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Blogging is hard work but it does not required a lot of equipment to be able to do it well and is the mean reason I chose blogging because I don’t make a lot of money to be able to fund a bunch of equipment for a hobby. If you want to start a blog you don’t a fancy camera but one thing that every blogger needs to be able to blog is a host because without a hosting platform to blog on there is no blog. When I started blogging six ago I chose to blog on WordPress because that is what I originally started and it’s the number one hosting platform. I have been happy with WordPress for the most part and couldn’t imagine myself blogging on any other platform but no platform is perfect and there some things about WordPress that are frustrating and could be made made better. These are my experiences as one blogger and not everyone is going to have the same experiences and I am not writing this to post tell you not to join WordPress because there is nothing wrong with the platform. In this post, I am going to talk about some things that are frustrating to bloggers that WordPress could improve on.
It’s too complicated to set up your website– I love that there are tons of options for customizing your WordPress site but in my experience it’s too complicated for new business owners and you really have to have a lot of time on your hands to be able to figure it out. WordPress makes it seem like setting up a blog is easy and can be done be done in five minutes but don’t fooled because all the themes have bugs and it’s very complicated to figure out. You should be able to set up a blog on any platform that looks good with no website experience in a relatively short period of time because a vast majority of people setting up a new blog have no website experience and are not that tech savvy. If you wanted to you could pay WordPress to set up your blog for you but personally I wouldn’t pay a hosting company to design my site because you should be able to do it yourself and there are no guarantees it will look the way you want it. I spent over a year trying to get the theme right on my blog and probably have tried every theme on WordPress and it shouldn’t be that hard. I started my blog because I had a passion for educating people on my disability and was not expecting to spend eighty percent of the time designing my site.
The happiness engineers are not always helpful- When you sign up for a paid plan on WordPress you have access to the happiness engineers that are there to help bloggers fix glitches that they could not fix themselves. A customer service team is necessary for hosting companies because websites go down and most people don’t know how to write code when something doesn’t work but I am very hesitant contact WordPress. You are not always given helpful advice that solved your problem or WordPress takes their sweet time getting back to when you should get a response in a day or two. Some people may have good experiences with the WordPress engineers but I never have and think that you are better off asking people in your community for help than waiting for the hosting company to get back to you.
You need a paid plan to have access to the happiness engineers- If you are not on a paid plan you don’t have access to the happiness engineers on WordPress and if you have a problem you are stuck figuring it out. I should not have to be paying for my blog to have access to their customer service team because not all bloggers need or want to pay for the blog and some people write for fun. I think by not allowing people access to the happiness engineers unless they are on a paid plan is a way to force people to get a paid plan because sometimes people get so frustrated with your blog that they get a paid plan to have access to experienced engineers that can fix their glitches for them. It is a a marketing strategy for WordPress but I think it’s kind of cruel because you should be able to get help whether you pay for your blog or not.
You have to be self-hosted to have full access to your blog– My blog is self-hosted because I struggled to get my blog to look the way I wanted it and was tired of only being able to control some part of my blog. People that are trying to make a career out of their blog often will go self-hosted because it makes your blog look professional and the you own site but it’s not a requirement for all bloggers. It is more expensive to go self-hosted and is more work because you own your blog and are responsible for all the security and everything else that usually is handled by WordPress. Self-hosted sites should most definitely have features that non self-hosted sites do not have because it does cost more money but important features that could cause you to lose views should not be locked. I am self-hosted because WordPress say they do not censor self-hosted sites but you shouldn’t have to be self-hosted to get your site to look the way you want it.
You can only contact WordPress by email- I have social anxiety and would much rather prefer texting people than calling them on the phone but when something with my blog is down I’d rather call you on the phone because it’s easier to explain my problem. WordPress may have a phone number you can call but it’s usually recommended you send them an email and hate that because sometimes it’s more difficult to explain a technical problem in a text than it would be if you were having a real conversation. We live in a world where people do most of there interaction through Facebook and have a fear of calling people on the phone. If it’s something quick I’d prefer telling you in a text but sometimes it’s better to call people on the phone to better explain complicated issues.
Non self-hosted sites have to give WordPress fifty percent of the money you make- I run ads on my blog because although I haven’t made a lot of income from ads I have made some but I wouldn’t recommend it for sites that are not self-hosted. You have to give WordPress fifty percent of the money you make from ads and it’s almost not even worth and if you want to make money and are not self-hosted you are better off doing sponsored post or creating some kind of course.
I have been blogging on WordPress for six years and do not get as frustrated as new bloggers because I have figured out most things that newcomers haven’t. WordPress recently increased their rates for new bloggers, but it did not affect existing blog and is the main reason I have stuck with it. I like that WordPress does not increase your rates every year and it’s the same all the time because most hosting platforms increase your rates every year and I don’t make enough money to pay more every year. WordPress is a great platform but it’s not perfect and if you don’t have a lot of time to set up a blog or are not that tech savvy I wouldn’t recommend starting on WordPress. There are a lot of different platforms you can get your blogging done on and you don’t have to use WordPress if you don’t want to. I will probably never leave WordPress unless it gets outrageously expensive, and I couldn’t afford it because I have gotten used to the platform and would have to relearn how to do everything if I switched to a new host. The hosting platform that you should use varies from person to person because all of them have glitches and if you are new, you may need a simpler platform. What do you not like about WordPress?
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