Which Blogging Platform Should You Use?

Regardless of whether you want your new blog to be with a free provider or you intend to have your own domain name and hosting, you still have an important decision to make. Which blogging platform do you want to use?

Deciding on a Blog Platform

bloggingThis isn’t a decision which should be taken lightly, especially since you could conceivably be using whichever blogging platform you choose for a long time to come. You can see why it is important to take some time over your decision; while you can move your blog at a later date if you wish, it still involves a certain amount of hassle and it’s something you want to try and avoid if you can.

The answer lies in looking at all the main providers and seeing what they actually provide you with. Visit some IM forums as well and see what other users have to say about each provider and the service you get. If you are using your own domain name and hosting then you don’t need to worry about sticking within their rules and regulations, but you still want to know that your chosen blogging platform is user friendly and will do what you want it to do.

Make Blogging Easier

Ideally you want your blogging platform to make the whole process of posting to your blog quick and easy. If it’s difficult to use or doesn’t make the grade in any way, you will find it irritating to use over the long term. Think about how you want your blog to look too – will your chosen blogging platform help you to achieve that look?

It takes time to build traffic to a blog, and with that on your mind it will be nice to know that you don’t have to worry about how easy the whole thing is to use.

About Sean Rasmussen

I am a passionate blogger and have been a full time internet marketer since 2005. When I'm not with my family, you will find me doing SEO, building websites for many of my clients, and creating products out of thin air! This is a cool gig and I love it!

Comments

  1. I have been using WordPress for a long time, and I think it’s awesome.

    I know that there are other well-known bloggers that are using TypePad (like Seth Godin). So, I guess there are pros and cons for every blogging platform.

    Ask around at forums like forums.digitalpoint.com and you’ll get hundreds of answers (my guess is that most people will vote for wordpress).

  2. Thanks for sharing – always useful info here! Nice blog!

  3. Its good informative blog.

  4. I’m in the WordPress camp. The array of options is unbelievable and so simple to use. Most of it is free as well which helps.

  5. Jazz Salinger says:

    Hi Sean,

    I agree with Gee. I love WordPress. It’s pretty easy to use and there is a lot of support available for any problems you run into. :)

  6. The more information on WordPress the better for me. I am very impressed. It’s so reliable!

  7. Hello Sean,

    Great tips on what Blogging Platform to be using. Never thought to check out IM forums to see what others recommended. Great thougth, to make sure the blog works they way I want it to, and so that it is user friendly. Thanks for the ideas of which direction to go next with a blog/ domain name/hosting and rules and regulations.

    Cheers
    Lisa

  8. I have to admit that I was a bit lazy in comparing different options. WordPress was highly recommended to me and I haven’t found any fault yet, so I will stay with it :)

  9. Hi Sean

    The only platform I know of is WordPress. I find it easy now to use and I have read quite a lot of feedback about WordPress and it has all been very positive. It is working for me and I am happy to stay with it and learn more about it.

  10. I don’t think it is a hard decision to make – UWC uses WordPress – so why would you go elsewhere – they have done all the hardwork for us!

  11. I’ve used a variety of blogging platforms over the years. I started with the usual free ones: Google Blogger and WordPress. Since then I have developed a few sites using the CMS packages Joomla and Drupal. I still have to build a site from scratch using WordPress. No matter which system you use – WordPress, Drupal, Joomla or others – be prepared to buy a good book that will take you step-by-step through the process. Online tutorials can be useful as well as the forums on the home sites for these packages. Flying by the seat of your pants with most of these systems will only result in frustration.

  12. I have just spent a lot of time moving content over from a platform with an Internet Marketing program I had signed up with to WordPress – it took a long time but was a necessity.

    Now I am with WordPress I would never go anywhere else (unless of course they close down)

    Setting things up correctly in the first place is the key and so important as it is a time waster moving – having said that though, I did enjoy changing pictures and widgets and the look of the site.

    The issue now though is there are lots of links which don’t work in Google at the moment which I hope will be cleared out – I have seen that i can do that in Webmaster…..when I have the time :-)

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