No matter what blogging tips you use, unless you select the right type of blogging platform, your success in the blogosphere is doubtful. There are several top blogging sites which allow you to have your say vented out. But, which one is the “best blogging site”, it is very hard to determine. Let us look into these platforms for blogging and give you our opinion about the strengths of each that you can count on. Here goes our list of blogging sites you can consider.
WordPress is one of the biggest blogging platforms that are available online. One of the reasons why they have leaded the blogging race is that they offer two options for you to blog. You can either get a self-hosted version of WordPress by downloading the software from WordPress.org and installing it on your own hosting with a domain name of your choice. Or, if you are not initially comfortable with this idea, you probably need to get yourself acquainted with a sub-domain offered by .wordpress.com. It has pioneered by introducing many new trends in the blogosphere. Besides offering the two ways of blogging, one of the reasons why it has always been cherished by the prolific bloggers is its continuous development of security, providing securer versions plus the latest revamping of dashboard, gives users a lot more control.
Blogger was originally started by Pyra Labs and was later purchased by Google in 2003. Blogger, unlike WordPress has a different approach towards blogging. They offer you blogging option by giving you a sub-domain. But, you cannot self-host blogger by installing it on your own domain like WordPress. The best way to have your own blog on your own domain is by redirecting the .blogspot.com sub-domain to your own domain using DNS address settings. Blogger has also introduced location based domain names in February 2013 like blogspot.co.uk, and blogspot.ca among others. The idea is to localize content to be found more easily for a particular geographical location.
Tumblr, a recent buy-out by Yahoo, is one of the leading blogging platforms which truly amalgamated the idea of socializing (read-social media) with blogging. Tumblr has made it super-easy for users to share content or express their views about content written by someone else. This phenomenon alone makes it a hot blogging platform for futuristic bloggers who want to rely more on blogging with a community building approach. So far, Tumblr has grown rich in users but Yahoo’s future intent of serving ads on it is not something many users would really like. However, only time will decide how users react to this idea. Many companies are already using Tumblr for their corporate blogging endeavors.
Live Journal is a Russian social network which is a mixed up kind of blogging experience like keeping a diary or a journal. Each entry that you post on Live Journal will have a separate URL created for it. One of the most promising things of Live Journal which adds to its uniqueness as a blogging service is “Friends List” helping you get your blog connected with the audience a lot more quickly. The service allows you to have several different templates, along with the access to CSS, enabling you to style it the way you like the most. You can also customize HTML in the templates and also embed it into your own website using the embedding option. You can also blog through emails and SMS.
Square Space cannot be called a new kid on the block by any means. However, it still needs to be recognized widely as some of the other blogging platforms online. They provide a hosting service with which you can host your blog. One of the advantages of Square Space is that they offer some of the very stylish templates that a lot of other blogging services don’t offer. Finding a template can be really difficult with so many choices made available. Square Space offers relatively fewer but better choices. To make your bet on Square Space even safer, you can easily start a free trial there.
Typepad is a good option for beginning bloggers who don’t want to delve deep into the technicalities behind the scene. The blogging control panel is reasonably simple and easy to understand. However, for more serious bloggers, it may not be best of the options available. Unlike the king of blogging platforms, WordPress that provides free software to download and install, Typepad only offers you hosting on its own website and you cannot go anywhere else. This limitation fairly reduces the benefits of open community, giving users very few plug-ins, add-ons and widgets. There are several different options available with varying pricing structures as per your need.
Blogging can be fun but sometimes when you have a lot of other stuff going on parallel in life, it can become burdening. Therefore, you need to find that connection which interests and entices you to keep going on. Medium is one such place with a different way of hooking you up with blogging. The Twitter Founders originated Medium.com with a twist. The USP that they offer is ability for other users to edit and annotate bloggers’ work. Some people may be comfortable with the idea while others may not like this kind of flirt with the hard work they put in for generating content for their blog. The website still seems to work on invite-only model. Time will tell if it is made public for other people to follow it or not.
