Dear Lifehacker, I want to start a new blog, but I’m not sure which platform is best for me. WordPress is the most popular, and there are many more common choices, but I’m not sure what will fit my needs the best. Can you help?Sincerely, Bewildered Blogger
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WordPress is popular because it’s great. So is Tumblr. Of course, these two platforms are vastly different. WordPress can be hosted by WordPress or self-hosted, and it offers an immense amount of control. Tumblr is only hosted by Tumblr and is kind of a cross between blogging and Twitter. If you were only choosing between the two, you’d go with WordPress if you wanted to write more long-form posts and Tumblr if you just wanted to post neat things you find online (or, on occasion, create yourself). But you’re not choosing between just two platforms. You have a wide number of options that do the same thing as these two platforms, plus you’ve got a variety of choices in the middle. Posterous, for example, is very similar to both. Before we take a look at your options, there are a few things you’re going to want to answer these questions (or at least keep them in mind as you read your options:
- Do I want to install, configure and host my blog myself, or would I rather rely on a hosted service?
- Do I want to create my own blog theme, or am I satisfied with using or customising an existing theme?
- Do I want to be able to install custom plug-ins or am I satisfied with the functionality that is built-in to the platform I choose?
- Will I be writing more long-form posts or posting cool things I find online? Or do I need to be able to do both?
- Do I want others to be able to comment on my post and interact with my content in a social way, or do I just want to be able to have a place to post my writing where people can read it and nobody can bother me?
- Am I willing to pay for this blogging platform?
Your Blogging Platform Options
This is, by no means, a full list of your options, but rather a list of the ones we like that cover the majority of blogging needs. Each option comes with a brief explanation of its strengths and what type of blogger it would benefit most.
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We hope this helps you make your decision. Happy blogging!
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