Blogging has become one of the best and most convenient self-publishing methods. It has created opportunities for both personal and business enterprises that were not readily available with more traditional methods before. Here is a look at the top blogging platforms currently in use today:
WordPress is a very popular blogging platform for a number of reasons. It has remained on the top spot for many years because of its flexibility and ease of use. It manages content quite well, has plenty of plug-ins and features and enjoys strong community support. It comes in free and paid versions.
A plus for WordPress that other platforms do not have is its many themes. Users can choose whichever theme they want to match the topic or genre of their content. If they get tired of their first choice, they can simply change it without worrying too much about how it would affect their site’s content. For bloggers who like a lot of elbow room when it comes to customization, WordPress is an excellent choice.
Many of the popular blogs that are still active were set up using Google’s Blogger, which has been around since 2003. Blogger is an excellent platform for beginners because of its easy setup. The user is guided throughout the process from beginning until launch and setup takes only a few minutes. There are ready made blog templates to choose from and the editing process uses drag-and-drop functions. Blogger allows users to create multiple blogs under one account. It is a hosted platform that is totally for free.
Tumblr is an excellent option for individuals who do not like to work on long blog entries. It is the top choice for micro- or short-form bloggers. Tumblr is easy to set up and is flexible enough to accept text and info in the form of photos or videos. Tumblr is free to use.
With Posterous, users do not just create a blog – they create ‘spaces’, then set these up for a target group of people to follow. The number of spaces that can be created is limitless and users can customize permissions for each one. Users, for example, can create a space for a publicly accessible blog and another space to be viewed only by family and friends. It is also free to use.
Squarespace is a paid platform (starts at $8.99), so users can expect a lot of features they will not otherwise get from free services. The site’s content management system is tops and it has built-in analytics that allow users to view how their blogs are performing.
Movable Type is one of the earliest blogging platforms, having been developed in 2001. It allows for a lot of customization options with plugins and can be integrated with popular social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Movable Type offers free (.com) and paid (.org) versions of their platform.
Those who have used Movable Type will probably find TypePad familiar. Once a blog has been set up, users can choose from a variety of templates to use. It is an excellent option for bloggers who would rather blog and just let the host take care of design tweaks. TypePad is popular among professionals, journalists and business owners but it also has users that utilizes it for personal blogging.