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Choosing the best blogging platform for a beginner

 

In this article, we’ll help you choose the best blogging platform by going over the pros and cons of the most popular options.

How to choose the best blogging platform

Some of these you may already know and some perhaps not

WordPress.org
Wix
WordPress.com
Blogger
Tumblr
Medium
Joomla
Ghost

Choosing The Best Blogging Platform – What to Look for?

First you need to know what kind of platform you’re looking for.

If your a beginner, you’ll want a blogging platform that’s easy to set up, and doesn’t require any coding skills.

You’ll also need to think about what kind of blogs you will be creating both now and in the future.

As your blog grows, you may want to change the look of your site and add more features for your growing audience. That means it’s important to choose a blogging platform that’s flexible, with room to grow.

Starting off with the wrong platform can make it very difficult to switch later on.

Lastly, even if you don’t have plans to make money yet, it’s smart to make sure you have the option to do so in the future.

Ok  let’s compare the best blogging platforms for beginners.

1. WordPress.org

WordPress.org

WordPress.org is the world’s most popular blogging software.

(Note: It’s easy to confuse WordPress.org with WordPress.com, which is a blog hosting service next on this list.

WordPress.org is an open source software platform which allows you to build your website or blog on your own. It is a self-hosted solution, which means you will need to sign up with a WordPress hosting provider.

Pros

  •     WordPress.org gives you control over every aspect of your website
  •     You can grow your blog and add extra features like forums, online store, and membership options to it.
  •     There are thousands of free and premium themes available for WordPress.
  •     You also get access to thousands of free plugins. These plugins are like apps for your WordPress blog.
  •      WordPress is search engine friendly.

Cons

  •     Managing your own website comes with a bit of a learning curve.
  •     You will have to manage your own backups and security.

Price:

WordPress.org software is free, but you’ll need to buy a domain name and hosting.

2. Wix

Wix

Wix is a hosted platform to build websites. It offers an easy way for small businesses to build a website using drag and drop tools. You can also add a blog to your website by adding the Wix Blog app.

Pros

  •     You can customize your site using dozens of templates and third party apps.
  •     Build your site with easy drag and drop tools; no coding skills required.
  •      Setup is quick and easy for new beginners,

Cons

  •     The free account is limited and shows Wix branding and ads on your site.
  •     Once you choose a template you cannot change it.

Pricing

The basic Wix website builder is free. You can add a custom domain for a small fee.

3. WordPress.com

WordPress.com

WordPress.com is a blog hosting service offered by Automattic, a company created by WordPress.org cofounder Matt Mullenweg.

WordPress.com offers a basic blog hosting service for free. You can purchase additional options like a custom domain name, additional storage, and other premium services.

Pros:

  •     No setup required an very easy to use and manage.

Cons:

  •     Limited options to extend your site.
  •     You cannot run advertisements on your blog.
  •     You do not own your blog and WordPress.com can suspend your account if they find you are violating their terms of service.

Price:

The basic WordPress.com account is free, but it will have WordPress.com ads and branding. You can upgrade to their Personal plan  to remove WordPress.com logo and advertising from your website, and get a custom domain

4. Blogger

Blogger

Blogger is a free blog hosting service. Acquired by Google in 2003, it offers a quick and easy way to create a blog for non-tech-savvy users.

Pros:

  •     Blogger is free
  •     It’s easy to use and manage without any technical skills
  •     Has the added advantage of Google’s robust secure platform and reliability.

Cons:

  •     You’re limited to basic blogging tools, and can’t add new features as your blog grows in popularity.
  •     Design options are limited, with fewer templates available. Third party templates for Blogger are often low quality.
  •    Google can suspend your blog at any time, or even cancel the Blogger service altogether. (They have a history of abandoning projects without warning, such as Feedburner.)

5. Tumblr

Tumblr

Tumblr is a little different than other blogging platforms. It is a microblogging platform with social networking features including following other blogs, reblogging, built-in sharing tools, and more.

Pros:

  •     Tumblr is free and very easy to use.
  •     It has an integrated social media component
  •     As a microblogging tool, Tumblr makes it easy to quickly blog videos, GIFs, images, and audio formats.

Cons:

  •     Tumblr comes with a limited set of features that you cannot extend as your blog grows
  •     There are many themes available for Tumblr, but they can’t offer additional features.
  •     Backing up your Tumblr blog or importing it to other platforms is difficult

Pricing:

Tumblr is free to use. You can use a custom domain

6. Medium

Medium

Launched in 2012, Medium has grown into a community of writers, bloggers, journalists, and experts. It is an easy-to-use blogging platform with limited social networking features.

Pros:

  •     Medium is easy to use, with no setup required and no coding skills needed.
  •     It allows you to reach an existing online community of people of similar interests.
  •     You can focus solely on writing, instead of designing a website.

Cons:

  •     Features are very limited in terms of design or building a brand.
  •     Medium owns your audience, so losing your blog means losing all your followers.
  •     You cannot run your own ads to make money.

Pricing:

Medium is free to use.

7. Joomla

Joomla

Joomla is an open source software content management system, just like WordPress.org. It’s also a self-hosted solution, which means you will need a domain name and web hosting to use it.

Pros

  •     Joomla is extremely powerful and flexible, and can be used to build any kind of website or blog.
  •     You can choose from hundreds of templates to customize your site’s design.

Cons

  •     The Joomla community is much smaller than WordPress community, so there are fewer themes and addons than for WordPress.

Pricing

Joomla is free but you will need domain.

8. Ghost

Ghost

Ghost is a minimalist blogging platform with limited features focused on writing blog posts. It’s available as a hosted platform, and also as a software that you can install and host yourself. We’ll take a look at both options.

Pros

  •     Focused on blogging and writing.
  •     Clean, clutter-free, and intuitive user interface
  •     Written in JavaScript, so it’s super fast
  •     No setup required for the hosted version.

Cons

  •     Not easy to customize with apps
  •     Not enough themes to change appearance of your site
  •     Complicated setup if you install it yourself.

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