How to Choose the Right Blogging Platform

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One of the toughest decisions to make as a blogger is; deciding which blogging platform is right for you. Of course there are several blogging platforms you can choose but certainly, one is better suited for you than the others.

In the previous posts under the blogging 101 series, we have covered:

In this tutorial however, we would discuss how to choose the blogging platform that's right for you, either you are a fresh blogger or a pro-blogger.

Before we go into the details, let me quickly list out the most popular blogging platforms, the ones that are trending as at this moment.

List of Popular Blogging Platforms

  1. WordPress.org
  2. Wix
  3. Blogger.com
  4. WordPress.com
  5. Joomla
  6. Ghost
  7. Gator
  8. Drupal
  9. Medium
  10. Weebly
  11. Constant Contact Web Builder
  12. Squarespace
  13. Typepad
  14. TumbIr

Okay. In the list above, I have the most popular blogging platforms each of which has a number of pros and cons. But since fresh bloggers are the main concern here, we would be putting them first in this tutorial which is why from the list above; I would pick and talk about only the blogging platforms recommended for fresh bloggers.

Recommended Blogging Platforms for Fresh Bloggers

  1. Blogger.com
  2. WordPress.com
  3. WordPress.org

  • Blogger.com

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    Blogger is a free blogging platform that is very easy to use and simple to setup. It is likely the only blogging platform that is made for everyone. Thus; if:

    • you are just starting out as a blogger with very minimal or no coding knowledge at all...
    • you are a fresh blogger with very minimal or no money to spend on your blog yet you want a blogging platform that allows you make some money from your blog...
    • you are an experienced blogger with very minimal or no coding knowledge...
    • you are a fresh blogger with advanced coding knowledge...
    • you are an experienced blogger that is also fluent at coding...
    • you are a fresh blogger with reasonable amount of money budgeted for your blog...

    The list could be endless. Blogger.com is just made for and suitable for anyone to use.

    With Blogger as your blogging platform, you can just type your content, add photos and publish your blog post. - that easy!

    Another beautiful thing about it is that Blogger.com also lets you edit the HTML source codes of your blogger blog. To adding widgets to the blog also comes handy, that which many blogging sites for beginners do not offer.

    Blogger.com Pros:

    • Blogger is free and extremely easy to use.
    • Setting up a blog on Blogger is extremely easy and only takes about two minutes provided you have an extremely fast internet access.
    • The platform takes care of hosting and virtually all other maintenance activities that keep your blog online, always.
    • Blogger has several mobile responsive templates to choose from in case you have none to use.
    • Because Blogger.com is a Google product, the platform readily integrates with Google Drive and other Google products
    • Blogger has an extremely secured and useful anti-spam feature for your blog comment system, out of the box.
    • Your blog with Blogger benefits from Google's state-of-the-art security that keeps hackers at bay.

    Blogger.com Cons:

    • No support for automated integration with third-party apps and services.
    • Limited blogging tools available.
  • WordPress.com

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    WordPress.com is more like a light version of WordPress.org. This platform is free and offers services such as hosting, the ability to have a custom domain name on your blog, integrating your blog with social media and popular features such as comments and polls are also available without installing any additional WordPress plugins.

    To make using the WordPress.com version close to having a WordPress.org version experience, a number of paid upgrades are also made available for the WordPress.com users.

    However, regardless of how many upgrades you did on a WordPress.com version, a few vital features such as custom themes, plugins and accessing your WordPress.com cores are restricted still. And this is more reason you may have to use the WordPress.org version that provides many more customization options instead.

    WordPress.com Pros:

    • Because hosting of your blog is taken care of by WordPress, you do not need to worry about hosting.
    • The WordPress.com installation wizard makes it a breeze to setup a blog or website on WordPress.
    • Access to sleaky, streamlined and easy-to-use interface that allows you monitor and manage your WordPress blog.
    • WordPress.com blogs and websites are pre-built with community functions.
    • You do not need to worry about your site maintenance.
    • You have access to dedicated support teams.

    WordPress.com cons:

    • WordPress.com [with no upgrades] is very limited in use and by functions.
    • Only a very few customization options are available.
    • You get access to third-party plugins and themes only if you upgrade to any of the Business plans.
    • WordPress branding and ads are in the free version.
  • WordPress.org

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    WordPress.org is unarguably the best blogging platform in the world. Thus, as of now, there is no better blogging platform than WordPress.org option.

    This is likely the reason it is the most popular blogging software in the world and why it powers more than 40% of the websites on the internet.

    If you want to have complete and full control over the customization of your blog, monitor your blog traffic via Google Analytics and to freely monetize your website, WordPress.org is your best option. Hands-down!.

    WordPress.org IS NOT 100% easy for beginners to use effectively, but there are lots of free and paid options to learn WordPress.org. Once you get the hang of it, you won’t look at any other platform. - this and a few others being the reasons it does not come first as a choice for beginners.

    WordPress.org Pros:

    • WordPress.org is an extremely flexible platform such that gives you complete control over every single aspect of your site.
    • Using WordPress.org, you have access to limitless plugins, apps, and extensions that allow for full customization of your WordPress.org site.
    • Countless number of themes to choose from, both branded and unbranded. Free and paid ones.
    • WordPress.org is an excellent and cost effective way to getting started online, especially if you’re just pushing your business online.
    • More friendly to Search engines and social media platforms.
    • You are in good company with large developer community and a ton of support options.

