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I've been thinking a lot recently, about creating my blog site with wordpress instead of just making one by myself (which is what I'm currently doing). And what I really wanted to ask was is using wordpress worth it? Is it a lot better then using a custom built site? Are the plugins that extraordinary and amazing? I m seeing a lot of sites with wordpress and barely any custom built ones.

I mean seriously should I consider using wordpress? Or is there a way to use plugins without implementing wordpress all together? (guessing not)

Thanks in advance, appreciate any help.
  • Profile picture of the author JabMonkey
    It's worth it if you value your time. But you should avoid free themes imo.

    Lots of good, cheap ones on the WF and you might like some of Elegant Themes themes.

    Nobody really cares much about what theme you use, so it doesn't necessarily have to be a "custom" theme at all.

    It should be decent looking, however, and the faster it loads the better (this is one of Elegant Themes shortcomings - loads slower than most).

    Depends also what you will use the theme for and what kind of traffic you are expecting. If you are going to use the theme primarily for offline clients to see, for example, then it really doesn't need to load fast, but be impressive to those clients.
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    • Profile picture of the author IntoughShape
      Originally Posted by JabMonkey View Post

      It's worth it if you value your time. But you should avoid free themes imo.

      Lots of good, cheap ones on the WF and you might like some of Elegant Themes themes.

      Nobody really cares much about what theme you use, so it doesn't necessarily have to be a "custom" theme at all.

      It should be decent looking, however, and the faster it loads the better (this is one of Elegant Themes shortcomings - loads slower than most).

      Depends also what you will use the theme for and what kind of traffic you are expecting. If you are going to use the theme primarily for offline clients to see, for example, then it really doesn't need to load fast, but be impressive to those clients.

      Yeah I agree with you on that one, the free themes suck badly.
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      • Profile picture of the author Michael Shook
        WordPress is the software that the sites run on. It is not how the sites look. Its like Word, in the way that you use it to help create great looking documents.

        If you are a looking for a blogging platform, wordpress is one of the best , if not the best. I run all my sites on Wordpress now, as opposed to using plain html.

        I have a great, easy to use premium theme and I can make sites that are simple and sites that are plain looking. Like anything online, there are some fabulous plugins and some that are "not so fabulous".

        I use about 20ish on a regular basis, but I have gone through 100's of plugins looking for the ones that suit my needs the best.

        WordPress makes it relatively easy to change how a site looks without needing to know a huge amount about CSS.

        Altogether I am well pleased with my choice to use WP and with my choice of themes to make my sites.
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  • Profile picture of the author MilkerFocus
    IntoughShape,
    Im my opinion, wordpress is great. especially you want to create a blog site.
    It's easier to edit. and most importantly is there are ton of people are using.

    I remember when I had problem about using wordpress, and I just go to Youtube to find out the answer. The problem was not a problem anymore.
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  • Profile picture of the author IntoughShape
    Yeah thx guys, I'm just getting the feeling that I'm going to miss out on some amazing plugins that can really make a difference.
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  • Profile picture of the author chretit
    Since you’re a developer and build your own custom blogs, technically, you could emulate much of the functionality WP plugins provide but it might take up too much of your time.

    As someone has already mentioned you’d save a lot of effort by taking advantage of WordPress’ existing code base and plugins.

    And regarding your question about using WP plugins in your custom blog that doesn't sound practical, as far as I see it.

    All the best
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  • Profile picture of the author Aira Bongco
    You will like Wordpress because

    1. It will help you learn how to install and manage it
    2. It has some plugins that only works with the platform - membership, sales funnel and others
    3. You'll also love the customizable themes
    4. You'll easily relate when people talk about blogs which is almost always Wordpress.

    Although you'll do better without Wordpress for salespages. I still recommend it as a blogging platform.
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    • Profile picture of the author chandan94
      WP is amazing for Blogging. You have everything done and just use them properly.
      with any theme you can start and a little customization of the theme will change your Blogs look and it will be SEO friendly.

      The plugins available in Wordpress are a great resource to learn
      how to make a site optimization.
      Anything can be done in Wordpress.

      I love WP.

      Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Gray
    Word-press is awesome due to the fact that yes it has loads of plug-ins but its just so easy to do pretty much anything, for instance i am just creating a full blown membership with WP, OP and Wishlist Member and its so easy and fast its shameful

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  • Profile picture of the author Manie Amari
    Definitely worth it if you want to start blogging. There is a little learning curve but it's worth the effort. There are thousands of people using WordPress so finding help with something is easy and one of the best advantages of using it. Yes you would need WordPress to take advantage of the many useful plugins.
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  • Profile picture of the author eve2
    Another vote for WordPress. It does make things so much easier and faster - and chances are, whatever you want to do, "there's a [plugin] for that."

    The most important thing to learn is how to secure the WP site because hackers just love attacking WP sites.
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  • Profile picture of the author denysapu
    Seriously, I'd like to recommend WP rather that other CMS or custom built site.
    Also, I do love WP since there's lot community for support, both paid or free.
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  • Profile picture of the author Radical Codes
    It's Worth.. mate..
    I've been playing with WP for almost 7 years, and it's amazing..
    I really love this CMS, easy to customize and easy to operate.
    There's so many plugin out there, and choose the best and fit for your needs.
    once you used it i guarantee you will get impressed with it's features..
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    There are so many premium themes for Wordpress and so many incredible plugins, I wouldn't want a custom site that couldn't utilize them
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  • Profile picture of the author Roshaan
    man i am telling you that Word press is worth it i am myself using WordPress and its plugins are awesome you start a blog and you will feel the difference yourself
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  • Profile picture of the author IntoughShape
    Allright thank you everyone I'll take some time and get used to wp, you all helped me decide xD. Thanks again.
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  • Profile picture of the author MichaelYoung
    I can't make a site to save my life, but with Wordpress I can get a theme like Optimize Press, Profits Theme, and even Headway and make a site in minutes.

    Before? Hire people, didn't like the look, blamed my mother, drank until 2am.

    Yup, that's why I went that route, and no I'm kidding about doing those silly things before I figured this out.

    Honestly, I learned Optimize Press because I didn't want to get a freelancer to fix my site every 5 minutes if I wanted to make a change or do a split test. It's the only thing technical I know how to do it online, and next to most people that isn't much.

    The difference is I make my money being productive, not focusing on specifics which don't make anyone money. Don't believe me? Look at drudgereport.com as they rake in millions with an ugly site that people love.

    Case closed.
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  • Profile picture of the author JacobS
    I started building my own sites from scratch (HTML, then later CSS and JS) in the mid-90's; but now I use Wordpress almost exclusively, and I would need a pretty compelling reason to use anything else. Like others have said, there are some very nice themes available; and if you can think of a feature, there's probably a plugin to accomplish it.

    On the development side of things, Wordpress is a huge time saver.
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  • Profile picture of the author OldLodgeSkins
    Hi,

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    • Profile picture of the author Walter Parrish
      It depends on the type of business and site. If it's an affiliate site I would say use the wordpress. If it's a social site there's better platforms you can use.
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  • Profile picture of the author laulax
    For me is super worth it. There are soooo many themes and widgets that can make your life easier... some free, some paid. You can even have the iPhone/iPad app and enter new posts through them!

    At the beginning i was lost and didn't know where to start, but once i grasped the concept as how it works... piece of cake!
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  • Profile picture of the author IntoughShape
    sounds good to me, thanx everyone
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    • Profile picture of the author Matida
      For me the strong points about Wordpress are having so many themes and plugins at your disposal. You can virtually build any kind of website with Wordpress, because of the themes and plugins.
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  • Profile picture of the author rizanirama
    I can't make any website without Wordpress, it make things so much easier and faster. We can easily find a lot of theme and plugin both free and premium, and it is also multipurpose, we can build any kind of website with Wordpress.
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  • Profile picture of the author SangGuna
    Wordpress is awesome OP...even u can make forum from it with out knowing MyBB or PHP..
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  • Profile picture of the author IntoughShape
    Alright I'm going to get it later on the free themes are enraging. My custom theme rocks, and WP looks to confusing to use atm. I'll get wordpress when I get some money to buy a premium theme.
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  • Profile picture of the author swords
    There are plenty of good free themes out there, I wouldn't let that stop you from using Wordpress. All the available plugins (free and paid) are just OUTSTANDING, I wouldn't trade it for anything.
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