You have your name, your logo, and the determination to fuel a thousand suns. What’s next in the blog-creating process? Choosing a blogging platform.
There is a colorful array of blog platforms available. The hard part is picking the right one for you. Most blogging hubs give you some flexibility when it comes to functionality and creativity, but some platforms trump the rest. We’ve taken the time to list four of the most used blogging platforms to help you narrow down your search.
Most people have heard of WordPress, however, what most people may not know is that WordPress is split into a .com, as well as, a .org. What’s the difference? We’ve talked about this before, but in summary:
With WordPress.org, you operate off of open source software where you choose your own hosting and domain. Unfortunately, hosting your own domain isn’t totally free, but the features you get alongside a WordPress.org account is well worth it. WordPress offers themes, plugins, and more flexibility in how your site operates. Unsure how to do something? WordPress offers how-to’s to help you learn the tricks of the trade along the way. According to some sites, WordPress.org is considered the most hot and happening place to blog.
WordPress.com gives users about half the goodies you can use with a .org account, but one of the perks of a .com is the free plan option. With a free plan, you have access to various themes and widgets, but you’ll find that, at times, there are certain limits on what you have control over. Even so, WordPress.com accounts have a good range of free themes along with designs available for purchase. If the free package just isn’t cutting it for you, you can always upgrade to a premium or business plan later on.
Squarespace is a great platform for beginners! While it doesn’t give you nearly as many choices as WordPress does, it’s very simple and easy to use if you’re looking to quickly write content and publish it. Plus, adding images, videos and audio files is made easy with its drag and drop content editor. Squarespace also makes it easy to create new posts and customize your pages and templates. However, Squarespace falls behind when it comes to offering templates and the ability to install external plugins.
Tumblr is a slightly different way of blogging. The site has seven different post types ranging anywhere from text, photo, audio, video, and links. Simple and straightforward, new bloggers can use Tumblr right away. If you like a post and want to reblog it onto yours, all you have to do is click a button. Tumblr is free and have various blog designs available for choosing.
These are only four of the endless blogging platforms out there. While this was just a tiny behind the scenes look at what these platforms have to offer, it’s a good idea to take the time to research the plethora of hosts on your own. The more you research, the more you can distinguish between what you like and what you can do within each blogging platform. Once you’ve set your heart on a host, then you can dive headfirst into the wondrous world of blogging.