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How to Fold Your Website: (Word)Press or Tumble?

If you’ve been using the internet for awhile, you’re probably aware that there are no shortage of blogging platforms available to users who want to share items of interest with their readers. Two of the most popular, WordPress and Tumblr, are both great at what they do, so it’s no surprise why people usually turn to them first. That said, each functions quite differently and may not be ideal for your individual purpose. To know this, there are several questions you should ask yourself before you decide on a platform.

What is My Purpose?

Determining the overall purpose of your blog is one of the first steps in determining which platform is right for you, as WordPress and Tumblr tend to gravitate towards different markets. WordPress  feature-intensive layout allows you to build an entire website framework around your blog and integrate your site completely into the platform.

Tumblr’s main focus is what is called “social blogging.” Instead of focusing on commercial concepts, they strive to provide an atmosphere conducive to short interactions between users.

How Important Are Customization Options?

While Tumblr does have a fair amount of custom layouts and templates available, they pale in comparison to the many options offered by WordPress and its users. However, many users aren’t comfortable or simply lack the time needed to download plugins, install themes and customize them to their liking. Instead, they are content to use what options are readily available to them and can be applied in minutes. For these users, Tumblr may be the best option, but if you really want to create a one of a kind experience for your audience, you’ll be better served with WordPress.

How Will I Connect With My Audience?

Tumblr excels at providing social tools for its users and actively encourages readers to check out blogs of similar content and interest. The framework allows users to easily “follow” one another and obtain updates on the latest goings on.

While WordPress does have the capability to share items socially with others around the web, these are not built in and must be installed. Obviously, this is a major turn off for users without the computer knowledge to do so.

Who Will Host My Blog?

If you plan on using your own domain name, you should know that there is currently no way to redirect your Tumblr blog directly from their site. You can install the platform on a third party hosting company, however. For some users who want to write casually or focus on the content of their blog, this may not be an issue.

WordPress provides a free hosting service much in the way Tumblr does, although your readers never have to know thanks to seamless URL redirecting.

It’s also worth noting that WordPress has limited functionality when not installed on a separate server, so if you want to take advantage of all of the themes, widgets and other cool add-ons it has to offer, you’ll want to get your own (free) copy.

Whatever platform you choose, you should carefully consider not only where your blog is now, but where it will be a year from now and how that will affect your decision. While it’s possible to make a change later, choosing correctly now will save you a lot of future headaches.

Guest Post By: Charles Dearing has worked extensively in the web hosting industry. He is also an avid blogger and he enjoys sharing his hosting insights on various blogs. Visit to read reviews on popular webhosts.


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Alex Sysoef is an IT Consultant, Internet Marketer and ProBlogger who shares his passion and knowledge of WordPress, SEO, Social Media and traffic strategies on his blog WordPress Howto Spotter. Connect on Twitter or Facebook

4 Responses to “How to Fold Your Website: (Word)Press or Tumble?”

  1. Aaron says:

    Even the WordPress-hosted version of WP is better than just about any other CMS I’ve come across, hands down (in my opinion). If you’re on the WP-hosted version, you can buy a package with which you can buy a dotcom domain without the need to buy hosting or getting into the hassle of moving your blog.
    Aaron recently posted..A Breakdown of the Costs of Starting a Blog

  2. Samuel
    Twitter: internetdreamof

    WordPress is the way to go always.

    Tumblr is not even close to being what wordpress is.
    Samuel recently posted..7 Cool WordPress Plugins!

  3. Clare says:

    Hello Charles

    Thanks for writing this post. My blogging platform of choice is definitely WordPress. Although it has evolved so much I would consider it more of a CMS with blogging capabilities these days.

    I have never used Tumblr before. I can see how it could be simpler to use for the beginner.


  4. Tom
    Twitter: internet_mad

    Hi, I first started with Blogger but soon went over to WordPress, even though at the time I found it complicated. Start off with a free wordpress hosted blog but I highly recommend buying a domain name and hosting account for your wordpres blog because the free hosting with wordpress is limited and you cant have plugins!!

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