How to Pick the Best Blogging Platform in 2019

How to Pick the Best Blogging Platform in 2019


Are you ready to start your blog but
you’re stuck at what blogging platform to use? Well keep watching in this video
I’ll walk you through how to pick the best blogging platform for your blog and
we’ll cover nine different blogging platforms so you can get a better idea
of which one is best for you. When you’re looking to pick a blogging platform to
start these are some of the things that you want to be thinking about when
choosing the blogging platform. The biggest thing is you want to make sure
that it’s easy to use for you and that it’s beginner friendly. You don’t want to
have to know a lot of technical things to get started. You also want to make
sure that it’s feature-rich or that their features are available for what
you want your blog to do and then do you have room to grow? Both in terms of the
features that you need and the functionality but also you may not be
thinking about earning money yet but if you want to make it earn money in the
future is there ability for you to add things like advertisements on your site,
affiliate marketing, and things like that. So having all of those things in mind
let’s start looking at the different platforms that you can use for your
website. First one we’ll talk about is WordPress.org. This is the open source
software that means it’s free for you to use and it’s also free for you to
contribute. Now, WordPress.org is different than WordPress.com and you’ve
probably heard many people say just get a WordPress site up and we’ll talk about
WordPress.com in a minute. Many of the pros for WordPress.org are that you have
maximum control over your site. No one will be able to shut down your site
because you’re not following whatever their rules are. The next thing are
the most robust features out there anything that you think you want to do
with your blog to take it to the next level whether it be adding features like
a forum, membership site, ecommerce if you wanted to that’s all available to you by
using the WordPress.org platform. There are thousands on thousands of plugins,
these are the things that help you make your site do what you want it to do by
adding the extra functionality. They’re also thousands of themes both
free and paid to make your blog look exactly how you want it to look. Now
coming with that maximum control over your site some of the cons are that you
are tasked with maintaining your blog yourself and that means you must update
your site and keep all the plugins and themes updated and you’ll also be tasked
with making backups of your site. Now if you do it
right a lot of times the hosting provider that you work with can help you
with some of these items so the price for using WordPress, as I said before,
the actual software itself is free but you have to have a server to post this
on and the server or the hosting company that you get the server from they’ll
actually charge a fee and depending on which hosting company you go with, that can
range in price and but the average range is about $12.99 a month. But as a
WPBeginner visitor you can get it for as low as $2.75 a month through Bluehost and
we’ll have a link down in the description below for you to get that
discount. With that you’ll also get the free SSL certificate for your site, that
secures your site for visitors and you would also get a free domain
registration. Normally domain registrations if you don’t go with that
is usually about fourteen dollars a year to renew your www.mysite.com, that’s your
domain name. The next one we’ll look at is Wix and some of the pros of Wix is
that it’s a fully hosted platform meaning you just go and sign up.
They have many templates to choose from to get up and running quickly, they have
built-in functionality for you to get started,
but some of the cons are it shows Wix branding, there’s a free version of it
but it shows Wix branding unless you pay for a higher tier. Another thing is
they’ll show ads on the site but you don’t get those ad revenues they will
get the ad revenue for that and also moving can be difficult it’s actually
one of the more difficult sites to move if later on you’ve decided you want to
host your blog somewhere else it’s very difficult to move it off of Wix. The
price range is free. For the free tier you get basically your site with the Wix
branding in the URL. If you want to pay for then the range is
between nine and twenty six dollars a month and earlier I talked about
WordPress.org and now we’re gonna discuss WordPpress.com. So WordPress.com
is using the same software as wordpress.org but they’re hosting it and
their housing it on their own servers and you’re simply paying them to do it
all. So some of the pros for this are there’s no setup required you simply log
in start paying and you’re ready to go. It’s also you really easy to use and
manage. Now the cons for this is you do have limited functionality for your blog,
it also means that you can’t run ads on your blog and you don’t own your blogs. If
you do something on your site or write about something that they don’t agree
with they can shut your blog down and whatever traffic or whatever visitors
you’ve built up you’ve lost that. The price structure for this is it’s free
for the bottom tier where you could be your site.WordPress.com. You can get
custom domain names and the range for the paid tier is between four and eight
dollars a month. The next Blogging platform let’s talk about Blogger. So
Blogger is owned by Google, Blogger was acquired by Google in 2013 and is
offered up to people to use as a blogging platform and some of the pros
are that it’s free. It’s completely free to log in and use as you want it’s
pretty easy to use and it’s a Google product so it’s secure and reliable you
know that the security of it is pretty high up there. Some of the cons to it are
you have limited features, it’s not their main source of income, nor is it their
main focus and so you have limited features. Also they can also suspend your
account any time if you write about something that they don’t agree with so
again you don’t own your information or your blog. Other things that they can
just simply shut down the whole service so if one day they decide they don’t
want to deal with Blogger anymore then, then that’s a real possibility. As I said
blogger is free to use. The next blogging platform that you can look at is Tumblr.
Tumblr is a micro blogging service, it’s really geared towards like sharing
images and videos and cat pictures and things like that but a lot of people
really enjoy using tumblr for this and obviously some of the pros are that it
is free and easy to use and get set up. It is integrated with social media so
it’s a lot easier to share things through there. It’s a real easy platform
to blog videos or images audio as well. Some of the cons for Tumblr are limited
features, difficult to migrate the blog if you ever want to move away to a
different platform that’s very difficult to do.
The cost for Tumblr is that it’s free and it’s usually yoursite.tumblr.com
