Blog Platform Comparison Chart

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Blog Platform Comparison

Above is a comparison chart of 7 most popular blogging/website creation platforms. To be honest, I’m a real WordPress “junkie”, but that doesn’t mean the comparison chart is biased. I’ve received a lot of questions about blogging platforms from different visitors, so I took some time and experimented with the most common ones.

Here are the categories that I’ve covered:

Cost – Money needed to use the blogging platform. Most platforms are free to use, but some of them require additional costs (More bandwidth, custom plugins and themes) or buying a hosting plan. P.S. Some free blogging services like Blogger have limitations in design and monetization, that’s why they’re free to use.

Conclusion: most of the blogging platforms are free to use (open source), but as you can see it from the chart -  TypePad and SBI will cost you some money.

Availability for own domain – Whether you have the option to set up the blog on your own domain or not. Some platforms are built for own web addresses only while others require some additional knowledge and technical skills to make it “work” on your own domain.

Conclusion: Most if not all blogging platforms can be migrated/transferred to your domain. However, some of them require some technical skills.

Level of CSS & HTML knowledge required – While most blogs can be set up without any computer skills, special customization still might need some CSS & HTML skills/experience.

Conclusion: Every platform is customizable, WordPress perhaps the most. But if you are a beginner, you still need to read some tutorials and learn the basics of it. If you want a custom theme/design, I highly suggest you to contact with web developers who specialize on editing different platforms. It will cost you some money, but it’s worth it.

Custom plugins – Plugins are small tools that add extra functionality and features to your blog, like Facebook & Twitter sharing buttons, newsletter sign up/opt in box etc. This category evaluates the amount of additional free plugins and tools you can install to your blog.

Conclusion: WordPress has the most FREE and PAID plugins to choose from. The weakest platforms for custom plugins are probably Tumblr and Wix.

Storage room – If you install a blog platform to your own domain (hosting plan needed) you have enough space for the files and pictures. However, if you are planning to use full blogging service providers – you have some limitations.

Conclusion: In most cases, free bandwidth is more than enough. However, if you decide to go with self-hosted blog, always find a hosting that has unlimited bandwidth… Why? Because you never know how big your blog can grow :).

Themes / Outlook – Themes are design templates and layouts for your blog. This category analyses the amount of unique themes you are able to use on your blog.

Conclusion: Having a large amount of themes to choose from (WordPress has the most), you are able to be more unique. People tend to love designs that they have never seen before. Most of the Blogger and Tumblr blog layouts are somewhat similar and perhaps boring, but if you go with WordPress – you will be different from others.

Hosting provided – Whether you have to buy  your own hosting plan or you pay for the full service where hosting is provided by them, like Wix.

Conclusion: Personally, I wouldn’t pay for a full services. Instead, I would go with self-hosted blog on my own domain – In that way you’ll have a full control over your blog.

User-friendliness – How easy is the setup, maintaining and customization process, on a scale of 1 to 10.

Conclusion: I’ve set up more than 30 WordPress blogs, most of the time it takes no more than 5 minutes. However, setting up a TypePad, for example, can be more difficult. So before you start a blog, make sure you fully understand what you have to deal with. Most of the blogs don’t have easy interfaces, thus they’ll be left abandoned.

Updates – Does the specific blogging platform has an automatic or manual updating option. While most of the blogs update themselves automatically, manual updates are not too difficult either (Usually 1 click).

Conclusion: This is something that you don’t have to worry about. Blog software developers are doing their best to keep you updated with the latest upgrades.

Scheduled posting – Are you able to write a blog post and schedule it to go live on a specific date or time? Blogs need constant updating and while you’re traveling or busy, it’s great to have post pre-written that go live at a specific time. P.S. I got a message from a person who told me that Tumblr NOW has a possibility to use scheduled posting.

Post categories – Ability to make your posts appear under a specific category. Makes reading and browsing much easier for the visitors.

Overall rating – Based on reviews from bloggers, web agencies and my own experience.

Winner?

My pick goes for self-hosted WordPress, and I’m not the only one. Don’t hesitate and go back to my homepage to learn how to start a blog with WordPress.

