Wordpress has become one of the most highly used content management systems (CMS) for personal blogging and business websites. Of course there are many other options to choose (which will remain nameless), but getting a self-hosted Wordpress (not Wordpress.com) to house personal and organizational content is the better, if not best, choice. Here are some simple reasons why choosing Wordpress is beneficial for online content creation and storage.
1. Customizations – Hands down (or up), Wordpress can be tweaked to suit an unlimited number of customizations. Wordpress themes can be swapped in a matter of minutes or be 100 percent customized. If a particular function is needed, most likely there is a plugin for it. If no plugin is already made, a custom plugin can be created. Widgets of all sorts are available to showcase social media, stats, images, events, and so on.
2. Ownership – When using a third party content management system for a personal blog or business website, ownership is not fully passed to the person who created the account. For example, many bloggers who used Blogger.com as their CMS saw their blogs taken down by Google. This is not to say that the owner was infringing on copyrighted material. It could simply be that Google’s software felt the need to shut down the blog due to “IT” feeling the blog was infringing in some way. Then again, some owners may have been infringing on copyrighted material in a manner that needed addressing, with Big Brother Google taking away all rights.
To get around this ever happening to an innocent website, purchase a hosting plan from HostGator and install Wordpress on the domain of your choice. Wordpress is free and using HostGator’s One-Click install includes some added security features that would, otherwise, have to be installed separately.
3. Search Engine Optimization (SEO) – SEO is actually a class by itself. The way to get a blog or website to become search engine optimized changes like the wind, but it must be told that Google Loves Wordpress. For some reason that cannot be completely discussed at this time, Google likes content that makes sense and when that content is added on Wordpress, Google jumps for joy.
Going back to item number 1 - if a blog or website is created to get traffic by SEO, there are plugins and other techniques to gain, what industry gurus like to call, organic traffic.
There are plenty more reasons why Wordpress is an industry standard for personal blogging and business websites, but these three should shed some light to the ones who are thinking about starting a new blog or website. If you are a seasoned blogger or website creator, please share your thoughts as to why you do or do not use Wordpress.