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Top 10 Best Blogging Platforms

Top 10 Best Blogging Platforms

So, after my introductory post, you all will know about my journey so far from my very first blog, life after offline and my decision to come back to the online world with Rootablewrites.com

Just in case if you have missed, here is the post and my journey so far, you can click on the mentioned link: Rootablewrites – Back to Blogging!

Now coming back to the post, here I want to tell you about the Top 10 Best Blogging Platforms where you can start your blog, in no time and trust me, these all are very easy to access and some are even available in free.

So, if you’re reading this post means you have already decided that you want to start a blog.

Now I am going to help you with the best blogging platforms which are available

Top 10 Best Blogging Platforms
Top 10 Best Blogging Platforms

But before that, I want to tell you a bit about blogging and the question is, blogging is still alive in 2019 or not?

See, blogging is the medium where you can share your information and knowledge to the world. Readers will actually follow you for the information you will share. As long as the internet is there people will search and blogging will alive because ultimately blogs and bloggers are the writers who are helping the readers for solving the problem.

So for the blog, you need a platform where you can share your content to the world and here I am going to provide you the list of Top 10 Best Blogging Platforms which is going to help you to choose the best among the rest.

Disclaimer: Different Bloggers’ have a different perspective while starting a blog so this completely depends on you which one you will find more suitable as per your requirement. For me, WordPress is more beneficial as compared to Blogger platform so I decided to go with it.

Here we go with the list of Top 10 Best Blogging Platform list:

  1. Blogger

On the very first number, I have put Blogger which is a free blogging service by Google. This is very easy to handle for beginners. For working on Blogger platform you only need your Google account.

Blogger platform was developed by Pyra Labs in 1999, later was bought by Google in 2003. All the blogs which are hosted by Google are generally accessed from a subdomain of blogspot.com like https://rootablewrites.blogspot.com

Blogger

Pros of using Blogger Platform

  • Blogger is free.
  • It’s easy to use and can manage without any technical skills.
  • You have advantages of Google’s secure platform and reliability.
  • Blogger is available in 60 languages.
  • You have various templates which you can customize as per the layout you want to show in your blog.

Cons of using Blogger Platform

  • Since it is free, it has limited space for sharing posts as well. You can share up to 100 blog posts only.
  • You’re limited to basic blogging tools, and you cannot add new features.
  • Design options are limited, with only a few templates available.
  • Since designs are limited so, third-party templates are available for blogger platform but they are of low quality.
  • The biggest drawback for Blogger is, it does not receive frequent updates or new features from Google.
  • Google can suspend your blog at any time, or even cancel the Blogger service altogether.
  • Some bloggers including me start out with Blogger platform because it’s free and you can get an idea about it, but eventually as their blog grows, they end up switching from Blogger to WordPress.
  1. WordPress.org

After Blogger platform, WordPress.org is in 2nd number in the list as per my experience WordPress.org was started in 2003, which is now the world’s most popular blogging software. More than 35% of all websites on the internet are powered by wordpress.org. This blogging platform allows you to build a website or blog within minutes.

wordpress.org

WordPress.org is a self-hosted solution which means that you will need to sign up with a WordPress hosting provider and it is a good option if you want to have full control over your blog’s future.

Pros of using WordPress.org

  • WordPress.org provides you control of your website.
  • You can grow your blog by adding some extra features which will help to make money out of your blog.
  • Thousands of free themes available for WordPress which allows you to create a beautiful website.
  • There are so many free plugins are available which will allow you to add attractive features in your blog.
  • WordPress is search engine friendly.
  • You can easily create SEO friendly URLs, categories, and tags for your posts.
  • You can also customize and use SEO plug-in for additional features.

Cons of using WordPress.org

  • By time and working on Word Press you can be a master of WordPress, needs patience for using it.
  • For backups and security, you have to take care of your own.
  • It is not free of cost, Word press software is free but for the domain name and hosting you have to spend money as per your plans.3. WordPress.com

WordPress.com is a blog whose hosting service is offered by a company created by WordPress.org co-founder Matt Mullenweg. It offers a basic blog hosting service for free.

wordpress

You can later purchase some additional options like additional storage, custom domain name, and other premium services. It was started in 2005 and is a good blogging site for users who don’t want the advanced features of self-hosted WordPress.

Pros of using WordPress.com

  • No setup required for blog starting and easy to use and manage.
  • The account of WordPress.com is free but it has ads and uses for branding.
  • You can always upgrade your plans and blog as per need.

Cons of using WordPress.com

  • It has limited options to extend your site.
  • You cannot use custom themes and plugins for customizing your blog.
  • You cannot run advertisements on your blog.

    4. Medium

Medium is launched in 2012, and it is a community of writers, bloggers, journalists, and experts. It has social networking features which are easy to use while doing blogging in this platform. It is like a social networking site where you can create an account and start publishing your articles.

medium

Pros of using Medium

  • Medium is easy to use.
  • Medium is free to use.
  • It does not need any set up no coding skills required.
  • It helps to reach the other community member with the same interest.
  • Designing a website is already done and you can only focus on writing.