Comments

  1. Very useful information, Mike. I think I will use the code to embed this on my site. Good work! This will help a lot of people.

    Blessings, Amy

    • Hi Amy,

      Thanks for the kind words and sharing the chart. We’re working hard every day to bring value to the bloggers community.

  2. A very useful chart, thanks for sharing.

    I’m curious though: why the 3GB storage limit listed for WordPress.org? Shouldn’t it be “Unlimited”?

    • Hey Jay,

      There was a typo which I’m going to change soon. What I meant is that WordPress.com has 3GB storage (when you let WP.com host your blog for free). Thanks for feedback, I really appreciate it!

  3. Hi Mike, Thanks for the comparison chart – very interesting and informative.

    I was wondering about the WordPress.org information – it says 3gb of storage, but I thought since wordpress.org is for self-hosted sites (as opposed to wordpress.com), the storage would depend on the hosting company. Is this correct, or is there some limitation within the platform itself? Perhaps I’m reading the chart incorrectly.

    • Thanks for letting me know. I don’t know how did I make that mistake, my bad. I’ll change it to unlimited.

  4. Nice chart!

    WordPress.com has paid upgrades. Own domain for WordPress.com is a paid upgrade. There are no plugins on WordPress.com, but most of the extra functionality is built right in (like contact forms, video support and slideshows). Storage is 3GB for free, but you can add with upgrades. Updates are automatic and transparent to the user. Updates on self-hosted WordPress can also be automatic with a plugin. The hosted solution is also called WordPress.com, not WordPress. WordPress refers to the open source software available from WordPress.org. I know it’s confusing…

    Cheers!

    • Hey Konstantin,
      Thanks for making it more clear, with providing additional details.
      Cheers!

      P.S: Love your minimalistic theme : )

  5. As I know Tumblr has scheduled post option. I used it quite a while ago. Otherwise great comparison.

  6. Great post, useful for clients and general bloggers!

  7. Thanks for publishing another great article for us. This is best for any technology related blog.

  8. Very nice comparison. One correction to suggestion: Tumblr does offer scheduled posts.

  9. This is really cool chart. I had idea majorly on blogger and WP, get to know more technical stuff on others… simply superb.. Thanks for sharing

  10. I Never would have known about Movable Type and SBI Website. Nice chart. Thnx for sharing.

  11. This is a nice and helpful comparison. The one thing that I don’t quite like, though, is the line “Level of CSS & HTML required”. For me, “required” means that you can’t use the platform without it. WordPress is the only one listed I’m really familiar with, so when you say “CSS for advanced editing”, then that’s inaccurate—CSS is NOT required at all to use WordPress. WordPress gives the option to edit CSS, but most certainly doesn’t require it.

    So, I suggest that you completely rethink that line. I assume that none of these platforms actually requires HTML or CSS—I assume that they all permit WYSIWYG. If so, the line is rather redundant. What could be interesting is a line about “Customizable HTML/CSS”. Then, WordPress.com would rate as “HTML: yes; CSS: paid” and WordPress.org would rate as “Full customizability”. I don’t know about any of the others.

  12. As I said, this is a really helpful comparison. Could you compile something like this to compare WordPress with CMSs (e.g. Joomla, Drupal, etc.)? Of course, I don’t know if you have much experience with other CMSs beyond blogging platforms.

    • Thanks for suggestions!

      Yep, I’m planning to create a new comparison chart in the near future that compares Joomla & Drupal as well. You were right, I haven’t had any possibilities to use them so I have to ask some help from someone who knows them more than me.

      Have you managed to use Drupal or Joomla?

  13. Nicole Wong says:

    I actually find WP harder than Tumblr to use but I’m actually more concerned about a lack of comment function on Tumblr. I’m quite surprised it wasn’t mentioned.

    • Tumblr is actually not meant for blogs. Most people use tumblr to share photos etc… If you are serious about blogging then WordPress is a way to go. Alternatively you can use Blogger as well.

      WordPress is VERY easy. However, I might be a little biased since I have used WordPress over 3 years. Nicole, do you already have a blog?

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