If you are reading this post that means you are thinking of starting your own blog or a website.
But I think that you are not able to decide which platform you should choose.
I am right. isn’t?
If you are a beginner then there are lots of question which may come in your mind, lots of doubts and confusion and so on.
I could completely understand. But, don’t worry.
After reading this post you will completely get out of your confusion and be clear which one you should choose. Which will be best for you. Whether FREE or Paid one.
So, without taking much time lets starts our countdown of blogging platforms.
WordPress is one of the largest and among most famous blogging platforms. It is not possible that you may have not heard about the WordPress.
It is in the market for the last several years for providing an amazing service to the users.
Do you know that most people get confused in WordPress.org and WordPress.com but you don’t be confused, both are different platforms.
Check out the differences between WordPress.org vs WordPress.com
WordPress.org is open source Software which allows users to create their own website or blog with himself/herself without any help of others.
It is very easy to set up a whole website or blog within 4-5 minutes with free themes or paid themes.
You can run your website within 1/2 hour on the internet. This is how a fast to setup your complete website or blog.
Its provide amazing cms for managing your site and the content.
You can see our another post, why you should use WordPress in 2019.
So, Why you should use WordPress.org, not any other platform. Take a closure look on PRO and CONS.
|100% Control On Your Content And Website||Need to manage your own backup and security|
|Provide Amazing CMS For The Content Management||Need to learn the usage of cms for website or blog management|
|Grow Blog With Lists Of Amazing Features Like Forum, Stores, Membership And Etc|
|Thousands Of Free And Premium Plugins And Themes Are Available|
|It is search engine friendly|
This was the Pros and Cons of WordPress.org
But How much it will cost you?
|Buy a Domain name||.com cost $11.88/year|
|Buy hosting||Basic plan cost $2.75/month|
WordPress.com is the same as WordPress.org, both are the blogging platforms.
And the co-founder of WordPress.org Matt Mullenweg has created this platform for starters for FREE.
Over WordPress.org you had to buy Domain, hosting and full maintenance is taken cared by yourself.
But on Worpress.com provides Free subdomain, being Hosted by WordPress itself and no maintenance is needed to be done by you, and all are taken care by WordPress.com.
If you are starting your first blog or want to understand how the WordPress works then you should try WordPress.com.
Because they provide basic services for free and afterward if you like the services then you can extend their services like custom domain, increase storage and could buy premium services and so on.
Now let’s see the PROs and CONs of WordPress.com.
|No setup is required||You will have limited customization.|
|Easy to use and manage||You can’t run an advertisement on your blog|
|No Maintenance||You don’t own your blog|
|Hosted by WordPress||Anytime it could be suspended when WordPress feels you are violating their terms of service|
|Great for new bloggers||No E-commerce Option|
|Forums are not Supported|
|You will have a single site only|
WordPress.com is free, But they are also having some upgradable plans to offer.
As the name “medium” itself, expresses all the meaning of this platform.
This platform launched in 2012, and till now it has become the huge community of writers, bloggers, and experts.
If you want to write and share your thoughts and idea instantly, then use this platform. Just sign up and start sharing it with the world.
This is how it is easy to get started without any much tension of domain and hosting and much more and more things.
It is very easy to use platform but it has limited social networking features.
After sign up, it will provide you with an amazing dashboard from where you can maintain your content and publish too.
It also provides unlimited storage, amazing reliability and always uptime, there will be no problem in these areas.
This platform is much simpler as using Facebook or Twitter for publishing your idea, thoughts, and experiences.
This platform looks amazing and attracts most people towards itself. But it also has PROs and CONs.
|Free to use||No Control On Your Content, Because It Is Owned By Medium|
|Easy to get started with one signup||Features Are Very Limited, In Terms Of Design And Building Your Brand|
|Amazing platform for writers and Individual||You can not monetize your content|
These are some Pros and Cons of this Platform, and If we talk about price then it is absolutely free to use.
So, If you want to share your ideas and thoughts with the world, then this will be an amazing Platform for you until you want to start your own Professional Blog, Brand or Business.
You may be amazed by knowing that according to Alexa Rank Blogger stand at 25th in the worldwide. This is the craze for this Platform.
It is the most popular Free Blogging Platform which is available right now on the internet.
