This post is geared towards my fellow bloggers who are struggling to pick a hosting platform for their website/blog OR are unhappy with what they have now. There are plenty of programs out there: Wordpress, Weebly, Wix, QuickBlogcast, Tumblr, Blogger, Etc but I'm going to explain why after all these years, I went back to Weebly.
Essentially all hosting sites do the same thing: host your site. What you choose depends on personal preference and your knowledge of CSS/HTML and how much you're willing to put up with.
I hated Wordpress because I felt it was too complex, a blogging platform is supposed to be simple and Wordpress' back end was messy and jumbled. You have to use HTML for everything and you can't just drop a picture from your desktop and have it appear in your post without some kind of problem. The themes are way too basic and look like an amateur blog instead of a professional blog site. Also, to get a functioning website equipped with the Facebook likes, tweet this and share, you have to know CSS/HTML, buy a theme that comes with it or pay someone to tweak it. I love me some free so I wasn't having that. I do get tons of people who love Wordpress and use Bluehost to host their site. I am considering hosting my newest site, Affordable Men's Clothing on Bluehost but I will probably be paying someone to set it up.
Wix has a beautiful interface built for someone who takes professional photos or someone selling it. I am still an iPhone blogger so many of my images came up pixelated or blurry. They don't even advocate that you use their site for a blog so while it is beautiful, it is not practical. They also only allow you to have one URL for free and because I have so many subdomains, that was out of the question. I can't even speak on their SEO properties because I didn't make it that far.
Tumblr is by far the easiest to set up with a personal domain and the easiest to use. However, tumblr has bad SEO and as a blogger, good SEO is absolutely necessary. If your blog is hosted on Tumblr and someone is looking for a blog post you wrote, it's almost impossible to find it by using search engines. Not even pinging your blog relentlessly will help.
Quick blogcast by GoDaddy was the absolute best blogging platform in my opinion. Unfortunately, GoDaddy discontinued it, but I really wish they would bring it back. It had the best SEO properties, first page google search, accurate up to date analytics. Quick Blogcast was the reason that my old website Brooklyn Posh was ranked 900,000 top sites in the world. It was easy to use and understand. You only needed basic HTML knowledge but it wasn't mandatory.
As for Blogger, I tried it for like a month but I hated all the spammy, generic comments I would get from random bloggers saying "Love the picture". So blogger was a DUB.
I tried Weebly twice, the first time was with Brooklynposh.com but I hosted the actual blog on tumblr(easier to reblog on Tumblr than to screenshot and post on Weebly) I made my own graphics for the Brooklyn Posh site and in the beg there were only a few themes. Then, I revisited Weebly in August to create the Raye Social page and what you see here is my perfection for right now. I have even upgraded it so that I can see my own www and the analytics + SEO is on point. Weebly's themes are easy they are also easy to customize as far as colors and headings go. Using canva also makes it super easy to create graphics that aren't pixelated. I can drag pictures from my iMessage directly to my blog post. Everything for photos including the gallery and slideshow are in reach on my dashboard and I can also add cool items such as a map, button, spacer, flash or youtube video without doing too much work or searching. Another thing I love is that Weebly's dashboard makes it easy for you to add google Adsense to only one page. It's honestly the easiest thing for me. The social share buttons below literally only took one click to place in the blog post.
What do you guys use for your hosting? Do you love it or do you want to change it?
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