Overall Satisfaction with WordPress
My media company wanted to start a blog, and WordPress is currently one of the gold standards in blog writing. It has a variety of tools to both build the look and usability of a blog, but also ways to edit content to maximize search engine results and optimization. The learning curve is very steep (for me at least) but it is a very established program which means there's tons of instructional content online such as videos and how-to's
- Built in search engine optimization makes it easy to maximize the chances your content shows up in people's searches
- There are very substantial design tools to ensure the blog you are designing is stylish while still being very user-friendly
- It is a very widely used program, and is updated often. These updates are automatic and ensure your website is constantly compatible with current internet technology
- There is almost too many options, and built in tutorials are insufficient. 3rd party videos and walk throughs are almost unavoidable
- The page design tools sometimes fight each other. More drag and drop features that interact with each other would be better
- The ability to type a blog in Microsoft Word and then drop it into WordPress, and then have WordPress evaluate and format the document would be nice. I'm almost certain it has this function already, but I spent 3 days trying to make it work to no avail, which means the program is not easy enough.
- Unfortunately the steep barrier to entry via complicated interface turned us off of the blog idea altogether.
- The program was the right choice for our blog needs, no regrets on choosing this over the competition
- In trying to figure out the program, our coding abilities developed further.
I chose WordPress over the competition after copious research into the best blog software options. WordPress was consistently praised for it's SEO abilities, it's ease of use, and the wealth of add-ons and plug-ins that can expand it's functionality. It was easy to download, and the tutorials online are plentiful, albeit for a novice it can be very overwhelming.
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If you are wanting to start a blog and want it to look professional, maximize your search optimization, and potentially develop a passive source of income, WordPress is a great option. Just be patient because it takes a lot of time to learn, and sometimes you have to start with a preset and then bend it into what you want it to look like, as oppose to creating it from scratch.