How to choose a blogging platform? 8 Great Tips to Help You Choose!

by Fransic verso
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How to choose a blogging platform

Hello and welcome back to my blog. Today I’m back with another blogging post. It’s been a while since I posted something about this niche. I would like to share with you some great tips to help you how to choose a blogging platform.

If you are a fresh blogger, this is something you should know. And if you are just deciding to start blogging. Well, I’ve got really good things that can help. I’m going to talk about why this is a very important step for anyone who wants to blog.

There are some points bloggers should know about this. So, I will try my best to share as much as possible with you guys. And if you find it helpful, I would appreciate it if you can share it with others as well.

How to choose a blogging platform?

Let’s talk a bit about platforms and blogging before we jump to the tips. Because there are some things that I want to mention to you guys. Well, I would assume that everyone knows about the blogging platforms’ examples.

However, it’s not all the platforms, that work best for you. In this post, we will talk about something that you need to do before choosing any blogging platform for the blog.

And it’s a very important step to go through it. Keep reading to know more about it below.

One thing you should know before and after you start blogging. Choosing a platform is important unless you are limited.

List of reasons why it’s very important to choose the right platform:

  • It will be the place where you work and you need to feel comfortable
  • Make sure that it’s aligned with what you want
  • Because it will help you to make things easy
  • Give you everything needed for your blogging tasks

I just mentioned some of the reasons why it’s very important. However, I’m sure there are a lot more than this list.

Beginners might not understand this because they don’t know what’s waiting ahead for them. And that was me in the past when I started blogging.

Well, what I will mention below are some of the main important steps to take when you want to start blogging.

Write content and build your blog. Sometimes you can ensure you have one or two, but usually, it should be all the list below.

You can find a guide on the internet to help you with that. But it’s not going to be better compared to what is on the list below.

Because I’m not giving choices and I want to choose the best blogging platform. Although you can find popular blogging platforms on the internet.

Determine your purpose and goals for blogging

Believe it or not, choosing a platform can be a choice or something you need. And if you want to choose the best one, make sure to determine the purpose and goals for blogging.

For example, why do you want to blog? What are you planning to achieve from blogging?

Sometimes people want to start blogging for fun. And that means you can work with any platform.

Others have specific plans and need to be careful with choosing the right blogging workspace. Because wherever you will work, it will be your workplace.

This works the same with your goals. Some blogging platforms won’t be the best for you when you can’t do something that helps to achieve whatever is on your goals list.

Therefore, it’s very important to take the time to determine what you want and the goals before deciding on platforms.

As one of my favorite quotes says…

I believe we’re all put on this planet for a purpose, and we all have different purposes. –Ellen DeGeneres

Understand what features you want to have and use

Screenshot of WordPress features
Screenshot of WordPress features

Nowadays bloggers who start randomly will take a long time to be successful. So, one of the important things you need to know.

What are the features of all the popular blogging platforms on the internet? This way, it will help to choose the best blogging platform for you and your blog.

There is another way that can help you to know about this. And I will talk about it in the list below. Keep reading if you want to know more about it.

Because it’s something that will help a lot as well in the process of choosing the one for your content.

I’m sure a lot of bloggers explain each platform. You can search the internet which is a way to find out about the features if you are a beginner. Something really important for any blogger because you will need it in the future.

Explore the market for the best platforms

Screenshot of store with blogger platforms and apps
Screenshot of a store with blogger platforms and apps

One thing that I like to do is find all the options that I have. And later I can do thorough research about each one. Maybe I narrow it down to what will work for me.

Then, from the list, I can decide what platform to choose.

Well, this is not a necessary step, but it’s good to know what you have. This way, you might find something better.

At least you have an idea about all the options possible for bloggers such as Medium, and Tumblr. Which might come in handy later in the future. It won’t be a waste of your time after all.

When I say the market, I mean the internet because I don’t think there is a blogging platform market haha.

But I find it sounds cool when I say that lol. Anyways, we can imagine the internet is like any other market you have seen online.

Take feedback and opinions from blogging friends

Giving a feedback with emojis. How to choose a blogging platform
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Here comes one of my favorite things to do. You might think it’s not important, but I’m here to tell you it is really important.

