Amazing blog! Do you have any tips for aspiring writers? I’m hoping to start my own site soon but I’m a little lost on everything. Would you suggest starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a paid option? There are so many choices out there that I’m completely overwhelmed… Any ideas? Kudos!
The above is a copy’n’paste of a Spam message I received here. Now, this is a good example of how Spam can give the illusion of being genuine and thereby suck you in. However, the amusing part is that the message raises some interesting points, points which are actually deserving of an answer.
Ignoring the fake praise, let’s look at the rest of the message:
The other WordPress option is WordPress.org. This requires you to have a web host of your own. A word of warning: the way some free hosts are structured makes it very complicated getting WordPress to work properly! Assuming that you can get things the way they need to be, the first thing you’ll discover is a basic version of the platform. You will have to install a theme and various plug-ins to get close to .com standards. You will, however, have far more choice in what plug-ins to install (you can’t install any in .com) and you can do just about anything you want – subject only to any restrictions your host might have imposed. I won’t attempt to go into it all, beyond saying Akismet is worth having. along with JetPack. Note that some features that come free with .com are pay-for in .org!
OK, so WordPress is covered. Would I choose WordPress above all the other blog platforms? You bet I would! It’s far more flexible than any of the alternatives. You can, if you wish, use it to create a complete web site, and with the right theme, it will look professional. As a platform, I don’t believe it has any serious competitor.
I think that answers the message…
P.S. Interesting article: All About SEO on WordPress.com