There isn’t a one-size fits all for blogging platforms.
All of these blogging platforms have advantages and disadvantages. You’ll notice that a few of them have very similar features, which means that you’ll really have to go take a look at them in order to decide which one will fit your new website best.
These are all good options. They’re good quality platforms that thousands of people already enjoy using.
They are, in my opinion, the best blogging platforms out there, but they are far from being the only ones.
Just be sure to consider what you envision for your website as you read through these short-n-sweet descriptions.
IMPORTANT: WordPress.org is different than WordPress.com. WordPress.org is for self-hosted blogs, WordPress.com will give you a free blog, no hosting needed, with a domain like “myblog.wordpress.com.” If you want to set up a professional blog or website, you want to use WordPress.org and purchase a domain name and hosting.
The big daddy boss of blogging.
WordPress is a highly customizable blogging platform, and it’s pretty user-friendly. If you’re completely uncomfortable with technology you might find the admin area a little intimidating, but it’s pretty easy to learn.
WordPress has a huge support community behind it, and literally thousands of options as far as themes and plugins go.
Basically, if you’re willing to do some learning, you can build any kind of website you want on WordPress. PLUS chances are good that your host has an easy or “1-click” install for WordPress, making installation extra simple.
- Customizable (Even without coding knowledge)
- Thousands of themes and plugins to make your site unique and functional
- Open source – so it’s free, thousands of people can create plugins and themes, and provide support
- Requires some time to learn how to use it
- Open source – makes it more susceptible to hacks than non open-sourced platforms
Blogger is often hailed as a great platform for beginning bloggers.
The interface is easy for most to understand, and it’s now connected to Google and therefore has some pretty significant support and easily integrates with products like Google Analytics and Google Adsense.
If you’re just looking to test out what blogging is all about you might want to start with a free Blogger blog – which will be called something like “myblog.blogspot.com” – but you may find that you soon outgrow the limited features.
- Easy to use
- Good for beginning bloggers
- Easy to outgrow
- Limited themes and plugins
Check out this post from a blogger named Alana comparing WordPress and Blogger:
Squarespace is fairly new to the blogging game, but has become popular for it’s easy “drag and drop” beautiful websites.
Squarespace’s templates are notoriously pretty, making your website look all sorts of polished and professional. It’s also easy to setup, made with the idea that people who don’t know anything about websites will be able to make one.
The drawback is that you may find Squarespace’s structure limiting. There’s a limited number of themes and plugins.
Your hosting is provided through Squarespace, and they have different plans depending on what you’re looking for.
- Beautiful templates
- Ease of use
- Pricier than some other hosting options
Tumblr is an oddball. But a very popular oddball. It’s something in between a normal blog and Twitter.
It’s extremely simple to set up a blog on Tumblr, you just put in some info, choose a blog name and screen name, mess with the template (if you want to) and start “reblogging.”
Yes. Reblogging is a thing.
Tumblr focuses on something called “micro-blogging” which means there isn’t a great amount of detailed text-posts here. The VAST majority are pictures and video. However, posting any type of content to Tumblr is super easy and it comes with plenty of cool blog themes to choose from.
- Easy setup
- Huge user base (all potential followers)
- Limited for business purposes
- Micro-blogging – people don’t normally want to read posts longer than 75 words here
Medium is what I might call Tumblr’s nerdier sibling – in a good way.
It’s built to serve writers. People who want to write, read, and be read. If you like the idea of Tumblr but want to write full-blown posts, this could be a great choice.
Unlike WordPress it doesn’t feature themes or plugins. The focus is completely on the content.
Tags give you the ability to follow via interest or blog, and gives you a built-in community of readers.
On one hand this is great. It makes it easy to explore, so you can find stories that interest you, and it makes it easy for people to find the work you’ve published.
As far as a full-blown business site though, Medium is limited. Without customization options you can only brand your business so much. It’s not the same as having a true website to yourself.
- Clean interface
- Great for writing and discovering new content
- Lack of customization
- No themes or plugins
Ghost is another relative newbie to the blogsphere.
It is built to focus on blogging without all the fancy extras.
The result is a collection of beautiful, clean designs, and a cool split-screen type editor that allows you to see what your posts will look like as your write them.
Although Ghost has gotten people talking, it does not have all the features of some other platforms, such as plugins. So if you’re looking for a clean and simple blog this could be a great choice, but if you’re looking for a full website it’s probably best to look elsewhere.
The chances of finding a 1-click install on your host for Ghost are also pretty slim, so you’ll need to do the installation manually.
- Clean beautiful themes
- Focus on blogging
- Limited growth
- Manual install
Price: Free & Paid
Wix allows you to setup a website in minutes, and comes with tons of different templates to choose from. Selecting your theme is also fairly easy since they’ve divided them into categories (e.i. Business, Personal, Music ect.) so you can check out the designs most likely to fit your needs.
There is a decent amount of customization with drag and drop editing which makes it easy for most people to set up their own website.
Wix is not open source (like WordPress) which can be a good thing because all the tools that you can use to customize your site are made by their team, meaning they’re going to function properly and if they don’t you can get in touch with them. The drawback is that there aren’t as many tools available as with open source platforms.
You can use your own domain name with a paid Wix account and they offer several different price plans depending on your needs.
- Good collection of designs
- Easy drag and drop creation
- Pricier than some other options
- Less flexibility than open source platforms
Price: Free & Paid
Weebly is another blogging platform built with drag and drop capabilities.
It’s quick and easy to setup, and like Wix, there are tools created by the Weebly team that are perfectly integrated into the platform. There are lots of beautiful themes to choose from, which are separated by category for easy searching.
If you’re looking to be able to customize your website beyond the tools that Weebly provides, you’re pretty well out of luck.
This is a good one for those without coding experience who want to create a simple, good-looking site.
They have a free option, where Weebly advertising will be placed on your website, or paid options starting at $8/month.
- Good theme selection
- Easy drag and drop
- Limited flexibility
- Price higher than some other options
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I hope you found this list helpful in choosing the best blogging platform for your website!