Choosing A Blogging Platform

Choosing A Blogging Platform

This is my advice on Choosing A Blogging Platform.

So, you want to start blogging and you don’t know which platform to choose! I have blogged on a few platforms and find that WordPress has worked best for me. This does not mean everyone will have the same experience, but if you have not yet started a blog I would recommend you start blogging on this platform at wordpress.com. WordPress is the most user friendly platform in my opinion.

WordPress allows a completely free package which you can see I am using here. It gives the URL as (yourname).wordpress.com – this is perfect to use from the beginning before you are sure you want to commit yourself to blogging. As it does not cost you any money, there are a few limitations but nothing so major that your blog won’t look good right from the get go. You can choose a theme that suits you, and upload your own header so you can get the feel of your blog straight away.

Once you know that you are serious about blogging, you can map your own domain – I have done this for my blog Lavender and Lime (http://tandysinclair.com). Once you have mapped your own domain, you can remain on the wordpress.com platform but I have migrated to a self hosted blog and am on wordpress.com.

You would pay a nominal amount for the domain, and the .wordpress extension would no longer be applicable. This gives you more freedom in what you can do on my blog and as I consider the cost quite low for the domain mapping, I think it is worth doing.

If you are not 100% happy with the blogging platform you are currently on, and you consider the move worthwhile WordPress allows you to import your blog content – from some platforms this is much easier than from others, so do check it out. I would recommend that you first map your own domain, if you don’t already have your own URL. Once you have done that, let your followers know that your URL has changed. Then, move your blog. It would be a pity to lose your readers so make sure you blog about the move.

If you are happy where you are blogging, and would like to write a guest post about your blogging platform, please send me an email – I would love this blog to be as interactive as possible.

To see more about this topic: choosing a blog name

More on this theme to follow, so do stay tuned in.

I am still having internet issues and it is taking me hours instead of minutes to do a blog post. I will be doing some editing but please bear with me if I do not blog as frequently until this issue is sorted out. 

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22 thoughts on “Choosing A Blogging Platform

  1. I blog frequently and I genuinely appreciate yiur information.
    This great article has really peaked my interest. I am going
    to tawke a note of your website and keep checking
    for new information about once per week. I
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    1. Thank you Jared for subscribing to my feed 🙂

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  2. I have tried a few and I agree with you.
    Wordpress rocks!

    I’m sorry to hear that you are having internet problems.
    Tokeloshe sharing the blog ♥ RetroMy Profile

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    1. It seems the whole Helderberg Basin is having problems and it is driving me scatty 🙂

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  3. I’ve loved WordPress so far. No complaints!
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    1. me either yummychunlet 🙂

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  4. I’ve really be enjoying the freedom that wordpress affords you and am happy with it right now…great post!
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    1. thank you Squishy 🙂

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  5. I’m very happy with WP…I’ve been interested in how you have made the change from WP.com to WP.org.
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    1. I will blog that next in the series, when I have edited it 🙂

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  6. Great analysis of WordPress Tandy. I really like using it as a platform. It is so intuitive to use and WP.org is incredibly customizable, with a little bit of a learning curve.
    Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere sharing the blog ♥ Vanilla Caramel SauceMy Profile

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    1. and I am enjoying the learning curve most days 🙂

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  7. A great & well written post, dear Tandy!

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    1. thank you Sophie 🙂

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  8. Great post Tandy. I bought my own domain name from the get-go but am still hosted on WordPress. I would like to move to a self-hosted blog because whilst I love a lot of things about WordPress hosting, the lack of plug-ins etc. you can use frustrates me now I have been blogging a while. I am still a bit confused as to the difference between the two types of blogs and what self-hosting involves so I would be interested to know if you have any hints and tips for moving to a self-hosted blog?
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    1. I am going to blog more about this soon and hopefully that will answer some of your questions. However, it you need any specific help please email me with your questions and I will answer them with pleasure 🙂

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  9. I’ve had blogger since the beginning and while I’ve never had any problems, if I could go back I would start with wordpress. You have much more control over your site with it and it has much more functionality!
    Joanne sharing the blog ♥ Recipe: Poached Eggs in Curried Tomato SauceMy Profile

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    1. I tried blogger for 3 posts and it drove me scatty 🙂

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  10. You are fantastic in helping people to start blogging my friend 🙂

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru
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    1. thank you Uru 🙂

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  11. So good of you to put these posts together Tandy.
    The only thing I don’t like since you migrated over is that when you reply to my comments I don’t get notifications any more unless I subscribe to follow-up comments.
    🙂 Mandy
    Mandy – The Complete Cook Book sharing the blog ♥ In My Kitchen – December 2012My Profile

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    1. HI Mandy, do you work on Google Chrome? If yes, you can add the wordpress extension and then it will notify you of replies to all wordpress blogs you comment on 🙂

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