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WordPress expert review: Should you build a website with it in 2021?

WordPress is a popular website building tool that lets you create any kind of website you can think of. WordPress started as a simple blogging platform back in 2003. Since then it has evolved to become a content management system and an application development framework. In simple words, you can easily build any type of website using WordPress. Today, it powers more than 33% of all websites on the internet, that's millions of websites all over the world.

It's important that you don't confuse the WordPress.org content management system (CMS) with the WordPress.com blog hosting service. My WordPress review is for the popular self-hosted WordPress software that everyone loves and use (not the WordPress.com hosting service).

It's extremely flexible, meaning you have complete control over the design and functionality of your website. You will need to be proficient at coding, however, to setup, use and manage WordPress. Wordpress is an outstanding platform, but requires a lot to maintain (from security to hosting, from SEO to backups), and everything takes a lot of work, coding (in HTML, JS and PHP). You definitely need technical knowledge to setup and manage your hosting. Using WordPress means managing your own hosting (it's a self-hosted platform). Most new website owners don't know the complexity of managing your own hosting, from setup to security.

There is a huge amount of knowledge available online so you can find the help you need. But do you need coding knowledge to customize your website's design. There's a much higher learning curve with WordPress. WordPress is not a "what you see is what you get" website builder, so this can make WordPress not very intuitive to get to grips with.

WordPress is priceless and free. In order to use this beloved software, you will definitely need a paid hosting account. Majority of the affiliate marketers will tell you to go self-hosting and start a WordPress blog right away. I am not saying they are wrong. But majority of beginners had failed, and that's a fact. They advocate this with ardent dedication because they want you to click on his/her referral link to host your blog.

The moment you pay for your hosting, the clock starts ticking nonstop for the next billing. When I started blogging, I hoped that I would get a ton of traffic through search engines because all of the other popular blogs got a lot of Google love. The reality is you won't get too much traffic from Google because your blog is new. It takes years before your search engine traffic kicks in. In the beginning, the only person visiting your blog may be you. So when the time comes for the next hosting bills, you had to decline because you made no money from your blog. And you finally quit.

It takes months or even years to grow loyal audience. If building a successful website or blog, one that generates substantial income, is going to take months or even years, why go for paid hosting now?

Now, if you are a new blogger with little budget, the biggest danger for you is going self-hosting. If you don't want to fail and you want to be succesful, you should take a step back before investing now and ponder on this important question.

SEO has changed and we must change. We all know SEO or Search Engine Optimization is a long-term strategy. It may take days, weeks or months for Google to crawl your website or blog. But it will take years to be on the top Search Engine Result Page (SERP), provided you followed the best SEO practices.

Ask this yourself. Do you think you can simply beat your competitors on the search result page who are ahead of you by 10-20 years by following some SEO techniques? Don't you think they are most probably following the best SEO practices to beat their own competitors? I think it's about time to stop listening to those SEO experts who want your business and start focusing on your business.

To get started, you don't need a self-hosted website or blog. You can build a branded site with a custom domain name on a reliable free hosting site like Blogger and Github Page. You can buy a custom domain name from NameCheap for as low as $8.88. And that's it!

After getting the recognition you need - with your custom domain name + free hosting, you have all the freedom to switch for the self-hosting plan(WordPress)- anytime. You can make this happen in 3-5 years. So don't quit on the way. You must love the process if you love success.

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