So, you want to start a blog and are pondering over which platform to use to bring out the writer in you.
Do you know how easy it is to get started with your writing ambitions on a content management system like WordPress?
Without further ado, in this post, we give you 16 reasons why, as an aspiring blogger, you should make WordPress your choice.
WordPress is FREE
WordPress is an extremely versatile content management system, allowing users to create fully-functional sites and blogs of any category. It’s also an open-source software, meaning it is totally free, can be redistributed, and can be used for an indefinite period of time.
Since WordPress is free, it is ideal for students, freelancers and startups to begin their online journey.
No Technical Knowledge Required
WordPress is used and trusted by millions of sites worldwide. But that NOT mean everyone building them is a technically trained developer.
This is due to the platform’s simple user interface, easy-to-understand options, and the plethora of functionalities present in its dashboard. It can easily be used by anyone with zero technical knowledge.
Example: Want to write a new post? Simply head to Posts and click Add New. Pour your heart out in the content section and just hit the Publish button. That is it. Your post is live on the web! Its that simple.
Easy to Install
WordPress is famous for its under 5 minute install time.
When you choose a reliable and reputed host like Bluehost for your blog, you get the option of a one-click install right after you sign up.
All basic settings get automatically configured with hardly any intervention from your end.
Serious blogging in it for the long haul should definitely sign up for the 36 month plan atleast to get maximum value for money!
Just like there is no technical knowledge required to publish a post, there is absolutely no technical knowledge needed to customize the look of your blog.
There are so many themes available for use. You can use a free theme to start your blog. However, we recommend a more professional theme such as GeneratePress. It is clean, fast, simple, and optimized.
How to choose a theme? Go to the Appearance section. A list of themes would show, just like the screenshot above. You can either use one of the default themes provided by WordPress or install a new theme.
To install a new theme, click Add New. If you have purchased a theme such as GeneratePress, you can directly upload the zip file from here by clicking “Upload Theme”.
Alternatively, you could use the “Search Themes” to search for a theme of your choice from the repository online and then install it. Click Activate after uploading or installing from the repository and you are good to go.
WordPress ensures that the same design consistency is maintained throughout your website, irrespective of the number of pages or blog posts it may have.
This provides a very pleasing harmony that will not only appeal to your visitors but it will also make your blog look more beautiful.
Easily extend WordPress features with Plugins
Adding a feature to your blog is so easy. With the use of numerous free (and paid) plugins that are made available by WordPress, you can extend the functionality of your website so easily.
Not only that, but all plugins also come with their own customization options that can help you create a fully functional and professional website that is easy to access & wonderful. Now isn’t that just great?
Want to add social sharing buttons on your site? There is a plugin for that (Sassy social share, Add to any social share buttons and so many more).
Want to attach a virtual shop to your website? Yes, there’s also a plugin for that. Use WooCommerce to add a beautiful storefront to your WordPress site.
How to add a plugin? Go to Plugins and then click on Add New. Either upload a purchased plugin or search for it from the repository. We will be posting a few must-have plugins for WordPress in a later post, to help you get started with the basics.
Easy to Update WordPress
In today’s age where security is a prime concern, it is very important to have your software always updated. The same goes for WordPress.
Fortunately, WordPress receives regular updates from its makers to resolve bugs and vulnerabilities. They are a very active community and committed to provide you the best platform for your web projects.
Every time a new update is available, the dashboard will automatically show you a notification. One-click is all that is needed to upgrade to the latest version of WordPress with all your data intact.
Easy to Update Themes & Plugins
Not just WordPress, even the themes and plugins that you use are always updated by their authors’.
To make sure your theme is regularly updated with new features, bug fixes and security enhancements, use a well known and widely used theme like GeneratePress.
Similarly, it is important to use plugins from reputed sources so that you have the latest versions ready to install, the moment they are released.
WordPress is very Reliable
According to statistics from W3Techs, 28.6% of all websites are powered by WordPress, compared to its competitor Joomla (3.3%) and Drupal (2.3%).
This itself is a testament to how reliable WordPress has evolved over the years as a content management system.
Some of the biggest companies use WordPress to power their websites and blogs.
