If you’re not a writer of one of the world’s estimated 113 million weblogs, you probably know little about blogging platforms. These are basically the software/sites that ‘host’ a blog – ie where you can create, publish and edit your masterpiece.
Most platforms will have a set of themes to choose from, the option of styling your own header and various other perks. And if you ever want to upgrade your blog without the hassle of setting up an entirely new website, many blogging platforms have a premium rate you can pay to avail of special features, such as your own domain name, extra design features and uploading videos directly onto your blog.
Here’s a list of the top five blogging platforms that will enable you to share your ideas with people around the world in a matter of minutes.
WordPress is the world’s most popular blogging platform, and it hasn’t gotten that status without reason. While it can be difficult to adjust to, there are many add-ons and plug-ins to choose from once you’ve gotten going, which make your blogging experience even better. It is the platform used by 48 per cent of the top 100 blogs on the internet, so you’ll be in good company.
If you’re in a hurry, Blogger is renowned for its quick and easy set-up time. It takes less than fifteen minutes to set up your blog and get publishing your material. It is also being one of the easiest blogging platforms for beginners to get used to. This was one of the earliest blog-writing websites, and helped make the concept popular. Its success can be seen with Google’s purchase of the website in 2003.
If you’re not into writing the long blogs found at WordPress and Blogger, Tumblr might be the place for you. It is a microblogging platform and it is extremely easy to set up and get going with. You can also connect your Tumblr account with Facebook/Twitter so you won’t have to update your different social media platforms separately.
Technically, Jux is not a blogging platform, however it has a lot of the same functions as other platforms listed. It is a place for sharing your microblogging content. Jux is undoubtedly the place for you if you’re looking for a somewhere different to share your photos and pictures in a quick and easy way, while using a website that is aesthetically pleasing.
Another solid platform, Blog.com is similar in style to WordPress.com. It offers up to 2GB of storage space, and has many extra features that would appeal to a new blogger. It falls to number five on our list because of its large quantity of ads, which other platforms avoid.
You will soon discover that blogging is a fun and creative way to spend your time. Remember, your blog can be used for whatever you like, and if you’re using one of the free platforms listed above, there’s no pressure on you to write every day. You don’t even have to treat it as a business opportunity, but rather as a hobby or pastime. If you become one of the blogging elite, you might even be able to make an income out of it one day.