Just imagine a scenario of a Coder coding without a laptop, a florist selling without flowers, and spectacles seeing without lenses…
The key element is missing in all the above examples. Similarly, If you want to start a blog, you cannot start without a blogging platform.
Therefore let us check out the very best of the best blogging platforms available to you today. Your objective is to choose the fittest blogging platform for you to blog on.
In the early years say even until 2007, blogging was quite a weird thing to do, but in the last 12-13 years, blogs along with the blogging platforms have evolved and changed a lot. Nowadays, blogging is no more just a hobby. It has now become a profession for most and we even have full-time bloggers earn a livelihood blogging. Just like every other field we even have star bloggers almost in every niche who make loads of money blogging.
Starting a blog essentially requires excellent writing abilities which generally develops through a lot of reading in the respective area of interest/blog, average enough SEO skills, and last but not the least the ability to choose the best blogging platform to blog.
Every blogger goes through the same phase of choosing the right blog platform. So let us help out with the selection of the most robust blogging platform –
Every blogger or would-be blogger must have heard the term ‘WordPress’. 28% of the web is using WordPress. However, you might not know that WordPress is of two types. – WordPress.org and WordPress.com
WordPress.org is an open-source, downloadable, free software. It is a self-hosted blogging platform, i.e., hosting is not included. You need to buy hosting for your blog or website.
When you think of a blog, one important thing that comes to mind is the blog design. Yes, appealing design of the blog is as necessary as is good content. WordPress allows you to customize the design of your blog. WordPress introduced the customization feature in the year 2014. Customization includes using of excellent colors, attractive fonts, photos, CSS Editor, etc.
There are a lot of free themes in the official directory of WordPress itself. The free themes available are satisfying and impressive enough and you are not required to buy themes. Additionally, if you do not prefer any widget/s, color/s, etc. of any of the free themes available, then you can also easily customize the same as per your requirements.
WordPress gives you full authority over your blog. However, you are required to purchase your domain.
There are many free and paid plugins which you can deploy to dramatically improve the functionality, aesthetic, and efficiency of your site.
WordPress has many features with many compatible plugins, widgets, etc. – so sometimes it takes more time to load.
As we have mentioned above, WordPress.org is a downloadable free software. Though it doesn’t cost for downloading, you need to invest in hosting and in purchasing a domain.
WordPress.com is not much different from WordPress.org except for some features.
WordPress.com has inbuilt hosting and you are not required to buy hosting separately.
WordPress.com is not customizable, i.e., you cannot change the code.
WordPress.com does not allow any plugin on its platform
Third Party Advertisements
You cannot remove third-party advertisements from WordPress.com platform.
Blogger is a fantastic blog publishing platform which was introduced by Google in 2003.
- Just like WordPress.com, Blogger is also free of cost.
- Blogger can help you generate revenue as it has Google Adsense Services on its platform, as Blogger is a Google property.
- You can sign up with your Google ID and can post a maximum of 100 blogs from one account.
- The blogs set up through Blogger have a blogspot.com subdomain though there are ways to have a custom domain name.
- You can post pictures up to 1 GB.
- Post can be of 500 words max. (which is necessary for all blogs).
- Hyper Text Markup Language not supported.
David Karp founded Tumblr in 2007.
It is a blogging platform along with being a social networking website and is controlled by Yahoo!Inc. Tumblr hosts more than 400 million blogs.
- You need to register your domain with Tumblr, to create a blog on Tumblr.
- Tumblr also has “fan-mail” option by which users can contact the bloggers.
- As we have mentioned that Tumblr is also a social networking site, it has a Messaging feature from which you can contact other Tumblr users.
- No backup services
- Limited plugins only.
- You can follow blogs and the news feed of the followed blogs will be displayed in the Dashboard section.
The above four are the most popular platforms where you can create your Blog. We recommend going ahead with WordPress.org as this helps you to modify your website the way you want. Though other platforms are also good to go with, at a certain stage, you might feel inclined to take your steps back and jump onto WordPress.org.
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