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Wordpress LogoWordpress has quickly become one of the most popular blog platforms around, if not the most popular. It's currently being used by 49 percent of the top 100 blogs in the world, an increase from 32 percent three years ago. This is good to know if you're considering a blog of your own, which can be an effective way to show off your technical and business chops. How does Wordpress stack up against Google+ for blogging? Tell us in the comments below.  I've been a WordPress self-hosted user for three years running. Some criticism of WordPress I've heard is that it's for newbies or it's vulnerable. Since I've had a Wordpress frame injection twice, I agree with both sentiments. Yet if you know how to install it and perform some tweaks with the platform, you can alleviate any problems. And yes, WordPress is easy to use. For instance, if your site is running slow or it's loading objects from a suspicious address, you should view the HTTP request and response header to see if an iframe or encoded string was injected into your theme files. I recommend using the Sucuri SiteCheck tool, which can tell you in a matter of seconds if your site is infected and the theme files that have been hacked. From this you can easily access your files via FTP or Cpanel and delete the lines that were injected. WordPress can be customized easily. You just have to have a little PHP, HTML and CSS knowledge and you can modify your theme files without any problem. Some even create spectacular themes on their own, making it difficult to tell if their site is based on WordPress or another platform.

Would I recommend it?

If you're making your first foray into blogging, WordPress is the perfect self-hosted platform. In most cases WordPress can be easily installed from Cpanel, but you can also upload its source via FTP and then follow the instructions to install it. Of course, you can always hire a developer to help build your self-hosted custom-made blog platform. But until you're ready for that, I suggest trying WordPress.