How many times did you ask someone what he or she is doing and you got a response like “I’m a blogger”? Well, that’s not strange, especially in the 21st century, where everyone has freedom of speech. Creating and maintaining a blog isn’t by any means an easy job, though. You need to follow the particular trends, write on daily basis, and take a great care of your blog in general. There are tons of blogging platforms out there to begin with and you’re probably confused with all of them. If so, we are here to make things much easier for you! Our list of 10 best blogging platforms is just below.
When to comes to blogging, WordPress is the king. If you are a little bit into blogging, you’ve probably used WordPress at some point in your career. The reason behind its popularity lies in its simplicity and features. WordPress is literally the best and the most satisfying blogging platform out there. This is done by giving you a complete control over your website which will help you to further expand your area of work. On top of that, WordPress supports hundreds of plugins, so you can easily manage your blog. However, it can be a little overwhelming for newbies.
Tumblr takes on a vastly different approach than WordPress. You see, WordPress is a complete blogging platform, where Tumblr is here for microblogging. Ths means that the website is made strictly for sharing your media with the other people. Furthermore, it comes with an integrated social media component, which means that it’s much easier to gain popularity. The type of content that you can share on Tumblr varies from audio formats, videos, images, GIFs, etc. Oh, and it’s free!
Wix is a website-building platform that can also help you in your small and medium business. We’ve had our share of talk and reviews about Wix and I can only speak the best of them. Inside the Wix’s generous bundle, we can find a Wix Blog app. This app is here to provide you with hundreds of templates that will help you customize your blog and make it as prettiest as it can be. The best of all is that Wix offers a VERY simple solution for every problem! With its drag & drop workflow, you don’t even need to know anything about coding and programming. You can get your blog to work in less than an hour!
Blogger is yet another blog hosting service that you can use for free. If this name sounds very familiar to you, simply open your Google homepage and check the right corner. You’ll see the small orange icon that indicates nothing more than Blogger itself. Since Google acquired Blogger around 15 years ago, I’m very happy with its accessibility. It’s free, it’s simple to use and doesn’t require any particular knowledge. On the other side, if you want some advanced, high-end features… well, this isn’t a good solution at all.
If you want to build your website in no time, Weebly is a great solution. However, it’s not free and can cost you up to almost fifty bucks a month for all features. Aside from that, we have a standard drag & drop workflow, as well as many beautiful themes for your blog. Another thing I like about it is its ease of use. You literally don’t need any knowledge to get it started. If you don’t want to pay immediately, you can try their free plans and see if it suits you.
Yola is very similar to Weebly when it comes to the pricing. Both of them do offer free plans but they are interlaced by some odd limitations. For example, Yola limits you to only two sites and three web pages with its free plan. On the brighter side, this platform does its best to give you the tools of the trade which you can use to easily build up your blog. There are numerous templates, flexible layouts, drag & drop functions, and much more.
Medium is a platform that isn’t that old at all! Launched in 2012, this company managed to do some damage on the market with their simple blogging platform. So, what is so special about Medium? Aside from offering above-medium performance, this platform lets you create your blog without coding skills. The main point of Medium, however, is to connect the people with the same interests thus gaining followers easier. Its biggest flaw is that Medium owns your audience and that you can’t make that much money since you can’t run your own ads.
Unlike Medium, Joomla does allow you to make some cash. It’s an open-source platform that’s very similar to WordPress, albeit with a much smaller community behind it. But, this platform is very flexible and powerful, allowing you to build almost any type of blog or website. If you care about templates, it’s great to know that there are hundreds of them, so it’s likely that you’ll spend a lot of time going through all of them. All in all, it’s like a springboard for your success, which is pretty awesome.
Svbtle takes away all of the aesthetics and focuses solely on writing, writing, and… writing! Much like Medium, Svbtle is here to connect people with similar interests, allowing you to gain more followers on the exact topic you are writing of. This way, you’ll be writing and not thinking about aesthetics.
Ghost is another minimalistic platform that focuses mainly on writing, but also a few customization options. Unlike Svbtle, this platform has options for changing the appearance of your site, although being minimal. Furthermore, the interface is simple as and you don’t even need a setup for the hosted version. I recommend the hosted version since installing it by yourself is somewhat complicated. To put it simply, Ghost is amazing, but it’s plagued by some unnecessary limitations.