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Choosing a Blog Platform

Posted By Darren Rowse 15th of February 2006 Blogging Tools and Services 0 Comments

This post talks readers through some of the issues that they need to think through regarding choosing a blog platform.

Update: please check out our more up to date post – How to Start a Blog for advice on blogging platforms and much more.

  • ‘Which Blog Platform Should I use?’
  • ‘Should I use a free Blogger.com blog or get my own hosted blog on my own Domain? Which Blog Platform is best?’
  • ‘What are the Pros and Cons of going with Typepad instead of WordPress as a blog platform?’
  • ‘Should I start out on a free Blogging Platform and Upgrade later?’

These are just some of the typical questions that I get asked each day from bloggers starting out and attempting to make a decision on which blogging platform or tool they should choose.

I’m not going to tell you which blog platform you should use because, as you will see, there are good reasons for choosing most of the available platforms depending upon the goals of your blog.

In fact as I look at some of the most successful blogs there are examples of most of the platforms mentioned in this post – that’s the great thing about blogging, success is not reliant upon the tool you use – it’s about how you use it!

What follows is my attempt to flesh out some of the factors a new bloggers might like to consider in deciding on a blog platform. It is probably impacted by own experience of blogging over the last three years and the preferences I’ve accumulated in this time. I invite readers to add to this post in comments below with their own ideas and experiences so we can have a more balanced and useful collection of tips for readers considering such a choice.

Some Questions to Ponder Before Deciding on a Blog Platform

As with making any important decision it is worthwhile to take your time with this decision. There are MANY competing blog platforms on the market (check out the results of a poll I did on the platforms ProBlogger readers use to see just some of them). While you can change your blog platform at a later time (many of them have ways of importing and exporting your content later) there are usually some costs associated with such transfers (and I’m not just talking money – ie changing from a free hosted blog service to a self hosted one means changing your domain which has implications on Search Engine traffic etc). I guess all I’m saying is that it’s best not to rush into the first option you find – take your time, do your research and you might find a blog platform that will last you for a long time. Start by answering some of the following questions and you’ll have every chance of getting on the right track:

What are Your Goals – Probably the most important thing to do when starting the process of choosing a blog platform is to consider your aspirations for your blog. Of course complete first timers might struggle a little with seeing the future of their blogging, but to the best of your ability attempt to answer some of these questions:

  • Is blogging something I see myself doing long term?
  • What will the main purpose of my blog be?
  • Is my blogging more of a hobby or does it have some professional application?
  • Do I foresee putting ads on my blog?

Of course there are many other questions you’ll want to ask (I’ve written a series of posts on thinking through blog strategy here) but the answers to these sorts of questions are worth keeping mind as you research blog platforms as some platforms are much more suited to the hobby blogger and others to more professional blogging applications.

A Note about WordPress.com – if you’re going to use WordPress.com (note again, it’s different to wordpress.org) you need to know that at the point of writing this they don’t allow you to monetize your blog. If your goal is to make money, don’t choose WP.com. They do allow some of their bigger blogs to run advertising and affiliate programs but not smaller blogs. They say they may allow this in the future, but there are no guarantees and you should probably consider another option.

What is Your Budget? – As with most things in life, blog platforms come with a variety of price points ranging from free through to more expensive options. There are three main things that you might pay for:

  • The blog platform itself
  • Hosting for your blog
  • Domain Name

Different blogging platforms offer different levels of service. Some like Blogger.com and WordPress.com offer both the platform, domain name and hosting for free. Others like WordPress.org (note this is different to WordPress.com) offer the platform for free but you then need to find and pay for your own hosting and domain name. Others still, like MovableType charge for a license for the platform (depending how many blogs you have and whether they will have a commercial, personal, educational or not-for-profit use – they do also have a free version) and then you need to arrange and pay for your own domain name and hosting.

Other costs you might like to factor in at an early stage include:

  • design – all platforms come with free templates (some more professional looking than others) but if you want a more individual look you’ll either need to have some design skills, know someone who does or be willing to pay for a design.
  • blog tools/metrics – there are any number of tools you can pay for to help you in your blogging. These might include stats packages (again you can get free ones but can also pay for more features), offline blog posting tools etc. If you’re a beginner you might not need any of these – but down the track you might find them useful.

How Technologically able are you? – This is a crucial factor to consider when choosing a blog platform. If you’ve never had any experience in creating a blog or website before and are not a technologically minded person then there are some blog platforms and set ups that will be much more suited to your needs than if you know a few of the basics, or at least are willing to learn them.

