10 Reasons Why I Use WordPress

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


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.]