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5 Common Blogging Platforms

If a 2011 statistic is to be believed then there are over 156 million public blogs on the web. It’s no secret that in the past decade blogging has witnessed a tremendous surge that is unlikely to plummet any time soon in future. It’s popularity has pushed developers to come up with more tailored or varied platforms, which cater to specific needs like multi-author blogs, microblogs etc. And, since you are spoiled for choices, choosing a suitable platform has become harder than ever. So to make things easy for you, we have listed the 5 common blogging platforms here. Take a look:

1. WordPress

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Users:  individual bloggers or for sophisticated websites

In 2003, WordPress was founded as a free and open-source blogging platform. 12 years later, it has become the world’s number one choice when it comes to blogging. There is a reason, why around 60 million websites choose to use WordPress today. WordPress is –

– Easy to operate. One doesn’t need to learn coding or take tutorials

– Tons of free or paid themes, plug-ins etc. available

– High customization

–  Supported by an engaged community

– Search engines love WordPress blogs

2. Blogger

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Users: individual bloggers

Formerly known as Blogspot, Google purchased the blog-publishing service in 2003 and named it Blogger. To start at Blogger, you need to have a Google account. This blogging platform is popular among authors and lifestyle bloggers. Indian author Meenakshi Reddy Madhavan started blogging at blogspot, which later grew immensely popular and bagged her book offers. Blogger is –

– Easy to use, instant set-up

– Simple interface

– Google search engine friendly by default

– Hardwired with Google Analytics and AdSense

– Easy to expand, supports up to 100 users

3. Tumblr

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Users: Micro-bloggers and casual bloggers

Founded in 2008, Tumblr is dominated by the young crowd. It’s a winning combination of Twitter feeds and full-fledged blog. With over 271.6 million blogs, Tumblr is excellent for image and short-text posting. The experience with this micro- blogging platform is pretty unique as it allows a range of posts like text, photos, quotes, links, music, and videos. Tumblr is –

– High customization

– Has plain interface

– Ideal for short and frequent posts

– Instant messaging enables private interaction

– Easy to share content across all major social channels

4. LiveJournal

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Users: Individual bloggers and community bloggers

Launched in 1999, users of LiveJournal can keep a blog, diary or journal. Given its nature, it’s not surprising that LiveJournal today is one of the most popular and common blogging platforms. Powering over 16 million blogs, it has both free and paid versions. Author George R. R. Martin is a daily blogger at LiveJournal and has a strong following that eagerly awaits announcements on A Song of Ice and Fire series. The platform allows –

– Voice posts

– Private message

–  Community oriented blogging support

5. Medium

Blogging PlatformsUsers: Individual and personal bloggers, industrial bloggers

Launched in 2012, Medium has quickly climbed the chart in becoming one of the most common blogging platforms. With the web becoming more and more cluttered, Medium focuses on cleanliness and minimalism. At Medium-

– Posts can be favorited or upvoted

– Has in-built analytics

– Easy-to-read layout

– WYSIWYG user interface available

– Posts can be recommended and shared by readers

Before starting off with any one of these common blogging platforms, think and consider what are you going to blog on and based on the features of a platform, decide which one is most suitable to your need. If there is anything more you’d like to add, comment below.

3 thoughts on “5 Common Blogging Platforms

  1. I completely forgot about LiveJournal but I’ve never heard of medium before. I use the top three platforms though.

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