The other option of course is to find someone who is a techie to help you out (either paid or as a friend). One of the great things about blogging and most of the platforms out there is that there is a wonderful communal knowledge out there and many forums dedicated to helping people get the most out of their chosen platforms.

What Blog Platforms are Others Using? – While I am always advising bloggers to make their blog their own – when it comes to choosing a platform it might be worth finding out what others are into. Over the last few years different platforms have come and gone and I suspect they will in the years ahead also. My recent poll on the topic might be helpful to get a handle on recent trends – but as this post gets a little older you might like to do some research of your own.

Hosted vs Stand Alone Blogging Platforms

With the above questions in mind it’s time to consider your options and ask yourself one of the key questions that you’ll ask in this process.

Will you go with a Hosted Platform or a Stand Alone Platform?

I’ve already mentioned above when talking about budgets that there are a few options with what platforms offer but there are two main camps of blog platforms (and a few that offer a combination of the two – just to make things confusing).

Hosted Blog Platforms

This is the type of blog that many bloggers start out with, simply because they are easy and usually quite cheap (if not free). Probably the most popular of these systems is Blogger.com – but there are others like WordPress.com and MSN Spaces. TypePad also runs hosted blogs – although have the option to go with a type of standalone option also through remote hosting..

These systems are ‘hosted’ blog platforms because they ‘host’ your blog on their own domain. After what is usually a pretty easy set up process they will give you a web address (URL) that will usually be some combination of their own URL and the name of your blog. For example a popular WordPress.com blog is AtariBoy – who’s web address is www.atariboy.wordpress.com. You can see the structure of that address has two elements, his blog’s name first and then the wordpress.com extension. This means that this blog is being ‘hosted’ by WordPress as opposed to the blogger having to organize and pay for that himself.

Pros and Cons of Hosted Blog Platforms


  • Cheap or Free to run – most hosted options are free (of the four I mentioned above, only TypePad charges).
  • Relatively easy to set up – most of these types of blogs can be set up with a basic default template within minutes. The set up is usually just a matter of filling in a few fields with your options and choosing a template design.They are ideal if you know nothing or very little about the technological side of blogging.
  • Simple to Run – Once you’re through the easy set up process hosted blogs are usually pretty simple to run. You will obviously need to learn some basics, but these days most blog platforms come with very user friendly features. Posting is as simple as filling in a few fields and hitting publish.
  • Updated Automatically – if the blog platform updates it will automatically do so for you. Instead of having to upload new software onto a server, these updates happen much more seamlessly.
  • Indexed in Search Engines Quickly – one of the advantages of many hosted blog platforms is that they are put onto domains that have good page ranks already. While your blog won’t be indexed in search engines when you start, most bloggers notice that their blogs get picked up and ranked pretty quickly. In the long run they probably don’t rank much higher than other blogs on stand alone hosting – but they are a quick way to get into SE’s.


  • Less Configurable – My first blog was on a Blogger.com blog – the reason I moved from it within months was that it was so limited in terms of features and ability to design a professional running blog. Of course this was 3 years ago and Blogger.com has improved significantly – but one of the biggest frustrations with hosted blog owners are their limited options for customization. This does vary from platform to platform within the hosted options. For example WordPress.com has quite limited design options (for instance you can’t ad ads to templates making it a poor choice to make money with), Blogger.com doesn’t give the option for categories and TypePad has different options depending upon which level you buy in at.
  • Default Design Limitations – While this can be true for standalone blogging systems also I find that many hosted blogs end up looking very similar to one another. This is because the default templates get used over and over again and if you’re a beginner they can be difficult to adapt. For instance with Blogger.com to make changes (and you can make your blog look quite unique) you need to know CSS and HTML to edit your templates (something you need to know with other platforms also it’s worth mentioning).
  • Less Control – Another common complaint I hear regularly from hosted blog owners is that they are frustrated by not having ultimate control over their blog. While they do own the content, the URL is not technically their own and they are somewhat at the mercy of their platform in terms of whether their blog is working or not. For example there have been times in the last few months when TypePad bloggers have been frustrated by their blogs being down for periods of time (something Blogger.com struggles with from time to time also). To be fair on TypePad – they did compensate their bloggers for this down time.
  • Generic URL – having your own URL can give a sense of professionalism and memorability to a blog that hosted options might well go without. While there are some very successful blogs on hosted platforms some bloggers believe that having your own URL is much more professional if you are using your blog in a professional way.
  • Upgrading to Standalone can be Tricky – Probably the question worth asking before you go with a hosted option is what you’ll do if your blog gets big or you get the blogging bug in a way that won’t let you go? One of the issues of starting out with a hosted platform is that if there comes a day when you want to go with a standalone one that you have some work cut out for you in retaining any traffic that you’ve built up. I’m not saying it’s impossible to do (I’ve done it myself) but there are implications of changing domains later in terms of taking regular readers with you, having to climb the search engine rankings all over again and redirecting traffic from one blog to another.

