How to Choose the Best Blogging Platform in 2017



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

1. WordPress.org

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

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. This allows you to create a beautiful website that stands apart from the crowd.
  • You also get access to more than 45,000 free plugins. These plugins are like apps for your WordPress blog, allowing you to add all kinds of new features.
  • 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 (about $14.99/year) and hosting (usually starting from $7.99/month).


2. 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.
  • 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 for $2.99/month (billed yearly) to remove WordPress.com logo and advertising from your website, and get a custom domain (such as www.yoursite.com).
For $8.25/month (billed yearly) you can get additional design tools and extra storage.

3. 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.
  • Blogger does not receive frequent updates or new features.
  • 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.)


4. 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 (purchased separately) for your Tumblr blog, and there are also third party themes and apps available to purchase.

5. 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.


6. 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.

Cons


  • The free account is limited and shows Wix branding and ads on your site.
  • Free third party apps are limited.
  • Once you choose a template you cannot change it.
  • Ecommerce features are limited to paid plans, and even those features are limited.





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