Blogging gives you an opportunity to connect with the world. From blogging to promote a business and blogging to connect with others on a personal level to blogging to express your passion and blogging to lend your voice to popular discourse, the key aim of blogging is to get yourself to as many people as possible. This piece takes a look at the different blogging platforms available to you today.
WordPress comes in two forms. WordPress.com and WordPress.org offers varying levels of customisation and control but combined, they make up a sizeable chunk of the blogs on the web today. With WordPress.com, you get free domain and hosting for your blog content but there is no custom theme and plugins availability and you can’t edit HTML. It is the top option for new bloggers. WordPress.org offers more robust functionality but it requires hosting plan and purchasing a domain name. It is the top option for more professional bloggers but the platform can host full-fledged websites from online shops to online advanced version of the traditional bingo. New bingo sites for example have used WordPress to host their bingo game scripts as well as their blogs.
Apart from the challenge of understanding blogging platform controls, one of the main challenges facing new bloggers is getting readers to their content once published. Medium does a great job at eliminating both concerns by offering a simplistic interface for blogging as well as inbuilt audience that can read your posts once published. The downside is that you don’t have any control over content published as Medium closing its doors could mean losing your blogging portfolio.
Squarespace is another platform that offers a healthy variety of options when it comes to customization. Interestingly, you can completely change the blog appearance without actually knowing how to code. It offers some of the post editing options you can expect to find on WordPress. However, plugin and theme support is poor. If you want these options on Squarespace, you need to have knowledge of HTML.
This is a blogging platform that is great for businesses looking to maintain a blog on their website. The platform offers a wide range of easy-to-use features including drag and drop features for editing. It is perfect for bloggers who don’t intend to learn coding. Weebly is especially interesting for business owners as it allows hosting of website of blog and website on one domain. If you have coding skills and intend to try them out on Weebly, you will be disappointed. The platform is closed on that front as it focuses on simplicity for bloggers who are only concerned with creating and uploading content.
These are the top options you can consider as a blogger.