The Best Blogging Platforms - Pros and Cons

Planning to start your blog? Confused about which blogging platform is best for you? Choosing the most appropriate blogging platform can be a tough choice given the sheer number of options available. In this article, we’ll try to make a bit easier by listing the pros and cons of some of the more popular blogging platforms.

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Beginner bloggers require a platform with a simple set up process and an easy learning curve. Bloggers will also need to think through the subject matter of your blog, both today and in the future.

Another aspect to think about is the future growth of your blog. There may come a time where you would be required to modify your blog’s UI and add more features to cater to the growth of your audience. Therefore, a flexible blogging platform is key.

Equally important is to ensure that you always have the option to make money from your blog in the future even if you do not have plans to monetize your blog at present. Therefore, choosing the wrong platform may make it tough to switch at a later stage.

Wordpress.org

Wordpress.org started in 2003 and has grown to become the most popular blogging platform supporting more than 30% of existing websites. Wordpress.org is a free, open-source blogging platform and allows users to create their websites in just a few minutes.

Pros

  • Users can control every aspect of their website.
  • The Blog can be expanded to add additional features like online stores, forums, online stores, and paid subscriptions. This puts WordPress among the leading blogging platform in terms of monetization.
  • WordPress has a wide variety of free themes. This encourages creativity and allows users to create a website that stands apart from the crowd.
  • Access 54,000+ free plugins like apps that allow the addition of features like galleries, forms, etc.
  • It is search engine friendly. Users can easily create SEO friendly URLs, tags and categories for posts.

Cons

  • Efficient website management requires a bit of a learning curve.
  • Self-management of security and backups.

Gator by HostGator

Created by HostGator, Gator is a website builder and blogging platform. Gator provides users with a drag-and-drop tool that can be used to build multiple types of websites like blogs, business sites, or online stores.

If the requirement is for a non-WordPress all-in-one blog platform and hosting solution, then Gator is the perfect option for you.

Pros

  • Easy drag and drop builder.
  • Quick setup.
  • HostGator handles all performance, backups and security responsibilities.
  • Free Domain and SSL certificates.
  • Adding an online store to a blog is just a few clicks away.

Cons

  • No free account, instead of a 45-day money-back guarantee.
  • Ecommerce features restricted to higher plans.
  • A limited number of extensions and apps.

WordPress.com

WordPress.com is a blog hosting service by Automattic. Automattic was created by WordPress.org co-founder Matt Mullenweg. WordPress.com offers free basic blog hosting service. Additional options like custom domain name added storage, etc can be purchased at a nominal cost.

Wordpress.com was started in 2005 to bring WordPress experience to a larger audience, It is a good blogging site for users who do not require the advanced features offered by self-hosted WordPress.

Pros

  • No setup needed.
  • Simple to use and easy to manage.
  • Free with a WordPress.com subdomain.

Cons

  • Limited options to extend your site. Custom themes or plugins for customizing your blog are not available.
  • No option to run advertisements on your blog. However, WordPress.com will show their ads on your free website.
  • The blog is owned by WordPress.com can be suspended if found to be in violation of their terms of service.

Medium

Started in 2012, Medium has now established itself as a growing community of bloggers, writers, journalists, as well as experts. Medium is a simple-to-use blogging platform that comes with limited social networking features.

Similar to a standard social networking platform, Medium allows users to create an account and begin publishing articles. Post-sign-up, users will be assigned a profile address (https://medium.com/@yourname) but have to use Medium’s domain.

Pros

  • Easy to use with no setup or coding know-how required.
  • Provides users with access to an existing online community of individuals with similar interests.
  • It allows users to focus only on writing instead of website designing.

Cons

  • Limited features available when it comes to designing or building a brand.
  • The audience is owned by Medium. Therefore, if users lose their blog, they also lose all their followers.
  • Users do not have the option to use their own domain name. They will be provided with a profile page similar to Facebook (https://medium.com/@yourname).
  • It cannot be monetized.

Blogger

Google offers Blogger as a free blogging service. Blogger is one of the pioneers in the blogging platform space and is an easy and quick way to create a blog for technically handicapped users. To start a free blog on Blogger, the sole requirement is a Google account

Pros

  • Blogger is free.
  • Easy to use and manage.
  • It comes with Google’s reliability and robust security.

Cons

  • Users have access to only a limited set of basic blogging tools. The inability to add new features as the blog grows in popularity.
  • Limited design options with fewer templates.
  • Blogger often does not receive new features or frequent updates.
  • Your blog can be suspended by Google at any time. Google can even decide to cancel the Blogger service completely.

Tumblr

Tumblr is essentially a microblogging platform that offers social networking features like the ability to follow other blogs, reblogging, in-built sharing tools, etc. Therefore, it is slightly different when compared to other blogging platforms.

Pros

  • Tumblr is free when used with a Tumblr subdomain A premium custom domain name can be purchased.
  • Easy to set up and use.
  • It comes with an integrated social media component.
  • Relatively easy and quick to blog videos audio, GIFs and images.

Cons

  • Limited features make it difficult to expand as your blog grows on Tumblr.
  • Though Tumblr offers a number of different themes, they do not come with any additional features.
  • Difficult to back-up your Tumblr blog or import it to other platforms.

Constant Contact Website Builder

Constant Contact Website Builder is an intelligent website builder powered by Artificial Intelligence. It allows users to create a free blog, business website or an online store in a few easy steps.

Constant Contact Website Builder comes with a large collection of customizable templates and can be used to design a blog or website via a straightforward drag and drop interface. Users can also access additional tools including a custom logo maker, stock photo library of over 550,000 professional images, and much more.

Pros

  • Easy-to-use drag and drop website builder with no technical skills required.
  • Quick and easy setup, since Constant Contact will host your website for you.
  • A very generous free plan that allows you to try out the service and even build an online store before buying.
  • Free domain and Free SSL certificate are included with all paid plans.

Cons

  • The developer ecosystem is small, so there aren’t as many third-party plugins like WordPress.
  • Limited integration with third-party platforms.
  • Exporting your site from Constant Contact website builder to another platform is difficult.
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Rahul R

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