Hello readers! Today I wanted to talk about WordPress and all its advantages. If you are a follower of my lifestyle blog, you can tell that some these posts are taken from there, but I am hoping to transition to writing for this one mostly. I have been blogging on and off for decades. When most 12 year olds were going to the mall via mini-van, I was at home pouring over tutorials on web design. I actually begged my parents to buy me a Homestead account instead of platform shoes…or whatever was cool at the time. Homestead was easy to use, but over the time things changed. I tried everything. Live Journal, Wix, Weebly, Geocities, etc etc. They all failed miserably. I finally found WordPress and it was an immediate life saver. I started off using just the free platform and then recently made the switch to self hosted with the help of my husband( a former Go Daddy employee).
I know many teacher bloggers use Blogger, and while they are easy to use, I feel like they all look the same. I love how easy it is to customize EVERYTHING on WordPress. Plus, apparently Google owns Blogger content, so if Blogger shuts down or decides to pull your content…say good bye to your blog! WordPress is all yours…so no risk of ever losing your baby. Think ahead…as someone who has blogged on MULTIPLE platforms, I have seen how quickly blogging platforms can become defunct.
“One huge reason to buy your own domain is for ownership of the content. Even though on Blogspot blogs or free WordPress blogs you can write whatever you want you really don’t own the content. Blogger, WordPress, or Tumblr can pull your content or delete your blog whenever they want. You didn’t pay to use their services and anytime you have a Blogspot.com or WordPress.com blog they are in control of the future of your blog. Imagine having 500 posts written and one day finding out that WordPress or Blogspot or Tumblr decided to remove your whole blog for whatever reason. Legally it is in there right. If you own your own domain this issue will never happen to you. Even if you only write for fun you probably have become pretty attached to your blog, so buy the domain and the hosting.” – The SiteGirls
There are so many reasons why WordPress is basically one of the best blogging platforms out there.
The support forums are awesome. Usually people reply quickly to anything you may need help with.
It allows you to dabble and learn(IF YOU WANT) HTML and CSS. I got this theme for free and customized it fully. HTML is an amazing thing to learn and allows you to customize your blog…AND your Teachers Pay Teachers Profile!
As I said before, YOU own the content.
And finally, my favorite thing about WordPress is the Plugins! I was going to write a separate post for them, but heck, I love them so much and want to share which ones are awesome TODAY!
Coming Soon and Maintenance Mode by Seedpro – There is nothing worse than going on a blog and seeing the blogger making changes over and over because they didn’t put it in maintenance mode. This also goes for new blogs that have the domain and all that, just no content. I would rather see a coming soon sign then go to a blog with nothing on it yet.
Disqus Comment System – When I first started this blog I knew I didn’t really want the normal comment system included with WordPress. I tried a bunch of other comment systems and loved Disqus. It is easy to use and readers create across the board profiles that let you know their blog. I always have trouble leaving comments on blogger platform blogs, unless they have Disqus. It also notifies you when you receive a new comment. Love it!
jQuery Pin It Button for Images– Everybody knows about Pinterest. Love it or hate it, it’s here to stay. There are a billion and one plugins for Pinterest pin it buttons, but this one allows you to use your own! This gives your blog a more uniform feel, instead of just having the standard pin it button.
WordPress SEO by Yoast– SEO is still a mystery to me. I have no clue if I am doing it right, or if my keywords are actually good. This plugin does help take away some of the mystery. By plugging in your title, keywords, and all that and it basically lets your know if your SEO is good to go. I love putting in keywords and trying to make the SEO check turn green!
Instagram Feed- This is a new one and I love it. I had someone complain about “a naughty word” on my feed, but honestly don’t care. Basically you customize how many photos you want to show from your Instagram and can even customize the follow me button to match your blog more!
JetPack by Wordpress-Wordpress is other self hosted…or not. (More on that on another post). Jetpacks gives WordPress.org (self hosted) users access to other powerful tools usually only for WordPress.com(non self hosted) users.
Updraft- Between my husband and I, we have about 5-6 WordPress blogs that have severed different purposes. He found this one recently and it was a LIFESAVER when I was redoing my blog. It is a quick backup system that saves your blog and everything, so any oopsies you make, won’t totally murder your blog. Trust me, if you are editing and customizing your blog with CSS and all that, this is a lifesaver. I made several “Oh sh*t mistakes” when redoing my blog and thought all was lost. This plugin literally saved me.
What are your thoughts on WordPress vs. Blogger? Why do you prefer one over the other?