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How To Choose The Best Platform For Your Blog

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Today, we are looking at the best blogging platforms  that are currently

out there available for you to try, you might not have heard of them yet
but if you’re getting into blogging,  you might want to try one of these out.

If you’ve been looking for best blogging platforms , then this post should
help clear up any confusions and questions you may have and you should
have an enough information here to make an informed decision.

To get started with a blog, the first thing you should do is just that; get started, so do not waste much time deciding where you want to set up your blogging website.

Also read: Choosing the best and profitable niche for your blog

Below are the 10 best blogging platforms we will be discussing today

 

1. BLOGGER

I put Blogger first, because it is good for beginner. I’d advise you to set up a Blogger account and start learning there,  It’s easy to navigate and I love it
because it’s integrated with so many features. Blogger does have widgets
available to keep you from touching code, but it is mostly centered on
adding Google products to your blog.

Ultimately,
if you want a very simple set-up, Blogger could work for you. It’s easy
to edit and publish posts and it has a ton of tools built it. Be warned
though, as you grow your blog, other blogging platforms will have more
options available to make your life easier.

Budget

It is free to set up and you can migrate from it to WordPress in the future to have full control of it.

2. WORDPRESS.COM


If you’re not interested in a ton of customization options, WordPress.com is the way to go. but you will get a basic blogging platform that’s free and easy to use.
If you ever want those options, it’s also very easy to switch over to
WordPress.org. If you want to dive deep into the differences between the
two, WP Beginner has an awesome info-graphic to break it down for you.
I’d
suggest using this platform if you are just testing the blogging waters
and aren’t ready to commit to investing time and money into a website.
WordPress
offers two different blogging platforms: WordPress.com and
WordPress.org. The main difference between the two is that the
WordPress.com sites are hosted on WordPress’ server while WordPress.org
sites are hosted on an external server.

Budget

It is free but requires cost to upgrade

 

  3.  WORDPRESS.ORG


 

This is the most populous most of blogging and it’s one of the most flexible blogging platforms out there. If you’re dying to delve into your blog’s code, you
can. If you’re not, you can use plugins and themes that make sure you
hardly ever have to touch a piece of code. It’s also a well-loved
platform by the developer community, which means there will always be
fresh tools and themes available for you to use.

I do want to emphasize that getting started on WordPress can be a
challenge, especially if you don’t have some technical knowledge
already. You’ll have to worry about downloading an FTP client and grabbing a web host right off the bat.This can be intimidating for a newbie.  Still, if you bite the technical bullet and go with
WordPress, it’s well worth the investment!.

Budget

Platform is free, ~$5 per month and up for hosting costs

 

4. TUMBLR


 

 

Think of Tumblr as a social media first, blogging platform second. Tumblr
blogs usually contain images, gifs or videos—not necessarily long form
text. The Tumblr community is also very comfortable with reposting other
people’s content because of Tumblr’s “reblog” function. While other
platforms do have some of those capabilities, that type of culture and
community is what makes Tumblr special. If this seems like your style,
definitely check it out!.
As far as specific blogging customization options,
it doesn’t have much over Blogger or WordPress.com, but one of its top
selling points is its culture and community.

Budget

This platform is Free

 

5. MEDIUM


 

 

 

 

 


Medium also hosts all user-generated-content on the Medium.com domain, so you aren’t able to easily develop a “following” the way you would with your
own site. That being said, Medium offers plenty of opportunities for
distribution via it’s Top 100 section, which features the previousmonth’s most read stories, and its weekly newsletter, handcrafted by editors who surface posts they love, which all users receive.

Budget

This platform is free.

 

 

6.SQUARESPACE

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is also a great platform for those of us who eventually want to expand
our blogs into a business. Whether you want to launch a simple landing
page or an e-commerce website, it would be incredibly easy to do it all through Squarespace.


Though it is super easy to use, it doesn’t have all the plugin and theme support that WordPress does—you’ll have to manually insert code in your blog to get the same tools.

Budget

$8-$16 per month

 

 

7. TYPEPAD

 Like WordPress.com, Typepad blogs are all hosted on their server, but you have a lot of customization options available. It’s still fairly hard to edit their code, but it offers more extensive themes and blog plugins than WordPress.com.

Budget

Price: $9-$30 per month

 

8. WEEBLY



I also really liked its drag-and-drop features, but be warned that editing the HTML and CSS of your site is pretty tricky. Since it’s not particularly cheaper or better designed than any of the previous options.

Weebly is a very easy-to-use tool to create websites and blogs. It’s one of
the easiest in the bunch to navigate with excellent SEO capabilities wired in, but it didn’t strike me as the best blogging platform. It was much harder for me to put together a post compared to the previous options. It might be a good option if you have a main website and happen to blog as well, but if you’re a full-time blogger, it is probably overkill.

Budget

Free to start, upgrade available (~$5 a month for additional features and $35 a year for a custom domain)

 

9. DRUPAL

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drupal is more of a content management system than a blogging platform. While
you can use it to create a blog, it’s also made to create things like corporate websites, forums and E-commerce sites, so it’s not that intuitive to use as a blogger. Like with WordPress, you’ll need to get your own host to use Drupal, but the actual software is pretty difficult
to navigate.

 Budget

Free to start, then $12 – $80 Per month

 

10. JOOMLA

Like Drupal, Joomla is a content management aimed at corporate websites rather than the average blogger. system When playing around with it, I
thought it was a very robust platform that really helps you create any
website you’d ever want. For most bloggers though, it’s probably overkill. It’s also more expensive than any of the other platforms listed here, which may be a deal breaker if you’re just starting out.

Budget

Free for a month, then prices go up from $20-$100 for premium plans

Final words

I hope looking for the best blogging platforms you can join has been made
easier for you with this post. While I will end with WordPress being my
top choice, I’d advise you to try out the platforms if you wish and see
what works best for you.
There are many bloggers who are happy and successful with what they
are getting with every blogging site we mentioned on this post.

The fact that you are reading this is proof enough you’re ready to get started so find your favorite platform, so get to work.

I’d also like to help you get started and see you thrive with your
blog so if you think I can help in any way, please do send me an email
or leave me a comment down below as it will be my pleasure.

I look forward to hearing from you and thanks for reading.

 




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