Beginners who are looking for the best start should at least ask one friend for opinions or feedback. When you want to build content, you will know more things.

Asking blogging friends who have already been in the game for so long. You can consider their thoughts when choosing a platform to build your blog.

Maybe get some tips to make the start easier on you than starting randomly. The current blogging world is very different from the past. There are different blogging platforms in every year.

You don’t have to decide based on what they tell you. Whether it’s about a free blogging platform or a paid one.

However, learning from their experience will help you how to choose a blogging platform. Make your journey easier as well.

What the platform has to offer for you to make things easy

Talking about an easier journey. Some blogging platforms do not have that. And you will struggle a lot.

This is why you need to make sure that you know what each platform has to offer you. Make it your goal to make things easy for you.

It could be built-in features that you can use. For example, how to upload a video or a picture. But there are more tools in each platform.

Which can help you write the content and build your blog. Make sure to do a comparison to find the best one for you.

A lot of beginners might not know this, but it’s really important to know about tools that can help. Whether it’s for writing, managing or even replying to comments. Doing this will help you to be ready for the future.

Assessing your needs

Before you can select the perfect blogging platform, it’s important to assess your needs.

Take the time to properly evaluate what type of blog you want to create and the features.

And benefits available on different platforms will help ensure that you make the right decision. Here are five tips to help guide you through this process:

1. Determine what type of blog you want to create (personal, business, etc.).

Are you looking for a platform with basic features or one with more advanced options? Do you need a platform that will allow for customizations?

Do you plan on monetizing your blog? Answering these questions will help determine what type of blogging platform is best suited for your needs.

2. Consider the features and benefits that each blogging platform offers.

Different platforms offer different features and capabilities, so it’s important to compare them before making a decision.

Look into things like templates, themes, analytics tools, sharing options, SEO capabilities and customer service support.

3. Evaluate how much time and energy you have to dedicate to your blog.

Depending on how frequently you plan on posting content and how involved the maintenance of your blog is going to be, certain platforms may be better suited than others for your needs.

4. Look into the support options available for each platform;

this includes customer service availability as well as tutorials or forums dedicated specifically to helping users navigate their respective platforms.

Having a reliable source of support can make all the difference when it comes to troubleshooting any issues or getting answers fast!

5. Analyze the level of customization that can be achieved with each platform

some offer more flexibility in terms of design and layout than others do so make sure that whichever one you choose fits all your criteria in terms of customizability/look & feel!

By taking these points into consideration when assessing your needs for a blogging platform, readers can make an informed decision about which one is right for them!

Comparing platforms and features

When selecting a blogging platform, readers should make sure to consider several important factors.

From the overall aesthetics of the platform to its security features and third-party integrations, readers must weigh each element carefully in order to determine which platform is best suited for their needs.

Aesthetics are key when choosing a blogging platform; it is essential that the look and feel of the platform be modern and user-friendly.

Furthermore, customization options should be available so that readers can tailor their blog’s design and layout to their liking.

The ease of use is also critical – readers need to ensure that they can get up and running quickly on their blog without any hassle.

Security is another crucial factor to keep in mind when selecting a platform; does it offer two-factor authentication or encrypted data storage?

Additionally, readers should research what type of content they want to create or publish on their blog – some platforms are better suited for certain types of content than others.

Finally, review any third-party integrations and add-ons available for your chosen platform as these plugins can help enhance the functionality of your blog while making it easier to manage long term.

By considering every aspect before selecting a blogging platform, readers will be able make an informed decision that meets all their needs.

Cost of different platforms

When it comes to selecting a blogging platform, cost is an important factor to consider. Different platforms can have a wide range of pricing structures, so it’s important to understand what you are getting for your money.

Here are five tips to help you assess the cost of different platforms:

  • Assess the Pricing Structure:

    It’s important to understand the pricing structure of each platform before making a decision.

    Some platforms offer basic features for free, while others may require a monthly or annual subscription fee.

