10 Reasons Why I Use WordPress

[This is part of the Blogging Foundations Starter Kit Series.]

WordPress!

I’ve tried at least 50 different blogging platforms and software in my lifetime and all of them have various different merits to them. In fact, I feel better about my ultimate choice because I spent the time to try them out!

And just as a sidenote, if you’re having a hard time choosing the right blogging software to use, here are a few ideas on how you should be determine the right blogging platform for you.

But, this is where I’ve ultimately landed and 10 reasons why:

I seriously love this application!

WordPress is My Homeboy

WordPress is an amazing piece of blogging software because it simply does blogging well. But more importantly it has all of the features that I need to be successful in what I do. Here are just a few points that I’d encourage you to consider:

  1. It’s free. WordPress.com and WordPress.org (although the latter requires hosting which costs money). If you want a 10 point breakdown of differences, review this post here!
  2. Designer and developer-friendly. In other words, it’s flexible. As a developer and designer I can do anything I want with it and even change it up to not look like a blog at all!
  3. It’s multimedia-ready. I can do anything from just plain text to images to video and more.
  4. The navigation and administration panel is intuitive. Sure, I’ve used it for years but when I help other people decide they come back and tell me how easy it is to get started.
  5. Search Engines loves WordPress. What this means is that WordPress is Search Engine Optimization-friendly and your site will be indexed faster (show up faster on search engines) than other blog platforms. This is a very good thing.
  6. It’s customizable. This is important since I need to be able to customize it to my particular needs, especially the ones that are required of a Full Time Blogger (Hint: Advertising and making money as a TentBlogger).
  7. It’s open source. This means more to me from a community perspective than a cost perspective. The community is active, passionate, and engaged. This ultimately means the product will continue to evolve and get better. I’m down with that.
  8. One word: Themes. It enables me to build amazing WordPress Themes, like Standard Theme that enable myself and others to get the most out of a blog and blogging possible.
  9. Easy to get started. Seriously.  Sign up in minutes and start blogging via WordPress.com. I love hearing about people who have never blogged find WordPress incredibly easy to use and get started!
  10. Proven success. Ultimately I’ve used it and it’s given me incredible success as a blogger, a businessman, and an entrepreneur. I mean, I make a living thanks to WordPress! I have nothing but gratitude for WordPress and the community at large!

And that’s why I have chosen WordPress to be my blogging platform of choice among hundreds of other options. If you need some other reasons from respected WordPress designers and developers in the community, check out this post here.

Don’t know the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org? Check out this post here!

Finally, if you need to take one step back and determine what elements you need for the right blogging software and platform, take a look at this post here.

What about you? Do you agree?

[This is part of the Blogging Foundations Starter Kit Series.]

  • http://www.kyletroop.com Kyle

    I totally agree! WordPress has been so good to blog, build sites and promote music. It’s so easy. And as a CMS, clients love being able to control their site.

    • John Saddington

      sweet! definitely for clients sites, it works great.

      • http://WWW.Wugol.com Martin Wugol Manyiel

        Yes am very happy to join the blogger world period.

  • http://www.geekforhim.com Geek for Him

    A great list. 10 of the reasons why I use it. It is so easy to do even on your own hosting. Upload files do install.php and bam you have a blog!

    • John Saddington

      they have made the installation process so easy. i love it!

  • Brian Notess

    I also -heart- WordPress.

    My only frustration has been trying to do formatting and layout through the browser UI, I know there are some third party tools that can help with that.

    I’ve been using it for over two years, mostly to manage content for other people, and I’ve seen continued improvement with every new version.

    WordPress is Ninja-Awesome.

    • John Saddington

      they are going to improve that, just you watch….

  • http://www.jarederickson.com Jared Erickson

    I <3 WordPress. I've tried moving on to more "CMS" setups.. but always come back to WP..

