Blogging platforms were once few and limited. Now there are many of them and most have numerous free plugins and other assets to help expand the blog. There are five blogging platforms, however, that stand above all the rest. One would be hard-pressed to find a real reason to look beyond this list, that’s how good they are.
1. WordPress – It’s still the big kahuna and dominates the field simply because it’s good, versatile, and highly customizable. Any early exploit concerns have been addressed with updates and plugins. Updates for self-installers are automatic. The tons of free plugins, which can expand functionality of a blog in almost all cases, are searchable from within the blog master dash. WordPress may be used as either a classic blog or a content management system. There are plugins that will serve both functions. The huge database of themes, also available for various applications of the platform, are searchable too.
2. Blogger by Google – It’s an all-automated, free-hosted blog platform with fewer options than WordPress but still a lot of flexibility. It is low stress and very easy to use, and a fun, fast set-up. Bloggers get their own sub domains.
3. Movable Type – This platform is different in that it’s a part of the Open Source Project. It’s a handsome piece of software, very sleek and highly manageable, and, being open source, is free for anyone to modify and use for any reason.
4. Squarespace – This platform is entirely commercial. Because it is pay-to-play, however, Squarespace has a lot of cool backend goodies that the free blogs don’t have. The difference between WordPress and Squarespace is mainly in the details. Some bloggers like the bells and whistles while others don’t. The perception of quality differences is in the eye of the observer.
5. Tumblr – This may be the worst name ever for a blogging platform, but it’s easy to remember. Tumblr is largely thought of as a phlog or photo blog. Tumblr is also free and free-hosted. It’s not as customizable as WordPress, and it’s not as user-friendly as Blogger, but some people find it preferable because of its simplicity.
However, the one constant on the Internet is change. There may be an unknown platform that’s loaded and ready to blow away the competition.
May 30, 2012 at 1:51 am
In all of these platform wordpress is at the top list and most of the bloggers are using this and I am also using this platform.
May 30, 2012 at 9:41 am
Thanks for the blogging tips you have shared in your blog. I think that Social media created a big influence to all bloggers because it can help them get the targeted traffic they want.
May 30, 2012 at 4:50 pm
WordPress has to be by far my favourite and it’s also the most popular I believe?
Anyway thanks for the great post, i have never heard of movable type so i will check them out
June 4, 2012 at 3:30 am
I agree, these platforms are the most common yet very useful in blogging. I love wordpress, blogger, and most especially Tumblr where I can easily reblog the post of my friends.
June 4, 2012 at 9:28 pm
i would clap for WordPress. let me tell you that WordPress is huge platform for bloggers. if you are a blogger and never work in their platform, that’s means you are not a quality blogger. i also open my website on WordPress and their prices are very affordable for students.
June 5, 2012 at 7:12 pm
I think that wordpress will for a long time at the top of the platforms for bloggin, because WP is a realy good tool.
June 7, 2012 at 4:27 am
This is the first time I have heard about SquareSpace, will definitely give that a try.
June 12, 2012 at 9:55 am
It is true that WordPress is the primary blogging platform. Any blogger who wants to post is blog or comment on any blog related to different topics can easily do so. It is indeed one of the best places to get the feeling of how to blog.
June 13, 2012 at 7:45 am
WordPress is the best blogging platform. The bloggers can benefit from using WordPress as it has a user friendly interface. The plugins are awesome and one can also use it to manage their contacts and viewer information.
July 2, 2012 at 1:30 pm
Hi Christine, I am daily visitor of this blog and get lot of information from here. Since 2 months I am searching in founding top and best platforms for blogging but don’t get help. When this post is posted I get it.
Thanks for this help.