Selecting a blog platform – Part 7: The bottom line
Making the choice which blog platform to use? Ask yourself: “Do I want to selfhost my blog or not?”, “What functionality do I want?”, “How important are ease of use and support, design, layout and navigation features and customizability for me?”…
Looking at all of these factors, here are my bottom line recommendations:
- only for simple blogs or if you want to use it as a scratchpad for your Internet clips (which it does very well)
- limited functionality, few templates and widgets, minimum support and no active user-based discussion forums.
- can’t be used for self-hosted blogs
- Recommended if you want to stick to the “writing” part of blogging, and don’t care too much about layout and navigation.
- OR recommended if you are slightly geeky and want to customize your blog at your free will without much support – other than an active user forum – but also without many technical limitations.
- It has an older user interface, lacks features and does not seems to be a product which evolves anymore.
- Use only if your blog is to be hosted by them.
- Highly recommended for the more serious blogger who does not mind his blog to be hosted by WordPress
- easy to use, letting the user concentrate on blogging
- limits what the user can do in customizing posts, widgets and templates
- wide range of templates and widgets
- good support through their technical services and the active user community forums
- a small selection of standard templates and widgets
- lack of ability to install plugins
- The top blogging platforms using selfhosting
- easy to use both for writing blogs and for its administrative functions
- has features close to what a professional Content Management Systems (CMS) will offer you.
- offers the largest range of widgets, plug-ins and templates any blog platform has.
- Is for free, unless if you want to pay for support on top of the help offered by a very active user community.
- Only to be used if you want to host it on your own (rented) server.
- Only offers the option where your blog is hosted by them, but then again, is the top blogging platform offering more features than the others in its class.
- Easily customizable and configurable with a wide range of templates and options.
- Provides more advanced navigation features.
- a top blogging platform though not evolving as fast as WordPress.org.
- Free unless if you want to pay for support
- To be hosted on your own server.
- Harder to configure and customize than the others, more difficult to use.
- Only recommended for professionals, with high demands.
Comparing blog platforms – further reading
While I mainly based this series on my personal experience and input from Dave (see frame below), I still want to offer a selection of interesting posts which go more in depth of the comparisons and features of the different blog softwares.
- Self Hosting blogger
- Blogger vs WordPress: Which is the best for SEO and how does self-hosting fit into the equation
- WordPress.com versus wordpress.org
- WordPress vs Blogger
- Blogger vs WordPress Comparison chart
- The blog platforms of choice among the top 100 blogs
- Choosing a blogging platform
- Quick comparison about WordPress, Tumblr Movable Type, Blogger and Drupal
- A narrative comparison of Typepad and WordPress
- Comparison between Movable Type and WordPress
- Blogger vs WordPress vs Movable Type
- Choosing a blog platform
- Typepad versus WordPress versus WordPress.com
Writing this series, I got significant help from Dave Barnhart, who filled in the blanks on Typepad and Movable Type.
Dave is a social media strategy consultant, founder of Business Blogging Pros, and a gourmet chef. He and his firm have been helping companies use social media since 2005.
He blogs at Business Blogging Pros and Fumbling Foodie. Check out some of the blogs he has created.
I also had valuable help from Andy Wibbels, with thanks!