Hello everybody today I will break down the best blogging platforms in 2019 for you to launch your first blog. There are tons of different blog hosting sites on the internet both paid and free but when it comes the best, there’s only few. I have cut down the list of best blogging platforms to 6. I will be discussing each platform individually, their pros, cons, pricing (if they do have one). Let’s begin
WordPress requires self-hosting. WordPress is probably the most powerful platform for blogging on the internet today and it’s the reason it’s used in 33.1% of all the websites that are available on the internet (Source: https://w3techs.com). WordPress has got unlimited customizations, tons of themes and plugins that is why some of the top websites on the internet use it today
a) WordPress is fast and optimized after installing certain plugins which gives you fast load page times which obviously search engines (like Google, Bing loves).
b) You customize everything. You can have different sidebars, newsletters, opt-ins and being able to have plugins to do e-commerce.
c) You can install plugins like Yoast SEO, which allows you to have complete optimization of your website which is really going to help in the search engines
d) It’s being developed and updated on an ongoing basis. WordPress is always being updated.
a) It takes some learning and getting used to. You have to put in the time to learn the platform. Once you invest the time and learn it, then you’re going to be good start any type of blog, any type of website that you want
a) WordPress is absolutely free since its open source but you’re going to have it self-hosted which is why I recommend Bluehost.
Squarespace was founded in 2003 and it’s quickly become popular. It has its own built-in drag-and-drop page builder. Squarespace is like an all-in-one solution but its limited and not as flexible compared to WordPress. But it really is great for bloggers who don’t want to get into complicated process of a self-hosted blog.
a) Security and updates are managed by Squarespace, so you don’t have to worry about manually updating things. It’s all built in and Squarespace does it for you.
b) Squarespace has a dedicated tech support team so if you do run into any issues you can hit up their tech support team and get that resolved
a) It is kind of what you see is what you get (WYSIWYG), and that’s pretty much all. You’re not going to get a ton of plugins.
b) It’s not as flexible as WordPress. You will not be able to start with a blog and then jump into e-commerce. It is going to be a little bit more difficult and not as a streamline.
Pricing: So now as far as pricing goes they have two pricing plans the first one is their personal plan which runs at $12 a month if billed annually and then they’ve got a business plan which is $18 a month.
Wix has a few hundred templates, the ability to integrate shopping carts and build your own e-commerce platform. They’ve also got a 14-day free trial so you can try one of their premium plans and learn the platform to see if it’s for you.
a) They have over 500 templates to choose
b) Ability to integrate email newsletters and build ecommerce websites. You can start with a blog and then if you begin selling stuff you can have kind of your own e-commerce platform.
c) They have video tutorials to help you through the whole creation process so you’re kind of not left stranded wondering what to do.
a) Once you choose a template and design you’re kind of stuck with it, because if you do change it you have to start all over
b) The cheapest paid plan will still keep Wix ads on your web sites, so you’re still going to have the little branded Wix logo on your website which is really kind of annoying.
a) They do have a free option but it includes a ton of Wix ads all over the site. It is only if you want to kind of mess around with the platform.
b) They’ve got a connect to custom domain option, so if you have your own domain name and you want to just connect that to your Wix site that’s five dollars a month if paid annually but that does keep some ads on your site
c) Then they have combo plans, and the combo plan starts at $11 a month and that gets rid of all ads on your Wix. Then they do have an unlimited which is $14 a month.
Tumblr has over 500 million monthly users which is a really good amount and it’s considered the Internet’s top micro blogging website. The Tumblr sites are micro blogging so what that means is that you are going to get short posts maybe quotes, images so if that kind of fits the niche that you’re going into then tumbler is the best option for you.
a) The biggest pros of Tumblr is simplicity. You can literally be up and posting an image or quotes or short little things of text within minutes.
b) The platform caters to a millennial audience who obviously likes to digest content quickly.
a) You can’t have a self-hosted blog, so you’re not going be able to have something like WordPress or Wix or Squarespace where you can have your own self hosted platform.
b) It’s very limited.
Tumblr’s absolutely free so even if you don’t want to use Tumblr as your primary source, you use Tumblr as kind of a secondary content generation strategy where you’ve got a blog maybe through Wix or Squarespace or WordPress and then you’ve got a Tumblr as well which can generate traffic and push it to your blog.
Weebly was created in 2006 and it quickly become a popular platform for building full-fledged websites, ecommerce stores as well as blogs. It has a good interface and a good platform. It has its own drag and drop page builder and a ton of different themes and customizations.
a) Weebly installs and maintains SSL across your website. SSL is huge right now and so having a platform that that can do that is really cool.
b) They’ve got no bandwidth or storage caps on their paid plans. So you don’t have to worry about any type of bandwidth limitations.
c) Unlike Wix they remove all their ads with their lowest tiered pricing so if you’re paying you’re not going have ads on your website
a) You cannot scale and grow your blog because you will not be able to add things like email marketing and newsletters which you eventually want to have to communicate on a more personal level through email with your audience.
b) No content management system except being able to move pages around within the Builder.
Pricing: Plans starts at $8 a month. If you pay annually they’ve got a pro plan which is $12 a month, a business plan which is $35 a month and then their performance plan the very top one it comes in at 46 bucks a month.
Blogger has been around since 1999 and it is one of the first blog publishing platforms which popularized the blogging format. Google bought Blogger in 2003. Blogger offers a limited number of templates on the platform and they give the option to connect your own custom domain through Google’s own servers.
a) It’s completely free. So you don’t have to pay anything for it.
b) It’s really easy to access and start your first blog post.
c) They can link your own custom domain so if you do have your own domain you can link it to your blogger.
a) There are limited amount of templates.
b) Google owns your blog so if they shut down your blog and you really built a big audience around that, you’re out of luck.
c) There’s almost non-existent support for the platform
It’s completely free so if you don’t have a blog, if you want to just write freely and want your thoughts out on computer I would suggest you to start on blogger.