Top Blogging Platform Reviews
Blogging is great because it allows you to easily share your thoughts, interests, and accomplishments with thousands of other people. These days there are hundreds of different services which make writing your own blog easy and fun, so I've made this list of the best blogging platforms online to help you choose a home for your blog.
Find good services and scripts to use, vote for your favorite blog platform, and suggest a new one in the comments if it's missing from the list. Both paid and free blogging sites are included, so you can select the kind that suits your needs best.
The sites listed here make starting your own online journal easier than ever. If you're wondering which one to go with, see what your fellow writers are using in the poll towards the bottom of this page.
Top Hosted Blog Platforms
Easy and simple way to create a blog without having to buy web hosting
These blog publishing services are a good choice for those who want to get straight to sharing their thoughts with the world and don't have the time to worry about web hosting, MySQL databases, keeping your software up to date, and the like. Everything is taken care of, and all you have to do is write great posts! Hosted blog platforms can be both free and paid; in many cases, the basic version is free, but you have to pay if you need the additional features.
- Blogger is a great free blogging platform from Google that offers nice templates, widgets, mobile blogging, and money making opportunities by displaying AdSense ads on your blog. They also offer unlimited bandwidth and let you use your own domain for free (of course, you still have to pay for the domain itself).
- WordPress.com is a popular free blog site with millions of users. They make it easy to create and publish your content. However, they are stricter than Blogger in that they don't allow you to run your own ads on your blog. Also, you'll need to pay for a premium plan if you want more customization and storage space.
- LiveJournal is a popular social media site which allows its members to write journals (same thing as blogs, really) on a variety of different topics. It's very focused on the community aspect, with people voting on the best posts, discussing them and sharing their content.
- Tumblr is probably the best blog platform for microblogs and photoblogs. It's very simple and easy to use, but they do provide advanced features like detailed visitor statistics, and allow you to use your own domain. You will find that a lot of blogs are picture or video blogs with very little text content.
- TypePad is a paid blogging platform that does not offer a free version. They have professional designs, widget support, mobile blogging and detailed visitor stats. It doesn't offer as much control over your blog as you'd get using a blog script on your own server, but if you don't mind that, TypePad might be just what you need; it requires less maintenance than a self-hosted site, too.
- Squarespace is a paid content management system with blogging capabilities. They offer a drag-and-drop website builder, customizable designs, social media integration, and built-in mobile version of your website. Squarespace also has real-time stats and the option to invite contributors to your blog. It's definitely pretty cool, but not free (prices start from $8 a month).
- Weebly is a free web site creator which allows users to make webpages and blogs with a few clicks, simply by choosing a theme and the widgets they'd like to use. They don't have any kind of bandwidth restrictions, offer over 70 professional designs and let you use your own domain. However, it's more of a website builder than a blogging platform: Weebly blogs don't really have as many features as more popular platforms do.
- OnSugar is a stylish social blogging site that allows you to easily share content with the world. It has a simple interface, an integrated ad system (ShopSense) for making money with your blog, allows custom domains and gives you access to Getty Images.
Top Standalone (Self-Hosted) Blog Platforms
For those who want full control over their website
More advanced users who need to customize their blog heavily or just don't want to deal with various restrictions will want to use stand-alone software. That means you'll need to purchase a web hosting package, download the latest release of the software in question, and install it on your server. Relatively inexpensive shared hosting will be enough for most bloggers, but if you plan on being hugely popular, a VPS or even a dedicated server will be necessary.
- WordPress is by far the most popular blogging platform in the world. The free, open source self-install version gives you full control over your blog. It's easy enough for newbies to learn quickly, but still offers advanced features like custom post types, custom taxonomies, child themes, and so on. Advanced users can adapt WordPress to do much more than just blogging. Since WP is so popular, it has a big community of people creating new templates and plugins.
- MovableType is a popular, open source, free blog platform that is a good WordPress alternative if you're looking for stand alone software to use with your own hosting. They have an active community which creates free plugins and templates, even if they're not as big as WordPress.org is.
- Serendipity is yet another PHP-powered, free and open source blog and content management system. It offers easy management with one-click plugin or theme installs, automatic updates and good stability and speed. Modern features like plugins, spam blocking, threaded comments, trackbacks, nested categories, and caching are supported.
