Are you looking forward to start your own blog? Since I tried to discuss if a person should start blogging or not in my last video, I get lots of questions from friends and followers about how to start a blog and which platform should they use. In this post, I am going to try answering this question – Which blogging platforms should be preferred by a newbie blogger?
But before that, I want you to check out this video. And if you still remain interested in blogging after watching this video, DO READ this post!
If you ask me to enlist the number of blogging platforms available over the web, the number might be uncountable but if you ask me which are the best ones from all of those, these three blogging platforms are in my list.
1. Blogger.com: This is the free blog publishing service by google and is one of the simplest blogging platforms I have ever tried. In fact, my first blog was on blogger.com itself and even now, I have my personal blog PerCepTion hosted on blogger.com.
I like this blogging platform because of the simplicity. It is really easy to set up a blog on blogger.com. Some people have a misconception that a person needs to have knowledge about html to work on blogger.com. I started using this at a time when I didn’t even know what computer languages were. I started using this when I found it even difficult to use social networks like Orkut (which was one of the most popular networks at that time).
Also, maintenance of a blog on blogger.com is very easy. You don’t need to do anything actually. Moreover, the support that you get from google i.e. traffic and a little unproven favor that google does to your blog hosted on blogger.com is seriously a big add on. I used to get good amount of traffic on my blog even when I didn’t update it for like 5 months. Isn’t that amazing?
2. WordPress.com: I came to know about wordpress.com a couple of years after using blogger.com. I did try to set up a wordpress blog at that time but was unsuccessful. Probably, my not so technical mind (at that time) found it difficult to understand how wordpress.com worked. But after a while, I found it fairly easy and a little better than blogger.com.
WordPress.com is said to be a little more professional. In fact, people in my network consider blogger for amateurs (I don’t agree to it completely) but I do accept that the functionalities of wordpress.com are fairly better than the blogger.com
You get support from wordpress which is one of the most popular and widely used CMS at this time. You do not need to worry about maintenance, backup, recovery etc.
3. WordPress.org: If you just want to taste what blogging is and you’re not that serious about it, the upper two options were for you but if you want to step into the shoes of a professional blogger & if you’re not a technical type of person, wordpress.org is made just for you.
Most of the people aren’t even aware about the difference between wordpress.com and wordpress.org. I found this infographic just a few days before which explains this difference very nicely. Check it out!
Now, while both of the above blogging platforms are free to be used (with an option to get the paid version for additional functionalities), wordpress.org account is not at all free and requires you to make a small amount of investment each year. First of all you would need a domain and then a hosting service which aren’t an issue in the previous platforms. Then you would be required to install and set up your blog.
According to my experience, setting up a wordpress.org blog is a bit complicated task (not if you take help from some good youtube videos and tutorials). The kind of maintenance and management work you would need to do for your wordpress.org blog is very high. Backups, software updates, recovery files etc. There are too many technicalities involved which need to be learned and practiced (Youtube helps). Also, no favor in terms of traffic is given to you by wordpress.
All the three platforms are really good and I would love to use any of them. In fact, I currently use all three of them. PerCepTion (blogger.com), Saree Guide (wordpress.com) and Finix Post (wordpress.org).
But if you ask me to choose the best one, for a newbie who just wants to try blogging, its blogger.com and for a person who is very sure that he wants a career in blogging, I would definitely suggest wordpress.org.
I hope this article helped you to become capable enough to decide which platform do you need to setup a NEW BLOG. In case, you need more help, feel free to contact me.
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