Choosing the best Blogging Platform

Choosing the best Blogging Platform

June 10, 2018 0 By Aditya Rajput

So you are all set and determined with starting a blog, now comes the one of the important decision of choosing a suitable 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.

These popular blogging platforms all have positives and negatives, especially when you take into consideration your level of skills as a blogger and as a coder. The longer you blog, the more skills you will pick up, so it is important to either find a platform that meets your needs at the time, or to find a platform that gives you the ability to change the type of services you get to better serve your needs and the needs of your blog’s audience.Here are the blogging platforms we’ll be comparing in this article. If you’re interested in a particular platform, you can click the link to skip ahead in the article.

 

SO WE BEGIN THE LIST, THE FOLLOWING LIST IS NOT ACCORDING TO ANY ORDER CONSIDERING THE RANKS OF WEBSITE

1. 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

  • Select and customize any WordPress themes and plugins you like. You can install free themes and plugins or use paid premium themes and plugins.
  • Whether you plan to launch an ecommerce site or a simple blog, you are going to want to market yourself somehow to grow an audience, traffic, or customer base.
  • It is Search Engine Friendly.

CONS

  •  Domain costs, web hosting, email, third-party marketing costs, etc. All of these services are generally very affordable, but keep in mind that they can add up. If you are planning to self-host, make sure you have the funds necessary or have a plan to monetize your website through selling products, services, or through advertising.
  •  Though you can choose from many amazing themes and plugins on a self-hosted WordPress site, customization is almost always needed. If you are not comfortable working with code like PHP or CSS, you may need to consider budgeting for a WordPress developer to help take your site to the level you are aiming for.

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. Drupal

Pros 

  • Security: Drupal is arguably the most secured Content Management Systems, atleast while considering the PHP based systems. It considers each element of a website as an object and has security algorithms working for every element.
  • Great Content organizer: The content organizer allows you to classify content into various categories and organizes it for better management. User permission is another efficient feature of Drupal.
  • SEO Friendly: Drupal’s Web development tools are aligned beautifully to manage Website SEO effortlessly. May it be canonical, navigation, URL mapping or Meta tags, everything can be managed easily in Drupal.
  • Support for Mobile: All the themes in Drupal, starting with Version 8, are made responsive along with the admin theme that fits into any device by default. Drupal also resizes the image automatically.
  • Built-in web services: Being a multilingual platform, There is a need to access various data sources. Drupal with its version 7 and above has implemented Hypertext Application Language (HAL) that makes exploitation of web service capabilities less painful.
  • Community Support: The Drupal platform is a user-developer friendly platform and is quite helpful to the community members who often co-relate with each other for various issues. There are continuous update in the add-ons and extensions that allow companies to grow mutually.

Cons 

  • Installation and customization: Drupal is not an user friendly platform when it comes to installation and customization. It required advanced programming knowledge to use Drupal.
  • Compatibility: Drupal is among one of the newest Content Management Systems and unfortunately, this means that it is not compatible with the older systems that you are already using.
  • Performance: In terms of scalability and efficiency, Drupal is far behind than WordPress and other Content Management Systems. This is mainly because it has tons of tools and scripts that take too much of time to load. If your system is slow, you might get frustrated with Drupal.

PRICE

SAME AS THAT OF WORDPRESS

4. 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.
  • Extensions (apps for your Joomla site) are available to add more features.

Cons

  • The Joomla community is much smaller than WordPress community, so there are fewer themes and addons than for WordPress.
  • Support options are limited to community support. Paid support is hard to find and can be costly.
  • You will be responsible for managing your backups, updates, and security.

Pricing

Joomla is free but you will need domain (about $14.99/year) and hosting (usually starting from $7.99/month) to use it.

5. Tumblr

Pros

  • You can find awesome original content from great artists on topics you enjoy.
  • You can meet great people there who share the same interests as you.
  • It’s a great place for you to practice your coding and design skills, if you’re into that.
  • It’s a good place to keep up with news about stuff you like.
  • It’s a great way of spending your free-time.
  • You can make your very own fan-base if you’re an artist.

Cons

  • You might get too distracted by it and lose track of time.
  • Even though most people are really nice, some of them can be really stupid and rude. Getting anonymous hate sometimes is not a surprise.
  • There’s the misconception of that Tumblr is a very open-minded place. It’s actually a place where you should be careful with what you say if you want to avoid getting into pointless arguments and being bothered by anonymous hate messages.
  • You can easily postpone things you should get done only because you’re enjoying your dashboard way too much.

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.

6. WIX

Pros

  • Design Templates – Wix offers you more than 510 professional design templates to choose from. You can just swap your contents into the templates and select your desired layout.
  • Drag & Drop Website Builder – Wix constantly introduces innovative features (video backgrounds, parallax designs and sliders) to their drag & drop tool to give you code-free and hassle-free experience.
  • Helpful Customer care– They have help/support button throughout their page to help you if you get stuck with any element of the website.

Cons

  • Template Transformation Although Wix provides you multiple templates but once you have selected one theme, it’s difficult to swap themes without re-inserting content, which is a major con for Wix.
  • Advertisements – Wix includes advertisements on the page whenever you hit the publish button. Advertisement credit goes to the service provider of the website builder. These can be removed only when you upgrade to their premium package.
  • Not Scalable– Wix’s toolkit for online store management is not advanced and cannot be scalable to Enterprise level business

PRICING

$4.08+/month

6. Blogger

PROS

  • SEO – link it to your Google+ account and you will end up in Google search results if your article attracts much traffic.
  • Simple, minimal admin panel. Its really easy to manage your blogs and posts from one place.
  • Updates from the blogs you follow are available on your admin page itself. So every time you log on to the admin panel, you can see the recent posts on the blogs you follow
  • Doesn’t require coding skills to built a basic blog.
  • No need to purchase hosting space. Hosted for free on Google servers (almost 100% up time).
  • Easy AdSense integration & approval.
  • Automatically publishes new content in google plus.
  • Can make your own custom template design.
  • Can point your blogspot blog address to custom domain address for free.
  • Can be easily linked to Google Analytic’s and Webmaster tools.

CONS

  • Lesser options for themes and plugins. And in general, lesser possibility of customization. I think this is the most common reason why many people start on Blogger and as their blog gets more traffic, they move to some other service which offers more tools for customization.
  • Lesser number of plugins/widgets.
  • Bad permalink structure of post pages with year & month.
  • ‘Blog archive’ and ‘label’ pages are not SEO friendly.
  • Only few blog roles compared to WordPress

PRICE

FREE


So this was my list of best blogging platform there are other hundred left in this blog but I found these quite better than others. Stay tuned with us to receive more information on starting blog.