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Best Blogging Software For Beginners

Updated on February 13, 2013
Best Blogging Software for Beginners
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The best blogging software for beginners has to be extremely user friendly with great themes and features that allow the user to create a blog with ease. After all, many great writers are intimidated by the prospect of building a website. They opt instead to allow free blogging sites like Blogger and Wordpress to take advantage of their income generating content.

Why not utilize open source (free) blogging software to create your own blog. There are two really good pieces of software that I recommend and they are both free. Most importantly many hosting companies offer them as automatic installs so you don’t have to know how to build your blog. You just press a button and they do most of the work for you. This frees you up to create income generating content!

Wordpress

Wordpress is my all-time favorite blogging software. Every hosting company I’ve ever used has offered free Wordpress installation and with good reason……..their customers love it.

Wordpress is a dynamic piece of free blogging software that allows it users to develop unique blogs that reflect their personal interests. There are literally thousands of free and paid blog templates for Wordpress and as many plugins. Probably the most unique Wordpress feature is Jetpack which integrates your blog with Wordpress.com. This integration allows for the promotion of you blog posts through cloud sharing and enhanced distribution. It also provides you with capabilities that aren’t inherently available with the standard Wordpress installation.

Another great Wordpress feature is the automated software updates. Not only does Wordpress update itself, but it tracks plugin, jetpack, and blog template updates. You choose the updates you want and Wordpress self-installs the update. It doesn’t get much easier than that.

Lastly Google also loves Wordpress sites. For some reason Google ranks these sites almost overnight if they supply adequate content.

Joomla

Some will argue that Joomla isn’t blogging software, but Joomla is well suited to blogging. Not only does Joomla allow you to submit news (blog posts) to your website, it also allows you to publish articles. The article categories can be endless making this blog software very flexible.

Much like Wordpress, there are thousands of blog templates for Joomla and versatile plugins that make Joomla extremely user friendly. Most hosting companies offer Joomla as an automated install eliminating the need for programming.

For those bloggers who wish to sell product Virtuemart for Joomla is an ideal, free, ecommerce software. This software installs easily allowing a blogger to increase their blog profits.

The only drawback to Joomla is that some features need to be manually installed. Typically this requires that the user upload files to their server, which is not a difficult task, but does require ftp software. Don’t let this scare you. Joomla is great just the way it is, but if you want to add bells and whistles to your blog you may have to do a few extra steps.

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Conclusion

In my humble opinion Wordpress is the best blogging software for beginners and pros alike. That said, if you would like to venture into ecommerce along with blogging then Joomla may be your best bet. I use both and couldn’t be happier.

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      alphanso 3 years ago

      Great Hub! Personally I love Blogger; I guess the "free" aspect has me as I'm trying to figure out the best ways to make residual income with them,

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      collegedad 4 years ago from The Upper Peninsula

      Angryelf, I have a few "flunks" for sure! LOL Thanks for the visit!

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      angryelf 4 years ago from Tennessee

      Great Hub! Personally I love Blogger; I guess the "free" aspect has me as I'm trying to figure out the best ways to make residual income with them, and I don't want to put tons of effort into a flunk :)

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      collegedad 4 years ago from The Upper Peninsula

      Careermommy I cannot say enough good things about Wordpress. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      I've heard many times how good WordPress is. When I do start my own blog I think I'm going with WordPress. Thanks for sharing.

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      collegedad 4 years ago from The Upper Peninsula

      Thanks Joseph Muendo!

      Melchi, Wordpress is so versatile. Combined with headway drag and drop themes you can create any style blog you want in a very short period of time.

      Floating mind, great "minds" think alike eh! Sorry......I had to. LOL

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      floating mind 4 years ago from Chicago, Illinois

      I to use both Joomla (for ecommerce) and WordPress (for blogging). Though I seem to be use Joomla more and more these days.

      Enjoyed your Hub.

      Thanks for the info.

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      Melanie Chisnall 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Good points here. I used to blog on blogger, but am much happier on wordpress. There's just so much you can do. Thanks for sharing.

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      Joseph Muendo 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      I do Agree with your post.