You’ve decided to start a blog. With that decision… comes many decisions.
The start, you have to decide which of the blogging platforms are right for you.
What’s the best blogging platform?
This is an important question.
In this post I’ll share 4 powerful blogging platforms. Blogger, Tumblr, WordPress, and Typepad
Blogging Platform: WordPress.com
WordPress.com gives users a limited version of WordPress software. This is because your site’s content is hosted on their servers at no cost to you. This choice is great for hobby bloggers who are apprehensive about investing any money in their blogging adventure. Once established, you can upgrade to a self-hosted WordPress blog in the future.
- Zero Set-up Costs
- No need to know HTML or web design
- Many choices of theme
- Limitations without being upgraded
- Looks like limited resources/less professional
- Creator lacks ownership. So, you can’t monetize the site. And WordPress can suspend your account any time.
- Your site address is a www.yoursite.WORDPRESS.com domain.
Blogging Platform: WordPress.Org
Cost: Free use of software. Hosting is paid for, [Click here to get start your blog course.]
WordPress.org allows users to create a self-hosted blog. This required a third-party server for hosting. More flexibility is allowed here. This gives users the power to create a more professional liking website. You can install plugins and edit HTML. WordPRess.org is best for the person who is willing to invest a few dollars a month (for hosting). This choice is appropriate for someone with a brick and mortar store, someone who wants to brand themselves or their product(s), an authors who want to create an online presence, someone who want to create a professional online portfolio, or develop a professional appearance.
- Easy to use dashboard.
- Highly customizable
- 1000’s of themes to choose from
- 20,000+ plug-ins to choose from
- SEO (search engine optimization) friendly
- Third-party service requires SOME technical skills (Hosts provide excellent support)
- Vulnerable to security and safety (this can be addressed)
Blogging Platform: Blogger
Blogger is owned by google.. Although not even close to the flexibility of WordPress. AdSense, Google Analytics are accessible. This option is perfect for hobby bloggers who want to blog at no cost. Because it’s so simple to learn, this maybe a place where the very beginner starts to gain some experience.
- Absolutely free.
- Easy to use.
- AdSense ads are applicable.
- IF you know HTML, you can customize many options
- Less themes to choose from compared to WordPress.
- Self-hosting is not an option
- Blogger owns your site. So, They can block you.
- Domain is www. YourSite.BLOGSPOT.com
Blogging Platform: Tumbler
Tumbler is a social platform. It’s a great place to “reblog” posts. Microbloggers would appreciate this option. But, if you want to create a sustainable, long-term presence, this may not be the place to start.
- No limit on storage.
- IF you know HTLM you can customize features.
- Selections of about 1,000 themes.
- Difficult to monetize.
- More difficult to back up.
- Importing from other sites is difficult.
Blogging Platform: TypePad
Cost: 8.95+ per month
Business professional may enjoy TypePad. It does have a monthly investment, and your site may look more professional than a site hosted on WordPress.com (the free option).
- You own your blog.
- Storage is unlimited.
- Simple to use.
- Customization options limited.
- Smaller community than WordPress.
Blogging Platform WIX
Cost: $4.08+ per month
- Wix has ecommerce capabilities. With some good options for business professionals. Keep in mind, though, you will have limited control over ecommerce features.
- Positives: You get up to 20 GB of storage and unlimited bandwidth.
- Registering your domain is an option.
- Ad integration is a possibility.
- Limited customization.
- Tools for ecommerce are less than they could be.
Which Blogging Platform Will You Choose?
The decision you make about which blog platform to choose comes down to the goals of your blogging adventure. As a hobby blogger, you may want to choose the free options to test the waters so to speak. If you know you want something sustainable, or if you’re willing to put out a minimal amount of money each month, the paid options each have their benefits.
Do you have an idea of which one would be good for you?