Honestly, I would not go out of my way to recommend WordPress to a friend because if they have an interest in blogging, they themselves would go on the internet with the intention of figuring out which blogging platform is right for them.
However, if they walked up to me and asked, “Renard, which blogging platform should I choose?” I would look them in the eye and ask, “What type of blog is it going to be? Is it going to be a personal blog or a business-related blog?”
If “A personal blog,” was their answer, I would say to them, “Go right ahead and choose any blogging platform.”
And, if they replied, “A business-related blog,” I would simply say, “Go with WordPress.org.”
After all, those are merely recommendations; my friends (or other people for that matter) are free to choose any blogging platform that resonates well with them.
Some People Are Not Ready For WordPress
There is a reason why some people started off on simple blogging platforms like Blogger.
Could you imagine how horrifying it would be for a newcomer to blogging to come face-to-face with WordPress’s Gutenberg editor?
They might say to themselves, “Huh? What the hell is that thing? I do not think that I can deal with that?”
On a positive note, the Gutenberg editor came a long way; it is not as buggy as when it made its debut in the blogosphere (I was one of those adventurous bloggers who volunteered to test out the Gutenberg editor when it was in beta and it gave me a proverbial run for my money).
Any newcomer to blogging can get their figurative feet wet in blogging by setting up their first blog on Blogger.
Blogger’s editor is simple and straightforward; it is not the type of editor that requires them to sit hours in front of a computer with the intention of trying to figure out how it works.
Any newbie can begin creating content immediately after they have set up their blog on Blogger.
A lot of the veteran bloggers on WordPress once had blogs of their own on Blogger.
And, there are bloggers who blog on both WordPress and Blogger (I salute them for finding the time to create content for both of them).
Those of you who have been following Renard’s World for quite some time would know that I used to have a blog of my own on Blogger; I learned how to refine my blogging skills there.
If I had jumped on the WordPress bandwagon from day one, I do not think that I would have that level of mastery because I would have published any sort of crap knowing that it would have been found via the WordPress.com Reader.
Figuratively speaking, I learned to get my act together on Blogger; therefore I will never ever have any regrets of starting off on that blogging platform.
On Blogger, you have to work three times as hard in order to acquire a decent readership (It took me over a year in order to have the number of incoming views that I wanted as well as having people interacting with me via the comments thread).
Whereas, on WordPress.com, your fellow bloggers will gladly interact with you on day one (Provided that you used the relevant tags and you do not exceed fifteen of them in a single blog post; in my article, WordPress Reader — The Double-Edged Sword, I went in-depth about bloggers tagging their blog posts correctly and also what happens when they exceed fifteen tags on a blog post).
Anyway, thanks to Blogger, I am of much more value to you here on WordPress.com.
I Would Recommend WordPress.org To My Tech-Savvy Friend Who Wants To Make Money
When it comes to business-related blogs, WordPress.org comes highly recommended.
Because you can monetize a blog on WordPress.org from day one.
On WordPress.org, you are your own boss — you are the one who is calling all of the shots!
By the way, you can automatically qualify for WordAds on WordPress.com; but you will have to be on the following plans:
Also, WordPress.org has all of the themes that you would need to have a professional-looking blog (I would recommend that you utilize a paid theme).
Do keep in mind, that there is no room for errors; if you make a technologically-related mistake on WordPress.org, you will suffer greatly; which is the reason why self-hosted blogs are for those who have a level of tech-savviness.
Those people who are on WordPress.org are responsible for the affairs of their own blog. They have to make sure:
- That they are on the latest version of WordPress.
- That they updated their widgets.
- That they updated their plugins.
A blogger on WordPress.org cannot take anything for granted because if they do, they could end up getting their blog hacked or getting their blog infected with malware.
The editorial staff of WordPress Beginner has an article entitled, The Ultimate WordPress Security Guide — Step by Step (2019); it is one that anyone who is interested in WordPress.org (or is already on WordPress.org) should read.
Dear friend, the truth is that WordPress.org is not for everyone.
I had friends who left WordPress.com to set up their blogs over on WordPress.org and they returned to WordPress.com because WordPress.org turned out to be a nightmarish experience for them.
For the record, I also have friends who left WordPress.com with the intention of enjoying the benefits of WordPress.org (They claimed that it was the best thing they ever did).
I am not going to prevent anyone from migrating to WordPress.org.
However, I would recommend that you learn everything that you can about WordPress.org before going in the self-hosted direction.
I Would Recommend WordPress.com To My Friend Who Has A Deep Appreciation For Interacting With Others
I would recommend WordPress.com to my friend who has a deep appreciation for interacting with others due to the fact that it is community-oriented.
On WordPress.com, you do not publish a blog post and call it a day.
In addition to updating your own blog, it is common practice to visit the blogs of your fellow WordPress.com bloggers, read what they posted and leave them a valuable comment in their comments thread.
If a person simply wants to blog without interacting with anyone, I would suggest Svbtle because people do not interact with each other there (Do keep in mind that it is a paid blogging platform).
In my case, my psychological makeup requires that I interact with my blogging community; so interacting with my fellow WordPress.com bloggers is a must!
Now, even though one can still conduct a limited version of business on WorPress.com, it is most ideal for personal bloggers.
If a person simply wants a blog to show off their hobbies to the world, they should not be forced into joining WordPress.org (This is where WordPress.com comes in).
Currently, there are a group of bloggers who embarrass people for creating blogs on WordPress.com (They are ones who believe that WordPress.org is the only way to go).
I will agree that WordPress.org is ideal for business-related blogs, but when it comes to personal blogs, people have every right to create theirs on WordPress.com.
Some nice things about being on WordPress.com are:
- The Happiness Engineers handle all of the security aspects of WordPress.com.
- A blogger does not need to be experienced in the area of blogging in order to create a blog on WordPress.com.
- The WordPress.com community is friendly and they enjoy interacting with other bloggers.
My friend, Jim Borden (a former blogger on WordPress.org) told me that his blog posts receive more views and that people interact with him more here on WordPress.com.
Now, WordPress.com does have its downside; which is a blogger on the free plan being unable to customize their theme to their liking (My article, WordPress.com’s New Collection Of Themes Are Depressing, goes into detail about that particular issue).
So, in reality, WordPress.com has its pros and its cons.
But, in spite of that minor setback, blogging on WordPress.com is a whole lot of fun!
Before recommending WordPress to a friend, it would be wise to ask them what type of blog it is that they intend on running; whether it be a business-related one or a personal one.
You would also look for additional things like:
- Their level of expertise.
- Whether or not they enjoy interacting with other bloggers.
- If they are the type of person who has the mental capacity or the patience to learn how to use the Gutenberg editor (If they are unable to handle the Gutenberg editor, they might be happier using Blogger).
By the way, the editorial staff of WordPress Beginner created an articled called, How to Use the New WordPress Block Editor (Gutenberg Tutorial); a must-read for anyone who is willing to master the Gutenberg editor.
Honestly speaking, the Gutenberg editor is not all that difficult to learn and once you have learned to use the Gutenberg editor in an effective manner, you will become addicted to it.
For the record, the Gutenberg editor is not for everyone (Some people prefer to use WordPress’s classic editor).
Also, if you have intentions of recommending WordPress to a friend, do let them know in advance what they can expect to see from this modern content management system (This is way better than allowing your friend to jump into WordPress blindly).