When it comes to user end experience of blogging, few only come closer to WordPress. Svbtle.com aims to show its audience what it means to blog. The user interface is very inviting, letting you add to-do-lists and other stuff that you may want to do in blogging. In a way, that makes life of a blogger a lot easier by organizing the entire thought process. The one thing that you will need to do with this blogging platform is applying for it like in Medium as it is also not yet open for public use. The design is really awesome and if you can get a go at it, it will surely help you stand out from the blogging crowd using more easily accessible services available out there.
Quora has long established itself as a community of people who are real pros in their field and exactly know what they are talking about. The verdict is pretty simple, you need to sign up and start blogging. Do not expect the appearance and other things that can be customized like in other blogging platforms. The biggest reason why you would use Quora is to get easily connected with people of your field, helping them with your insights and expertise. The built-in tags help you categorize the content, relating it to already published QAs and resultantly letting users easily find it (not something you would find with other blogging platforms). Therefore, technical people, who are looking to let users help, would find it highly effective.
Evernote smartphone app went down a step further to allow you to share your content via this newly added blog platform. The fact that this service is connected to Evernote helps you get your content published a lot easily. Unlike the above two discussed, Postach.io is open to sign up for ordinary people and you can easily get your hands onto it. Just write something in the app and use from any of the pre-assigned keyword with associated actions to get your blog post published. The service also allows you to integrate Google Analytics, have your own-domain name and socialized along with several other cool blogging features.
Every blogging platform that starts, wants to get bigger piece of the blogging community pie. Each one tries to offer its own set of features. Sett is no different. It aims to making writing anenriched experienced by helping writers get more attention (read comments) and other features which increase engagement. Readers can also interact with each other on something that you just wrote, giving interaction a new level. Sett, like many other newbie is in its infancy and needs to add a lot of features and usability before users would start to get addicted to it.
Tryghost, another open source platform for blogging, starting from seedlings of capital, is starting to gain traction. The platform is yet to become widely available for public consumption and it is currently only available to people who originally made monetary contributions to help it stand on its own feet. The inside story tellers (read users) have shared some very good feedback about how the display, appearance, and extra add-ons that it offers work. Tryghost supports a responsive layout and has tried giving a new look to the dashboard (pretty difficult when so many others have already had a go at it).
Posthaven, previously Posterous, has tried to undergo complete transformation. The service, which costs $5 a month, aims to provide an easy to follow blogging experience. The team promises not to never go offline (ever) and they want you to know for sure that no one is ever going to buy them out. Well, they have high promises and hopes for the users; let us pray they deliver this time. The question for prospective Posthaven users is that why would someone pay $5 if they have alternate open source blogging software that they can install and use? Well, the answer may be, people who don’t want to go through all the technical stuff or want everything to be managed by another company may think of getting connected to Posthaven.
Google Plus is not something to go away and we all know how search engine results have already been affected with it. There may be many reasons why you would only rely on a well established blogging platform that has customization and all other beautifying options available. But, we would like you to consider Google Plus as one of your top blogging priorities. Well, if you are not naïve in SEO, you must know about the new bird in town called Humming Bird just released out into the SEO sphere. So, for SERPs, tapping into Google’s community and basically getting into its good books, you can use it as a regular blogging platform.
Facebook, a much bigger community in terms of social media than Google, also allows you to rely on its own app named Facebook Notes. Again, the question begs why Facebook Notes? Well, with a community as large as the population of world’s most populous countries or even more, there is so much room for you to get your friends and family on this community connected to the content you generated. Intelligent use of hash tags (#) would help even strangers locate your content posted on Facebook notes. And on top of everything else, it is free to use. If you are not looking at the typical blogging facilities other services offer and only want to focus on community building, it can really prove beneficial. But, if you want to have more, then probably you should go for a fully fledged blogging service.