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How to Pick the Best Blogging Platform in 2021

Are you ready to start your blog but you're stuck at what blogging platform

to use? Well keep watching in this video I'll walk you through how to pick the

best blogging platform for your blog and we'll cover nine different blogging

platforms so you can get a better idea of which one is best for you. When you're

looking to pick a blogging platform to start these are some of the things that

you want to be thinking about when choosing the blogging platform. The

biggest thing is you want to make sure that it's easy to use for you and that

it's beginner friendly. You don't want to have to know a lot of technical things

to get started. You also want to make sure that it's feature-rich or that

their features are available for what you want your blog to do and then do you

have room to grow? Both in terms of the features that you need and the

functionality but also you may not be thinking about earning money yet but if

you want to make it earn money in the future is there ability for you to add

things like advertisements on your site, affiliate marketing, and things like that.

So having all of those things in mind let's start looking at the different

platforms that you can use for your website. First one we'll talk about is

WordPress.org. This is the open source software that means it's free for you to

use and it's also free for you to contribute. Now, WordPress.org is

different than WordPress.com and you've probably heard many people say just get

a WordPress site up and we'll talk about WordPress.com in a minute. Many of the

pros for WordPress.org are that you have maximum control over your site. No one

will be able to shut down your site because you're not following whatever

their rules are. The next thing are the most robust features out there

anything that you think you want to do with your blog to take it to the next

level whether it be adding features like a forum, membership site, ecommerce if you

wanted to that's all available to you by using the WordPress.org platform. There

are thousands on thousands of plugins, these are the things that help you make

your site do what you want it to do by adding the extra functionality.

They're also thousands of themes both free and paid to make your blog look

exactly how you want it to look. Now coming with that maximum control over

your site some of the cons are that you are tasked with maintaining your blog

yourself and that means you must update your site and keep all the plugins and

themes updated and you'll also be tasked with making

backups of your site. Now if you do it right a lot of times the hosting

provider that you work with can help you with some of these items so the price

for using WordPress, as I said before, the actual software itself is free but

you have to have a server to post this on and the server or the hosting company

that you get the server from they'll actually charge a fee and depending on which

hosting company you go with, that can range in price and but the average range

is about $12.99 a month. But as a WPBeginner visitor you can get it for as

low as $2.75 a month through Bluehost and we'll have a link down in the

description below for you to get that discount. With that you'll also get the

free SSL certificate for your site, that secures your site for visitors

and you would also get a free domain registration. Normally domain

registrations if you don't go with that is usually about fourteen dollars a year

to renew your www.mysite.com, that's your domain name. The next one we'll look at

is Wix and some of the pros of Wix is that it's a fully hosted platform

meaning you just go and sign up. They have many templates to choose from

to get up and running quickly, they have built-in functionality for you to get

started, but some of the cons are it shows Wix

branding, there's a free version of it but it shows Wix branding unless you pay

for a higher tier. Another thing is they'll show ads on the site but you

don't get those ad revenues they will get the ad revenue for that and also

moving can be difficult it's actually one of the more difficult sites to move

if later on you've decided you want to host your blog somewhere else it's very

difficult to move it off of Wix. The price range is free. For the free tier

you get basically your site with the Wix branding in the URL.

If you want to pay for then the range is between nine and twenty six dollars a

month and earlier I talked about WordPress.org and now we're gonna

discuss WordPpress.com. So WordPress.com is using the same software as

wordpress.org but they're hosting it and their housing it on their own servers

and you're simply paying them to do it all. So some of the pros for this are

there's no setup required you simply log in start paying and you're ready to go.

It's also you really easy to use and manage. Now the cons for this is you do

have limited functionality for your blog, it also means that you can't run ads on

your blog and you don't own your blogs. If you do something on your site or write

about something that they don't agree with they can shut your blog down and

whatever traffic or whatever visitors you've built up you've lost that. The

price structure for this is it's free for the bottom tier where you could be

your site.WordPress.com. You can get custom domain names and the range for

the paid tier is between four and eight dollars a month. The next Blogging

platform let's talk about Blogger. So Blogger is owned by Google, Blogger was

acquired by Google in 2013 and is offered up to people to use as a

blogging platform and some of the pros are that it's free. It's completely free

to log in and use as you want it's pretty easy to use and it's a Google

product so it's secure and reliable you know that the security of it is pretty

high up there. Some of the cons to it are you have limited features, it's not their

main source of income, nor is it their main focus and so you have limited

features. Also they can also suspend your account any time if you write about

something that they don't agree with so again you don't own your information or

your blog. Other things that they can just simply shut down the whole service

so if one day they decide they don't want to deal with Blogger anymore then,

then that's a real possibility. As I said blogger is free to use. The next blogging

platform that you can look at is Tumblr. Tumblr is a micro blogging service, it's

really geared towards like sharing images and videos and cat pictures and

things like that but a lot of people really enjoy using tumblr for this and

obviously some of the pros are that it is free and easy to use and get set up.

