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This week we’re going to be talking about one of the most important decisions a new blogger will make: which blog platform to use. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular blogging platforms.
Blogger is so 2005, you guys. The interface is clunky and there aren’t many customization options. Sure, you can install a cute theme and buy your own domain name, but it’s a real pain in the neck to transfer your domain if you decide to switch to another platform, and ultimately you do not own your blog. The giant internet-eating Google monster does. As popular as Blogger is, I would choose any other platform on this list before I would ever go back to blogger. (Yes, I’ve tinkered around with it in the past, so I know!)
WordPress.com is like a shinier, supercharged version of Blogger. It’s based on the same principle, but infinitely better. WordPress offers a number of attractive designs for free, but as with the other platforms we’ve discussed, your ability to tailor your website to your specific needs is limited and your blog will never truly belong to you.Blogger, Tumblr, Squarespace, or WordPress: Which blogging platform is right for you?Click To Tweet
Over the last couple years, Squarespace has exploded in popularity and it’s not hard to understand why. Their pre-designed websites are stunning, but they are not as flexible as a self-hosted WordPress blog, and at $12 per month, they may be more expensive, depending on which web host you use with self-hosted WordPress. (That $12 monthly fee includes web hosting, so you won’t have to worry about that.) Squarespace is very user-friendly and it may be a good option if you are uncomfortable with technology or have little desire to learn the technical side of blogging. While it’s not my top pick, I would definitely investigate further before making a final decision.
My blog is powered by WordPress and I wouldn’t change it for the world. With self-hosted WordPress you are 100% in control of your content and design. With self-hosted WordPress, your blog is YOURS. Period. And better still, it’s free! (Of course, you have to pay for web hosting, but you can get that pretty cheap.) Self-hosted WordPress also allows you to build your blog on what I consider to be the finest design framework ever created and it gives you access to thousands of free plugins that will take your blog to the next level. (We’ll be talking more about both of those things a little bit later in this series.)
The Bottom Line: If you want total control over your website and unlimited room for growth without breaking the bank, then a self-hosted WordPress blog is the way to go.
I’ve been using self-hosted WordPress for 7+ years and I never cease to be amazed by its versatility. Download WordPress here and never look back.
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