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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 I 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. NB! Some free services like Blogger have limitations in design monetization, that’s why they’re free to use.
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.
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.
Custom plugins – Plugins are small tools that add extra functionality and features to your blog, like Facebook & Twitter sharing buttons, newsletter sign up box etc. This category evaluates the amount of additional free plugins and tools you can install to your blog.
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.
Themes / Outlook – Themes are design templates for your blog. This category analyses the amount of unique themes you are able to use on your blog.
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.
User-friendliness – How easy is the setup, maintaining and customization process, on a scale of 1 to 10.
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).
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.
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.
Obviously self-hosted WordPress. Don’t hesitate and go back to my homepage to learn how to start a blog with WordPress.