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    Wordpress - Why So Popular?

    What's the difference between Wordpress and other blogging services? Can anyone please help me to clear this out?

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    To start with iit is relatively simple to install the script onto almost any web hosting and a lot of web hosts even provide one or more automated ways of making the install even easier.

    There are a huge number of themes to choose from so you can make it look just about however you want it to look just by finding and installing the right theme.

    There are also a really huge number of plugins available allowing the functionality to be extended in just about any way that the owner might want.

    Finally, there are a lot of designers and developers with a good knowledge of how WordPress works so that if you want something that isn't currently available and can't do it yourself there is plenty of choice of who to employ to build the custom extras for you.

    The options are far greater than for any other similar software.
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    Wordpress is more professional compare to others. There are tons of themes where you can download for your niche. There are many useful plugins that can't be found on other blogging service.

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    well said, felgall...that is why wordpress becomes popular...

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    wordpress is free and open . also with so many plugins!

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    Quote Originally Posted by stephen.scott View Post
    wordpress is free and open . also with so many plugins!
    yeah, but so are other blogging services, although, there are more options with wordpress... one can have more widgets and add ons and can take full control of the blog, but, in the end, it doesn't really matter which blogging services you would use if you would have a not so good content..

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    I used Blogger before Wordpress (still on several blogs that I update v. rarely). Also used Drupal blogging module. Wordpress is the best by a long way.

    Why? SEO, functionality, speed to manage, everything!

    I used to use Blogger on my main blog, but once it was over 200 posts it was almost impossible to update it with the server I was using. FTP failed, took ages at best. And making a change to one article required the entire blog to be rebuilt and uploaded again. Utter madness. Wordpress - one quick change on the database (via control p. of course) and you're done.

    Saying this, I have heard some people struggle with very large wordpress (over 1000 psots). I am not there yet. Hopefully these are server problems, or plugin problems though.

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    Wordpress is comparatively more popular because It's simple.
    Its as simple as that!
    However It also popular because of the flexability that It provides to the webmaster.

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    Its easy to set up. There are numerous plugins to customize your site. The selection of template is huge. Plus its free.

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    It started to become popular because it is simple to install and use.

    As a result people started creating lots of themes and plugins for it which has resulted in its becoming more popular which results in more people creating more themes and plugins for it and so on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by quantum physics View Post
    Wordpress is comparatively more popular because It's simple.
    Its as simple as that!
    However It also popular because of the flexability that It provides to the webmaster.
    i don't think so, wordpress is more professional in style compare to others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonbey View Post
    Saying this, I have heard some people struggle with very large wordpress (over 1000 psots). I am not there yet. Hopefully these are server problems, or plugin problems though.
    I have over 1,000 posts on one of my blogs, and 25 plugins running on it. It's handling just fine

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    1:-Wordpress is free
    2:- it is user friendly
    3:- easy to install
    4:- Good hosting providers have this feature and you need to to take download wordpress script just a click will give you ready wordpress blog.
    5:- Professional platform
    Therefor it is too popular.

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    Wordpress is easy to customize for your own needs and has lots of different plugins you can use.However, there are coming out new versions of wordpress quite often and this can cause problems with some of the plugins.

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    My personal answer for staying with Wordpress for my blog...is the community support.

    There is a large community of Word Pressers who not only design themes and program plugins...but who are willing to help those of us out who are just new to blogging and running a website. That makes it worth it to me, to know that I can go into the forums or look in the FAQ and find the answer to my question. And also, because the community is a group of talented designers, programmers, and writers...you benefit from all the blogging that goes on about how to improve your Word Press site.

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    wordpress is so easy to use, it also has lots of plugins and extra features

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    Quote Originally Posted by jabo View Post
    yeah, but so are other blogging services, although, there are more options with wordpress... one can have more widgets and add ons and can take full control of the blog, but, in the end, it doesn't really matter which blogging services you would use if you would have a not so good content..
    Agree with jabo. It doesn't really matter what kind of blogging services do you use. Making your blog successful really depends on your content as well as your link building strategies...

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    any blogging services will work but you have to work hard on the content of your blog and on the promotion area and on getting more traffics

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    Because wordpress is so popular, there are always people developing plugins, themes, and coming up with ideas on how to tweak and optimize it. Also, it's got a great support community and the platform itself is also constantly being updated.

    Of course any other blogging services would work too, but it can be done much easier through Wordpress
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    I agree about the community support. Top notch.

    I also like that I can make my Wordpress installation a blog or a site. Not too many others can do that.
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    Wordpress takes a lot of the nerdery out of the whole process of setting up a blog.. which can be nice.. but i prefer customization.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sprabhu View Post
    1:-Wordpress is free
    2:- it is user friendly
    3:- easy to install
    4:- Good hosting providers have this feature and you need to to take download wordpress script just a click will give you ready wordpress blog.
    5:- Professional platform
    Therefor it is too popular.
    I would add

    6. lots of free and commercial themes to choose from
    7. hundreds of free and commercial plugins

    Linda

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    WP is very versatile, but it should be clarified when people give their opinions in this thread about it, whether they are talking about a self hosted WP or just blogging at wordpress.com, because both methods have benefits, but cannot always be managed the same way.

    A self hosted WP blog allows freedom of theme, seo, plugins and many more options. Whereas, using wordpress.com limits you to what themes and plugins you can use. However, wordpress.com is already a very well established site that makes it easy for you to blog and get traffic relatively fast traffic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vanfleet View Post
    I would add

    6. lots of free and commercial themes to choose from
    7. hundreds of free and commercial plugins

    Linda
    lol..agree with you friend..
    i like WP and until now i usually use WP for make a blod.
    Of course its free and many themes.

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    have you tried using caffeneited content for your wordpress?


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