WordPress lets you have multiple users
Any large company is never a one man show. It designates tasks to its managers and employees run its projects and various affairs.
Similarly, for larger companies, running a website and keeping their site and blog up-to-date would require the help of multiple people. Thus, WordPress offers multi-user capability, so as to make it easier for them to assign different roles to individuals within the organization.
WordPress comes with six default user roles – Administrator, Editor, Author, Contributor, Subscriber. Therefore, you as a site owner have the right to decide what a user can or can’t do on your website.
Not only does it make it easy to keep your website or blog updated, it also boosts search engine rankings.
Manage your WordPress blog any time and from anywhere
WordPress is hosted on your web server.
That means, you can access your admin dashboard any time and from any device. All you need to have is your admin username and password handy. We recommend memorizing them.
Not only that, WordPress has a dedicated app for your Android devices and iPhones, to manage your blog and website on the go. Love to travel? Snap pics and post with WordPress app to your travel blog as your progress through your trip.
Mobile Optimization Support
Did you know that 90% of your visitors would be reading your blog on a mobile device?
You simply cannot ignore this anymore.
Luckily, WordPress is inherently able to display your content suited to any mobile device. When you choose a fully responsive theme like GeneratePress, you are assured that your blog will scale down to any screen size that your visitor might be using.
Always select a mobile-optimized and responsive theme. It also helps Google, Bing and other search engines rank your blog better in search results.
Easy Content Organization
Organize your post into categories for easier navigation.
You can assign categories to every post. This in turn helps search engines to properly crawl your page and understand the hierarchy of your blog.
Not only this, it also makes it easier for your readers to navigate through your content and understand it better.
For example, in our blog, we segregate all posts related to Blogging under the “Blogging” category. Posts related to ranking better in google and other search engine optimization techinques are placed under the SEO category.
With a relevant and defined category name, our readers get an about what to expect even before they click on the link to access its posts.
Google loves WordPress
Why, you ask?
There are thee basic things that Google wants on every website, i.e. optimized and fresh content, easy navigation & responsive design. WordPress has been made from the ground up keeping in mind the requirements of search engines like Google.
Due to the very nature of WordPress, it is so easy to regularly update your website with new content.
Google loves fresh content. WordPress gives you all the tools to come up with just that!
WordPress makes your blog fast
Search engines always take site speed into consideration while ranking it.
Unlike WordPress, traditional websites are too cumbersome and time-consuming to update, which can seriously affect your site’s speed. Thus, by using WordPress as a CMS, you’ll be able to not only buck up your site’s loading speed, but you will also be able to reduce the bounce rate, which can greatly benefit your SEO and also your rankings.
A good host like BlueHost ensures your website is fast and optimized.
We will be coming up with the ways to enhance your site loading speed with WordPress in a later post. Here are 12 Tips to Speed Up Your WordPress Blog.
WordPress can be secured like a fortress
The more popular your blog gets, the more people will get to access it. More chances of accessing your blog also means more chances for people with malicious intents to hack or take over your blog.
To secure WordPress, you can easily use a plugin such as Securi or Wordfence to install a firewall. The free versions provide basic functions that are okay for a start.
These plugins can detect malicious login attempts and block the hacker from getting control over your blog.
WordPress is beautifully suited to SEO
We know you have a lot of great content to create.
But, along with your awesome content, you also need to make sure it is index-able and crawl-able by search engines.
What use is great content if search engines visiting your site don’t understand it?
With SEO plugins like Yoast SEO and All in One SEO, optimizing your blog for search engines becomes a breeze.
WordPress lets you customize post URLs to make them SEO friendly using the “Permalinks” section. Yoast SEO plugin helps you structure content while writing to optimize for keywords.
XML sitemaps are automatically generated to help search engines understand the structure of your blog.
All these technical aspects are made hassle-free by WordPress while you focus on what you do best – create quality content!
WordPress is undoubtedly the best content management system you can choose to start your blogging journey with. From numerous plugins and endless themes to security, SEO and social media feature, WordPress is a one-stop solution for all your website or blog requirements.
We hope this post has given you enough reasons to use WordPress when creating your next blog!
Need help with WordPress? Any Tips? Do mention in the comment section below and we will help you out.