Would You Recommend WordPress To A Freind?

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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.

Why?

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: 

  • Premium
  • Business
  • eCommerce

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!

Final Thoughts

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).

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54 thoughts on “Would You Recommend WordPress To A Freind?

    1. 🙂 Well, Ashleyleia, you have had a lovely start, my friend (I am referring to you choosing the blogging platform that is right for you in the beginning).

      And, you are right about WordPress being the platform that has the most to offer in terms of community engagement.

      Thank you for your valuable input!

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  1. Hi Renard, I would recommend it unless they were not good on the computer! You do need to know how to manage on a computer with WordPress and things can get technical from time to time. It’s not the easiest thing for everyone. I know it took me a while and I still have techie on hire I use when I come across issues. But I’m glad I made the switch 8 years ago! Never looked back….

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    1. 🙂 Hired tech support is never a bad idea, Lisa.

      Also, I am pleased to know that you are happy with your decision of switching to WordPress.org eight years ago.

      Thank you for your valuable input!

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  2. I still find in order to edit a post propelry I have to edit from inside the Admin section of the site. On images there is very little control without using the Admin section of the classic editor. I dislike the Guttenberg interface so much I dont use it, although I may re-try it again on my spare test account.
    Some interfaces just dont work for me, Drupal and Joomla to name 2 that I remember.

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  3. A couple people started blogs because I did. They saw what I was doing and wanted to do that too! That’s great I told them, however, they quit way too fast. In theory, blogging sounds great. But if a person has no direction and is only doing it because it sounds like a cool thing to do, then they aren’t gonna last in the blogging world, and blogging isn’t going to be much fun. It’s a shame really, because I’m sure they would have been great bloggers had they given it a chance. Blogging takes time and requires some skill. Anyone can write and publish a post, but good blogging requires someone who can write well and has a creative edge.

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    1. 🙂 Guess what, Hilary?

      Approximately 2009 or 2010, I saw a blog post from someone and I said to myself, “I can do that!”

      Then, I created my first blog on Blogger and began putting blog posts of my own together.

      Yes, blogging certainly requires time and skill and most importantly, commitment.

      As always, thank you for your valuable input!

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    2. This is so true. Writing a blog, is a commitment you make with yourself when you publish your very first post. Takes time to build an audience and keep them. Patience is the key. Communication with fellow bloggers, is the icing on the cake. 🙂

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  4. One reason I started a blog on WordPress was because I’ve discovered so many articles and sites that were powered by WordPress. I used the ‘blog’ function on various forums as a more private way to share my thoughts that were stumble-upon-able. Also had so many documents and notes and decided to take it to the next level, chuck it out there.

    RE the the blocks editor; I’ve found it easy and intuitive (great thing; you can put in tables!). The tools you get on WP packages are in the blocks editor too.

    Regarding the note ‘if people are doing it because it sounds “cool”‘; sod that fucking shit! Get on with the show. Focus on getting your thoughts out there, not what some geeza thinks. Some people like, some disapprove. Taking that RISK, some might disapprove, some might like, become more ‘Marmite’ (love or hate).

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  5. I started my blog in the middle of September 2017 because a friend promised me that WordPress.com would give me all the things I craved so much — all the things that my Blogger blog wasn’t giving me. So I started my blog that September and quit less than a month later. I quit because I was finding it difficult to adapt to my new environment.

    However, I returned early November, fully prepared and determined to give it another go, and, looking back at h9w far I’m come in this journey, I can safely say that that’s the best decision I’ve made in two years. When people ask me to recommend a blogging platform, I always ask them to try out WordPress or Blogger, but I emphasize on WordPress. I feel like anyone can get the hang of WordPress (in due time) so long as they’re computer literate. Also, even if they want to take up blogging as a hobby, having a neat, professional looking blog wouldn’t kill them, would it?

    But, having learnt something from your blog post, I think what I’ll do now is this: whenever someone asks me to recommend a blogging platform to him, I would list out the pros and cons of the platforms I know of, then I’d ask him what his blogging goals are, and using that information, I’d offer him my advice. It would then be left for him to decide which platform to opt for.

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    1. 🙂 I am glad that you gave blogging another go on WordPress (Thanks to that we have become friends with each other).

      Yes, highlighting both the pros and the cons of blogging platforms to a friend who is interested in blogging is a great idea.

      Thank you for reading and commenting!

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  6. I guess I didn’t know any better. I’m still super new to what blogging even is. I used WordPress I think because someone recommended it to me. It was a bit hard alto set up but I enjoy playing around with it. I’m still very spotty when it comes to actually blogging but, it’s a fun hobby and I like reading other people’s stuff.

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    1. 🙂 In regards to blogging, the process requires lots of learning; you are not going to learn everything about blogging overnight.