Who would use Hosted Blog Platforms?

If you just want a blog and don’t care much about having your own unique domain, are not too interested in tweaking your blog or getting all the latest and greatest features then hosted options are a completely valid choice. In fact it’s worth keeping in mind that while some may scoff at hosted blog platforms and say that serious bloggers don’t use them – there are some popular bloggers who use them very successfully. For example one of my daily reads is Robert Scoble has a WordPress.com blog, Post Secret is on a Blogspot blog (blogger.com) and Hack MSN Spaces is obviously an MSN spaces blog (all of these and others are highly ranked blogs in the Top 500 at Feedster).

Stand Alone Blog Platforms

The other type of blog platform is that which is hosted under your own steam on your own domain/URL. This is what I do with all of my blogs these days (apart from one or two which I started just to see how the hosted platforms work). So you’ll see that ProBlogger is hosted at ProBlogger.net and is powered by WordPress.org. I also use MovableType, for a number of my blogs. Other Stand alone blog platforms that many use include PMachine, Greymatter, B2Evolution, TextPattern and Expression Engine (to name just a few).

Pros and Cons of Stand Alone Blog Platforms


  • Full Control of Design – Depending upon your ability with web design standalone blogs generally are very adaptable. I am not strong in this area personally but am constantly amazed by some of my colleague’s abilities to create incredibly diverse and clever designs. Of course those bloggers with little ability in this area may either need to use default templates (with the same limitations as default templates of hosted blogs) or get others to help with this.
  • Adaptability – One of the things I enjoy about WordPress here at ProBlogger is the vast array of developers who are coming up with all manner of ‘plugins’ which extend the ability of the basic WP installation. Similarly many of the other standalone platforms have communities of developers producing similar arrays of plugins (check out the plugins that ProBlogger readers use here for some examples of what is being developed).
  • Free Platforms – while you end up paying for your domain name and hosting systems like these are usually free to run. Some do have license fees if you’re having multiple blogs or using them for commercial purposes – but many are open source.
  • URL – Having your own domain name is great for many reasons. For one it’s easier to remember, secondly it’s more professional and hirdly it is more easily brand-able.


  • Complicated Set Up – once again this depends upon your technical abilities and web savvy but when you move into stand alone platforms the complexity of set up tends to increase. It often involves arranging hosting, setting up databases and then downloading the platform onto you own computer and then uploading it via ftp onto your web hosting server. There are good tutorials around for most of the platforms to help with this process but for many it is a daunting thing. Once again it’s not my strength so I generally get by blogs set up and designed by a professional designer (although recently have been learning to do it a little more myself). NB: one way around this is to find a web host that will install your blog platform for you. This is becoming increasingly popular. Some platforms even recommend hosts that will do it for you (eg see MT’s recommendations and WP’s recommendations).
  • Cost – While the blog platform itself might be free you need to factor in the ongoing costs of having your own domain name (a yearly fee plus a one off registration fee) and hosting fees (again yearly). There are many great deals out on these so it need not cost the world – although if your blog gets a lot of traffic the costs do go up and you might want to consider going onto a more professional and expensive plan.
  • Updates – Most blog platforms go through different and versions over time. Updating from one to another can be complicated if you don’t know what you’re doing.
  • Hosting Issues – I mentioned in the cons of the hosted platforms that you have ‘less control’ over your blog and are at the whims of your platform’s hosting being up or down. Of course this is also true for any hosting as from time to time different hosting solutions can have their own problems. Whether you use a hosted solution or a stand alone solution it’s important to back up and be aware that from time to time things do go down. Choose a reputable host if you go the stand alone route to ensure maximum uptime.

Who would use Stand Alone Blog Platforms?

Stand alone blog platforms are ideal if you want a little more control or flexibility with your blogging. They can be configured to look and run very professionally and to be adapted into configurations that are limited only by your imagination. Of course just because you go with a stand alone blog doesn’t ensure you will have the perfect professionally looking blog. In fact if you don’t have the ability to set these blogs up correctly (or know someone who can) standalone blogs can be messy and non-professional looking blogs.

