Time and again, I am asked why I make technical tutorials such as the integration of a Pinterest optimized image or the inclusion of thumbnails for Facebook only for WordPress and not for Blogger or various modular systems.
The answer is simple: I focus on the blog software, which in my opinion are best for bloggers who want to make money online. And that’s a self-hosted WordPress blog.
But what about Wix, Jimdo and all the other modular systems out there – can not you work with them?Wix , Jimdo and all the other modular systems out there – can not you work with them?
This question has taken up my dear colleague Daniela Retzl of MissWebdesign and answered in this blog article, which option makes the most sense for you. With:
- Modular systems like Wix, Jimdo & Co
- the blogging platforms Blogger and WordPress.com
- a self-hosted WordPress blog
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As soon as you have decided to start a blog, the search for the right platform for this project begins. However, just this search can be very tedious and especially overwhelming newcomers quickly.
No wonder, after all, there are now numerous providers where you can start your blog quickly and even for free.
Increasingly popular are the so-called website builders, such as Squarespace, Jimdo and Wix.Wix .
So you’re spoiled for choice and I want to help you make the best decision for you by researching the pros and cons of what’s currently the hottest system for you.
1. Modular systems
I have to admit, the offer is really tempting. And even I created a website with Jimdo many years ago.
But let’s take a closer look at the three platforms Squarespace , Jimdo and Wix .
Advantages of Website Builders
You register an account on the platform of your choice, opt for a design, add your content and you can start publishing your blog.
The simple setup of a building site site is certainly one of the most important benefits, after all, you do not have to worry about web space, nor installation.
Besides, you do not need any programming skills . The design can be easily assembled using drag-and-drop and you maintain your content, directly in the web view of your page, by double-clicking.
Another plus is that you do not have to worry about maintaining your system . Updates, backups and the like takes over your provider.
By the way, I would particularly like to highlight the Squarespace support, which is available to you 24/7 around the clock and has been praised by many users in the highest regard during my research.
Disadvantages of Website Builders
Besides all the wonderful benefits, there are of course some disadvantages that you should consider.
With your account with one of the providers, you enter a dependency and give up control of your blog. In most cases, you do not even own the content that you create yourself.
Another and for me substantial disadvantage is that you with Jimdo and Wix have no possibility to export your contents. Also Squarespace offers only a very limited export function . If you want to move your blog in the future, you have to start from scratch again.WIX keinerlei Möglichkeit hast deine Inhalte zu exportieren. Auch Squarespace bietet nur eine sehr
The functionality is also manageable for website kits. Although the usual standard features are covered, the individuality remains on the track.
In addition to these general disadvantages that all three systems have in common, I have noticed a few individual points in my research:
- With Wix, it’s not possible to change your initial design. True to the motto “What’s up, that pecks”, then you have to live with it or start again.
- Jimdooffers in the free version neither responsive designs, so that your blog is displayed correctly on mobile devices, nor the possibility of search engine optimization.
- Squarespacespeaks only English or Spanish. Although you can of course write a German blog, in the system and with all technical terms but you have to cope in English (or Spanish).
For whom is a modular system suitable?
Website builders may be a good choice for you if you want to be on the Internet, but have no ambition to monetize your blog in the future.
2. Blog platforms
A good alternative if you want to try out whether blogging is also fun in the long term is the free blogging platforms blogger.com and wordpress.com .
Benefits of blog platforms
Again, you will find the benefits of website builders:
- Just register and get started right away
- No programming knowledge required
- Your provider takes care of maintenance and backups
Unlike website builders, you can work on blogger.com and wordpress.com with an easy-to-use Content Management System (CMS) and get used to it.
What distinguishes both platforms is their excellent export function . Both systems make it easy for you to move with your content, for example, to your self-hosted WordPress blog.
Disadvantages of blog platforms
Unfortunately, blogger.com and wordpress.com also limit your options . In the long run, you’ll run into the limits of your creativity when it comes to installing themes, plugins or customization.
And of course you are dependent on the two providers again, if you use their services.
At this point, you should consider hosting your blog based on WordPress itself, if you enjoy blogging, you want to further professionalize yourself.
For whom are blog platforms suitable?
For blogger.com or even better wordpress.com you should decide if you feel like writing a blog, but first want to try for free, if blogging is really for you.
Why I recommend wordpress.com for you and not blogger.com? Because moving to your self-hosted WordPress blog is the easiest way to do that later.
3. WordPress self-hosted
With your own domain and your own web space you take your blog to a new level.
Now you have all the freedom and benefit from a sheer infinite selection of themes and plugins, for all eventualities.
Finally you are independent . Your content is only yours and you can put your blog together at any time to change your web space provider.
Self-hosting is inexpensive . Of course, you have to pay for your domain and webspace, which amounts to about € 66 per year. Neither the website builders, nor blogger.com or wordpress.com can match this price.
Not only does WordPress have a large but also very active community . In forums or Facebook groups you will quickly find competent contact persons who will assist you with questions or problems.
You are for the care of your website responsible . That means creating backups, installing updates, and maintaining the security of your website, just to name three points.
Hosting WordPress itself means that you have to get used to the system and deal with all technical aspects . These two points take time and in most cases are the biggest obstacle to starting your own self-hosted blog.
When to choose a self-hosted blog
If you are serious about blogging and want to earn money or even start your own online business, you should definitely opt for the self-hosted version of WordPress.
That’s the only way you have full control over all aspects of your blog and room for development.
So you manage the start with your self-hosted blog
Many beginners have a penchant for self-reliance on the decision to self-blog their blog and are easily deterred by the “whole technique”.
I can understand that well, after all, I was also at this point.
That’s why I’ve created a hands-on guide to my popular eBook, “Get Started with WordPress Online ,” which covers everything you need to know, from installation, to backups, to backup, load time optimization, and troubleshooting.
Conclusion: All providers have, as you can see, their advantages and disadvantages.
So if you really do not want to deal with the system “behind your blog”, you’re better off with a Baukausten system. Because an unattended and thus sooner or later virus-contaminated blog is definitely the even worse solution.
However, if you want to approach your blog ambitiously and maybe even make money with it, you should better stick to WordPress. You’ll see how much fun it is to develop together with your blog.
What criteria did you use to select your blog platform? Or are you perhaps just looking for the right system?