Why Use WordPress?

There is a wide range of ideas and opinions about the best blogging platform, but WordPress is the most used platform available.

If you are looking for versatility and ease of use then WordPress could be the best solution for you and your blog.  There are literally thousands of free tools to help you to set up your WordPress blog and make it look as you would like it to, ranging from free themes and templates, to really useful plugins that can do anything from helping to make your site more visable to the search engines, to making your blog more secure for you.

Plugins are so very easy to use.  You simply download the plugin from the site it is listed on, and upload it to your plugins directory.  You can do this in your WordPress admin panel as a zipped file, or you can unzip it and upload using your ftp client.

There is a wide range of ideas and opinions about which are the most effective plugins to use on your WordPress blog.  At the end of the day it is up to you, the owner, to decide which plugins you want to have activated, but primarily it is essential to activate Akismet to prevent your blog getting masses of spam comments, as these often contain links to ‘unsavoury’ sites!

You should also choose a good quality SEO (search engine optimisation) plugin, and it is always a good idea to have a link cloaking plug in on your blog.  A social bookmarking plugin is another essential if you want more traffic as this allows your visitors to link your post to their own social network to encourage more viewers for you.

There are a number of sites that recommend the combination of plugins you should use, but it really is up to you to discover which work best for your particular business model.

So the main reason you should use WordPress is ease of use, but alongside that is the vast array of helpful tools you can obtain free of charge for your WordPress blog.

16 Comments

  • Insa

    Reply Reply March 11, 2011

    Thank you for spending some time to describe the terminlogy for the learners!

    • mandy

      Reply Reply March 11, 2011

      No problem, do come back for more!

      Mandy

  • Bill Murney

    Reply Reply March 11, 2011

    Great advice for the newbies Mandy, also for the not so new!

    Bill
    Ashton-under-Lyne, UK

    • mandy

      Reply Reply March 11, 2011

      Hi Bill, thanks for visiting. Yes, there are compelling reasons for choosing WordPress, aren’t there.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Justin Dupre

    Reply Reply March 15, 2011

    WordPress is a great and friendly platform to use for blogging and etc. The plugins and SEO are just too awesome!

    • mandy

      Reply Reply March 15, 2011

      Hi Justin, thanks for visiting. I agree, it really is a great platform to work with, easy to use and loads of really cool add ons.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Sheila Atwood

    Reply Reply March 15, 2011

    Mandy,

    You are right. Plugins are a great reason to use WordPress. You can go from the basics you have listed here to just about anything you want a WordPress site to do.

    It is fun huh?

    • mandy

      Reply Reply March 15, 2011

      Hi Sheila, thanks for visiting. Yes, there is so much more choice than these basic start up plugins, such an easy way to customise your WordPress site.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Robert Corrigan

    Reply Reply March 15, 2011

    Hi Mandy,

    I have used some of the free blogs available and they do produce really decent blogs and can be customised. But for shear versitility it’s WordPress every time It is amazing that starting from basics that so many WordPress blogs can look and feel so different as you point out.

    Cheers
    Rob

    • mandy

      Reply Reply March 15, 2011

      Hi Rob, thanks for visiting. Yes, I started with a Blogger blog and it was where I ‘tested the water’. What a marvellous discovery WordPress was after that, as you say the versatility and ability to customise your space is brilliant.

      Enjoy the journey

      Mandy

  • Hi Mandy:

    Plug ins seems to be the hot topic. Everyone is talking about it. I just finished writing about it, Sheila as you know has a current post on the same subject. Now I got the chance to read your post.

    These plug ins work so well too and it is good tool to make money too.

    Blogging world is getting bigger by the day

    Make it great for yourself

    Fran A

    • mandy

      Reply Reply March 21, 2011

      Hi Fran, thanks for visiting. I just got a product setting out a list of ‘suggested’ plug ins, which is why I decided to write about them. I do think it is down to personal preference and what you find easiest to use, but it’s always great to have an idea of what to look for.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Barry Wells
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    Reply Reply March 21, 2011

    Hi Mandy, have you been looking over my shoulder? I’ve just submitted an article on wordpress plugins 😆

    Before starting my blog i was very aware of the different platforms to use and to be honest with you I spent far to long thinking about it…….but I did make the decision and went with wordpress.

    I think wordpress is great, free themes, plugins, guides…… you name it and they have it covered.

    Catch up again soon Mandy, I’ll try not to leave it so long next time 😉

    Barry

    • mandy

      Reply Reply March 21, 2011

      Hi Barry, thanks for visiting. No, I wasn;t looking over your shoulder, but isn’t it funny how we all think alike! I love WordPress and it’s so much better than the free blog I used before.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Eamon

    Reply Reply April 4, 2011

    Hi Mandy,

    Where would we be without the plug ins 🙂 I have to say you are spot on with using wordpress in my eyes, they just leave things flowing a whole lot easier for you.

    You’re also bang on Q…when you mentioned the first thing you should in-stall as a first plug in is “Akismet,” it certainly clears out all the rubbish, that would be heading to your comments file if you hadn’t got it…

    I wrote a post about 10 plug ins I use, a couple of months back, since then I’ve added a few more to my list, although I havn’t updated the post…you just reminded me of that, so I might just look into it 🙂

    Great post Mandy.

    Eamon

    • mandy

      Reply Reply April 4, 2011

      Hi Eamon, thanks for visiting. I have a few favourite plug ins but I think they are personal things really. I’ll check out your post, I might find another I’d like to use!

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

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