A list of different blogging platforms available to use in 2017

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Blogging is a great way to connect with the world but before going live with your blog, you need to know which blogging platform is best for you and your site, It’s a tough choice, since there are several different blogging platforms out there

In this post, i will describe all known blogging platforms with their advantage and disadvantage so that it may help you to choose the right blogging platform for you blog

1. WordPress.org
WordPress.org is the world’s most popular blogging tool.WordPress.org lets you install your own custom plugins and themes to make your blog look exactly how you want.

This is also known as self hosted platform, which means you will need to register with a WordPress hosting provider like Bluehost.com, Godaddy.com etc.

Read : How to register a domain name and hosting from Bluehost.com

Click here to access “how to install wordpress on Bluehost cPanel”

Advantage :

  • WordPress.org gives you full control over every aspect of your blog
  • WordPress.org gives you access to over 10000+ free themes and 45000+ free plugins
  • WordPress.org is search-engine friendly
  • WordPress.org is easy to setup and customize i.e. user friendly

Disadvantage :

  • You need to learn a bit of coding and customization technique
  • As it is user by most of the blogger, it is vulnerable to security threats
  • You will have to manage your own backups and security
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 but you get a limited control over your blog, you can purchase custom domain and hosting and other extra feature by paying them

Advantage :

  • No setup required, just login to start creating your blog
  • It is easy to design and manage
  • You need not worry about your blog backup and security

Disadvantage :

  • You had to purchase a domain and hosting from WordPress.com which is generally costly
  • You can’t  run adverts on your free blog
  • Functionality is limited unless you pay for upgrades
  • WordPress can suspend your blog any time for policy violation
3.Blogger.com
Blogger.com is one of the oldest blogging platforms acquired by Google in 2003

Just like WordPress.com, Blogger also offers you a limited control but it is somewhat better as you can earn some money by hosting ads on your free blog

Advantage :

  • No setup required, just login to start creating your blog
  • It is easy to design and manage
  • You need not worry about your blog backup and security
  • You can earn money by hosting Google Adsense Ads

Disadvantage :

  • You cannot self-host, so your blog is dependent completely on Blogger’s current offerings
  • Functionality is limited
  • Google can suspend your blog any time for policy violation
  • Blogger does not receive frequent updates or new features
4.Tumblr.com
Tumblr is a great blogging platform optimized specifically for bloggers who want to publish short-form content, such as micro-blogs, quotes, images, videos, and animated GIFs

Tumblr is a little different than other blogging platforms.This is the perfect place for bloggers who like the idea of “reblogging” posts

Advantage :

  • Unlimited storage
  • Tumblr is free and very easy to use
  • It has an integrated social media component

Disadvantage :

  • Tumblr comes with a limited set of features that you cannot extend as your blog grows
  • Functionality is limited
  • Backing up your Tumblr blog or importing it to other platforms is difficult
  • It is tough to monetize
5.Medium
Medium has grown in popularity a lot during the last couple of years (more than a million people have joined Medium).

In short, it’s a community of writers, journalists,  experts and bloggers, all using the same looking site design to share their opinions and stories on various topics

Advantage :

  • Medium is easy to use, with no setup required and no coding skills needed
  • It is easy to design and manage
  • You need not worry about your blog backup and security
  • It allows you to reach an existing online community of people of similar interests

Disadvantage :

  • Features are very limited in terms of design or building a brand
  • You cannot run your own ads to make money
6.Squarespace
Squarespace is one of the best all-in-one website building solutions out there. You can use it to launch blogs, business sites, e-commerce stores, and much more.

It focuses on small business owners who are looking for an easy way to create an online presence.

Advantage :

  • You can create beautiful websites using easy drag and drop tools
  • It is easy to design and manage
  • Hosting and custom domain included
  • It has beautiful professionally designed templates

Disadvantage :

  • It’s not free
  • Functionality is limited
  • The Personal plan limits you to 20 pages, a blog, and 2 contributors
7.Wix
Wix is a hosted platform to build websites. It offers an easy way for small businesses to build a website just like Squarespace

Advantage :

  • You can create beautiful websites using easy drag and drop tools
  • It is easy to design and manage
  • Both free and paid service available
  • It has beautiful professionally designed templates
  • Setup is quick and easy

Disadvantage :

  • Once you choose a template you cannot change it
  • Functionality is limited
  • Free third party apps are limited
8.Joomla
Just like WordPress.org, Joomla lets you install your own custom plugins and themes to make your blog look exactly how you want.

This is also known as self hosted platform, which means you will need to register with a hosting provider like Bluehost.com, Godaddy.com etc. and then install Joomla to it

Advantage :

  • It gives you full control over every aspect of your blog
  • It is easy to design and manage
  • is easy to setup and customize i.e. user friendly
  • It has beautiful professionally designed templates

Disadvantage :

  • The Joomla community is much smaller than WordPress community, so there are fewer themes and addons than for WordPress
  • You need to learn a bit of coding and customization technique
  • You will have to manage your own backups and security
9.Ghost
Ghost is an open source publishing platform which is beautifully designed, easy to use, and free for everyone

Advantage :

  • Focused on blogging and writing
  • No setup required for the hosted version
  • Written in JavaScript

Disadvantage :

  • Functionality is limited
  • Not easy to design and setup
10.Weebly
Weebly is a hosted platform that allows you to build your website using drag and drop tools. It comes with dozens of ready-to-use themes that you can customize using their web-based interface.

Advantage :

  • Easy-to-use drag and drop website builder with no technical skills required
  • Quick and easy setup, since Weebly will host your site for you

Disadvantage :

  • Functionality is limited
  • Limited integration with third party platforms

 
Conclusion : I recommend you to use WordPress as your blogging platform as it is easy to setup and customize and almost 50% of blogger community uses WordPress as blogging platform

With WordPress being used by so many websites, you can pretty much find any resources, guides, tutorials or support that you need


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About Madan Mohan 33 Articles
Hello Dreamers, I am Madan Mohan, admin@ dreamtoblog.com from india. I started blogging as a passion in 2010 and by profession I am software engineer at wipro. Blogging has changed my life and continually generate some income per month by the comfort of my home, now I want to show you how to do the same

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