I’ve used Wordpress for work and play for many years. It is far and away the most popular content management system available. Because of its size; however, it can feel a little bloated and very complicated. There are a few different ways to simplify things, but here’s what I prefer (for myself and clients).
First, you need to scout out the competition. If you want a site where the design and flow are mostly out of your hands, you might want to consider something like Medium. Some people might prefer Squarespace.
If you’re serious about blogging and plan to maintain your blog for a long amount of time, I rank Wordpress as the best available. Wordpress offers two primary products: a hosted solution and a self-hosted solution. It’s a no-brainer to go the self-hosted option.
Here are my suggestions on getting started with a powerful and fast new blog.
- Buy a domain name from Hover for just a few bucks per year.
- Signup with wpengine and claim your 2 free months by selecting a yearly account. Once your account is created, they will help you (AMAZING customer service) setup everything needed to get your blog up and running, including connecting it to your domain name.
- Choose a theme from the database within WordPress or buy Genesis and a child theme from StudioPress.
Need help? Contact me and we’ll work something out.