How to Pick Your Platform

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If you've followed me over the years, you know my site has migrated a few times. I started on Blogger, moved to Wordpress.com, back to Blogger, to Squarespace, and now self-hosted.

Why this last transition?

For me, I wanted more design control than I had on Squarespace.

"Does this mean you'll start hating on Squarespace?"

Absolutely not.

There's a reason we choose the platforms we choose: budget, tech knowledge, freedom/control, etc.

When asked which platform should be used to start a website, I follow up with: "What's your end goal?"

- If you want to blog for the sake of blogging, you can get away with Blogger

- If you're thinking of monetizing but don't have the budget for a web designer and developer, Squarespace is perfect

- If you want to monetize, have the budget, and love learning HTML/CSS, Wordpress is your friend.

So why the fuss?

Wordpress is held as the best platform because of content ownership, SEO ranking, and freedom of design and development. In my short time using Wordpress, I can see the many amazing things I've been able to do with it. I also understand why people stay on Squarespace (and Blogger).

- Web design is way easier and the need for a developer is low.

- You don't have to know PHP

- Fewer plugins to deal with. I hate the idea of plugins and believe any more than 5 for simple design needs requires a developer.

- You don't have to worry about child themes. Creating your own child theme saves you tears and headaches when you have to update your theme. Learned that the hard way.

Takes away: Don't stress out on what platform you should use.

Focus on building your content instead and increasing your audience first. If your content sucks, no one is going to visit your site- period.

You can have amazing content on Blogger (Chastity Garner), Squarespace (Femtrepenuer), and Wordpress (XO Sarah).

Struggling to determine which platform to use? Take the quiz below!


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