Examples of these types of blogs are many – The vast majority of the top 50 or so blogs at Feedster are stand alone blogs.

A Word About Remote Hosting Options

Some blog platforms allow a combination of hosted and stand alone blogs via remote hosting. TypePad and Blogger.com are two examples of this. They allow you to run your blog on your own domain and hosting but still using their system to publish your blog. I’m not too familiar with how Blogger.com does it but have seen it used effectively with TypePad. The beauty of doing this with TypePad is that if you are a beginner blogger and are not too confident with running your blog it gives you the ability to set up a blog without too much trouble but on your own domain name from the very beginning. This will make swapping platforms later a lot easier.

Summing it all up

This has been a fairly long post and I hope I haven’t lost or bored you along the way but it’s an important topic for new bloggers to think through.

To sum it all up I generally advise this….. If you’re wanting to develop serious blog and have aspirations for it to be used on a professional sort of level (whether as a business or corporate blog, as a blog to build your own profile or a blog to earn income from advertising) I’d recommend you go in the direction of a stand alone blog. Even if you are not highly skilled in this area it’s worth spending a little money to get it set up with a designer or even better still, to learn how to do it yourself.

If you just want a blog for fun and to keep a record of your life for your friends and family and you don’t have the time, money or patience to put into it then a hosted option might work well for you too. They are instant (it’ll take 5-10 minutes to set up) and while they might not have quite the same level of features, in effect they may well suit you every need. Of course many hobbyists also go the stand alone option because tweaking their blog is part of their interest.

Do keep in mind though that as I mentioned above there are no rules. There’s been many successful blogs over the years which have not been on their own domain or hosting!

Further Reading on Choosing a Blog Platform

If you choose to use WordPress.com as a platform you might find Jon Symon’s video series on how to set it up on a domain and hosting worthwhile.

Macworld – The best Blogging Tools for the Mac – features a useful comparative table
Are you using the right blogging tool – Contains a helpful glossary and reviews of a few of the more popular blogging tools
Blog software Comparison Chart – a companion chart to the above article
Blog Software Reviews at a Glance – a page that links to a variety of in depth reviews of Blog Software packages at the Performancing Blog
Blog software Smackdown: The big 3 Reviewed – review of Movable Type, WordPress.org and Textpattern
Blogger.com vs WordPress.com – a review of these two hosted options
Blogger.com Review – review of blogger.com

By no means is this post the definitive guide to choosing a blog platform or software. I’m sure there are many experiences that the readers of ProBlogger could bring to this topic and I encourage you to share your own advice in comments below. I’ll update this page with what you teach me as I can.

About Darren Rowse
Darren Rowse is the founder and editor of ProBlogger Blog Tips and Digital Photography School. Learn more about him here and connect with him on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
  1. […] Make sure your host meets up to the requirements of the platform you are going to use. I won’t be giving any advice on what platform to use. I took wordpress for 2 reasons. First it is free, and that is the best price for anything. Second, it was very easy to set up on my host. There is a 1 click install button for WordPress on my host. All I needed to do was add plugins and customise to my taste. ProBlogger also has a post dedicated to this. check it out […]

  2. Thanks for this great post. It’s the most comprehensive analysis i have read. What you said is very true. I am using wordpress platform and I am already quite bored with the same few designs. I hope wordpress can add in more though in the future.

    Other than this, the cons of the hosted platform you mention exactly manifest what I am experiencing now. I feel like trapped in a box. By the way, Darren, my blog is at PR4 now, how high PR do you think it can reach if I continue to use the hosted wordpress platform and build good links into it?

    Thanks for your advice,
    Jackie R.

  3. […] Recommended links: What Blogging Tool Do You Use and Why? – user poll about choosing a blogging platform Choosing a Blog Platform – very detailed article about choosing a blog platform Blog software comparison chart […]

  4. My first experiences with a “paid for” blogging application have been excellent so far. I use Quickblog and it’s not bad for $6.00 per month. While the amount of add-ons and plugins are somewhat slim, it’s ease of use and overall features win in the end.

