Starting a blog is one of the easiest way to reach out to the world. It doesn’t matter where you are living in this earth as long as you have a reliable internet connection and a blog on a good blogging platform. You are just a click away from publishing your words with the world. In this blog post, I will review and share the top 5 best blogging platforms in 2018.
WordPress is perhaps the most popular and flexible blogging platform out there. In fact, WordPress is much more than a blogging platform – it is a Content Management System that is used by over 25% of all websites on the internet, ranging from simple blogs to complex e-commerce websites.
WordPress.org is an open source version is WordPress platform that you can self-host. You can download it for free and install it on any hosting provider of your choice. You also have the freedom to modify and customise it according to your needs without spending a ton of money and it is much cheaper to self-host compared to WordPress.com. The downside of WordPress self hosting is that you will have to manage lots of things on your own like – finding a reliable and affordable web host, ensuring the security of your site etc.
WordPress.com is a blog hosting service provided by the team behind the WordPress platform. All the complexities of setting up and running your WordPress blog is managed by automatically in WordPress.com. One can start a blog on WordPress.com for free and then later upgrade for various plans that allows advanced features like custom domain names, more storage space, monetisation and lots more. WordPress.com also has a very active community of Bloggers. The downside of WordPress.com is that the amount of customisations and flexibility are limited and it is quite expensive to unlock all the features.
Medium is a late entry to blogging space, founded by Twitter co-founder and former CEO Evan Williams in 2012. Even though it was late to the game, this platform has recently grown into a huge community producing high quality content. Compared to WordPress or other blogging platforms, there is very little customisation options in Medium. Every blog in Medium looks almost the same, there is no option for adding custom domains or opportunity to monetise your blog. However the community and exposure that Medium provides is perhaps it’s one of it’s biggest advantage.
Blogger is the only known oldest player in blogging space that is still operating. It was launched in 1999 and later acquired by Google in 2003. Google still continues to bring improvements in Blogger. However, they have certainly lagged behind in couple of areas like building a community or maintaining a proper official app that works. The major advantage of Blogger is that it is completely free to use and offers a good amount of customisations.
Ghost is a good alternative blogging platform that was made out of frustration about WordPress being more than a blogging platform. Unlike other blogging platforms, Ghost was developed after a successful crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter on April of 2013. Similar to WordPress, users have the freedom to either self-host their Ghost blog on their own or host it under Ghost Pro hosting plan starting at $29 per month.
To conclude, you can’t go wrong with any of the above blogging platforms. The best choice for you depends on who you are and what you are looking for. If money and platform limitations doesn’t concern you, you may go with WordPress.com or Ghost Pro. If your priority is about reaching a good active community rather than building yourself a brand or opportunity to monetise, go for Medium. If you want to build your own brand and have advanced customisability on your blog without spending a ton of money, then Blogger, WordPress.org or Ghost self hosting is more than good enough.