WordPress – The Best Blogging Platform

WordPress Blogging Platform

WordPress is the most popular blogging platform and for good reason.

It is a highly customizable content management system (CMS) for bloggers who want to create a site for their business. It is also great if or when you plan to scale your blog for profit. 

The reason is that WordPress is open source. This means that they do not keep their source code a secret. Developers can create widgets, plugins, and other tools to customize WordPress blogs, so they can create any kind of blog. 

One of the users on our panel, who has been working with WordPress for four years, describes the CMS as “blogger-friendly” and with many built-in SEO features. His experience is shared by many other users. 

Of course, there is a small learning curve. To get the most out of WordPress in terms of customization, you will need to be more practiced with the plugins and widgets you choose and with backend management.

However, even this is fairly straightforward in WordPress, and it didn’t take our users long to figure it out.

“WordPress is very intuitive and if you can’t figure something out, just search Google or YouTube and you will probably find an answer.” 

Another echoed this sentiment. However, they also stated that “it is quite easy to use” after blogging on the platform for a few days. 

It is worth it because you can get a fantastic website that is completely customized to your specifications. That’s what makes it perfect for creating a website ready for audience and profit growth.

One user was also able to promote articles for third parties to generate even more revenue. “I was able to monetize my blog through affiliate marketing, along with information products such as ebooks and mini-courses once my audience grew enough,” he said. 

They were also able to leverage plugins to help them build their audience and generate revenue growth. 

“One of the things that helped me was creating a subscriber list and newsletter with the Mailchimp plugin,” they added.

With the plethora of plugins and the ability to customize the site, you will be able to find any option you want to include on your site. As your blog and your audience grow, you can continue to modify your site to fit the direction you want it to go. 

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Blogging with WordPress

Confession time: WordPress is the content management system we use here at Quicksprout, so we are a bit biased.

We are very biased. 

If you are going to create a blog that attracts thousands or even millions of readers, not to mention monetization, we can only recommend WordPress. But users are right when they say it is a bit difficult to learn at first. 

At first glance, the WordPress blog dashboard seems more complex than others. But once you dive into it, it’s fairly easy to understand.

WordPress’ Gutenberg editor makes the process of creating and editing blogs very simple. You don’t need to know HTML unless you want to be a tradesman. All the basic elements needed to create a blog are at your fingertips.

Sure, it’s not like the drag-and-drop functionality of Wix and Squarespace, in that you can’t edit the entire page, but it comes pretty close.

I have also found that WordPress is incredibly scalable. No matter what you want to build or how big you are, the platform will grow with you as long as you choose the right plugins.

A quick tip: Don’t make the beginner mistake of downloading a bunch of plugins and widgets. It’s easy to think you need everything, but sometimes less is more. 

Also, installing lots of plugins is an easy way to slow down the page loading speed. 

One plugin we recommend is the Yoast SEO plugin. It is an incredibly popular WordPress plugin that helps you set up your posts to be as SEO-friendly as possible with just a few guided steps. It is a must if you use WordPress. 

And if you want to, you can start modifying the code yourself. Since WordPress is open source, this means you can do whatever you want with it. If you know PHP or are willing to hire a developer, you can modify WordPress to your liking.

One user put it best: “WordPress gave me everything I needed to create the blog I wanted. It gave me a simple interface to post my blogs, plus everything I needed or wanted on my blog: a subscription box, an area for authors; just the look I wanted and the flexibility to change things as needed.”

Cons of blogging with WordPress

The user group gave me different opinions on the ease of WordPress for beginners. Some said it was fairly easy, while others noted that it is difficult for beginners at first. 

“I don’t like that you have to learn how to use it,” said one user. Their reflections show that WordPress is not the easiest option, especially when building your first site. “Sometimes I wish I could be taken by the hand through the blogging process, rather than having to search through a bunch of instructional videos on YouTube to learn.” 

Having tested and built sites with WordPress myself, I can say that it takes a while to learn how to use it, but once you do, you’ll be glad you worked with it. 

But even if you’re not comfortable with it at first, it’s still the best option if you’re willing to learn and grow into the role of managing your website.

Another shortcoming mentioned by one of our interviewed users is that WordPress lacks comprehensive customer support. 

“I wish there was a help desk that I could contact via email or chat,” one user told us.

There is someone you can contact via live chat at any time of the day or night. The support teams handle many common WordPress questions and may be able to help you.

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