Choose your blogging platform
This really isn’t a question, as most people just go for WordPress. Though there are different platforms out there for blogging, that you can install like WordPress. Or there are the sites where you simply go to, to create a blog for free under a sub domain (a sub domain is a domain that is part of a bigger domain like wordpress.com/myblog).
Here are the platforms you install into your hosting:
WordPress Alright, don’t get confused on this one. The link goes to WordPress.org, and there is a sister site called WordPress.com which is a site that you create a free blog with, and you can’t monetize it, it’s not “yours”.
Joomla As you will see in Google search results, people swear by WordPress when it’s compared to Joomla. You can find out more about Joomla here, but it’s not relevant for me to speak of it here. Apparently 9% of content management sites run Joomla (unfortunately I couldn’t find out how many that is in numbers other than the percentage I found there).
Drupal The same goes for Drupal, it’s just another competitor, another “free” competitor. And the only extra information I could give you on both these alternatives to WordPress is that they are the same things as WordPress, blogging platforms you install onto your web hosting or through your hosting company’s “user friendly” blog creating wizards.
According to this article here that was written in October of 2011, over 61 million sites run off WordPress. Drupal runs off of only 500,000 sites.
- Source: Wp.smashingmagazine.com
Big name Blogging sites (where you create free blogs that are sub-domains)
Tumblr.com This platform seems to be a very rich and nice looking user interface. It definitely gives you the feel of a nice website.
Blogger.com This site is Google’s own blogging platform, where you can integrate Adsense ads easily.
WordPress.com This site uses the WordPress platform obviously, and you cannot monetize it. It’s simply a “free blog” site and that’s it simply put.
Out of those three obviously the best one is Blogger, and the other two are OK depending on if you don’t care for bringing in extra revenue.
I hope you find what your looking for out of all of the blogging platforms shown above, if it means you will be using a platform on a site of your own or on a free-blog site like ones directly shown above this sentence. Either you pay and get your own way, or you go for the free route and have to put up with not being able to customize your blog, and probably not being able to make money on that blog either (unless it’s Blogger of course).
The user friendliness is typically pretty good over all platforms, either hosted or non-hosted. And the experts state that WordPress has the best SEO settings in it’s code, as being compared to Joomla or Drupal.
For SEO and the bottom three non-hosted blogs, I am guessing it’s okay, all your posts WON’T not get picked up by search engines or anything…
So the choice is left up to you, I can only say what I think is best, now it’s your turn to make your decision.