    WordPress.org cons:

    • Not exactly friendly to fresh bloggers or beginner bloggers.
    • Admin responsibilities including security, performance, and backups are entirely on your shoulders.

If you have followed this tutorial all the way down here, you should have learned the three blogging platforms that are mostly recommended for beginner bloggers. Certainly, you'll have to go for one and make a choice from the three recommended blogging platforms, right? But then, it is also crucial that you make the right choice.

From below here, we'll discuss how to decide which blogging platform is right for you not just from the three blogging platforms that are recommended for beginners but also from all blogging platforms.

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How to Choose A Blogging Platform that is Right for You

From the previous section, I list some of the most recommended blogging platforms for beginners in the blogging sphere. But, what if you are not a fresh blogger? Or, what if you are a fresh blogger but having all the resources and qualities of a problogger?

How then can you choose a blogging platform that is right for you based on your status?

In this section, I would be talking about things you should consider before choosing a blogging platform to start with so that you may possibly make an informed decision in choosing a blogging platform you may never regret going for in the first place.

As you may have rightly learnt, blogging is much more than just writing or posting photos. Blogging is now as good as a career for many. For some, blogging is their business even if it was not in their blog's earliest days.

So, similar to a business or a career, to start one; you might need to find a solid ground for your career or business. Not just that; you'll need a business or career you can easily scale with.

- and that's exactly what "starting your blog on the right platform helps you with". It helps you build a solid ground for your blog and also helps you grow with the blog easily.

Starting your blog on the right platform helps you build a solid ground for your blog and also helps you grow with the blog easily.

How to Decide Which Blogging Platform is Right for You

  1. Consider the blogging platform ease of use

    Because others may find a blogging platform easy to use while you find it difficult, you'll need to confirm how easy that blogging platform can get for you.

    A few of those things that can help you know if a blogging platform is or could be easy for you to use are:

    • Does using the platform requires some terms seemingly strange to you? Terms like "hosting". Do you understand what it means and how well can you go with it?
    • Do you require some knowledge seemingly strange to you in order to fully utilize the platform? Something like "MySQL" mods?

    The list could be endless but that's a tip for you.

  2. How accessible is that platform?

    Regardless of what blogging could mean to you, it is something you should be able to do comfortably and conveniently anywhere and on nearly any device; your PC, smartphones, games etcetra.

    Why? Because you could be on a transit and come across some interesting events you should blog about. You could just capture the event and post the pictures and videos of the events on your blog right that instant. - that's just an example of several of such events possiblities.

    I know for a fact that you can access, modify or edit and publish a hundred percent of your blogger blog dashboard in a very friendly and responsive manner on any device that has access to the internet. That includes editing the blog's html source codes, posting, adding and removing widgets etcetra.

    WordPress.com is also close to that but such is not possible with many other blogging platforms yet.

  3. How customizable is that blogging platform?

    An extremely customizable blogging platform allows you modify your blog to any lenght you want. That way, you can satistfy your own taste of how you want your blog look like in design and you can also satistfy your audience with everything they need on the blog so that they may easily read and interact with your blog.

  4. What are the limits of using that platform?

    Another thing you should consider is the limitations imposed on you as a user.

    Even if you are a developer using a blogging platform that has many limitations imposed on users, there is only little you can do.

    Some platforms only allow you upload certain size or number of images while some only allow certain video formats. Some blogging platforms do not allow tampering with the source codes of the blog.

    Depending on what you would be doing with your blog, you would be needing to check this to know if that blogging platform is right for you.

  5. How affordable is that blogging platform to you?

    For now, forget about where your blog can be in 2 to 3 years to come. Rather, think about what your finances can look like in few months to come.

    Can you afford the blogging platform you are aiming to go for? If you can afford it now, can you afford it in a few months, a year or two years to come?

    Choose a blogging platform you can comfortably operate for as long as you want.

  6. Consider the blogging platform monetization options

    If you aim to make money from your blog, you would be needing to choose a blogging platform that actually allows you make money easily.

    In order to know which blogging platform is mostly suitable here, you might first need to identify which monetization method you'd like to use.

    For example; if you are combining affiliate marketing, AdSense and sponsored posting, WordPress.org and blogger.com are likely the best options to choose from.

  7. How portable is that blogging platform?

    Now is the time to think about where your blog can be in 2 to 3 years to come.

    This can help in both upwardly and backwardly directed situations.

    Why? Because now apparently your blog is already a hit and making you some money which are good enough reasons for you to advance the blog further.

    And again, it is possible your current blogging platform is no longer technically suitable for your blogging needs which again, is enough a good reason to switch the blogging platform.

    In any case, you would be needing to consider a blogging platform that allows you easily migrate or move your entire blog from that blogging platform to another blogging platform whenever the need to move on arise.

Conclussion

Because this tutorial discusses a delicate issue which many bloggers have resolved by going for the decisions of the common instead of deciding based of the facts that reflect individual's stands, I have decided to discuss the issue at length.

On that note, I believe I have covered every aspect of this topic that should be discussed however, if you still have a few questions to ask, you may go ahead and ask in the comment section.

Meanwhile, be reminded that one of the toughest decisions to make as a blogger is; deciding which blogging platform is right for you. Of course there are several blogging platforms you can choose but certainly, one is better suited for you than the others.

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