Users frequently ask us why they should use WordPress instead of other free blogging platforms such as Blogger, Ghost, Tumblr, and others. Medium is a rapidly growing free blogging platform that enables anyone to write stories and have their own online presence. In this article, we’ll compare WordPress and Medium, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of each platform.
Please note that this comparison is between WordPress.org self-hosted sites and Medium, not WordPress.com vs Medium. Please refer to our comparison of self-hosted WordPress.org vs. WordPress.com.
1. Take Control of Your Content
Anyone can share their stories on Medium, which is a free online community. It’s simple to use, dependable and includes social networking features.
You, on the other hand, do not own Medium. It is owned by ‘A Medium Corporation,’ which has the authority to close it down, announce new pricing plans, or cancel your account at any time.
WordPress, on the other hand, allows you to control your own content. You have complete control over your data and who you share it with because you host your own website.
2. Developing Your Personal Brand
Because Medium is a network, content from other authors is frequently displayed as next stories below your own. directing your users to articles written by other brands and authors.
When you use Medium to share your stories, you’re also promoting their brand. You are not compensated for your efforts. If you’re not a well-known author, chances are that Medium users will recall reading one of your stories without even knowing your name.
You have complete control over how you want to promote your brand on WordPress. You decide how to capitalize on your content and brand recognition as your site grows in popularity. Your content and ideas are instantly recognizable just by your name.
You can do a lot more to increase the number of time users spend on your WordPress site now that you have complete control over it.
3. Possibilities for Design
You can choose a layout for your publication on Medium. You can customize the header with your own logo, background color, or image. You have the option of using a grid or a stream-based layout for your layout. This drag-and-drop editor is simple to use and provides a wide range of customization options.
However, the appearance of your publications is still limited to the options available in Medium. You won’t be able to customize the look and feel of your website.
Thousands of free and paid WordPress themes, on the other hand, are available. These themes were created by professionals and feature cutting-edge designs as well as limitless customization options.
WordPress gives you the freedom to create a site that is completely unique to you. If you have a little more money to spend, you can hire designers and developers to build any type of website you can think of.
4. The Ability to Move Your Blog
You can export your data in HTML format using Medium. This makes exporting your data to other platforms, such as WordPress, difficult. Your article responses and likes cannot be exported.
It’s nearly impossible to set up redirects from Medium to WordPress. You’ll have to manually set up a redirect for each story on your new platform, even if you’re using a custom domain on Medium.
WordPress gives you the freedom to move all of your content because it is an open source platform. Using importer plugins, you can import and export data from WordPress.
Users and comments can also be imported and exported. WordPress also includes excellent backup plugins that let you restore and migrate your site to a new host or even a new domain name.
5. Supporting Resources
Medium comes with a lot of documentation and a ticketing system for support. Currently, all users have access to free support. Medium staff provides answers, and their response time is determined by the number of pending support requests.
WordPress is a collaborative effort. It is used by over 26% of all websites on the internet. The WordPress.org website provides free community support. (Wondering why WordPress is free?)
Aside from that, WordPress is supported by a slew of third-party platforms, including StackExchange, YouTube, and SitePoint.
Yourblogmaster is the most comprehensive WordPress resource site for newbies.
6. Safety and security
You don’t have to worry about the software because Medium is a fully hosted platform. Your content is served by Medium servers, which are extremely secure. Industry-standard security measures are used to keep your personal information safe.
WordPress is a platform that is self-hosted. This means you’re in charge of your website’s safety and security. WordPress is known for responding quickly to security issues with automatic updates that are installed on millions of WordPress sites.
We use Sucuri to protect our site from malicious attacks at Yourblogmaster.
7. In the future
A Medium Corporation owns Medium, a private company. Currently, the company’s monetization options are limited to partnerships with a few select brands for a small number of publishers. We don’t know for sure what Medium’s future holds. It has the potential to thrive and make money, or it could go the way of dozens of other free content hosting services that have come before it.
WordPress is a free and open source project run by a community of thousands of developers and users. The WordPress Foundation safeguards WordPress’ legal freedoms, ensuring that the project will continue even if its core developers leave.
It has been around for over 13 years and has grown to become the world’s largest content management system. It’s safe to assume that WordPress will be around for a long time.
We hope this article aided you in weighing the advantages and disadvantages of WordPress vs. Medium.