WordPress.org: King of the Blogging Platforms
Blogging is a secret weapon for all entrepreneurs. It is perfect for marketing your brand online. By starting your own blog, you get to build and strengthen your rapport with your clients. It’s the best way to update your clients on new deals and give them awesome tips for your products.
Starting a blog is very easy! All you have to do is choose the perfect blogging platform for you.
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Luckily, we already chose one for you. WordPress.org is by far the go to site for all the bloggers out there. It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or an expert at blogging, WordPress.org can accommodate all of your blogging needs. To prove that WordPress.org is the king of all the blogging platforms out there, we did some research and made a short comparative study on this. We compared and contrasted the best qualities of WordPress.org to other blogging platforms out there.
1. WordPress.org v.s. WordPress.com
Woah! There are two WordPress sites? YES! There are. So don’t make the mistake of simply typing “WordPress” on the search bar and hitting enter. You need to make sure you go to WordPress.ORG. WordPress.org is the “real WordPress”. It’s open-source and 100% free. Unlike its counterpart, WordPress.com which will eventually ask you to pay for a plan once you use up the free 3GB space they give out to free accounts.
WordPress.com is a hosting service, which means they’ll place ads on all the free websites. Not so good if you’re just starting to blog and want to focus on your own brand. Meanwhile, WordPress.org is self-hosted. It allows you to grow your website as you want it to be. You get to control the ads on your site and you can do this freely or for a charge.
At WordPress.org you have thousands of themes to choose from. . . and they are FREE! Unlike in WordPress.com where you only have over 100 themes to choose from. WordPress.org gives you this creative freedom to do anything on your site which WordPress.com doesn’t offer. With WordPress.org, you can use plugins to setup an online shop, have customers subscribe to weekly newsletters through pop-up messages and lots more!
2. WordPress.org v.s. Medium.
WordPress.org and Medium do have different functions. Medium’s main purpose is for you to share stories. It’s used mainly for writing. Unlike WordPress.org, where you can see animations and small ads from time to time.
Medium gives you less space to advertise and build your online empire. They have content restrictions. Medium has a list of content topics you’re not allowed to talk about (i.e. threats of violence against anyone). Once they get a whiff of this, they can suspend your account or limit its distribution. WordPress.org on the other hand, gives you more freedom for your content. You can freely blog about your product, without having to worry about your account being suspended.
At WordPress.org, you can actually earn money from your content. You can run ads, accept sponsorships and use affiliate programs on your site. You have more chances of earning money here compared to Medium where you are required to work with their partner program. This makes Medium less attractive for publishers out there.
3. WordPress.org v.s. Tumblr
There is a big difference between WordPress.org and Tumblr. WordPress.org is a content management system while Tumblr is a microblogging platform and social networking site. Tumblr is more of a social network rather than a blogging platform. Here, you need to focus on content curation rather than content creation. The main advantage of Tumblr is that it already has a good and solid community who can read or view your daily blog. You’ll have a sure audience but they may be limited. This can be perfect for personal blogs but not so for your business.
WordPress.org functions as a publishing platform, allowing you to focus on creating good content for your business. Here, you get to show off your passion, ideals and skills. You actually get to advertise your product as freely as you want. You get to build a website with an audience and publish your content for the whole web to read.
4. WordPress.org v.s. Joomla
WordPress.org and Joomla are both self-hosted, open-source content management systems. They’ve been competing for the title “best blogging platform” for over 10 years already. Statistics show that WordPress.org takes the lead on being a better blogging platform than Joomla. According to a research conducted by Kinsta.com, WordPress.org has been powering over 35.2% of all the websites on the internet, compared to Joomla which powers around 3% of all the websites on the internet.
For those who are beginners at blogging, especially those who are non-developers, WordPress.org is better for you than Joomla. WordPress.org is deemed as the easiest management system to use. Its whole system is user-friendly, allowing you to navigate through the site without a problem. Joomla on the other hand is more complicated to handle. Its control panel is quite difficult to understand, you’ll need to be a bit knowledgeable in web technologies before getting a hang of it.
As to what you can do to your blog, WordPress.org offers an extensive array of plugins and themes to use. This makes it easier for you to extend your site with a variety of different features. Joomla also offers a variety of choices but WordPress.org extension marketplace is larger in terms of numbers.
5. WordPress.org v.s. Blogger.com
Both WordPress.org and Blogger.com are free blog hosts. But as of the moment, WordPress.org offers a variety of functional features which gives it an edge over Blogger.com. Although both sites are easy to use, online marketers would prefer WordPress.org for their business all the time. WordPress.org has over 50,000 free plugins to choose from while Blogger.com only has around 25. At WordPress.org, you can create your own order page through these plugins. The same would be difficult to do with Blogger.com, you’ll need to do some coding to add extra features to your site.
In terms of adding some personality to your blog, WordPress.org can do a lot for you. You get to have a sense of identity when you make your blog using WordPress.org. For your themes, you only get a few options at Blogger.com. This means, there’s a big chance that your site will look the same with others. But with WordPress.org, you get to choose from thousands of themes! Each can be edited according to how you like it. This allows you to create a more unique look for your online market.
That ends our battle of blogging platforms. WordPress.org wins the title simply because of its user-friendly interface. It has the best plugins and themes for you to develop and build your blog from scratch. You’d be able to mold your website to fit all of your business or marketing needs. Start your business right, and blog about it! Do it with WordPress.org.
Andrew Murray is an online marketer with a knack for explaining complicated marketing strategies that the average person can understand and implement. My mission is to help the little guy (or gal) make a full-time income from home!
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