    It’s also worth noting that some premium plans may offer additional features such as custom domain names or analytics tools.
  • Be Aware of Hidden Costs:

    Once you have identified the base price, make sure you also check out any hidden costs.

    For instance, some platforms may have additional fees for extra storage or bandwidth usage and others might require payment processing fees if you plan on selling products from your blog.
  • Look at Promotional Offers:

    Many blogging platforms offer promotional offers such as discounts on yearly plans or free trials with no commitment needed.

    These offers can be great ways to save money and try out different features before committing to one platform over another.
  • Understand Support Options:

    When looking at different platforms, take into consideration how much support is included in each plan and how quickly any issues will be addressed if they arise in the future.

    Knowing what kind of customer service will be provided can help ensure that any technical issues will be handled promptly and professionally down the road should they arise.
  • Analyze Scalability Options:

    Lastly, it’s important to look into scalability options when considering cost across different platforms.

    Especially, for those who plan on growing their blog in the future and need more resources over time without having to switch providers every few months or years due to a lack of availability with their current provider/hosting service.

    Analyzing scalability options ahead of time can help readers determine which platform is best suited for their needs both now and further down the road so they don’t end up paying more than necessary for unnecessary services.

Overall, assessing all these factors can help readers find a blogging platform that meets their budget and needs without compromising on quality or features.

Allowing them to focus solely on creating content instead of worrying about technical issues or unexpected costs down the line.

Finding the right host domain name

Finding the right host and domain name is essential in setting up a successful blog. Hosting providers should be evaluated based on features such as security, scalability, uptime guarantees, customer service, and cost.

These factors all contribute to the smooth running of your blog and will determine how reliable it is for your visitors.

When it comes to selecting a domain name, it’s important to choose one that accurately reflects the purpose and topic of your blog.

It should be easy to remember and spell – this will make it easier for visitors to find you through search engines or shared links.

Additionally, make sure that the hosting provider you select supports the content management system you prefer to use.

Finally, take some time to research different hosting providers before making a decision – read reviews from other customers to get an idea of what their experience has been like with them.

This will give you an insight into how reliable their services are and whether they offer good customer support when needed.

By taking these steps, you can find a host and domain name that perfectly meets your needs at an affordable price point.

Conclusion of How to choose a blogging platform

Thank you so much for reading until this point. Sharing some of the main important steps to make sure you do before deciding on a blogging platform.

We learned that it helps you to have a good start for your journey and makes it easy. Hopefully, you found this helpful to you in any way possible.

What do you think could help to choose the best platform for your blog? Do you something is not on the list? Let us know in the comment below.

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70 comments

Molly | Transatlantic Notes November 30, 2022 - 1:20 pm

Great breakdown of how to navigate making this choice (which can be mind boggling when starting out with blogging at first or even looking to try something new). Thanks for sharing!

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Fransic verso November 30, 2022 - 11:00 pm

Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts!

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Chosen By His Grace November 30, 2022 - 2:34 pm

I personally went through three different platforms before settling into my current one. Thanks for this thorough article on the right way to get started.

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Fransic verso November 30, 2022 - 11:00 pm

Great, it’s good to get to know platforms before you choose one.

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Rinjaniisme November 30, 2022 - 12:18 pm

I just beginner bloggers, previously I’m on blogspot, but after move to WordPress I love it so much, customize is easy with many plug in option

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Fransic verso November 30, 2022 - 11:02 pm

Yeah, and better for SEO as well. Thank you for reading!

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Bedabrata Chakraborty December 4, 2022 - 6:17 am

I had a similar approach. Initially I choose a free platform. However in sometime I found it restricting and went to a paid platform. So point 2 is very important. The purpose of the blog should dictate the platform.

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Fransic verso December 4, 2022 - 10:59 pm

I see, that’s awesome. It sounds like a good idea!

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Nayna Kanabar November 30, 2022 - 7:54 pm

This is a very useful post for those embarking on a new blogging journey. Picking the right platform is important and you have shared some quality information on this topic.

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Fransic verso November 30, 2022 - 10:58 pm

I’m glad you find it helpful. Thank you for reading!