- TextPattern is a full-fledged content management system (CMS) that's easy to use, flexible, and suitable for blogs as well. It's free, open source software and a good alternative to WordPress, especially if you plan to build a whole website around your blog. Its strengths include low size and low system requirements, without sacrificing customizability.
- Nucleus CMS is a less-known, but still supported PHP-based blogging tool which is free and open source. A variety of plugins and skins are available, although nowhere near the number that more popular blogging platforms have. One of the specialties of NucleusCMS is that doesn't take much space (only 658 Kb install) and offers multi-blog capabilities out of the box.
- Jekyll is undoubtedly the most unique entry on this list. Written in Ruby instead of PHP, it turns plain text content into static websites or blogs. There still are posts, pages, and custom permalinks, but there's no fancy admin backend - the posts are flat files rather than database entries. Compared to dynamic sites like WordPress, Jekyll is very secure and fast. However, it also requires a lot more knowledge and effort from the user, which is why it is often called a "blog engine for hackers".
Posterous Closing on April 30, 2013
Twitter-owned Posterous, a simple blogging platform which launched in 2008, is shutting down. It used to be quite popular and focused on mobile blogging. Users are advised to backup their blogs and / or migrate them to other services like Wordpress and Tumblr. Another option is Posthaven, a paid blog publishing site (flat $5 / mo) which was created by two out of three people who originally worked on Posterous. The advantage of the latter option is full URL matching and no loss of data.
Best Blogging Platform Poll
Quokka on August 03, 2014:
I'd never heard of OnSugar. Going to check it out now.
Most of the time I use Wordpress, but I've also used blogspot, tumblr, weebly and Squidoo of course.
ileshr on June 29, 2014:
i was just using wordpress and blogger as they are most popular but i think i should try this all from now onwared thanks for sharring
fathomblueEG on May 21, 2014:
Wow what a list. It seems like there are more and more added everyday. Great lens!
Jethro from Philippines on December 16, 2013:
I'm a blogger guy person so my answer is obvious. But as much as possible, I want to venture out to other blogging platform like Wordpress. I will definitely use this next year (2014). Thanks for sharing this lens! :)
Guy1982 on October 08, 2013:
I prefer wordpress. You're in total control and you actually own your site. On sites like blogger your blog can disappear if they change the TOS or if they go bust. Not very likely, but it has happened before.
ScentsWithBling on September 14, 2013:
I started on Blogger and have just moved over to Wordpress. I keep hearing horror stories about Blogger removing entire blogs! I'm brand new at blogging and still need something easy. So far, I'm ok with the move to Wordpress
bead at home mom on July 29, 2013:
I found this info very helpful but still not sure which way to go. I need a do it all for you just let me write type platform. I've used squarespace and currently using weebly [super easy for newbies and non-techies] have tried to get going on wordpress.org but struggle getting through the set up and such and now testing blogger. Hope to find some kind of direction and just stick with it. Thx again!
lauxeck on July 20, 2013:
Tried using Blogger, but I'm so used to Wordpress that all my blogs are based on it, also I think Wordpress is much more newbie friendly.
smsr0100451 on June 08, 2013:
I have also worked on Wordpress. It is best.
ZionAmal on May 24, 2013:
I'd go for WordPress. It's the best and there is nothing like that :)
Thanks for sharing this awesome article
~ Regards - BloggerDoc
Entrance Mats on May 21, 2013:
Very nice assessment of blogging platforms. Personally, I love Wordpress. It has a very large community of developers, so it's very easy to find all kinds of custom widgets & pre-designed templates to make your blog look & function in a variety of ways.
Elsie Hagley from New Zealand on April 26, 2013:
Yes I used Wordpress and Blogger.
rajit788 on April 22, 2013:
Wordpress is best for me.
Aunt-Mollie on March 24, 2013:
I always wonder why Seth Godin uses TypePad!
Sshreya on March 04, 2013:
I m currently posting in WordPress , blog.com & hyderabadz.com
madhawaranga on February 19, 2013:
I use self hosted WP and blogger both. both are superb.
laurenrich on February 16, 2013:
I am currently using Blogger, but I will also start to use Wordpress. Thanks
Amy617 on February 15, 2013:
I've tried Wordpress and Blogger, but I prefer Wordpress
MrDealz on February 09, 2013:
BTW - These guys will make you a free blog.
