Think about the time before you became a blogger.
Before your domain was live.
Heck, maybe even before you decided your blog name.
What was the one question you had?
There’s a good chance I know that question (and I’m no fortune teller).
“What blog site should I use?”
In a world where we have multiple platforms to choose from, it can be a matter of testing different platforms and seeing which one you like best.
But I’ll help you save time!
Because there is no question about it, the blog site that you should go with is WordPress.
And yes, I might sound bias because it’s the platform that I’ve used the most but allow me to elaborate more on why I say that.
Here are the reasons why your blog should be on WordPress:
If you’re looking for a platform that is super user-friendly and will take minimal effort to start publishing your posts, then WordPress will be your best option. Creating a new post is as easy as going on your “Posts” section and clicking “Add New”.
They also just recently introduced their Gutenberg editor which makes creating blog posts even better. You can test this editor for yourself by visiting their Gutenberg page (you can test it on that page!). If you have an old WordPress site, simply update it to at least version 5.0 to have this editor appear.
After the introduction of this new editor, it made WordPress, even more, easier to use. Previously, I’d run into issues where text wouldn’t be formatted correctly or my posts weren’t appearing as they should. Now, all this has been fixed and your content displays just as you see it on your post/page edit screen.
If you’re looking at what template to start or change your blog too, it’s super easy too. Most WordPress sites include pre-installed templates and you’re able to search for new templates right on your page. I’ve used other blog sites that make it a little complicated to find or install a template.
WordPress Blog Plugins
The plugins section can completely change your blog and installing them is easy too. Most of the plugins that they let you search for are located on their actual website too, but they provide you with the convenience of installing without leaving your site. You simply search for the plugin that you want to add, install it, and activate it to add it to your site.
I tend to look up whatever I need and then sort by those with the highest stars/reviews. It also lets you know how many sites have installed them so you know how many others out there are using them. And probably most important of all, it lets you know if it’s compatible with your version of WordPress. If it’s not and you need to install it, you should look into updating your WP version.
Other platforms may require you to actually download a file and then install it on your site which can take up space on your hard drive and require additional steps to install.
Multiple User Accounts
If you think you’ll be allowing others to write blog posts, work on your SEO, edit your posts, etc, you can easily create user accounts for them! WordPress lets you create different accounts and different user permission levels for each. It’s really convenient because it literally takes less than 2-3 minutes to create an account and you can choose a password or get their auto-generated one (would recommend that one as they generate hard-to-guess ones).
It Has the BEST Page Builder
One of my favorite page builders out there, Elementor (thanks to Anthony for finding them and installing it on C to the A!) is only available on WordPress sites. It’s easily installed by searching for it on your Plugins section (or you can go to their website and download the file too).
It’s an amazing page builder that lets you customize so much of your site. To add to the greatness of it, its free version has a lot of options to choose from. If you want a preview of some of the things that it does, simply look at some of our pages like our homepage or about page.
It Also Has the BEST SEO Plugin
Yet another plugin that you can only find on WordPress is one of my favorite SEO plugins, Yoast SEO. If you’re wondering what SEO stands for, it’s search engine optimization and it involves figuring out different ways to help your web pages rank higher on search engines. If you’re looking for more traffic on your blog, working on its SEO is a great way to do so.
There is no other plugin quite like Yoast SEO. Once you activate it, it allows you to edit your meta title/description on any page/post. You can also see a preview of how it’ll look like on Google searches done both on mobile and desktop.
One of my favorite features is that it reviews your post and gives you a readability score. This score shows you just how well-written your post is. If you get a green happy face then it’s good, if not, take a look at what you need to improve.
Its free version also allows you to submit a sitemap of your blog (which is highly important for SEO), edit your social media meta tags, and edit multiple page/post meta titles/descriptions, among other things.
New Blog Comment Alerts & Display
If you want to make sure that you know right away from new comments left on your blog, WordPress can alert you. We have ours set up to where we get an e-mail every time someone leaves us a comment. It’s a convenient way of being able to be aware of the comments that are left.
Plus, they also provide you with the option to moderate comments left by new readers and auto-approve those that have already had comments approved. This is how we have ours set up and it’s really convenient because if we’ve approved your comment already, you don’t have to wait for your comment to be reviewed.
In addition to being e-mailed, every time you log onto your CMS, you can see your comments and a number will appear next to them if you have comments awaiting review.
Custom Dashboard Options
The first thing you see when you log onto your WordPress site is a dashboard with default options. The neat thing is that you can customize it with whatever options you’d like to see on there and it’ll only be viewable by you. This means that if you have multiple users, they can each have their own personalized dashboard!
It’s the MOST Popular CMS
And finally, WordPress is actually the most popular content management system out there. W3Tech says that it’s used by about 35.7% of all websites known on the internet! With this being said, you can be sure that there are tons of third-party plugins that you’d want to install to add to your blog because of its popularity.
In addition to that, if you’re looking for help with your blog, that means there’s tons more WordPress Specialists out there (like me lol). This also means that more web hosting providers out there offer pre-installed WordPress packages that allow you to create your blog with just a few clicks! (In fact, our current hosting package is a pre-installed WordPress one too!).
WordPress also allows you with the opportunity to install its platform on your site, for those of you who are already paying for a hosting package that does not have WP pre-installed.
Easy Plugin Updates
Updating any of your plugins on WordPress is super easy. You simply visit your updates page and can then check which plugins have updates available. If you want to update all of them you can easily click on select all and it can update them all. I would check the updates before you update a plugin, to make sure they’re compatible with your WordPress site though.
You can go through each of the plugins with new updates too and they give you details on the new version of each.
On the detail screen is also where you’re able to see what WordPress version it’s compatible with.
You Can Blog For FREE!
If you don’t feel like you’re ready to pay to have your blog hosted elsewhere or just want to create a FREE blog, WordPress.com offers that option. Of course, if you choose to move to a paid blog, you can transfer your blog or simply upgrade on WordPress.com.
I’d recommend creating a free account and testing out WordPress features before paying for it so you can see how it works. The neat thing about upgrading or moving to a paid hosting provider is that you can switch to having your own domain and removing the ads on free account blog sites.
So as you can see WordPress can offer you so many benefits for your blog. If your blog evolves into a website, you can create pages and still have your blog section. Plus, with them offering free accounts, you don’t have anything to lose and can try it out before you decide to move forward with a hosting package.
Do you use WordPress for your blog? If you do, what are your favorite WP features?