Are you looking to start your own blog, but can’t figure out how to choose the best blogging platform? It’s a tough choice since there are several different blogging platforms out there. How do you find out which one is right for you?
WordPress.com (best site for bloggers who don’t want to pay)
There’s a lot to be said for WordPress – the largest blogging community on the web. The basic version, WordPress.com, is hosted on the WordPress server. It’s easy enough for a beginner to set up a blog and it’s free. It’s perfect if you don’t care about doing a lot of customization.
WordPress.com offers upgrades for a fee. When you are ready for an upgrade, you’ll need to switch to WordPress.org.
WordPress.org (best hosting option if you can spare a few dollars per month)
WordPress.org is the big brother of WordPress.com and in my opinion, is definitely the best site for bloggers and websites in general.
It’s fairly easy to install, and you won’t need to know to code to put up an eye-catching website, but you’ll need to get your own host and domain. This platform is highly customizable, and it offers lots of free and paid options…see below for the best way to get started with WordPress.
Some of the earliest bloggers fell in love with the Blogger platform. Content is easy to post and publish. Blogger has a few nice little widgets, but you’ll need to get familiar with some code to customize your site to bring it out of the elementary age. It’s owned by Google, which means it’s easy to integrate all of the Google apps.
Tumblr is another site that is free and unusually easy to set up, even for a beginner. The features on Tumblr rival those of WordPress.com and Blogger. Tumblr is owned by Yahoo, so bloggers that love the Yahoo culture and community will favour it as a web host. Reblog is a feature that is unique to Tumblr. Reblog makes it easy to repost content from other sites.
Squarespace is growing in popularity because bloggers don’t have to sacrifice elegance for coding skills. It’s one of the few sites that gives bloggers the ability to create an attractive, high-quality website without knowing an ounce of code. All of the news regarding Squarespace isn’t fabulous. Theme and plugin support is fair, but not awesome. If you’re not sure about it, take the free trial.
We believe that WordPress.org outperforms all other blogging sites. It is powerful, easy to use, affordable, and the most flexible of all available blogging platforms.