Blogging is one of the effective ways to communicate our ideas, thoughts to the world. It will help you to make money too. As a result of social media engagement, especially with the presence of Facebook and Twitter, blogging become more popular. We will get more traffic just by posting or tweeting the links in them.
If you decide to start a blog, next question is natural. Which platform you should choose ? We all know about WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr etc and most of the present bloggers started their works with Google owned Blogger, as it is free to use and URL customization is also possible. But compared to WordPress it is difficult to maintain and we have to rely on coding always. And there are some more platforms available for Blogging. They are good alternative choices and have high page ranking also.
Here you can check the 50 best and latest blogging platforms on the web.
WordPress is the best choice with a lot of features and thousands of plugins for smooth functioning. We will get unlimited free/premium themes of our choice. Godaddy like websites provide dedicated WordPress hosting with step by step instructions or we can choose local hosting providers. WordPress is used by more than 24% of the websites around the world. At present, about 65 million websites using WordPress’s Content Management System(CMS).
This is a blog publishing service from Google. All blogs are hosted at blogspot.com. If you owns a domain, it too can be used. Users can create any number of blogs, until 100, in a single account. It is difficult to use as often we need to edit templates for customization.
Tumblr is a micro blogging website owned by Yahoo. Currently over 188.7 million blogs are hosted in Tumblr. According to their official statement, more than 90 million articles are posting on the site each day.
This is a free blog hosting service with sub domain WordPress.com. It has limited features and contains ads. If you want to get domain mapping, edit options etc, need to opt for premium options which starts from $ 99 per year.
Medium is owned by Twitter founders Evan Williams and Biz Stone. It is naturally well integrated with Twitter and allow to edit others’ posts too. It many ways Medium is similar to micro social network, Digg, Reddit and Tumblr. Posts can be upvoted similar to Digg and Reddit.
It has more than 15 million users now. Bravenet comes with free blogging as well as website builder, hosting solutions for other platforms too. The panel is easy to use even to the non experienced users.
7) Live Journal
Live journal is a blogging platform and social media site from Russia. It is free to use but premium users will get access to the S2 management and advanced features. You can add others as friends and their journal entries will appear into your friends page since then.
Typepad is one of the oldest publishing services. It is difficult to customize and only premium options available.
This is a free platform for the bloggers with RSS feeds, polls, news flashes etc. Joomla is the second most used CMS on the net after WordPress.
Quora is a famous social networking site mainly concentrating on question and answers. We can create blogs there and will be shared widely among communities. It is possible to add tags to the posts which will help to get more traffic. Quora blogs are easy to use but customizations are not available. The total number of reaches will be shown along with the posts.
Silvrback is one of the latest services with advanced features and premium options. It is easy to use and domain customization is allowed. Silvrback comes with a neat interface and mainly using for business purposes.
It is a simple platform with attractive design and features like embeding videos, tweets, Instagram images into posts. Postach is easy to sync with Evernote account and its premium membership will start from as low as $ 5 per month.
Ghost is a latest free service. The program has rich interface that contains plugins similar to WordPress and other features. It works well in mobile devices too.
Jux is a new, free platform but have premium advantages like no ads, cool interface etc. We can create high resolution blogs and it will supports all major phone devices.
This platform is mainly using for e-commerce purposes. Squarespace comes with a neat design and cloud hosting service. But unfortunately it lacks free option. Premium users should pay from $ 8 per month if choosing for annual plan.
Some other popular blogging platforms are listed below :
17) Movable Type
19) Boing Boing
23) Blog Hub
35) Blog dive
46) Insane Journal
In addition to all these, you can make use of Facebook Notes, Myspace, Hub pages etc as a new way of blogging.