The International Bloggers Association is a group of bloggers from around the world. We all have a part in helping each other to make our blogs awesome. This is what Let’s Make Your Blog Awesome, A Learning Series for Bloggers is all about.
On May 22nd, I asked our Facebook group “Which blog platform do you use and why? Have you switched platforms in the past? If so, why?” Our first question, “Why did you start blogging?” went over much better. However, I still want to share the insightful responses I received concerning blog platforms.
When you start blogging choosing a blog platform may seem like a big deal. The largest ones are Google’s Blogger and WordPress.org. Most bloggers choose WordPress.org because of the number of themes and plug-ins that it supports. This doesn’t mean that it’s the best, but it is the most popular. I started with Blogger, and now I use WordPress.org. I liked Blogger, but I could not do as much as I wanted to with it. I wanted to be able to have more control over customizing my blog and WordPress.org gave me that control.
Now that you know my blog platform and my reasons for choosing it, let me share what a few others had to say about their blog platforms:
- I perused blogging sites well before I decided to launch the first (of many) of my own. What I noticed was that I could spot a blogger template a mile away no matter how much the site designer attempted to tweak it. What has impressed me so much about WordPress.org is that it is used by some of the most popular websites on the internet. The ability to edit a theme to your own liking as well as ease of use has sold me even further. I only touch Blogger when a client insists on using it. Blogger definitely isn’t as visually appealing as WordPress.org in terms of potential. Marcia via CiaSays
- I use WordPress because it is versatile! Super flexible to be honest. And yes, I used Blogger before. Just too much work so I switched over to WordPress. Reginald via Success Ground
- After blogging on various platforms for years, I made the decision to get self-hosted. I sat down for about a week and did some in-depth research about which platform to use. After reading a lot of material out there, I decided to go with WordPress for its flexibility, customization, and professional approach to the business world. No regrets since. Jonelle via Tyranny of Pink
- I used Blogger initially, then moved to WordPress.com and finally to WordPress.org, self-hosted. WordPress gave me the freedom of look, feel, and functionality I needed. Lynley via The Hone Stone
- I use Blogger – It was set up for me years ago and is ideal for someone with no tech-savvy! It’s easy for me to format and use – I can even do it from my phone! Amy via Allspice & Acrylics
There you have it. Six different people with six different blogs from six different places around the world, and it’s five to one, with WordPress.org coming out the winner. Just know that this post in no way is an advertisement for WordPress.org. It’s just opinions from fellow bloggers to help you decide, “Which blog platform should I choose?”
Which blog platform did you choose? Leave me a comment below, and stay tuned for the next edition of Let’s Make Your Blog Awesome coming July 3rd.
Have a wonderful week wherever you are in the world! Signing off, Tina