Generally, I like to root for the underdog or choose the uncommon, obscure or unusual. For example, I’d rather discover some mysterious item on a bottom shelf of a corner bookcase in an antique warehouse, as opposed to buying mainstream mall knick-knacks. However, sometimes things are popular for a reason. When it comes to finding a blogging platform, I made the decision to go with a glaringly popular one: WordPress.
After researching available options for free blogging platforms, I discovered that WordPress and Blogger were the most widely recommended. There are other blogging tools that are not quite as popular, but are good for specific reasons, such as Tumblr.
Resources for Choosing
While researching this topic, I found this article on noupe, one of my favorite resources for design. There is also a useful article at PCMagazine about blog platforms. Thirdly, this article has some useful insight as well.
- Many templates to choose from
- A plethora of plug-ins
- Free and easy to upgrade
- Option to transfer platforms easily without losing content
- Fast and easy to use
- Many options such as fonts, colors and layouts
- Google Analytics as well as other Google apps
- Combined social network features along with blogging
- Good for images and video
- Focused more on visuals, less text
Basically, the choice depends on what the blogger’s needs and personal preferences are. I chose WordPress because it offers a lot of templates and plug-ins. Since it is so popular, I also wanted to be comfortable using it for future clients.
So if you are looking for a good blog platform to use, decide what your needs are, do a little research and get started.