    • John Saddington

      because you’re awesome. ;)

  • http://www.ministrystory.com/ David Tonen

    I agree whole-heartedly. I did all the research on platforms 3 years ago and have tested new ones as they have come along. WordPress delivers the very best on all levels. I always say to new users – if you can use MS Word…you can easily use WordPress. It puts the control of their content firmly and easily in their hands!

    • John Saddington

      haha! i’ve used that line too! if you can use a word doc then you can publish with WordPress!

  • http://www.dewittrobinson.com Dewitt Robinson

    John,

    Thanks for your team’s efforts with Standard Theme. It’s been a tremendous help! The community for theme is very supportive.

    • http://stephenbateman.com Stephen Bateman

      Community is another big reason to use WP.

      If you google almost any question about WP design/development/plugins there is almost always a detailed answer.

      And there are a lot of smart people doing development and making it better!

      • John Saddington

        definitely. that’s why i included it!

    • John Saddington

      sure thing dewitt!

  • http://nwbingham.com Nathan W. Bingham

    WordPress is great! I made a switch away from WordPress a while ago to give Posterous a try. Big mistake. Really opened my eyes to how flexible and amazing WordPress is. I’m back and won’t be leaving in a hurry. Still looking for a theme. Might give Standard a go.

    • John Saddington

      thanks nathan! let me know if you have any questions about it!

  • Craig Allen

    Using a CMS is great for managing content, and WordPress does it better than anyone else, in my opinion.

    But the problem with creating an “anyone can use it” system is that people that really have no eye for design think they can put a website up by themselves, and end up making a disastrous site with random widgets and no consistent design. So I think it’s a double edged sword.

    As a designer/developer, it saves me tons of time because I use it as a tool instead of a solution by itself. I use WordPress as a platform to build sites on because it makes maintenance and upkeep simple and efficient, whether that is my responsibility or if I am handing it off to someone else.

    • John Saddington

      good point here craig. education is so important for your clients.

  • http://www.randykinnick.wordpress.com Randy Kinnick

    Beyond Myspace and Facebook, I only have experience with WordPress. Having no experience or knowledge of coding, I find WordPress very user-friendly and intuitive. I am looking forward to self-hosting and using Standard Theme for my continuing development of my blogging endeavors. Thanks, John, for your continued sharing of expertise and encouragement!

    • John Saddington

      sure thing randy! you’re a huge and active part of this community!

  • Brian Stankich

    I’m going to check it out. The features seem better than blogspot.

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      of course! it’s the best!

  • http://alwainburgess.com Alwain

    have been using working since 2006 and I love it. I was just developing my new site when i discover the true power of the gallery and attachment page. Check out Gallery_Shortcode on the WordPress codex page if your interested.

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      awesome! is this done yet?

  • http://www.LookingTowardsHome.com Neil @ Looking Towards Home

    If it wasn’t for WordPress, I don’t think I would ever have my own pages on the interweb!

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      i don’t think you’re alone here…!

  • http://www.productivity-toolkit.com Christian Hofer

    I just started reading your Blog and I really appreciate the tips that you are giving. I don’t have to much experience on other Blogging platforms but I found the learning curve with WP quite steep (and I am still not done). There are things that are probably obvious to all of you when you know a bit of coding that where initially totally cryptic to me (difference between pages and categories tripped me up as well as widgets vs. plugins). I would appreciate some tips on the following:
    1) Where do you get the pictures for your Blog from? I’d like to include some in mine without expensive stock photography. I search on the internet but was not impresses by what I saw.
    2) Could you let me know some of the widgets that you are using? – I really like the floating social bar on the left.
    Again, thanks for all of the helpful stuff!

  • http://shannpf1977.blogspot.com/ Shannon’s Tales of Motherhood

    Nice post! I love your tips!
    I have a question, if I switched over to wordpress from blogger will I loose all of my content such as my posts, buttons, social gadgets and my template?

    These may be simple questions to many but I’m learning. lol..

    Thanks again,
    Shannon

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      nope! you won’t lose content… but the design will change.