It is integrated with social media so it's a lot easier to share things

through there. It's a real easy platform to blog videos or images audio as well.

Some of the cons for Tumblr are limited features, difficult to migrate the blog

if you ever want to move away to a different platform that's very difficult

to do. The cost for Tumblr is that it's free

and it's usually yoursite.tumblr.com or if you want to add a custom domain

then there will be a cost for that. The next platform we'll talk about is Medium

Medium launched in 2012 and is is geared more towards

strictly writing and blogging and very little networking capabilities with it

and some of the pros are that it's free and easy to use.

With Medium you can reach an existing community online since Medium shares

your articles with people who have similar interests to what you're writing

about. It allows you to focus solely on writing and that's simply because

there's no themes involved in it at all. Now some of the cons on the flip side of

those pros and the fact that there are limited features, you're not really going

to set up, you can't set up an ecommerce, site you can't set up your own forum and

things like that. Next its Medium's audience and not yours so yes they can send you some

traffic but if you ever wanted to do anything with those, that audience it's

not really your traffic they're not coming to your site to read about your

stuff. Also you can't run ads and you can't set up you commerce site things

like that so if you're wanting to make money then this being your sole place of

blogging is not going to be great for that. It is free to use although they are

doing kind of a paywall for readers where people have to pay to continue to

read and there will be some interesting changes over the next couple of years to

see how this changes over the, over the months to come. So the next one let's

talk about Squarespace. Squarespace is a great blogging platform and it's using

great easy to use drag-and-drop features. Most of the people that they're looking

for are more like small businesses to create an online presence so that's

their main focus of their people. Some of the pros for Squarespace are that it's

very easy for beginners it's great drag and drop feature, beautifully

professionally designed templates for you to use, and a lot of people really

like that. You can also add an ecommerce set up if you want. Cons are that it is a

proprietary platform and so the features are pretty limited it's just based on

what they're pushing out so if you wanted something different then you

might not get the feature that you want for your site.

There are also limited integrations since it's a proprietary platform

there's not too many third-party developers who can create something to

integrate with your website and the personal plan it's pretty limited you

only get 20 pages for your personal plan you do get your blog and then you only

get two contributors. The price structure for

this is it can range from $12.99 a month to $18 a month depending on if you pay

upfront or not and then if you wanted to add an ecommerce then it bumps it up to

$26 to $40 a month as well. And you have to purchase your domain name separately

The next one is Ghost it's a minimalist blogging platform and

they've really pared down on all the features that they offer so that people

just focus on writing and that's actually one of the biggest pros for

that is you're only focusing on your writing and your blogging. It's also very

clean and clutter-free and it's fast because it's built on JavaScript so it's

fast. If you go with their hosting version then there's no setup that you

have to worry about. Some of the things to consider is it's not easy to

customize with apps because of the limited features. there's limited

integrations as well as limited themes, if you're trying to do the self

installation it's complicated and not very easy to do. The price structure for

this is it's $7.99 a month and you also pay $14.99 a year for a domain name. If

you let them post it for you then it's $19 a month for one blog and you get a

limit of 25,000 page views and finally we'll talk about Weebly. Weebly is

another blogging platform that hosts everything for you and they have a great

clean drag-and-drop feature for you to get up and running. Some of the pros are

it's fully hosted, the drag-and-drop design for you you're able to test

features on a free plan to see if that works for you and if you want to go up

to a different tier. Some of the cons for Weebly are that they have limited

features, like with Squarespace they have limited third-party integrations, and

migrating the site is quite difficult if you ever decide to move to a different

platform. Now if you ever are on Weebly and you want to migrate to WordPress we

have created a Weebly to WordPress migration tool and I'll link to that in

the description below for you. The price for Weebly is it's free tier if it's

yoursite.Weebly.com. Other than that it's as much as eight dollars a month if

you're billed annually with limited features and then it can go up to $49 a

month if you want to unlock all of the features that they have and you have to

buy the domain separately. Now obviously for us we always think that

WordPress.org is the best one to do and we think the combination of

WordPress.org and Bluehost is your best option when just

getting started. If you're wanting to take your blog seriously and you're

wanting to eventually grow this into a money-making venture then WordPress.org

is the best place to start and the beauty of WordPress.org installation is

you can start as simply as you need to and then as you grow, as your needs grow

it can grow with you and if you're ready to make that choice then go ahead and

click on the next video in this playlist where I walk you through step by step on

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