or if you want to add a custom domain then there will be a cost for that. The
next platform we’ll talk about is Medium Medium launched in 2012 and is is geared more towards strictly writing and blogging and very
little networking capabilities with it and some of the pros are that it’s free
and easy to use. With Medium you can reach an existing
community online since Medium shares your articles with people who have
similar interests to what you’re writing about. It allows you to focus solely on
writing and that’s simply because there’s no themes involved in it at all.
Now some of the cons on the flip side of those pros and the fact that there are
limited features, you’re not really going to set up, you can’t set up an ecommerce,
site you can’t set up your own forum and things like that. Next its Medium’s audience
and not yours so yes they can send you some traffic but if you ever wanted to do
anything with those, that audience it’s not really your traffic they’re not
coming to your site to read about your stuff. Also you can’t run ads and you
can’t set up you commerce site things like that so if you’re wanting to make
money then this being your sole place of blogging is not going to be great for
that. It is free to use although they are doing kind of a paywall for readers
where people have to pay to continue to read and there will be some interesting
changes over the next couple of years to see how this changes over the, over the
months to come. So the next one let’s talk about Squarespace. Squarespace is a
great blogging platform and it’s using great easy to use drag-and-drop features.
Most of the people that they’re looking for are more like small businesses to
create an online presence so that’s their main focus of their people. Some of
the pros for Squarespace are that it’s very easy for beginners it’s great drag
and drop feature, beautifully professionally designed templates for
you to use, and a lot of people really like that. You can also add an ecommerce
set up if you want. Cons are that it is a proprietary platform and so the features
are pretty limited it’s just based on what they’re pushing out so if you
wanted something different then you might not get the feature that you want
for your site. There are also limited integrations
since it’s a proprietary platform there’s not too many third-party
developers who can create something to integrate with your website and the
personal plan it’s pretty limited you only get 20 pages for your personal plan
you do get your blog and then you only get two contributors. The price structure
for this is it can range from $12.99 a month
to $18 a month depending on if you pay upfront or not and then if you wanted to
add an ecommerce then it bumps it up to $26 to $40 a month as well. And you have
to purchase your domain name separately The next one is Ghost
it’s a minimalist blogging platform and they’ve really pared down on all the
features that they offer so that people just focus on writing and that’s
actually one of the biggest pros for that is you’re only focusing on your
writing and your blogging. It’s also very clean and clutter-free and it’s fast
because it’s built on JavaScript so it’s fast. If you go with their hosting
version then there’s no setup that you have to worry about. Some of the things
to consider is it’s not easy to customize with apps because of the
limited features. there’s limited integrations as well as limited themes,
if you’re trying to do the self installation it’s complicated and not
very easy to do. The price structure for this is it’s $7.99 a month and you also
pay $14.99 a year for a domain name. If you let them post it for you then it’s
$19 a month for one blog and you get a limit of 25,000 page views and finally
we’ll talk about Weebly. Weebly is another blogging platform that hosts
everything for you and they have a great clean drag-and-drop feature for you to
get up and running. Some of the pros are it’s fully hosted, the drag-and-drop
design for you you’re able to test features on a free plan to see if that
works for you and if you want to go up to a different tier. Some of the cons for
Weebly are that they have limited features, like with Squarespace they have
limited third-party integrations, and migrating the site is quite difficult if
you ever decide to move to a different platform. Now if you ever are on Weebly
and you want to migrate to WordPress we have created a Weebly to WordPress
migration tool and I’ll link to that in the description below for you. The price
for Weebly is it’s free tier if it’s yoursite.Weebly.com. Other than that
it’s as much as eight dollars a month if you’re billed annually with limited
features and then it can go up to $49 a month if you want to unlock all of the
features that they have and you have to buy the domain separately. Now obviously
for us we always think that WordPress.org is the best one to do and
we think the combination of WordPress.org and Bluehost is your best option when just getting started. If you’re wanting to
take your blog seriously and you’re wanting to eventually grow this into a
money-making venture then WordPress.org is the best place to start and the
beauty of WordPress.org installation is you can start as simply as you need to
and then as you grow, as your needs grow it can grow with you and if you’re ready
to make that choice then go ahead and click on the next video in this playlist
where I walk you through step by step on how to get WordPress installed for your
blog. Did you learn today’s video if so subscribe to our YouTube channel and
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9 thoughts on “How to Pick the Best Blogging Platform in 2019

  1. i bought a wordpress hosting for 5$ / month, its been 5 months now with around 20 articles, but i still can't gain any revenue.

    i know blogging is not a one-night income, but the fact that i have to pay hosting per month for such price is very frustating.

    any recommendation ?

  2. I have a domain with GoDaddy, can I get a wordpress.org with that domain without paying WP for it?

  3. I'm done with WordPress, never again. Was on there for years. They used to be good, but they have progressively gone downhill recently. It's way too crude and cluttered behind the scenes, and at the end of the day, the actual sites never look that great. Compare WordPress to Squarespace and you'll see what I mean. I think WordPress has more features, but you most likely will have everything you need on Squarespace. I'm also giving Medium a shot, it's clean and writing focused. That's the thing, WordPress is more interested in plugins and themes and not enough on making the writing and reading experience actually pleasant.

  4. Thanks, helpful video… I could not decide which platform to choose for creating website, I experiment with Brizy cloud, now I think to download it for WordPress. Your video helped me figure it out.

  5. Is there any possibility make money with blogger any other than wordpress.org or wix ? Do i had to pay the wordpress.org ?

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