Even if you are new to blogging, without doubt, you have heard of WordPress. The power behind 30% of all websites, unquestionably, WordPress is the most popular blogging platform out there and it has been around a long time (since 2003) so people have confidence with regards to using its source code. Nevertheless, if you are thinking of setting up a new blog website it’s important to check out the alternatives. At the very least, it’s important to know what you don’t want, to really understand what you do want – And you can only do that if you know what’s out there and available. Here we cover the top three offerings – Let’s start with WordPress, the number one blogging platform 😉
1 – WordPress Org & Com
WordPress.org and WordPress.com are most definitely different and not to be confused. Which one do you choose? Org is a resource website. Here you can download WordPress and install it on your own server. This means you are in control 100%. Wordpress.com hosts your WordPress website. Simply choose a plan and start building – There is a free plan as well as paid. The free plan is quite limited, as you might expect: Limited disk space (3G). It is only possible to install available plugins and themes and not possible to monetize. Your site will have advertising and be on a subdomain, not your own branding – The minimum commercial plan here costs over one hundred dollars a year: A good, flexible hosting plan can cost less per year and provide more control. However, if you do not have at least good development knowledge and skills WordPress can be a steep learning curve.
You’ve probably seen the adverts: WIX provides and managed and hosted website builder solution. Very easy to use with a simple drag and drop interface, it has a special blogging extension and no coding or knowledge skills are required. For the real newbie WIX is a viable blogging solution. Online for more than twelve years WIX hosts more than one hundred million websites worldwide. The free blogging (basic) account is extremely limited but will get you up and running on a subdomain. The paid plans here range from around five dollars up to around twenty-five dollars a month.
Blogger is another free, quick and easy way to start your blogging website. Started by Pyra Labs in 1999 this platform was taken over by Google in 2003. Despite the fact it is free, because it is owned and run by Google you can be sure of reliability. However, this service is very limited and this could cause problems if you want to expand later on – There is not a lot of choice, design or function wise: Updates and new functions are also somewhat of a rarity.
If you are new to blogging it is going to be a learning curve no matter which platform you choose. Free plans are a quick and easy solution but tend to create more problems later on because of their limitations. Which is best depends on your needs and budget. Even so, in the long term WordPress remains the number one solution.