Most Popular Blogging Platforms :
Choosing a home for your blog :
In this day and age of information technology, it would be unwise , time and cost consuming and in any way stupid to try to reinvent the wheel. Using Dreamweaver, you can create your own website but it may take more time to understand working of Dreamweaver. So if you’ve thought about coding a blog (or asking someone to do it for you), you’d better try some of the most popular platforms first. There’s a high chance you’ll find everything you might have needed already incorporated into them, instead of trying too hard to write them yourself.
So if you’ve decided to use a popular blogging service, how to choose between them ? There seems to be so many, with so many different options , and it’s easy to lose your mind wondering which one is best. So let’s assume that each and every one of them shines with a different feature, and depending on your needs, you can pick the one you find most suitable for your particular necessities.
An “oldie-but-goody”, Blogger (now Google Blogger) is a service that presents excellent qualities in the field of easy to use blogging platforms. Its simplified interface makes it very simple to post and administrate your blog.
Integration with other Google services is also very important , as it is something that few other services provide. In blogger, connecting to AdSense comes with just two or three clicks, which is invaluable for those who want to make money out of their blog, but are otherwise not so technically knowledgeable. The default templates are a bit off, but are still very useful to beginner bloggers, as is the whole platform in general. So if you want to just experiment with a first blog until you become serious about it, blogger is the option for you.
Combining blogging and social networking into one, Tumblr is a great option for those who are fans of micro-blogging. Through Tumblr you can reach broader audiences, and the follow concept is key in it. Posts are easy to make, and if you want to directly share content, you have a bookmarklet made exactly for that purpose. It can be synced to Facebook or Twitter, and it has support for third-party apps like Google Analytics, making it one of the greatest choices for bloggers.
Theming is very difficult, however, and it takes a lot of time until you know exactly what you are doing in order to get it right, so if you’re a theme freak, tumblr is perhaps not the best option.
If you’re willing to go beyond the idea of “just another blog” , you can try building an entire site in Weebly! Image galleries, polls , slide shows, video , audio and maps are just some of the features you can stitch together with this free web service. There’s also a drag-and-drop interface, which means that customizing your site will also be very easy.
Keeping that in mind, even though it’s a great service, it’s not targeted for bloggers generally, and you might find it difficult to use if you’re used to classic blogging interfaces. But in the end it will probably be worth it.
Definitely a favorite for many, this platform has proven itself useful with its several unique features. The ability to run several blogs on one account/installation is what makes it unique in its own way. Also there are file management functions, the ability to define different roles for your users, categorizing and tagging of your posts, and trackback links.
Its unique functionality made it the platform of choice for many popular sites, among which is the site of the NPR and the Huffington Post, which bring respect into the mind of any blogger.
Little can actually be said about the ultimate favorite in blogging – WordPress. That’s mainly because pretty much everyone is aware of the robust functionality it offers to its users, which make it the most popular blog platform ever.
Chosen by people who want the “out-of-the-box” experience, as well as by professionals in web design, WordPress can run with a simple registration on their site, or by being installed on a custom hosting package.
There are over 19 000 plugins to provide for every extension of functionality you might think of ,and there are perhaps even more themes, both premium and free, from which you can avail.
Knowing these sites will make your choice easier. But be sure to try them all out before picking one for yourself, just to know which one suits your personal preferences as a user in the best way.