Posted on January 31, 2017

The Complete Guide To WordPress // Why use WordPress?

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Welcome to The Complete Guide To WordPress – this is the first instalment of weekly posts.

This course is designed to guide you through how to set up, host, customise and use WordPress for your blog.

You might be wondering what makes WordPress so good. Well, here are 9 reasons why you should consider moving to WordPress.

why should i blog on wordpress?

WordPress is easy to set up, manage and update.

You don’t need to be a website designer to start a WordPress blog – with one click install and one click updates, you can easily set up and manage your site on your own.

Thousands of themes.

WordPress has thousands of themes to choose from for absolutely free. You can also buy many stunning themes all around the web, or have custom ones made.

Plugins.

Plugins are one of the best features of WordPress. With thousands upon thousands to play with, all for free, you can get ones to help manage your content, change fonts, improve SEO, related posts, check broken links and more.

Search engine friendly.

By design, WordPress is written using standard compliance high-quality code and produces semantic mark up  (I don’t know what that means, but it sounds impressive, huh?) which is attractive to search engines. On top of that, there are plugins that help your blog to become even more search engine friendly.

Mobile web friendly.

WordPress themes are mobile responsive, meaning your site will look great on mobile as well as desktop – very important in 2017 when more people are reading blogs on their phones or tablets rather than their computer.

It supports different media.

You can cut and paste the URL of a YouTube video, Instagram pic, Tweets and Soundcloud audio and it will automatically embed into the post – so it’s very easy to share media on your blog.

It’s not just for blogs.

WordPress doesn’t have to just be for bloggers – but you can use it for a other things, too, such as:

  • An eCommerce website.
  • A Blog.
  • A Video.
  • A Service/Appointment Booking Website.
  • A Photography Website.
  • A Directory Website.
  • A Classified Ads Listing Website.
  • A Membership Website.
  • A Question Answer Forum.
  • A Knowledgebase.

Large WordPress community for troubleshooting.

WordPress has a support forum that has millions of questions and answers so you can search through previous questions or add your own if you come across a problem.

WordPress is secure.

23% of websites are run off WordPress – this means hackers are often trying to find ways to hack it. But fear not, regular updates keep WordPress safe and secure – remember to keep your plugins and version of WordPress up to date to avoid hackers.

Tune in next week to see what hosting packages you can get for your blog.

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12 Comments

  • Reply Sarah January 31, 2017 at 7:20 am

    The plugins really appeal to me, if there’s something that can help do the hard work for you how could you turn your nose up at that?

    Sarah 🙂
    Saloca in Wonderland
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  • Reply Darina January 31, 2017 at 8:30 am

    Last year I transferred my blog from Blogger to WordPress and I am so happy with that decision! I really love all the possibilities of WP. Looking forward to read more about it!
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  • Reply Candice January 31, 2017 at 8:44 am

    I have been using WordPress now for about 2 years and its amazing! it does take some times to get use to but I’ve been enjoying it

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

  • Reply KizzyDoll January 31, 2017 at 9:56 am

    These are great. I was on wordpress when I first started blogging. Should have stayed on it really, but thats ok. Great post x
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  • Reply Jessica January 31, 2017 at 10:33 am

    I’ve been using WordPress for so long now, I could never go back. I had my first blog on Blogger I think but it didn’t last long. WordPress will always be my favorite! x

    Jessica — NinetyCo 
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  • Reply Lucy January 31, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    Great post. I really need to get myself on WordPress. I had an awful week with blogger and some Pratt doing the dirty on my blogger badges. All sorted now but has made up my mind that I need out Lucy x
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  • Reply Matea January 31, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    I really need to escape to WordPress from Blogger instead of constantly postponing it because of some silly fears I have only in my head 🙂
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  • Reply Holly Shannon January 31, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    I’ve never used anything else. Oh no, I tell a lie, I signed up for a Blogger account and hated it after 2 minutes so I created a WordPress account and never looked back!! I love the plugins!! 🙂 xx

  • Reply Rowena @ rolala loves January 31, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    I keep saying I will make the switch… and I will get to it eventually. Thanks for this!
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  • Reply Jenny January 31, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    I transferred to WordPress a few months ago and I’m really enjoying using it. I feel I’ve got more freedom to personalise things than when I was using blogger x
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  • Reply kate sullivan February 1, 2017 at 7:22 am

    Ii really want to move to WordPress but I’m so worried hat I’ll mess everything up. Do you have a Blogger to WordPress guide? x

  • Reply The Sunday Mode March 8, 2017 at 8:48 am

    I keep hearing about the wonders of WordPress and I think I’d eventually like to swap my blog over to WordPress, but I feel like I’d love someone to help me make the switch because I have a feeling that if I do it alone I’ll screw some things up and end up with a jumble of a blog…

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

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