Platforms for Blogs

Choosing your ideal platform to blog in

There are many platforms you can use to write your blog in, but which one best suits your needs. You will need to choose a platform which is easy for you to navigate through, not taking much of your time and mainly not have much/no coding work for you. You will need to have plan of what you will be posting now and in the future, so you do not have to change a lot of things around. When your blog grows the look of it will change more menu options can come up. If you choose the wrong platform, then you will be stuck trying to navigate everything through. Also, if you do not have plans to make money at present maybe you will want to in the future so is good to keep that in mind and choose your platform well. We are going to write a comparison of different platforms, so you can see which one is more applicable to you.

WordPress.org

Most popular blogging software because it is open source, which you can use to edit you work, without the need to have coding knowledge. To use this platform, you will need to sign up.

The advantage of using this software is that it provides you with a lot of control over all features of your website. You can increase your blog and add additional feature like online store, forums and membership options. It offers you with free and premium themes, gives your site a look unique. You will have access to more than 45,000 free plug-ins giving more room for adding different features. It is also extremely search engine friendly, meaning you can make your website gain more traffic.

The only let down is that, you will need to learn a lot about this software and make sure you understand it thoroughly and that you will need to manage your own backup and security.

Wix

This platform is hosted to build websites with a simple drag and drop format. You can also add a blog to your website by adding the wix blog app.

So why is this good? Well you can customize your website design using many templates and third-party apps. There is no coding required as said before, it is a simple drag and drop format. Also, it is easy and quick to setup.

WordPress.com

Since it is a blog hosting platform this will be best for any bloggers. It offers a blog hosting service free of charge, however you will need to buy additional features like domain name, storage and other premium services.

Advantage is that it needs no addition set up and is also quite easy to manage. The platform has limitation when it comes to expanding your site, you cannot run ads. In addition to that they can suspend your account if they find your work violating their terms and service.

Blogger

Another free blog hosting website, acquired by google, it offers a faster and easy way to create a blog.

It is easy for usage and management and has added pro of Google’s robust secure platform and reliability.

However, you only have limited blogging tools and will not be able to add new tools if your blogs grow in popularity. It has limited design templates, in addition to that the third-party template and usually low quality. You will not get updates or new features. Again, it can suspend your site if you violate their terms and conditions or sometimes even without any warning.

Tumblr

Tumblr is different to all the other platforms because it is a microblogging platform with social networking features such as, blogs, reblogging, sharing tools and so on.

This is free, easy to use, has the integrated social media element, and the microblogging tool makes it quicker to blog videos, GIF’s, images and audio formats. Unfortunately, it come with limited of features which won’t allow you to expand your site if your blog grows. Even though it has many themes they do not give any additional features. Importing and backing up is quite difficult.

Medium

Began in 2012, and since has multiplied into a communal page of writers, journalists and experts. The platform is a success because it is quick and easy to use but has limited social networking features.

Good thing about medium is its ease of use, not requiring any setup or expert IT skills, like coding. it gives you the opportunity to find people with similar interests on the internet, also your undivided attention can be given to writing instead of designing the appearance of your site. Not designing your site can also be a let-down for this platform since it has very limited templates. The platform owns your followers therefore if you decide to leave then you will also lose your audience. You can make money out of this by running your own ads.

Squarespace

It is a website building service which is mostly useful for small business owners who are looking to build a website to have some online presence.

The platform is quite straight forward to use, hence not requiring much IT knowledge. It has some professional looking templates. It also offers a domain name including SSL or HTTPs and ecommerce stores. They however quite limited in terms of features that are built into their platform for example, the personal plan only allows you to have 20 pages, 1 blog and 2 contributors and additions are bound to a select limited services and tools.

Joomla

This online tool is an open source software content management system, where you need a domain name and web host to use its services.

It is good because you can create any kind of blog or website, choose from 100s of design templates for customizing it and you can add any apps or extensions you want to, e.g. Facebook app. It isn’t good in terms of having less features than WordPress, limited support for community support and even sponsored ads can cost a lot. Another drawback is that you must be completely responsible for managing your backups, updates, and security.

Ghost

It is for minimalist bloggers, which do not have much features so bloggers can focus on just writing the blog. You can have a hosted platform or can download the software to host it yourself.

If you want to be focused on just blogging, then this is ideal for you. It provides you with neat, clutter-free, and spontaneous user interface. This will load and work a lot faster since it is written in JavaScript and no setup is needed. Host it yourself means going through a very complicated setup, and the beginner’s interface will give you very limited feature, like you can’t have you desired appearance for the page. It is also complicated to customise with apps.

Weebly

A Drag and drop interface which allows you to create your ideal web page. It comes with lots of templates that can tweaked to your preference.

Drag and drop website builder therefore IT skills is not required. It has a fast and relaxed setup, because Weebly hosts your site for you. It offers a free plan, so you can explore its feature and see if you will need it before having to purchase it. Again, like other self-hosted platform, the built-in features are limited. You also will have a limited integration with third party platforms. Exporting your site from Weebly to another platform is difficult.

So, there you go. Those are a few platforms that you can use. You can go and play around with some of these platforms to see which one you like best and whether is suits your needs. If you don’t like any of the platform we have chosen to write about, you can find your own, remember to check the features it offers, cost to relevancy ratio and whether you are going to use it for long term.

Enjoy blogging !

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