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Beth November 30, 2022 - 8:29 pm

I looked over several different platforms when I started my blog. I finally settled on Wordpress because it’s so customizable.

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Fransic verso November 30, 2022 - 10:51 pm

That’s awesome. it’s important to look for other options. Thank you for reading!

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Catherine Tyler November 30, 2022 - 9:33 pm

What a great help with some important information on choosing a blogging platform. Thank you!

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Fransic verso November 30, 2022 - 9:47 pm

Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts.

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Unwanted Life November 30, 2022 - 10:15 pm

WordPress is an easy and cheap platform to use for those with no website design experience. I’ve not really used the others, but Wix seems quite expensive but you an do more with it

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Fransic verso November 30, 2022 - 11:05 pm

I agree, it’s so cool platform but I have specific reasons why I choose it.

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Affiliate income life November 30, 2022 - 3:45 pm

This is so helpful. Thanks for the wonderful guide :)

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Fransic verso November 30, 2022 - 10:59 pm

Glad to know that you find it helpful. I appreciate you reading and sharing your feedback!

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Emily December 1, 2022 - 2:48 am

This was so helpful! Definitely wish I had read this before starting my website.

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Fransic verso December 1, 2022 - 10:50 pm

Thank you and glad to know you think it’s helpful!

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Julie Shahin December 1, 2022 - 9:37 pm

After blogging for fun on blogspot, I wanted something more professional when I started my interior design business. I fooled around with WP for six months before I decided it was too time consuming. I’m very happy with Squarespace now, and it leaves me time to actually do my designs.

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Fransic verso December 1, 2022 - 10:42 pm

Wow, that’s awesome you found your place. Thank you for reading!

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Fransic verso December 1, 2022 - 10:52 pm

Yeah, it’s very important. Thank you for reading!

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Nish December 2, 2022 - 6:18 am

When I started out, it was pretty easy. There was just Blogger and Wordpress. Blogger is easier to onboard and once I knew I was going to stick with blogging, I moved to Wordpress. Now there are so many options – Squarespace, Wix, and then Medium, and Substack. It’s a hard decision to make.

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Fransic verso December 2, 2022 - 10:43 pm

That’s awesome! Thank you for reading!

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Jenny December 2, 2022 - 11:11 am

Definitely an important thing to consider when you start a blog!

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Fransic verso December 2, 2022 - 10:41 pm

Yup, we definitely need to do this first.

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Alita December 2, 2022 - 11:29 am

It’s important to choose the right platform from the beginning. I made lots of mistakes at first but now Im sticking with siteground.

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Fransic verso December 2, 2022 - 10:40 pm

Yeah, we need to decide on the platform. That’s awesome!

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briannemanzb December 2, 2022 - 11:39 am

Goals are important. If you aim to make money for your blog, then stick to paid and better platforms. I personally use Bluehost

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Fransic verso December 2, 2022 - 10:39 pm

I agree with you. We need to aim. Bluehost is good.

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Talya Stone December 2, 2022 - 12:03 pm

I think I started out on Blogpost and moved to Wordpress. I really had no idea what I was doing but it worked out great. This is good information for beginner’s to mull over.

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Fransic verso December 2, 2022 - 10:38 pm

Well, that’s awesome it worked good for you.

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Luna S December 2, 2022 - 2:09 pm

Great post! With how many platforms are out there it is always nice to have a little info on them before deciding which to go with.

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Fransic verso December 2, 2022 - 10:37 pm

I agree, having information about it will help you to set you up for good sometimes.

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Kristy Bullard December 2, 2022 - 3:26 pm

Yes! Having a reliable platform that’s easy to navigate is so important. And, having a platform with great features and one that is compatible with various plug-ins is great too! I use Wordpress and I love it!

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Fransic verso December 2, 2022 - 10:36 pm

Right? its very important to make sure it easy and good to use.

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Ntensibe Edgar December 2, 2022 - 6:29 pm

I agree with all these pointers. May I add “which platform can be hardest to control by the government?” . These days, all governments are conniving to control blogs!

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Fransic verso December 2, 2022 - 10:35 pm

That’s awesome, glad to know that you agree. Thank you for reading!

