Why choose WordPress for your Niche Blog

Millions of niche bloggers, and most successful companies including some Fortune 100 companies use WordPress daily. But why choose WordPress for YOUR blog?

Why choose WordPress for your Niche Blog?


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If you search for a blogging platform, many options will come up, as we discussed in Choosing the Best Blogging Platform. It doesn’t take very long, however, before you see one being very popular: WordPress. But why choose WordPress for your Niche Blog? Why is it so popular? In this article we will discuss the many advantages of building your niche blog using WordPress.

Easy to Setup


One very important factor when creating a niche blog is how easy the initial setup is. The good news with WordPress is that most web hosts offer a very simple installation wizard for WordPress which asks a few questions such as the name of your Niche Blog, let you choose a username and password, and in general get you started within 5 minutes, most of which is spent watching a status bar on your screen. If you want customize your look and feel with one of millions of themes available, you can get started in as little as 15-30 minutes and already have a very respectable niche blog to begin with. All that being done with absolutely no coding and no programming.

Easy to Write your Posts


Setting up your niche blog is one thing, but one of the most important things about your Content Management System (CMS) is how easy it is to create posts. With WordPress, as soon as I have an idea, I just log on to my blog, click new post, and start writing. Using a very simple interface, you can format your text quickly and easily so you can focus on creating great content and let WordPress take care of the complicated technical stuff. And more importantly, it means that I can save a draft with my ideas before I forget about them. Back in the olde days when I had to manually code everything, I needed pages and pages of written notes because my programming skills could not keep up with my ideas.

Optimized for Search Engine Optimization (SEO)


A great advantage with WordPress is how it was designed from the ground up with Search Engine Optimization in mind. Good SEO will help your niche blog rank higher in search engines so viewers can find your niche blog easier. It’s definitely not the only way to get traffic to your niche blog, but it certainly is one of the best and cheapest. If you add a SEO plugin such as Yoast SEO, it can take you 5-15 minutes per post to do some Search Optimization and help viewers find your post. Yoast SEO is such an important component that it’ll deserve it’s own post down the road. But back to WordPress for now.

Millions of Themes and Plugins


WordPress themes allow you to customize the way your website look in minutes. Because of the way it is built, your posts are kept from one theme to the next, so you can try out as many themes as you like without having to rewrite your content. There are also a myriad of Plugins available to help you manage your website. Interested in having statistics for your website? With a few clicks, you can have a statistics plugin up and ready. Want to add an event calendar with the option of selling tickets online? Again with a few clicks you can get everything ready. It is truly amazing how many things you can do with plugins without having to learn programming. A few you have to pay for, but there’s quite a cornucopia of free plugins available also.

Responsive Websites


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In this day and age where Mobile devices are gaining an impressive market share of the browsing experience, having a website which looks great on a computer, tablet, and cell phone is very important. Luckily WordPress offers many themes which are built to be responsive, so you are good to go out of the box. Not all themes are responsive, so I do recommend you check for responsive ones to give the best experience to all your users, no matter which device they use.

Security


Security is another important aspect. It’s important to keep your content secure so only you and those you allow to can make changes or post new content to your niche blog. It’s also important to keep spammers and bots off your site so everyone can enjoy the comments section without having to read thousands of spams. The good news once again is that WordPress has you covered in terms of security. No server is ever 100% secure, but WordPress strives to be as close to possible to that mark. It is used by most of the Fortune 100 companies, and has kept their data safe.

So Who Uses WordPress?


WordPress is such a flexible tool that it is being used by various types of niche blogs and websites. From Universities and Colleges to Fortune 100 companies, without forgetting millions of niche blogs. WordPress has a very strong following and one of the best communities in existence. If you stumble upon an issue, there are a plethora of websites available to help you out. There are millions of people devoting their spare time in helping others achieve success with their Niche Blog.

It’s Free!!!


Notice how I put this header last? That’s because while WordPress is free, even if it weren’t, it would still be my favourite CMS because of the many reasons listed before. The fact that it’s free is a great bonus, a bonus which makes it easily accessible to anyone and everyone, and lets you have a great no-compromise solution for your niche blogging needs.

