Should I Move To WordPress? [infographic]

In the last couple of days I was at a couple of events where people were asking the question, “should I move my site to self-hosted WordPress?” The blanket answer was, in both cases, “yes!”. Note: We’re discussing self-hosted here (versus hosted on WordPress.com). For more about that topic, click here: Self-hosted WordPress.

I had a problem with that answer of “yes” for every situation. Some of the reasons:

  • One of the people is a very popular speaker and I know he has a lot of traffic to his current, non-Wordpress site. I don’t think he realizes that he risks breaking links to his high traffic pages (the URLs and structure will most likely change), losing SEO for those pages and losing traffic
  • In a separate recent client consultation, I recommended that a client not spend the money and time to migrate from her current Joomla site (another CMS) to WordPress. She liked her custom design (and didn’t want to lose it) and she had enough control over her site to do what she wanted using the other CMS. Why set her business back for a couple of months for a less customized site on a different content management system?

These are two simple, real situations where I would either proceed very cautiously (if at all) or not migrate. In most other cases though, self-hosted WordPress is a no-brainer, especially for people who are serious about marketing their small business online.

The Infographic

So, the idea was born. A simple decision tree that could be used by people who are thinking about making the switch. It can also be a useful tool for use when consulting with potential clients (if you do Wordrpess installations). I hope you enjoy it. Feedback is welcome in the comments and feel free to embed it in your site using the Embed code below the infographic!

Should I Move To WordPress? [infographic]

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Comments

  1. Thanks Tom for this post. I really love Infographic.
    I use wordpress for a while and I love it, but different needs, different solutions.

  2. Thanks Ana. I appreciate it. Yes, everyone’s situation is different so they might need different technologies or solutions based on that!
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  3. I started making a site on Weebly, haven’t yet completed it. Should I switch before investing any more time and effort?

    • Tamara. Great question that’s worth addressing. I guess it depends on your longer term plan. I think Weebly is a fine tool if you’re setting up a very quick and easy website that looks decent and serves some basic functions. For example if you want just a “brochure” business page or an opt-in page for webinars (so you’ll drive the traffic via some outside source) Weebly can be a quick way to get up and running. If you’re building a long-term business and want to include more content marketing or SEO tactics, I think WordPress (self-hosted) will serve you better in the long term due to it’s more advanced functionality. There is a slightly higher learning curve though..

  4. Tom,
    I love the Infographic and the concept that self-hosted WordPress might not be for everyone. I have a self-hosted WordPress blog and I also maintain a blog on Blogger. Of course I get more traffic on the WP Blog but that’s because I put a whole lot more work and effort into it. I like Blogger because it’s easy and simply because it’s owned by Google and I like to have my hand in anything they’re doing :)
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    • Ilene – fair point about Google and staying close to what they’re doing by having a Blogger blog. I may consider that as well. I have a hosted WordPress blog which has come in handy a few times (when I work with clients) and for keeping up to date.

  5. Tom, you can make the switch over from Blogger to WordPress without loss of links or just about anything else.
    Okay, to be fair , it may become a risk factor if the site is quite large, and may better suit a less established site(As your info-graph suggests)
    There are a number of tutorials out on the web that go through the process(Some are different depending on your circumstances).
    At first the only reason I was a little wary of moving from Blogger to WordPress, was the risk factor of losing data.
    Since that is no longer such an issue, a new dilemma has arisen.
    The question is now, since Blogger has changed vastly in recent times(A number of improvements) what exactly can a WordPress(.org) Blog offer that a Blogger Blog can not?
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    • Daniel. I’m definitely glad to learn of possible ways to avoid loss of “link juice” by breaking your inbound links. What I find is that when people make a change they usually restructure their site a bit or the technology leads to some restructuring. That seems to lead to changes in URLs and any links going to those URLs get broken. I’m interested in what you say though, so I want to look into that.

      Also, on the Blogger front. You and Ileane are convincing me to get at least a test site up on Blogger to see for myself. Thanks for adding your ideas here!

  6. Excellent post…. indeed infographics can be understood quickly compared to text…thanks for sharing..
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  7. That is a rlaley different App. Something that could adjust light and brightness. Good Thinking