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Nyxie December 2, 2022 - 8:05 pm

Very helpful post and certainly will help many new bloggers or even those choosing to rebrand/change where they blog.

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Fransic verso December 2, 2022 - 10:33 pm

Thank you for the lovely words and reading.

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Neely Moldovan December 2, 2022 - 9:39 pm

Some really great tips on how to choose! It can be daunting for sure.

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Fransic verso December 2, 2022 - 10:31 pm

I appreciate your feedback and reading the post!

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Caroline December 2, 2022 - 10:33 pm

This is a really great post for new bloggers! I started at Simple Site and now I’m self-hosted, using WordPress :)

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Fransic verso December 3, 2022 - 9:46 pm

I see, that is interesting and never been on Simple Site.

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SONIA December 3, 2022 - 10:16 am

I started on Wix. However, there was not a lot of freedom, so I switched to WordPress.

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Fransic verso December 3, 2022 - 9:42 pm

I see, I’ve never been on Wix before. Hope you will maintain being on WordPress.

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Christiana December 3, 2022 - 12:48 pm

These are really great tips, I used some of these tips when I started out too. Thanks for sharing these.

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Fransic verso December 3, 2022 - 9:40 pm

Glad to know you find them great tips. I appreciate you taking the time to read!

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Clarice December 3, 2022 - 5:20 pm

These are great and practical tips. I think WordPress is still the best option we have for now. Its flexibility is my key consideration for choosing WP.

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Fransic verso December 3, 2022 - 9:35 pm

Thank you so much for your lovely feedback!

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khoingn | The Broad Life December 4, 2022 - 5:28 am

Probably I will read this post again when choosing the platform for my next blog. All the needed info is here.

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Fransic verso December 4, 2022 - 11:00 pm

That’s awesome. Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts!

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Marysa December 4, 2022 - 12:23 pm

This can be such a tough decision, and it is hard to choose. I went with Wordpress because I had taken a website over from someone else. I have never tried another platform and I’m curious what the others are like.

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Fransic verso December 4, 2022 - 10:59 pm

Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts!

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Lyosha December 5, 2022 - 10:42 am

Very useful to me personally. I have issues transferring to a better one because I am not happy with my current. You encourage me to do better

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Fransic verso December 5, 2022 - 9:19 pm

I’m glad you found it useful. Thank you for reading!

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Jennifer Prince December 5, 2022 - 5:47 pm

Choosing the right one is so important because moving around is no fun. I’ve been on WordPress since the beginning, and I love it!

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Fransic verso December 5, 2022 - 9:12 pm

Yeah, I agree with you. We need to make sure to know where we want to stay and blog for the long term.

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Adriane December 9, 2022 - 12:11 pm

Great information! I love that you worked an Ellen Degeneres quote into a blogging post. :)

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Fransic verso December 9, 2022 - 5:47 pm

I’m glad you found great information. I appreciate you reading!

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Lizzy December 12, 2022 - 1:10 pm

Very helpful article. Thanks ????

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Fransic verso December 12, 2022 - 6:08 pm

Thank you for reading and sharing your feedback!

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Sarah Roberts December 14, 2022 - 9:41 am

Great information. Thank you for sharing.

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Raji January 15, 2023 - 11:10 am

This is a great post for new bloggers and something I could have used myself when I was starting out! I researched for ages before finally going with Wordpress and it’s so easy to work with. Thanks for sharing!

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Fransic verso January 15, 2023 - 10:39 pm

Thank you for reading and sharing what you think.

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Ryan Biddulph January 20, 2023 - 4:10 pm

Listening to trusted blogging friends helps you get clear on this process Fransic. Fabulous blogging advice here.

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Fransic verso January 20, 2023 - 10:58 pm

Yeah, it’s nice to have trusted bloggers. Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts!

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Nicholas Windsor October 2, 2023 - 9:32 am

What a great article. Very comprehensive, I love the scalability and customizability of Wordpress, but it’s not for everyone and it’s good to have other options. Thanks

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Fransic verso October 2, 2023 - 10:51 pm

I’m glad you find it great. Thank you for reading!

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