Choosing the Best Blogging Platform

Choosing the Best Blogging Platform

Choosing the best blogging platform may sound like a daunting task if you’re just starting out, but here’s some tips on the advantages of some of the most famous blogging platforms. So what’s a blogging platform? It’s basically the infrastructure you will use to write in your blog. You can still do it the old-fashioned way and code every page manually yourself, one of the options we will discuss (although most likely not the best in this day and age), or you can use a platform such as WordPress which makes it much easier to manage your niche blog and write posts. That way you can focus on the writing, and let your platform do the hard work for you.

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Is There Even Such a Thing as a Best Blogging Platform?

As with most other things, the “best” is very relative. What’s best for one site is not necessarily what’s best for another site. So choosing the best blogging platform is about finding the one which is best for the particular blog you will be writing. A great blogging platform can save you a lot of time, and a lot of headaches. On the other hand, a platform which isn’t the best fit for you might make the whole blogging experience much less enjoyable than it could be. So without further ado, lets examine some of the most popular blogging platforms.

Coding the Website Manually

If we were still in the 1990s or early 2000s, I would hands down recommend this method. The reason is simple: there were not any worthy alternatives yet, and with most Internet viewers using a 56K MODEM or slower, you had to be very efficient in terms of how small each page would be, and optimize every byte. If you didn’t, you could quickly end up with a page with a loading time of many minutes. Thankfully, for the most part, those days are long gone, and we can focus more on the user experience and having a website which looks great. Not to say that loading times still aren’t important, but it’s more a factor of the quality of the server you use than of your programming.

Manually coded websites are probably best if your website is very static. If it doesn’t change too often, and if you don’t plan on adding more content more than once or twice a year, it could be worth looking into, especially if it’s a single-page site or something else equally simple. On the other hand, ultra complex sites could also be worth manually coding to give you the most flexibility.

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Advantages of a Manual Website

  • Ultimate control on the design, functionality, and features of the site.

Disadvantages of a Manual Website

  • Requires a lot of time and knowledge.
  • A lot more work to do Search Engine Optimization.
  • Every addition to the website takes a lot of time.
  • You are responsible for being up-to-date on website security to prevent hacking.

Free Blog Hosting Services

Free blog hosting services are on the other extreme. They manage the servers and the software for you. All you need to do is to create a blog and start writing. Some offer some customizations for free, but most are very limited in which themes you can install and which plugins you can add. A few will let you make revenue from your blog, by putting advertisements with Google AdSense, for example, while others will put their own advertisements. Some will offer customizations at a charge.

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Advantages of Free Blog Hosting Services

  • It’s free! While some charge extra fees for services such as removing adds, or having your own domain, the basic service is free, which means your only investment will be your time. Depending how much time you have available, this could be a great place to start.
  • You don’t need to be an expert programmer, most of the hard work is done by the hosting company.

Disadvantages of Free Blog Hosting Services

  • Some of the better, more useful plugins are not available.
  • Not as many customization options as hosting your own blog.
  • While the content is theoretically yours, you’re always at the mercy of the Free Blogging Host and their policy changes.

Hosting Your Own Blog on a Web Host – RECOMMENDED

The option I usually recommend for most users is to use a web host to host your own blog. Personally, all my current blogs are run using WordPress hosted at Inmotion Hosting. Using a web host to host my own WordPress means I can customize the site and the WordPress installation as much as I want to. It gives me access to a panoply of plugins and themes, and if my host doesn’t already have them, I can add them myself. The web host takes care of keeping the server running, so I don’t have to worry about operating system updates, security patches, etc. But at the same time they offer very similar flexibility to running your own server yourself.

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Advantages of Hosting Your Own Blog on a Web Host

  • Best of both worlds: let your web host manage your server, while retaining creative control on your server.
  • New platforms such as WordPress are quick and easy to install, are easy to learn, yet offer plenty of options for an expert to mold it the way they want.
  • WordPress is designed to make Search Engine Optimization easy.
  • Access to all themes and plugins, most available for free.
  • Ownership of your content.
  • Some starter packages can be very affordable, in the 5-10$ per month range.

Disadvantages of Hosting Your Own Blog on a Web Host

  • Although many web hosts will provide you tutorials, you will need to learn some technical knowledge to register your domain, get WordPress installed, and customize your website.
  • The support communities for hosting your web hosts are not as abundant as for free hosting sites.
  • Unless you’re technically-minded, you may need to hire an expert to get things started or if something breaks down.