So you have something to say to the world? OK, just for yourself? No matter who is your audience, there are is a plethora of options to choose from when it comes to writing. Without wasting a lot of time let’s get started with knowing the best blogging platforms you could choose from while starting out with your first blog and let’s look at why they are good and not good as well.
1] WordPress.com or WordPress.org – One of the most popular free and open source content management system (CMS) for both personal and professional bloggers. While the former is for beginners who would like to have an easy platform to post their thoughts and ideas, the latter is more suitable for professional bloggers who want a complete control over the look and feel of their blog.
The Good and Bad Side of WordPress.com/ WordPress.org:
(+ve) There are a number of SEO plug-ins and third party plug-ins to help you manage your search engine results.
(+ve) Setting up your very own blog is simple and easy with massive number of designs and plug-ins.
(-ve) The variety of custom designs and themes that WordPress offers can be confusing for you and you may need an internet marketing agency to devote considerable amount of time to manage your site.
2] Blogger – One of the easiest platforms for bloggers to use. Owned by Google, it offers a variety of Google built-in features like AdWords, AdSense and Analytics. This is one of the oldest user friendly interface started way back in 1999 for bloggers that allows users to connect to Google AdSense and Analytics accounts for seamless tracking
The Good and Bad Side of Blogger:
(+ve) Blogger allows users to use their own domain free of charge.
(+ve) Simple and user friendly interface.
(-ve) Blogger cannot be installed on a web server with a number of other restrictions such as limitations on blog description, number of blogs per account, number of labels, number of pictures and so on.
3] Medium – With more than a million people joining Medium in the last few years, it has gained a lot of popularity among bloggers and professionals. With same looking site design for all, it’s a very easy platform for a community of writers and bloggers to post their stories online.
The Good and Bad Side of Medium:
(+ve) It’s a hybrid collection of professional and amateur publications, blogs and writings.
(+ve) The Easy-to-use interface separates posts by topic rather than the writer.
(-ve) Everyone’s profile looks the same with no customised themes.
4] Tumblr – A blogging cum social networking platform for users posting multimedia and other content to a short-form blog. It is more suitable to users who like to post more of quotes, images, videos and animated GIFs.
The Good and Bad Side of Tumblr:
(+ve) It is perfect for one-topic bloggers and those who are more into publishing images, quotes, videos, etc.
(+ve) Super easy to use interface with hosting and domain included.
(-ve) This is strictly not recommended for long posts by writers and makes its very difficult to find people to follow. The focus is more on the topics than on gaining followers.
5] Squarespace – is a SaaS based system for bloggers and businesses to create blogs and websites. However, it does not allow anyone to host their own Squarespace sites. It’s a central platform to do everything from launching blogs to business sites as well as e-commerce stores.
The Good and Bad Side of Squarespace:
(+ve) Great platform for business owners, bloggers and others who want a highly customizable site.
(+ve) It offers 24*7 Customer support and is a great platform for bloggers looking to do business.
(-ve) You may find it expensive and complicated if you want theme and plug in support.