      Also, it is nice to know that you enjoy reading other people’s posts and that you see it as a lot of fun.

      And, it is okay if you are not in a position to recommend WordPress to a friend at this point in time.

      Thank you for your participation!

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  7. As somebody who has only ever blogged on WordPress. Com, that’s a tough question for me to answer, Renard. Having never tried to blog on any other blogging platform, I could not recommend any others. However, because I often encounter difficulties and have found it difficult to leave comments on the Blogger platform, I’d recommend WordPress over Blogger.

    Personally, I’ve been delighted with WordPress.Com since day one. Sure, I’ve had a few problems using it, but I think much of that was down to disliking changes WordPress had made or not having bothered to check out any guides on how things work before trying them out. When I first used the Gutenberg editor, I hated it. Now, I’d never ever go back to using the classic editor. My time was well spent getting to know how the Gutenberg editor worked.

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    1. 🙂 It is a reasonable choice to recommend what you have used; which is WordPress.com.

      Also, I believe that most of us were not pleased with the Gutenberg editor the first time that we tried it, but grew to like it when we eventually learned how to use it.

      Thank you for sharing your perspective, Hugh!

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  8. I think most of my friends are sensible enough not to ask me for any recommendations on anything to do with technology!

    I have never tried any other platform, so I have nothing to compare WP to. However, I have no real complaints about WP. I have never paid out a single penny, but they have been a very easy to use way of writing my thoughts and feelings and having a play with fiction. The only thing that hasn’t worked for months are my pingbacks…but I just copy the address to my post in the comments of whoever is hosting the prompt I am participating in.

    Best of all are the other bloggers using WP – absolutely couldn’t be happier with the friendly atmosphere amongst bloggers. Hurrah for WP bloggers – they are the best!

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  9. I love WordPress for the sense of community and the level of interacting that you get, it’s much more social than some of the “social network platforms” which I don’t find very social at all! Xxx

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  10. When I first started WordPress, it was because of a friend. But in the beginning, trying to customize and figuring out WordPress was hard…. so I stopped and came back to it a year later. Now it’s much better to use… but I would recommend it to my friends who are into blogging.

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  11. Well I really don’t have any friends who are interested in writing a blog, but if they were, I would recommend WordPress.com to them. I found WordPress through my Microsoft Word program. They listed it as a host site for my blog that was compatible with Word. I type up my posts on Word, then, I copy and paste my articles to WordPress new post page. I love it. My experience so far has been nothing but positive. Happy blogging everyone. 🙂

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  12. Today I learned that the block editor is also called Gutenberg.

    I hop between classic and block, but mostly use classic. Would you recommend going all in on the block editor?

    I also agree, wordpress.org needs tech knowledge. Once, I updated a plugin and my whole site became a white page. Fun times. Heh.

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    1. 🙂 I am sure that you have good reasons for hopping back and forth from the Gutenberg editor to the Classic editor.

      However, I would only recommend sticking solely to the Gutenberg editor once you have mastered it.

      And, certain plugins can cause WordPress.org sites to behave strangely.

      Thank you for reading and commenting!

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      1. How could I master it if I seldom use it, eh? Hahahaha… I guess I better make a choice.

        I stick with the classic editor because of the ease and simplicity. I went to the Gutenberg for the cool image gallery display.

        I have yet to find a definite reason to go full Gutenberg. But hey, if that’s the path to the future, I’m all for trying it.

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  13. I have tried WordPress.com and blogger, definitely prefer WordPress since day 1 and still do. It just looks nicer in my opinion. In fact if I recall correctly, a top Google executive Matt Cutts openly said he prefers WordPress to Blogger (owned by google).

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  14. I used to just by default recommend WordPress but lately I have been asking more questions about what type of writing will be done, what audience they are gearing toward and then I use that to recommend. I have referred other platforms to friends and others.

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  15. Oh wow, didn’t I comment on this post yet?

    Ok, yes, I would recommend WordPress to a friend. The only real alternative would be Blogger … and that’s Google, so unacceptable for intelligent human beings.
    But like Neill I very much dislike the Gutenberg Editor and will stick to the old one as long as the let me. Maybe they make up their mind and toss that shitty Gutenberg, or I’ll have to leave then, crawl back to Blogger and see if I can settle in there again. :/ I guess not, because Google, and then I’d really have to look hard for a nifty blogging system.

    I’d need a kinda magazine layout and options to publish many many many photos. Anyone has an idea?

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    1. 🤔 Hmm. The only two things that I can recommend to you would be to utilize the self-hosted version of WordPress (You should be able to find a theme with a magazine layout).

      And, there is also the option of using the Classic Editor plugin with the self-hosted version of WordPress.

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