    ACD – site blog: Why this web site uses Godaddy’s Quickblog application

  5. […] I get a lot of questions from people just getting into blogging about which blog platform to choose. I have my own preferences and opinions but try to be objective with my answer. I usually point people to my blogging for beginners post on blog platforms for starters – but I’m aware that even that is skewed by my own experiences of blogging. […]

  6. I run a hip-hop blog that me and few friends started a few months ago (our first blog) and we are experiencing terrible CTR’s, while my blog is seeing nearly 1000 iompressions a day, and I read all your tips to try to increase this and all I can really do is change the color scheme, because it is my understanding typepad only alows you to have ads along your side collums so I have three questions:
    1. Is this true that with Typepad you can only have ads along the collums or is there away to get adsense as a banner across the top or in between posts
    2. Is there any way to do this(if it is possible without knowing CSS
    3. Is there other software that someone could recomend that would allow me more freedom for adsense placement, but is still as easy as typepad. Also it still has to be easy to use daily, set up, and be written to from multiple people all over the world.

    Any Help is GREATLY appreciated I’m still a pretty big rookie… Thanks

  7. […] Blogging platforms – Shop around for blogging platform and choose one which fits your needs. After all you will have to work with this software for a long time to come. […]

  8. Why do u say to use wordpress when they don’t allow u to put ads on ur blog?

  9. […] Darren Rowse, the well known Problogger, has a good article on choosing a blog platform. […]

  10. […] A good ”How To…” article about blogging can be found in ProBlogger. […]

  11. […] Darren Rowse doesn’t give a review but he does help you define your blogging goals before selecting a blogging platform. There is alot to think about when you read through it. […]

  12. hi it is nice and info matic. i think blogger is great idea if you are a starter . i started a simple blog in blogger http://www.sinduram.blogspot.com. it is ok for limited but if u want to unlimited it is better to hosted blog.

  13. Carrie says: 03/20/2007 at 9:37 pm

    Thanks for putting all this great info out there. Which free hosted platforms allow you to put ads on your blog? I started a blog on wordpress.com only to find out they don’t allow that. I have plenty of great content to blog but I also want to see if I can make a little cash before actually spending any on hosting and licences.

  14. Darren

    Thanks for the info here – I used you for a supporting reference in the first article of a series on Political Blogging at mattwardman.com.



  15. Thanks for the info here.

    A heads up that I am attempting some more rigorous analysis using Google/Technorati data as part of a series on political blogging at mattwardman.com.



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  18. […] with paying for a blogging platform with less features than the FREE WordPress. (problogger has a very in-depth post on choosing blogging platforms) So, we’re leaning towards a subdomain – http://www.blog.oursite.com […]

  19. I use Blogger b/c there are no limits to what I can do w/ it. You mentioned you moved to wordpress (a place I recently left for a few reasons but didn’t blog there for long anyway).

    Blogger allows me complete control and customization of the template, plus I can still add widgets, there’s a lot of those available (i.e. SongSpot). When I was on wordpress, I had no control to change my template as I saw fit; if I wanted to I had to pay to do that (i.e. xhtml, css).

    I’m able to ‘advance’ Blogger as technology changes and add tools to it, and whatever I like pretty much, by adding code and it does not stop me from learning (i.e. I don’t have to pay for it). The fact that I’ve been given the choice to learn html, css, etc is fantastic for someone like me who loves research and information and information and more information. I feed on information. Useful, knowledgeable and efficient information of course.

    I found in wordpress I was only allowed to throw in a widget that they had available. I couldn’t add my own code and use another source, I was forced to use whatever they were promoting I suppose. When I’m not “allowed” to learn or make my own choices I get very turned off by that.

    I’ve tested quite a few other blog platforms, but I still love Blogger the best.

  20. […] talked previously about some of the Pros and Cons of Hosted and Standalone blog platforms – but thought it might make an interesting open mic discussion (or […]

  21. I currently host my blog on wordpress – it’s free and easy. In addition for a small fee you can register a domain name and have all the traffic pointed at that. The plan for me is to eventually move off once the added costs of domain hosting can be covered from ad income. Until I build up a reader base, I’m going to stay where I am to keep costs down.

  22. best thing is try free and then move to your own domain.

  23. Plus, Blogger Party is more of a “community” blog rather than a stand alone personal blog, which many people are not interested in for the mere fact that it’s not that easy getting people to read your blogs.

  24. Plus, Blogger Party is more of a “community” blog rather than a stand alone personal blog, which many people are not interested in for the mere fact

  25. thanks free Blogger allows me complete control and customization of the template, plus I can still add widgets

  26. Well I have read manyposts with interest but the main interest I have in Blogging is generating income via Google Adsense.

