Are you thinking about starting a blog? Do you know what platform you want to use? Save your creative energy for the contents of your blog and leave the platform research to me! Each platform has it’s own pros and cons so you can easily find what will best work for what you want to accomplish.
One of the most commonly used blogging platform is WordPress. It’s easy to sign up for, and if you’re okay with your URL ending in .wordpress.com, it’s free to obtain an URL. For additional fees you can chose different domains. After that, you can chose a plan that’s right for you, each with its own perks, ranging from free to $389/year for bigger businesses. You can go on to customize your page depending on what plan you chose. When it comes to writing your posts, the interface is simple and it’s not hard to quickly learn how to do what. It’s also easy for you to set up accounts from your main WordPress for guests to write posts. It’s easy and popular, especially if you’re just starting out.
Another platform that is popular is Ghost. This one is better for the people who are stronger in coding, just because there’s more customization through code. If coding isn’t your strong suit, don’t fret, this is still a platform that you can work with. When signing up, you are given 2 options. The first one is a free 14 day trial of Pro which is hosted online. After the 14 days, plans start at $8/month. The second option is to install a software to post from there. Whichever option you choose, it’s still as straightforward to use. If you’re not into coding but you’re also not super picky about having your blog exactly as you envisioned, Ghost may be for you.
A third option is Tumblr. Although not commonly used exclusively as a personal blog, Tumblr is a very simple way to write posts. If you want to incorporate lots of pictures in your posts between paragraphs, this may not be the platform for you. If you do like the site, though, you may be in luck because the site of often updated. At first glance when writing a post it appears you aren’t able to bold, underline, italics, or customize your text in any way but one of their more modern updates makes you highlight the text you want customized then there is a popup of all the ways you can customize your text. It’s a bit confusing to use at first, but as soon as you get used to it, you can navigate through it easily. A feature of Tumblr is that you can “reblog” posts, similar to retweeting a post on Twitter.
The last option for review is Pen.io. This isn’t a traditional blogging site. All of your posts aren’t conglomerated, but rather you post each blog post with it’s own URL. If you were looking for all of your posts to be in one space so that your readers can access all of your posts at once, this may not be for you. Pen.io is more for quick posts, or if you don’t plan on making very many posts. It’s very simple to sign up for; you input the URL that you want, get a password then enter the CAPTCHA and you’re good to go. It has a very clean design, but if you’re not interested in that you’re out of luck because there isn’t much customization that you can do. You can, however, place photos wherever in the posts that you want and it’s very simple in that way. Here is an example of a post: http://inspireplanning.pen.io/ As you can see, it’s very sleek and there isn’t much design to it. Despite that, it’s extremely easy to use.
Whatever blogging platform you end up using, just make sure it’s one that you can easily navigate. You don’t want to be stressed out while trying to post a blog post. Try out a few different blogging platforms until you find the one that you’re happy with, because your biggest concern should be what you’re going to write about.