If this is your first time visiting my blog, it looked significantly different a few months ago. I started this journey with WIX instead of WordPress because I wanted to try something different.
I haven’t had a bad experience with WordPress in the past, but a theme I used wasn’t as easy to manage as it appeared. Aside from the fact that I was switching my entire brand anyway, I figured I would switch platforms and take a different route. I’m glad I did because not only did I get the experience of using a platform other than WordPress, I was able to completely build out a site from scratch. It wasn’t perfect by any means, but I learned a lot about myself in that process.
All that said, I’m back at again with WordPress and I definitely plan on staying put. Below I’m sharing 4 reasons I switched (back) to WordPress.
The way that WordPress is set up, it is literally made for blogging. The backend and front end of using WordPress is really great.
The sidebar is a feature that I absolutely love and missed terribly when I was on WIX and really I wanted a more functional blog. My margins were super off on my first site and it was quite underwhelming. I wanted my blog to be easy to read but also mobile friendly. WordPress and my theme make it practical and fun to use.
Variety of Themes
I love WordPress because they have a variety of themes available. I’ve always been into minimal designs and I really wanted to get it right this time around. Themes can run from $45 to $100+. One of my go to spots for WP themes is Themeforest definitely check them out. I had been searching for a theme for a few months and finally came across a UK designer that had a good variety of themes. It was important for my theme to flow with my new filter/aesthetic for my feed AND flow with the updates I made to my stories and story highlights. Not only that, the company had a service where they could migrate my site from WIX back to WordPress and honestly that was a huge win.
User Friendly Dashboard
There is a difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org. The latter is when you decide to host with them either creating a new domain or connecting a current one. That is how you can have a .com but use WordPress. I mention that because the dashboard for each of them is completely different.
The backend for a hosted website, with or without a custom theme is minimal and easy to use. You can edit, check stats, check your comments and everything else in between.
Perfect for the Blogger
If you’re looking to start a blog or are deciding which platform to use, my advice would be to go with what you like, not what you think you should be using. 6 months ago I was very happy with WIX and wasn’t planning on switching back, but the elevation of my website almost required it. If you are looking to blog full time and make your site mostly blog related, I would highly suggest WordPress.
If you are using blogging as a side component to a business site, WIX or Squarespace are great options. WordPress can be used with business style themes that don’t have such a huge blogging component, but I personally feel like it is the perfect site for bloggers. It doesn’t matter if you are just beginning or a veteran to the blogging game.
WordPress allows for the full blogging experience and is super easy to manage and maintain. In my opinion, being back on WordPress makes my blogging experience exciting and actually makes it more desirable for me. I’m very happy to be back on the platform; I feel like everything is exactly what it needs to be for my brand to continue moving forward successfully. Stay tuned for more exciting updates!