Blogger was developed by Pyra Labs, which was acquired by Google in 2003, and after that, the popularity of this platform increases in this several years.
It provides amazing features and tools with the brand name of Google which attracts lots of users and continues to grow.
This platform is free to use, just you need to signup with your google account and get going with your blog within a minute.
Let’s see how this platform is better than others with Pros and Cons.
|It is absolutely Free to use||Becomes limited features as if your blog grows|
|Very easy to use and manage||Limited numbers of theme availability|
|Amazing features and tools are available||Lack of customer support|
|Simplicity can be seen in their design||Lack of customization|
|Amazing speed and performance||Lots of Google content policy|
|Google brand trust||Anytime Google can suspend your blog if you break their policy|
These are the Pros and Cons of Blogger.
But why you should go with Blogger?
If you are totally new and want to start from ground and etc. Then you should go with Blogger because of the craze for this platform increasing day by day.
And If your blog popularity increases then you can shift from Blogger to WordPress.
Tumblr is a little bit different from other Blogging Platforms. It is a microblogging site with social networking features.
You can put anything whatever you like to share whether it is text, image, link, quotes, audio, video and you can chat too.
While Tumblr offers everything to their users for sharing their ideas with the world with their built-in sharing tools.
It is very easy to start writing your first blog within a few minutes, you just need to sign up with your email id.
|It is absolutely free||Limited features for growing your blog|
|Easy to use and setup||Hard to take backup of your blog and export it to the other platforms|
|Provides all social media features like quickly video share, image, GIF, audio and etc||Limited design and lack of customization|
|Provides Google Analytics Integration|
|A simple and clean user interface|
Ghost is the open source platform and it is free to use if you will install on your hosted server like WordPress.
It is the minimalist blogging platform with limited features and most focused on writing a blog.
Ghost Blogging Platform is for very niche people who prefer full control on building their website with the use of coding.
It is a very unique platform which fits a special demographic of users who prefer to run a blog in a certain way.
For customization, Ghost offers a large marketplace with free and paid themes templates for your blog.
Ghost uses markdown rather than visual WYSIWYG editor for writing your blog post. It provides self-hosting on their servers But does not provide a free hosting plan.
There is a 14 days trial on their hosting server and after that, you have to pay. you can also upload your themes and content with means of FTF.
Take a quick look at the PROs and CONs of Ghost.
|Completely focused on blogging||Not easy to customize|
|Clean User Interface||Very limited features|
|It is very fast||Not easy to set up on your hosted server|
|No Setup Is Required For Hosted Version|
7. Square Space
Square Space is the website building service that allows you to create a beautiful website with the drag and drop features.
Everything what square space offers really looks cool, fresh and impeccable.
Square Space really understands the meaning of perfection.
It focuses on small business who are willing to bring their businesses online, and square space does their best job in this area.
Square Space also provide FREE TRIAL to their users for the first time.
Have a look at the PROs and CONs.
|Very simple and easy to use||Limited to the features|
|Very beautiful templates are available||The personal plan limits you to 20 pages only|
|They separately provide domain name and more amazing features||Services and tools integration are limited|
Thinking about prices, just take a look at their Personal Plan
Since long years ago Wix exists as a website builder.
Wix offers very easy for small business to build their website with drag and drop tools. Just you need to sign up, select templates and start creating your website.
Add Blog section with the help of Wix Blog App inside your website.
You can start creating your website within a minutes with their free plans, but you have to use their subdomain i.e yourwebsitename.wix.com
Free plan gives you limited features and you have to display Wix ads on your website.
So why you should use Wix, take a look at the PROs and CONs of this platform.
|Easy to customize website using templates and Apps||Limited features for FREE accounts|
|Easy to build with drag and drop tools||Shows Wix ads and branding on free websites|
|Very easy to set up and quick to go||FREE third parties Apps are limited|
|Gets the amazing speed and security||The chosen template cannot be changed afterward|
|Great customer support||E-commerce features are limited for paid plans|
They also provide a premium plan, check their prices
Weebly is another website builder designed to build websites easily with the help of drag and drop tools.
It comes with amazing features and lots of theme for the selection. Which you can select and start customizing according to yourself.
Weebly fulfills the desire of peoples, who are willing to build their website without being the techy guy.
It provides free as well as paid hosting as you move from starter to professional. They have different plans for websites and online stores.
