Choosing the Right Blogging Platform

Choosing the Right Blogging Platform. One of the most common questions you could get asked when starting a blog, is what blogging platform will you host on? Today, I’m going to walk you through the pros and cons of all the famous platforms and help you choose what you want.

Choosing the Right Blogging Platform for Yourself

Just keep in mind, these are not the overall pros/cons, these are things that I hated/loved about a platform.

BLOGGING PLATFORM OPTIONS?

First of all, what options are there for a blogging platform? Well, there’s a lot. But the best are:

Each and every one of them have their own benefits. I personally started out with all of them – first WordPress.com, then Wix, then Blogger, then an unsuccessful delve into Weebly, and then finally WordPress.org (I did make a test blog on Squarespace). I did finally settle onto WordPress.org. So I’ve seen and experienced every blogging platform I’m talking about here.

WORDPRESS (COM)

This is not something I’d recommend as a blogging platform for someone who wants to go pro with it. You can check it out, but I personally hated it. First of all, you cannot upload your own themes, which was a big bummer for me because I wanted my blog to be unique and original and didn’t like ANY of the installed themes. Another thing, you couldn’t add your own favicon (the little symbol that appears on the left of your tab in Chrome). Again, I really wanted my own favicon, and WordPress.com did not allow it. If you wanted to go with this, AND customise how you want, you’d need CSS and HTML.

PROS
  • Free/Cheap
  • Built-In Hosting + Domain
  • Built-In Themes
  • Reasonable Customisation Options
  • Built-In Community
CONS
  • No Favicon Options
  • No Outside Theme Options
  • Less Customisable
  • Harder to Navigate

Restricting So, overall? WordPress is a good option if you’re iffy about blogging, but I personally wouldn’t recommend it. If you are iffy, then roll on platform number two.

BLOGGER

One of my FAVOURITES. Of all my favourites, this is my favourite platform. This can fulfil all your typical blogging needs with ample freedom to customise and easy to navigate layouts. It’s the perfect freebie blogging platform. And that’s exactly what makes it most noteworthy of them all.

PROS
  • Absolutely Free
  • Favicon Options
  • Theme Options
  • Customisation Options
  • Easy to Navigate
  • Built in SEO + Monetisation
  • Works with Google
  • Additional CSS
CONS
  • Restricting

Yup. Only one con. That’s how good this platform is. So overall I’d highly recommend this if you are iffy about blogging, you aren’t sure if you’re going to continue, and you’re not ready to spend money on it. Start with blogger. It’s one of the best I’ve used.

WEEBLY

I didn’t have a very happy time with Weebly. I just wasn’t alright with the format and just the overall vibe of the blogging platform, and I just wasn’t up for it. But some of the features I did like.

PROS
  • Very Free to Customise
  • Drag and Drop
  • Built in Host/Domain
  • Paid, Free
CONS
  • Not very user Friendly
  • No Favicon Options in Free

That’s really all I can say, and honestly all I have the right to say, because I didn’t use it for very long and explore it very much, but I do know that a lot of people like it. I personally don’t like it, but I can’t say for you.

WIX

Wix is a little bit more free to customise than weebly. I still use Wix. The good thing is if you use Premium, they’ll give you a domain, Analytics, Hosting, all of that in one. Plus you can also build your online store without any outside plugin.

PROS
  • Free to Customise
  • Drag and drop
  • No Outside Themes
  • Built in Host/Domain
  • Paid, Free
  • Online Store options
  • Built-In Themes
CONS
  • No outside themes
  • No favicon options in paid or free
  • There are no analytics viewing in free version
  • No SEO

I don’t think Wix is that bad, but it’s good for Websites and Stores, not blogs, in my opinion. If you’re getting into blogging, go for something other than Wix or Weebly, I think. They’re not too great for that.

SQUARESPACE

I didn’t like squarespace. I started a blog there to test it out, but gave up the moment I started because I. HATED IT. First of all, the site didn’t stand out to me, it was too ‘robotic’ and it just wasn’t user friendly. Furthermore, there is no free domain! Other ones still have free domains but this doesn’t have one! It’s ridiculous! A lot of people still use it and I respect that, but I personally absolutely hate it. I just don’t feel like it stand outs or anything. Do not recommend.

WORDPRESS (ORG)

While Blogger is the best solution in terms of easiness and money, in terms of design, I’d rather use WordPress.org because this is the best. I obviously use it, because why would I ever say that unless I used it and didn’t like it?! I LOVE IT! I’m just..there’s so many things I can ramble about here, it’s ENDLESS. Oh my god.

PROS
  • Freedom to Customise
  • Outsider Themes
  • Custom Favicon
  • Useful Plugins
  • Comes with stats viewer
  • Comes with spam blocker
  • Easy to Navigate
  • Additional CSS
CONS
  • Outside Host.

And that’s it for WordPress. I feel like I could go on and on and on and on and on about how good this platform is. I upgraded to WordPress iffyly, but I haven’t looked back for once, and don’t regret and single thing! My blog just got an upgrade and I LOVE IT. I LOVE IT. I LOVE IT.

So, in conclusion, it seems like the following are probably the best in terms of overall easiness to navigate, design, freedom to customise, pricing, and just best in general:

  • WordPress.org
  • Blogger

Furthermore, in terms of freedom to customise, Wix and Weebly would win because of their drag ‘n drop feature. But again, as much as I love the above, it’s all UP. TO YOU. It’s your blog. I’ve given you the facts. It’s now all up to you to decide which platform you consequently choose.

So that’s it! Hope you guys enjoyed this post. It is kind of late, but it’s still Monday. I’ve set up a routine now, to post on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays. Thrice a week and have already made my schedules for the following two months including specifying which post is to go up on which date. So I shouldn’t miss a day, so if I do, don’t mind it, I will be back and making up for it. I think I’ve rambled enough. Happy Tuesday, guys. Byee!

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