WordPress started in 2003 and for ten years it has grown to be the largest self-hosted blogging tool in the world. It is used on millions of sites and seen by tens of millions of people everyday. WordPress and Google’s Blogger are among the top blogging platforms but WordPress is more used because of its advantages over Blogger.
Here are three advantages of a self-hosted WordPress website over Blogger site:
WordPress is available as open source blogging software through WordPress.org (although most hosting companies have a one-click installation script). A self-hosted WordPress site allows an individual or a company to create their own website by installing WordPress on their domain which allow full control on every aspect of the blog. Paying for the hosting service gives you maximum flexibility and customization, among other key features.
WordPress data is stored in an open XML format and allows data to be transferred to other WordPress blogs or different content management systems. Unlike Blogger, template customizations and coding in WordPress can be backed up. If you need to change your template, you don’t need to start from scratch.
There is an extensive range of plugins available for WordPress which add useful or fun functionality to your website. With a built-in plugin network, WordPress plugins are easy to install and find with more than 24,000 to choose from.
Sifting through 24,000 plugins isn’t quite feasible so here are some of the best WordPress plugins:
- Akismet – It checks your “Comments” section to see if the comments look like spam or not. All new WordPress application include this by default, you just need to activate it.
- WordPress SEO – It allows you to give your page an SEO-friendly title, homepage description, and keywords.
- Contact Form 7 – Contact Form 7 can manage multiple contact forms and allows full customize suit your needs.
- NextGEN Gallery – NextGen Gallery is a popular photo slideshow plugin allowing you to publish photos in an elegant way.
You can easily create a proper website architecture for SEO. WordPress posts and pages can be categorized using categories and tags. Linking between posts and pages can easily be done in WordPress. By default, WordPress blogs are optimized for search providers such as Google, Yahoo! and Bing.
WordPress comes with a self-ping feature that sends ping to several search engines, blog directories, and RSS feed sites every time you update your blog. Whenever you write a post or add content to your website, WordPress automatically pings and calls search engines to visit your website. You can also use plug-ins to widen the extent of your website’s reach.
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