Ah, my classic dilemma.
WordPress is very different from Solo Build It; in my experience since I used both since 2008/2009; and I had been struggling with this thought/dilemma, for years!
“Should I Use WordPress Or Solo Build It For My New Ideas?”
Ask my wife: she'd laugh aloud as it's been something that I had been asking her for years now (we've been married since 2009 and I love her to bits).
I've finally reached a conclusion between the two, read more on my thoughts about SBI versus self-hosted WordPress.
I only recommend things that
(1) I've used before and
(2) that are useful to me
I've definitely used both with fair amount of success. Frankly, I've achieved a lot more success using SBI to build my private physiotherapy website which drove at least $100,000 service sales per year so it was very useful, but I realized this:
WordPress is just different: more versatile, more time-consuming and can be much more pricey, BUT in the end, it depends on what your target audience is looking for.
Here, let me illustrate.
So I used SBI for my physiotherapy website, and it worked brilliantly to drive six-figure revenue per year, but I think it works because:
That's one of the main reasons why it worked brilliantly for us, and I can foresee how SBI will continue to add value for similar companies like mine that provide professional/non-professional services, or even on specific products.
Think of businesses such as plumbing, dentistry, medical, PR, legal, midwife, etc; or the owner of a product.
It has more social elements, with native commenting function in-built into it; and has the Related Post Plugin, which encourages readers to read related posts/articles.
It creates tribes and communities where readers and commenters will chat and converse with each other, or even link back to the article and bring more conversations.
It is more flexible in a sense you can create and leverage WordPress technology, themes and plugins to create very automated directories (think AirBNB and Uber), forums, and even social networking/bookmarking sites that are similar to FaceBook.
My experience with SBI is pretty much highly reliant on readers/clients directly from Google searching for very specific issues/pains; whereby my WordPress sites tends to be more social.
Is there a right or wrong, good or bad?
That's not the issue here.
Answer these three questions, and you'd get to decide between SBI and WordPress. I finally realized this after deliberating this question for years.
It's all back to who your customers is and what they want/like.
Take action today, don't wait anymore. In fact, don't overthink this part, because it may just be a distraction from the real issue: take action and refine as you go along.
Trust me, just take action.
This is the same approach how I am learning how to improve making money online. I may not be making much money online (see my income reports here) but I am making up to $100 per month.
I know I can and I will make more as I refine, learn and improve, until I'm making $500 a month, then $1000, then more and more as I learn how to better serve my readers.
This approach is waaaaaaaaay better, like 1000x better than to deliberate, think, think and procrastinate from actually taking action.
Just take action, and refine as you go along.
So, two options:
Go for it, and let me know how you're doing.