to use
If I can do it, you can do it. Uploading content is so easy on WordPress. I have even learned how to tweak html, php, and css stylesheets simply from playing around in my WordPress dashboard.
3. Great for SEO
WordPress is compatible with so many things in so many different ways. WordPress was built super search engine friendly, meaning search engines will be able to find and crawl your site with ease.
Plugins increase the functionality of your site, and with WordPress there are thousands of them. There is a plugin for EVERYTHING. And the best part? They are easy to find and install, activate, and keep updated.
5. Themes galore
Not only will you find thousands of absolutely FREE themes, you will also find premium themes like the ones Studiopress has to offer that provide another level of professionalism and functionality.
6. Because I said so
What? That used to work when your mother would use it.
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