I May Need WordPress After All

After all, it is the king of websites and blogs

Jason Weiland

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One commenter told me that I would need WordPress again, but the mansplaining way in which it was written made my eyes glaze over, so I don’t remember much of what was said. As it is though, it turns out I may actually need to use it again.

I was perfectly happy using only platforms like GhostPro, Wix, WebFlow, and the like. I figured they would be powerful enough for any need I had until I came up with a new idea that I wanted to build. I want to build a website based on user-generated content (UGC), and the platforms I found seemed to be lacking in some way. Each one had at least one failing, whether they weren’t powerful enough or the monthly cost was too high, I have decided that the free plugins that WordPress offers have all the functionality I need.

I got tired of WordPress being so bloated, but the more I think about it the more I realize just how much I am giving up by not using it. Frankly, there are ways to make WP work faster and have a smaller footprint, and I find I miss a lot about it when I relegate myself to just using the platforms.

I’ve been using WP since it came out, and I guess it was premature to try to give it up so easily.

Now, I used Siteground for a lot of years, but it was getting expensive. After the first year, you tend to pay a lot more and I think $45 a month was just too much to host all my websites. I recently discovered Bluehost because I put my business website up there, and found it easy to use and cheap, with no noticeable speed or ease-of-use difference.

I found I could pay for a year with the same amount of money I was spending at Siteground in a month. Even the unlimited, speedy plans for developers aren’t that much more a year, so I find the savings amazing.

Now that I have an unlimited plan again, I may start putting up a few of my old websites, but instead of using the backups I made, I think I am going to do complete redesigns. I love the whole process of designing websites and blogs, so it doesn’t feel like work for me, and I love the feeling of designing something new and interesting that I’ve never done before.

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Jason Weiland

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