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How To Start A Blog | Which Platform Should You Choose?

Hey, girlll! Seriously I can’t tell you how many questions I have gotten about blogging from you guys. I have gotten questions on my Q&A, comments on my post, and even emails from your guys asking for advice which always makes my day. So as promise, I’ve decided to start a new series where I go through step by step the process of how I started my blog and how you can start your very own blog!

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If you have any questions about blogging, make sure to comment them below! It’s super helpful to know your blogging questions so I can answer them and make a post about it!

The Platforms I’ve Used:

When I first started my blog, I used Wix. I chose Wix becuase there was no cost to start up a blog, I could decide exactly how I wanted my website to look, and it was really user friendly. Eventually, I found out more about WordPress and becuase I really wanted to grow my blog, I switched over.

What Is The Best Platform For Blogging?

There are seriously so many different platforms for bloggers out there, but I think what really narrows it done is what you are hoping will come out of your blog and the direction you want your blog to go. Here are few…

  • WordPress
  • Wix
  • Blogger
  • Medium
  • Ghost
  • Squarespace

Since I only have experience with Wix and WordPress, I am going to compare them for you so you can see the pros and cons of each to help you choose!

 

WordPress:

I have been using WordPress for about at least 6 months now and I have definitely been happy with it so far.

Cons:

  • It isn’t super user friendly, and does take some time to get used to.
  • Customizing your site exactly how you want it can take a while.
  • There isn’t a huge range of free themes
  • For wordpress.org you have to purchase your own domain and hosting.

Pros:

  • Community of other WordPress blogs
  • Built in comments
  • Thousands of free plugins to help improve your site
  • Can integrate with many programs such as Mailchimp (email newsletters)
  • Doesn’t cost anything to sign up

 

Wix:

I used wix for about 5-6 months (I can’t totally remember exactly how long)

 

Cons:

  • In the free version of Wix you have to have a strucutre URL (http://yourwebsite.wix.com/yourwebsite)
  • There is not a built-in comments sections, you have to download an app, however the many plugins I tried weren’t aesthically pleasing.
  • You aren’t able to integrate with Mailchimp
  • Wix ads are placed on your site until you upgrade to the 10$ per month plan.

Pros:

  • Easy drag and drop themes (you can customize it to the T how you would like it)
  • Built in email list, however it has limitations when creating emails.
  • Tons of free templates to suit all kinds of blogs.
  • Free hosting through Wix
  • Free domain for a year with the 10$ per month plan.

 

ย Which Platform is Best?

In my opinion, they are both good for different reasons, and how you choose should depend what you are looking for.

Are you looking to blog just for fun? I would choose Wix. It’s free to start, you don’t have to pay money if you don’t want to and just keep the standard URL. You can customize the site however you want, have fun with it and play around.

Are you looking to become a serious blogger and eventually monetize your blog? I would choose WordPress. You may have to put a little dough in at the beginning (domain, hosting, theme), but it will pay off in the long run. It has a lot more feautures, and integrates amazing with Google Adsense (if you are looking at potentially making money from your blog)

 

So that’s it! I really hope this helped you choose which platoform you are going to use for your blog! And remember you definitely don’t have to chose Wix or WordPress, there are so many others out there, but I encourage you to do your research and find out what will work best for your dreams and goals!

So what do you think? If you have a blog and you want me to check it out, comment your URL below! Also, if you have any blogging questions, leave those below so I can answer your questions and write a post about it!

Till next time,

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12 Comments

  • Reply
    maria
    08/10/2017 at 6:00 am

    I can definitely agree with all of the points that you’ve made! I’ve never used Wix for blogging but a few months ago I used it to set up an online store for a friend and really liked the ability to customise it as much as possible, but found that WordPress.com is great for finding a community for fellow bloggers. I am considering moving over to WordPress self hosted though because at the moment it is not easy to personalise my theme very much!

    Maria (http://whatismaria.com)

    • Reply
      Taiya Maddison
      09/10/2017 at 3:27 am

      Yes, definitely, Maria! I love being self hosted, you have so much freedom โ˜บ๏ธ

      Thanks so much for reading and commenting!

  • Reply
    Keeley
    08/10/2017 at 7:18 pm

    This is such a great post, Taiya! I too agree with everything that you have said here ๐Ÿ™‚ This is such a helpful post especially for a new blogger! Great job, girl!

    Keeley Joy
    http://www.horsechatwithkeeley.com

  • Reply
    Rebecca @ Joy Unspeakable
    09/10/2017 at 2:04 am

    I started with Blogger, then went to Wix, and am now on WordPress! The HUGE downside with using Wix was that there was no community aspect. WordPress has that, and it’s so great.
    Although, the design part of Wix is better than WordPress – way more customizable!
    Great post, Taiya! <3

    • Reply
      Taiya Maddison
      09/10/2017 at 3:26 am

      I totally agree! Each platform has different pros and cons so it all comes down to what you are looking for! ๐Ÿ˜Š

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting!!!

  • Reply
    Esther
    11/10/2017 at 12:14 am

    This post was really helpful, thanks! Keep up the good work!!

  • Reply
    Meghan
    07/01/2018 at 12:18 am

    This was a super interesting read! I have been blogging since April 2017 with Wix. Recently, they have made it much more user friendly to monetize! Bonus! I tried using WordPress and it was definitely not for me. Thanks for all the info! Maybe I will try again at some point!

    • Reply
      Taiya Maddison
      08/01/2018 at 12:43 am

      Thanks so much, Meghan! Iโ€™m glad you found this useful ๐Ÿ˜†

  • Reply
    Dancer M|DancersDreamDesign
    30/08/2018 at 9:40 pm

    I enjoy reading your blog posts! I have just one question… Do you use WordPress.com or WordPress.org?
    In the future, I am thinking about switching my blog over to a different provider. Right now I am using Blogger, but when I read blog posts, a lot of people say that WordPress is better.

    • Reply
      Taiya Maddison
      31/08/2018 at 12:55 am

      Thank you so much! I use WordPress.org! If you have any other blogging related questions feel free to contact me by email!

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