To get started with Weebly you just need to sign up with your email id and select the theme which ever you like and get customizing your first website.
Have look on some of the PROs nad Cons of Weebly.
|Easy to use and setup||Built-in features are limited|
|Easy to customize with the help of Drag and Drop tools||Limited integration of third parties app|
|It will host your website for you||Difficult in exporting from the Weebly platform to another|
|Get started with their free trial|
|Provide speed and security as the website is hosted by them|
|Great customer support|
Let’s check their premium plans for websites
Joomla is an open source software content management system ( CMS ). It is a very popular CMS worldwide. Just like wordpress.org, it is also a self-hosted solution.
Where you will need a domain name and hosting for using this CMS.
Once you have the setup domain name, hosting and installed Joomla, then you are ready with this CMS through the interactive Dashboard
Through this Dashboard, you can manage your complete website in few clicks.
But Before that take a look at the PROs and Cons of Joomla.
|Very easy to install and use||You need to take care of backup, security, and updates|
|Extremely powerful and flexible||The smaller community then WordPress|
|Thousands of themes are available||Lack of customers support|
|Very easy to customize||Limited adjustment options|
|Joomla apps are available for more features|
If we talk about prices then it is totally FREE to install, but you need to buy Domain Name and Hosting.
Drupal is an open source content management system which powers many websites on the internet for FREE.
It offers a wide range of functionality and flexibility to the users for content management.
Have the PROs and CONs of Drupal.
|Open source CMS||difficult to install|
|Developer-Friendly||Needs technical expertise for handling|
|You can create advanced websites|
|Very much flexible and versatile|
Jekyll says that “Transform your plain text into static websites and blogs”
To Build a website with Jekyll need to know some programming languages because Jekyll uses MarkDown, Liquid, HTML, CSS for the development of the website.
As Github will host your website for FREE for a lifetime with their servers.
Jekyll does not have Database, Dashboard, comments and etc which are available on WordPress.
So, What’s the reason behind the usage of Jekyll. Take a look at the PROs and CONs of Jekyll.
|Get an amazing speed and Security||Can not create Dynamic Website|
|Hosted by Github||Need to know basic coding to build|
|Lifetime free server||No server-side scripting|
|Custom domain is easy to setup||Not good for professionals bloggers or businesses|
|Many Themes Are Available|
Hubpages is a FREE blogging platform for the people who want to share their ideas with the world.
This is a very unique platform from others because it gives you a chance to earn money from ads which are shown on your blog or article.
It is a revenue sharing platform where you can upload your unique content and earn income from that through Adsense and other monetizing networks.
It is very easy to get started with just a single sign up within a minutes.
You don’t like to know the reasons for using Hubpages. If are you, then take a look at PROs and Cons of Hubpages.
|Free platform||Low pay|
|very much flexible||Difficult to advance|
|you can earn from your post||Limited advertising|
|Very easy to manage|
LiveJournal is another free blogging platform which you will defiantly like it. It was started by American Programmer Brad Fitzpatrick in the year 1999.
This platform is the little bit older and with the passage of time, it got blurred in front of other blogging platform and social networking websites.
In 2005 it was acquired by a blogging company Six Apart and further it was sold to a Russian company in 2007. As it is not much popular like WordPress, Blogger and etc in many places.
But it is very much popular in Russia with the Alex Traffic Rank 16.
Take a quick look at PROs and CONs of this platform.
|It is a free platform||Can not be compared with the others blogging platform like WordPress|
|It Is Very Community Driven|
|Very mobile friendly|
|It allows voice posts|
Postach.io is another unique blogging platform which uses external note organizing platform Evernote to create your blog post and content management.
It claims that it is the easiest way to write a blog.
Postach.io also provides a bunch of themes for the customization of your blog, Disqus commenting for the comments and stores your content in Dropbox.
|Well designed themes are available|
|very much familiar to Evernote users|
|Blog using Evernote|
|Custom domain name support|
|Gets Disqus comments system|
Contentful is a flexible and future-friendly content platform that helps editors to manage and developers to serve content.
Using contentful, editors collaborate on content interactively in an easy to use editing interface.
Developers use the content with the programming language and templating frameworks of their choice.
|API based CMS||Slow dashboard|
|Simple and customizable|
|Free for small projects|