Cons of using Medium

  • You cannot use custom themes and plugins for customizing your blog.
  • Limitations in the feature.
  • You cannot run ads on your blog.
  • There are no options for designing or building a brand.
  • A medium has all the database just like other social networking sites
  • If you lost your blog, you will lose all your followers.
  • You cannot use your domain name.
  • You will only get your username like Facebook, Twitter.

    5. Joomla

Joomla is a software content management system somewhat like WordPress.org. It will need the domain name and web hosting to use it. Joomla was first released in 2005 and now more than 2 million websites are hosted.

When Joomla was created it was similar to wordpress.org but it is not as simple as WordPress to use.

Joomla

Pros of using Joomla

  • Joomla is easy to use.
  • Joomla is very powerful.
  • Joomla is used to build any kind of blog.
  • Joomla is easy to design and can choose hundreds of templates for the site’s design.
  • Joomla is free but you will need to buy the domain name and hosting as per your requirement.
  • Extensions are there to add more features.

Cons of using Joomla

  • It is not a very vast community.
  • It is a smaller community as compared WordPress community.
  • It has fewer design options and themes to look interactive.
  • Supporting options are limited.6. Tumblr

Tumblr is a microblogging platform with social networking features which includes blogs, reblogging and much more.

Tumblr

Pros of using Tumblr

  • Tumblr is free to use.
  • It provides you subdomain.
  • You can also connect the custom domain name while working on this platform.
  • It is very easy to set up and use and has a social media component.
  • As a microblogging tool, Tumblr makes it easy to quickly blog videos, GIFs, images, and audio formats.
  • There are many themes available in Tumblr

Cons of using Tumblr

  • It is not a very vast community.
  • Tumblr comes with a limited set of features
  • You cannot extend features as your blog grows.
  • A theme does not provide any additional features.
  • You need to take back up by yourself.
  • Backing up your Tumblr blog or importing it to other platforms is difficult
  • You need to purchase your custom domain.

    7. Ghost

Ghost was launched in 2013 and hosted platform and you can install by yourself. It was created for writers only. The whole focus of the design is for bloggers only. Ghost subdomain ending with ghost.io.

Ghost

 Pros of using Ghost

  • Ghost is focused on blogging and writing.
  • It is Clean, clutter-free, and intuitive user interface.
  • Written in JavaScript, so it’s super fast.
  • No setup required for the hosted version.

Cons of using Ghost

  • Somewhere it is difficult to customize with apps.
  • The simplified user interface means options are very limited.
  • Not enough themes to change the appearance of your site.
  • Setup is complicated if you install it yourself.
  • It is costly.8. Weebly

Weebly is easy to use and anybody can use it with drag and drop options. There are no technical skills required for this. Weebly is a platform which is fully hosted and you can build your website very easily. Weebly has so many themes which are ready we just need to install and can use it in one go. We can customize them further.

WEEBLY

Pros of using Weebly

  • Weebly is free to use.
  • Anyone can use it.
  • The web-based interface is provided.
  • 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.
  • You can use Weebly before buying it.

 Cons of using Weebly

  • Built-in features are limited, and you can’t add new features.
  • Exporting your site from Weebly to another platform is difficult.
  • You need to take back up on your own.
  • As per your requirement, you can always go with paid options.

    9. Wix

Wix was founded in 2006 and here anyone could create their own site with no technical background. Currently, it has 110 million users across the globe. Wix is a platform to built websites for small business using drag and drop tools.

WIX

Pros of using Wix

  • Wix is free to use.
  • You can customize your site using templates and apps.
  • Build your site with easy drag and drop tools.
  • No coding skills required for creating a site.
  • Setup is quick and easy.

Cons of using Wix

  • The free account is limited.
  • It shows Wix branding and ads on your site.
  • Free third-party apps are limited.
  • You cannot change the template once you set up in your blog.
  • You need to take back up on your own.
  • You need to pay for a custom domain for your blog.10. Squarespace

Squarespace started in 2003 and is a website building service that allows you to create beautiful websites using easy drag and drop tools. It is for the people who have just started their business or the small scale business owners who are looking for an easy way to show their online presence.

Sqarespace

Pros of using Squarespace

  • Squarespace is simple and easy to use for beginners who are not very much familiar with technical things.
  • It has beautiful professionally designed templates.
  • It separately offers domain name with SSL/HTTPs and eCommerce stores.

Cons of using Squarespace

  • Squarespace is limited to the features.
  • It is costly.
  • Limited in features.

Apart from the Top 10 Best Blogging Platforms, there are some other platforms which are also available are mentioned below,

  1. Postach.io
  2. Pen.io
  3. Yola
  4. Hubpages
  5. Contentful
  6. Svbtle
  7. Typepad
  8. LiveJournal
  9. Jekyll

Do let me know in the comment section which one you have worked with and about your experience.

Also, mention which platform you are using for your site…

Hope this post helps to clarify your doubts regarding the different platforms which are available and if you are going to start your blog which one is more suitable as per your requirement.

For any doubts or further discussion, you can connect with me via the below comment section…

 

 

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Atish Ranjan
Atish Ranjan
1 year ago

Hi Sugandha,

WordPress CMS is love. I have been working with WordPress for more than 8.5 years now. For blog, I would never use any other CMS for sure.

Moreover, blogger and a few other platforms are quite well. It depends on the requirements of the bloggers.

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