    My website http://www.homebrewpower.co.uk is aimed at educating people in Green Renewable Energy Production.

    Does anyone out there have any tips on how I would intergrate Adsense further into my website or other tips to make surfers stay around a little longer?

    I Host the site myself and have 20 Gigs of space available plus unlimited traffic allowed plus I use Blogger as my Blogging platform


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  29. Personally I use blogger and I am pretty pleased with it – I have learned a lot since I started to blog.

  30. Christine says: 06/15/2007 at 10:09 am

    Has anyone heard of weebly.com? You can basically create content, layout and template with drag and drop features. I’m not sure if this is considered a “blog” tool per se.

  31. […] made the commitment to writing your own blog, here are seven essential tools—beyond the blogging platform itself (Blogger, TypePad, WordPress, Moveable Type, etc.)—to help promote your business blog and […]

  32. Christine says: 06/19/2007 at 8:22 am

    Hi – I’m going to try to install wordpress again! Does anyone know what are the pros and cons of doing a manual install or using Fantastico to do it?

  33. […] next step is to choose a platform for blogging. this is the software that enables to blog. Once everything is set up, you’ll be able to add […]

  34. even joomla is a good CMS..and a blog software too

  35. Miss E says: 07/09/2007 at 3:33 pm

    I also want to know what the deal is about WordPress — they forbid any kind of advertising. What would I do if I got my own domain name but wanted to use WordPress to maintain the blog? I think a lot of us would like to find out which hosted service allows AdSense and affiliate advertising. Thanks for a great post.

  36. […] more on choosing a blogging platform and selecting a name and domain name for your […]

  37. I fit the category of “new blogger” and bought my domain but have it hosted at blogger.com so that i could use their templates. I’m frustrated that I can’t add a left and a right sidebar for ads, links, picture etc. and also still don’t have a google page rank (not sure if this has anything to do with the fact blogger hosts it). Is it possible to use wordpress or something like it to set up my layout, and still use blogger.com to host? is there another host i could move to with better customizable layouts? and would moving there hurt my rankings if i kept the same domain name (since i own it)?

    Thanks – what i have read here has definitely been helpful.

  38. It will give good idea about which blog platform is right fr you..

  39. One month ago when I decided to start a blogsite, I was such a beginner. I came to this “blogging for beginners” – almost the first blog site I have ever visited in my life as well (funny, I decided to start a blog, without even having visited one). Per your suggestion, in the end, I decided to just use WordPress provided by my hosting company. I just chose whatever domain name to see what happens. Now, I think I got it, at least how the blog platform works and what you can do in the blogging world. I just want to thank you for your very helpful guidance!!

  40. Thomas Fisher says: 08/01/2007 at 3:58 am

    I want to point you to the fact that blogger.com lets you use your own domain name.


  41. Darren I would just like to thank you for all the help this site has provided me with. I’ve been coming back to this site fairly often to read your new posts as well as read through the “beginner’s” section thoroughly. I am new to the blogging world and after rushing and making a few blogs I think I have found what I was looking for in not only a blog platform, but as a topic for my blog. Again i wanted to say thank you for your insight and this amazing site.

  42. Darren,

    I’m interested in starting a blog, but my blog idea requires me to be able to use photographs, as well as video and text. Is there any platform that you know of that will allow me to do this?

    I have found your information and links very useful in my blog research, most especially the beginners section! Thank you so very much!

  43. Dave Keays says: 10/01/2007 at 11:37 am

    Unless you want something really simple or already have PHP and MySQL skills I would stay away from Drupal. The documentation is spotty so you need to be able to read the core modules and sometimes create SQL tables yourself.

    This blog mentions the problems with trying to use Drupal in the wrong situations:

    Like the article said, Drupal CAN BE dangerous.

  44. I love WordPress a lot. It has a great support and plugins from the society

  45. my favorite is wordpress but when i have a lot of traffic my server is very very busy :( i will try other platforms.

  46. Interesting and useful post. What about VOX owned by Six Apart? Also, please, if you haven’t, explore the issue of ‘accessible’ blogging sites. My husband is blind, uses JAWS, and he would like to blog. We would like to know what blogging sites are most accessible to his screen reading software. I use VOX but it is not accessible to him; we tried.

  47. Hi

    I already have a website but i want to incorporate a blog, is it possible to use the blogging platforms as part of your website or not? If so, which ones would be recommended regardless of cost?


  48. What would you guys recommend for starting a blog network?

  49. I really enjoyed your page.
    It’s vonderful.

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