Sheila from Omaha, NE on February 06, 2013:
Awesome lens, I've been checking around options just to make sure I haven't missed out on anything. I'm on Blogger at http://sheilasparkles.blogspot.com. I love Blogger because I can tie in all my Google related products - Google affiliate stuff, +1, Picasa, etc. so easily. Sprinkled with some Squid Angel sparkles today!
Deeringboy LM on January 26, 2013:
Hey Chadrew! Great lens!! - I have a Wordpress blog but in the last year I've been using an Empower Network blogging system, which is based on a Wordpress blog. These blogs rank high in the search engines because it's an authority site, much like Squidoo is an authority site. If you would like to learn more, please contact me.
- Roland Leveille
anonymous on January 18, 2013:
I think Wordpress is the best.
anonymous on January 14, 2013:
I use Wordpress and Blogger. I prefer Wordpress for its good looks, flexibility, and its community, but I can't sell anything from there (wordpress.com), and I plan to start selling my books direct to customers. One little note about Tumbler. I've noticed that the site gets overloaded and goes down more frequently than most blog sites, so it's not a good place to do any kind of business.
athan1925 on December 29, 2012:
Hi Guys, I've found this interesting! Check it out! http://allblog4you.com
anonymous on December 27, 2012:
Wordpress btw. Its very easy and very beautiful platform
ksrpraj on December 23, 2012:
There is competition between blogger and wordpress due to the new changes in blogger.
taranjit on December 10, 2012:
That's really a nice info to share.You have posted such nice post, I don't know there are so many blogging platform.This information is very helpful for me.Wordpress is the best platform for any site.I am also using wordpress for my website great work done
siobhanryan on November 27, 2012:
I like Blogger Blessed
martinho on November 25, 2012:
i think blogger rocks because its simple to use and you don't have to be a techie to design a good looking blog with blogger. Wordpress for me come at number two because of the cool templates that are available.
traktorji on October 23, 2012:
Wordpress all the way!
newbie2pro2 on October 18, 2012:
In my view it's wordpress because of the fantastic templates and plugins that are available. I guess it really depends on what you want showcase. Both are good and both have pro's and cons.
anonymous on October 08, 2012:
i find most effective and reliable blogger.com. Because it provides magnificent
elements to use a blog.
anonymous on October 08, 2012:
i find most effective and reliable blogger.com. Because it provides magnificent
elements to use a blog.
AdityaAgarwal on September 23, 2012:
@namaserajesh: Bt i alws feel problem on using wordpress in stopping spam comments...
namaserajesh on August 07, 2012:
@namaserajesh: forgot to add link: http://www.techlila.com/articles/which-one-better-...
namaserajesh on August 07, 2012:
I think WordPress is better, here is resourceful article which compare both these platform: WordPress Or Blogger
anonymous on August 06, 2012:
I use Social HubSite: http://socialhubsite.com
southbest on August 06, 2012:
My opinion blogger is the best one.There are no restrictions on blogger.
plasterbrain on July 26, 2012:
I've never heard of OnSugar before! Sounds intriguing!
getmoreinfo on July 26, 2012:
Thanks so much for this list, it is exactly what I have been looking for.
webtraffictoolkit on July 14, 2012:
Yes another vote for Wordpress here. But I advise people to use Wordpress on their own hosting and domain to brand themselvesrather than rely on the free Wordpress.com platform.
anonymous on July 13, 2012:
I think Wordpress takes the list out, Blogger is competitor though not as good as custom things wordpress gives.
SevenSentences on July 12, 2012:
I use self hosted wordpress it is the best. You can check out the lens I just wrote it you like
Onemargaret LM on July 03, 2012:
I also use Wordpress.
julieannbrady on June 19, 2012:
I never quite got the knack of Wordpress, but I do love Blogger. I've been blogging for nearly 8 years and need to make more time for it. Is Posterous still a viable platform? I've not blogged there in ages.
