With so many different types of blogging platforms available, how is anybody meant to choose what is best form them? Well, here is a brief breakdown of some of the most popular blogging platforms around at the moment and who they are best suited to.
Blogger – Perfect for beginners /personal blogs
This Google owned platform is a popular choice by many thanks to its simple joining process and easy-to-use interface. This is a great blog for people who are looking for their first place to tell the world a bit about themselves. It’s also 100% free so is a good choice for people who might just want to dip their toe in the blogging space as there is no need to commit to a long term contract. It’s no surprise that Google’s Adsense programme is naturally incorporated so bloggers can start making money from the get go.
WordPress is a free and incredibly popular open source blog publishing platform, powered by PHP & MySQL. It isn’t as simple to set up and configure as some of the other blogging platforms because the user has a lot more control over the HTML/CSS codes that are involved in creating a site from scratch. The user is also required to provide their own hosting. However, once all the set up is complete, the platform is simple and it’s easy to create a site to look exactly how you want it.
This .com version means you are able to host on the wordpress server and so the process becomes so much simpler. Set up is much quicker and as with the .org site, you’re rewarded with thousands of plugins, themes and other features to transform your site into almost anything you can imagine. Both of these platforms have excellent features such as custom design templates, integrated statistics and automatic spam protection to name a few. This is a great platform for anyone starting your own business .
Although classified as a micro blogging platform, Tumblr can be a great choice for a blog. Tumblr lets you to share whatever you want easily. You can post simple text, photos, quotes, links, your favourite music, and videos, from your web browser, phone, email, or wherever you happen to be. You can customize everything, from colours, to your theme’s HTML but beware that it is a little harder to get the site looking just how you want it. Some of the free themes that are available look fantastic but a lot of them are very limited. Tumblr is a great option for those in the creative industries. These include photography, illustrators, clothing designers and musicians.
Most people know Facebook as the top social networking site, but did you know you can also use it as a blogging platform? Features such as the fan pages and notes are a great way to share information with your fans and friends. You can also tag people in your photos and posts so they receive notifications when they have been mentioned. One of the most appealing things about blogging via Facebook is the fact that is is so easy for your posts to get seen my thousands and even go viral. If you are just writing about your personal experiences as a way of sharing with your friends and family and you are not trying to make money from it, I would definitely recommend Facebook.
As you can see, different platforms are useful to different people, it all depends on what you are after. This post has only touched on a few of the most popular platforms available but there are plenty more out there to get you started.
This is a guest post from Roxanne from link building site SEO-Doctor.co.uk.
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