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Best Blogging Platforms

Updated on December 2, 2014

Top Blogging Platform Reviews

Blogging is great because it allows you to 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.

  1. 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).
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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).
  7. 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.
  8. 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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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

Which online blog system do you use yourself?

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      Quokka 2 years ago

      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.

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      ileshr 2 years ago

      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

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      fathomblueEG 3 years ago

      Wow what a list. It seems like there are more and more added everyday. Great lens!

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      Jethro 3 years ago from Philippines

      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! :)

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      Guy1982 3 years ago

      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.

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      ScentsWithBling 3 years ago

      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

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      Teri Hansen 3 years ago

      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!

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      lauxeck 3 years ago

      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.

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      smsr0100451 4 years ago

      I have also worked on Wordpress. It is best.

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      ZionAmal 4 years ago

      I'd go for WordPress. It's the best and there is nothing like that :)

      Thanks for sharing this awesome article

      ~ Regards - BloggerDoc

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      Entrance Mats 4 years ago

      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.

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      Elsie Hagley 4 years ago from New Zealand

      Yes I used Wordpress and Blogger.

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      rajit788 4 years ago

      Wordpress is best for me.

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      Aunt-Mollie 4 years ago

      I always wonder why Seth Godin uses TypePad!

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      Sshreya 4 years ago

      I m currently posting in WordPress , blog.com & hyderabadz.com

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      madhawaranga 4 years ago

      I use self hosted WP and blogger both. both are superb.

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      laurenrich 4 years ago

      I am currently using Blogger, but I will also start to use Wordpress. Thanks

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      Amy617 4 years ago

      I've tried Wordpress and Blogger, but I prefer Wordpress

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      MrDealz 4 years ago

      Wordpress.

      BTW - These guys will make you a free blog.

      http://startyourownblogsite.com/

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      Sheila 4 years ago from Omaha, NE

      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!

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      Deeringboy LM 4 years ago

      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

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I think Wordpress is the best.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      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.

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      athan1925 4 years ago

      Hi Guys, I've found this interesting! Check it out! http://allblog4you.com

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Wordpress btw. Its very easy and very beautiful platform

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      Sriram Raj 4 years ago from New Delhi

      There is competition between blogger and wordpress due to the new changes in blogger.

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      taranjit 4 years ago

      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

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      siobhanryan 4 years ago

      I like Blogger Blessed

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      martinho 4 years ago

      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.

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      traktorji 4 years ago

      Wordpress all the way!

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      newbie2pro2 4 years ago

      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.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i find most effective and reliable blogger.com. Because it provides magnificent

      elements to use a blog.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i find most effective and reliable blogger.com. Because it provides magnificent

      elements to use a blog.

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      AdityaAgarwal 4 years ago

      @namaserajesh: Bt i alws feel problem on using wordpress in stopping spam comments...

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      namaserajesh 4 years ago

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      namaserajesh 4 years ago

      I think WordPress is better, here is resourceful article which compare both these platform: WordPress Or Blogger

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I use Social HubSite: http://socialhubsite.com

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      southbest 4 years ago

      My opinion blogger is the best one.There are no restrictions on blogger.

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      plasterbrain 4 years ago

      I've never heard of OnSugar before! Sounds intriguing!

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      getmoreinfo 4 years ago

      Thanks so much for this list, it is exactly what I have been looking for.

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      webtraffictoolkit 4 years ago

      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.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I think Wordpress takes the list out, Blogger is competitor though not as good as custom things wordpress gives.

      http://www.designskew.com/blog/blogspot-vs-wordpre...

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      SevenSentences 4 years ago

      I use self hosted wordpress it is the best. You can check out the lens I just wrote it you like

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      Onemargaret LM 4 years ago

      I also use Wordpress.

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      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.

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      Zebedee32 5 years ago

      Wordpress is great. Love your lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Blogging Tips and Tricks: http://www.tiptopblogging.com

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      Karla Whitmore 5 years ago from Arizona

      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.

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      mediawizard lm 5 years ago

      The blogging platforms I miss in the list are Joomla Drupal and Ruby on rails

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      Carolan Ross 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      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.

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