Zebedee32 on June 15, 2012:
Wordpress is great. Love your lens.
anonymous on June 03, 2012:
Blogging Tips and Tricks: http://www.tiptopblogging.com
Karla Whitmore from Arizona on May 21, 2012:
I actually use WordPress and Blogger. I also have an account with Tumblr and with LiveJournal, but have not started blogging in those places. For free blogs with the potential for making some revenue sharing and money from advertising, I would pick Blogger. As installed on a host server, WordPress is definitely the way to go. There are a million things you can do with an installed WordPress blog that you cannot do when you use their free service.
mediawizard lm on May 13, 2012:
The blogging platforms I miss in the list are Joomla Drupal and Ruby on rails
Carolan Ross from St. Louis, MO on May 11, 2012:
Seems most people would prefer whatever they use, and very few people have real experience with all of them. I've used blogger, posterous and wordpress. They all have some learning curve, though I'm finding WP more challenging than the other two I'm familiar with at this point. In the end, it seems wordpress has the most features and is the most popular blog platform.
jenisays on May 07, 2012:
Blogger has a few drawbacks that Wordpress makes up for.
MGuberti on May 05, 2012:
I use Squidoo and Zujava, but I also update my Yugioh Philosophy blog on Wordpress.
Annie McMahon from New Jersey on May 01, 2012:
I've always used Blogger for my personal blog and it works perfectly fine for me. I'm considering Wordpress for another blog I want to start, but it seems complicated to download for someone who's not familiar with web design terms. Going with Blogger for now, and maybe I'll take the time to learn Wordpress at some point.
danielmccarthy lm on April 28, 2012:
I've used both and wordpress is the best but for some reason I like Blogger better. I use my own domain so it's not a blogspot subdomain. If you're planning on having a major serious blog, wordpress is the best choice though.
TOPTENGAMERS on April 27, 2012:
Nice lens, I have also made a lens .. http://www.squidoo.com/top-5-seo-plugins-for-2012
MarkTrueman on April 16, 2012:
This is really great, I find that blogger and posterous get indexed the fastest. Awesome post, gave it a squidlike :)
anonymous on April 15, 2012:
wordpress is the best blogging platform. It is better to get your own web hosting, so that you don't get your blog deleted without notice. Blogger is also a good starting place to begin blogging. But after a while you are going to want to put up ads and affiliate links. Do yourself a favor and get your own web hosting account and get more control. Hostgator is cheap and they have quick wordpress installs ( promo code getwebhosting )
aksem on April 11, 2012:
I'm using Blogger, but think to go for Wordpress
BizNewz on April 04, 2012:
Wordpress is a no brainer with the simplicity of setting one up. It is practically instantaneous, plus the fact that WordPress blogs are already optimized for Google, Yahoo and Bing which is a great advantage over other platforms.
Little Linda Pinda from Florida on April 01, 2012:
I've only used wordpress and google blogger really like them also.
Surminga on March 24, 2012:
Wordpress is by far the best for me, great platform and all round easy to use and effective software.
Andrew Po (author) on March 03, 2012:
@TeacherSerenia: Google has owned Blogger for years now. You must be using your Gmail address to login to your Blogger account? Can you login to your Gmail?
I don't know if this will be any help but they have some help files for those not being able to sign in:
TeacherSerenia on March 03, 2012:
Anyway I was using IE. So today I downloaded Firefox and am now using that. Why can I still not get into Blogger? So I am moving to Wordpress instead. I hope to import all my blogs across. If Blogger are going to dump me like this, then I will dump them. I just cannot afford to lose the 5 years worth of blog posts I have there. Thank goodness I have Squidoo.
anonymous on February 27, 2012:
Hey bloggers...Follow me or join my blog and comment...i will do the same on the spot :-) http://tzse.blogspot.com/
dhiraj161298 on February 27, 2012:
Blogger is the best... Get blogger templates at http://www.rockingtemplates.com/
Nimsrules LM on January 28, 2012:
If you don't wanna waste your valuable time in SEO, blogger is best for you along with its short comings. Google has inbuilt SEO in Blogger.
reviewcitynet on January 17, 2012:
I think wordpress is the most comfortable and convenient blogging platform from any other blogging platform
River_Rose on January 03, 2012:
Thank you for this lens....still unsure which to go for....
