blogging basics: why wordpress?

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I love WordPress. When I first started my blog, I did a lot of research to determine which CMS (content management system) I wanted to use. After much debate, I decided on WordPress and I’ve never looked back. Here are a few of the many reasons I love and recommend it:

It’s free
This was a big thing for me when I started my blog. I was looking for tools and platforms that were free because I didn’t want to make a huge investment before I even got started.

Themes
A theme is a collection of files that gives your website its look and feel. WordPress themes allow you to have a professionally designed website without having to do all of the work yourself. There are thousands of themes to choose from and a ton of them are free. Before I had my blog redesigned, I tried out a ton of different themes and loved them!

Plugins
I wrote an entire post about the plugins I love and how much easier they make my life. Basically, plugins are used in WordPress to extend and customize the functionality of your website. For example, if you want a search bar, there’s a plugin for that! Social media buttons? That too. A lot of the features you want your website to have can be accomplished with a quick and easy plugin download.

It’s popular
I’m not saying it’s always good to be a follower but there’s a reason why so many bloggers choose WordPress. And, because it’s so widely used, there are plenty of tutorials, YouTube videos and articles out there on it. If I can’t figure something out on my own, I can always Google it for a quick answer.

Scheduling
I’m sure most platforms have this functionality but scheduling makes life so much easier! I usually write posts the night before or a few days before they go live. I love that I can easily schedule them to go live the second I want them to!

It’s easy
Not much to say here. WordPress is just easy. From initial setup to design to publishing posts, it’s simple to figure out.

One last thing…Wordpress.com vs. WordPress.org?
For those just starting out, you will find that there are two versions of WordPress – WordPress.com and WordPress.org. WordPress.com will host your site for you for free (with some limitations) while Wordpress.com is self-hosted (you are responsible for your own hosting which costs money). Though technically free, with WordPress.com, there are some annoyances that you will have to pay to get rid of. First, your domain name will look something like “clefashionista.wordpress.com” and there will be ads on your website. Both of these can be removed for a price. There are way fewer limitations when using WordPress.org which gives you much more control over your site. I’m no tech expert but I’ve heard transferring from .com to .org is a pain so if you think you’ll be in it for the long haul, I’d start with .org and skip the hassle.

Do you use WordPress? Why do you love it?