NickyT LM on December 21, 2011:
"Old school" blogger fan here :)
anonymous on December 08, 2011:
I've used WordPress on my self hosted website for about a year. I love it for blogging, but it has limited use as a CMS. I am playing with and learning Joomla. I think it will be better suited for building e-commerce sites.
anonymous on December 06, 2011:
wordpress is the best in my opinion.
anonymous on November 20, 2011:
I get on just fine with Wordpress, although I wouldn't recommend the free version if you want to take total control of it.
mjburns on November 20, 2011:
Wordpress for sure.
NickieNix on November 17, 2011:
I went on Wordpress and got confused. I think blogger is more user friendly for the not so serious blogger.
anonymous on October 25, 2011:
Hmmm, I use wordpress but maybe ill give the others a chance. I use it mainly cuz I develop websites, not only blogs. For only blogs maybe tumblr and posterous too!
googleseotips on October 25, 2011:
its wordpress no doubt
SandraGahlinger on October 01, 2011:
Does Squidoo have a blog platform attached to the squidoo lens builder site? Thought I'd seen blog building ability associated with squidoo.
Vikki from US on September 17, 2011:
Blogger works best for me, for sure.
wowox on September 13, 2011:
i'm still kinda confuse here (just workin on my lens today tho), been tried to add more modules at the side bar but i guess there's only 3 choices :|
Bernie from Corbin, KY on September 06, 2011:
i don't blog yet, but plan to
JoeSteinbeck on August 29, 2011:
Got to love Wordpress!
bolt101 on August 09, 2011:
I think that wordpress is the best as it enables you to use this wonder marketing technique:
Steve Jones from Birmingham UK on August 08, 2011:
I think Wordpress will still be king for years to come
RadioGuitar on August 02, 2011:
I have a new tumblr blog but this lens makes me not want to give up on wordpress.
bloggingboomer on July 27, 2011:
I have used a couple of these platforms and absolutely love all the things you can do with WordPRess. I started using the .org version with no technology knowledge at all. I did struggle with the learning curve initially, but now I have built several websites, using different themes. I am totally hooked, even attended WordCamp this summer.
anonymous on July 22, 2011:
Nice lens.Thanks for sharing. Project Management Software
Tolovaj Publishing House from Ljubljana on July 18, 2011:
I use blogger and wordpress, my next platform will probably be tumblr.
bikerministry on July 17, 2011:
I use blogger. Have several blogs.
manchester lm on July 17, 2011:
For me, it's all about Wordpress. Read a stat this week that Wordpress now powers 14% of websites globally. That's immense!
Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on July 08, 2011:
I only know Wordpress and Blogger and I use blogger most of the time as it is easy for me to manage.
3b0129 on June 24, 2011:
Some website are easier to use than others...I think Tumblr is pretty darn easy. I had not known of a couple you mentioned....thanks.
anonymous on June 23, 2011:
I am a big fan of open source and use WordPress for self-domain blogs and sites.
Steve Dizmon from Nashville, TN on June 13, 2011:
As one about to jump into the Blogging world, I think I will use Wordpress. Thanks for the info offered here.
Fiona from South Africa on June 09, 2011:
Hi there, thanks for this great review - I've played around with Blogger and tried Wordpress but have found that, so far, Blogger is better. Haven't really heard of the others but then I haven't really been blogging for long.
Benten101 on May 14, 2011:
Wordpress does have a lot to offer. It has a steep learning curve for me. Trying to build an e-commerce and Wordpress proved to much work for me. I will definitely give wordpress a try when the dust settles. Thanks for the list of blogs. This lens does open other roads to travel.
wizardgold lm on April 22, 2011:
Just love Wordpress, find it hard to use other platforms not that I am so used to WP. I do still have a couple of Blogger sites though
Sara Duggan from California on April 09, 2011:
I've been a blogger user for a while. Slowly converting to WP but am dragging my feet. Blessed by a SquidAngel.
Todd_Farquharson on March 30, 2011:
Great page, good starting place for future bloggers. Thanks!
Deadlego on March 28, 2011:
really useful info. I plan to start my first blog soon so thanks. Am favouriting you now.
TemplateFaerie on February 16, 2011:
I don't think any blogging platform is really the best. It's all just opinion. What you decide to use all depends on your wants and needs. I like Blogger, but I wouldn't say it's the best. It's just the best for me. :)