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10 platforms to start a blog

A blog is a personal website that presents information diary-like. Whether you're talking about travelling, cooking, family stuff or music, the principle remains the same: you publish news, links to other blogs or websites, pictures or writings through a publication tool allowing you to manage the layout of your content.

Most of the time, a blog will offer you several opportunities to interact with your readers, like leaving comments.

It is easy to create a blog given the number of tools and platforms that exist today. It is therefore important to ask yourself a few questions if you want to make the right choice. Do you want an all-in-one solution or are you ready to host the publishing platform yourself? Do you agree to pay to access some advanced features? Are you more interested in publishing pictures, texts or videos? Do you have specific design goals you want to achieve?

Let's see what platforms are available to answer all these questions ...

Which platform to choose for your blog?


Wordpress.org

By far, the most well-known platform in the blogging industry! Used for personal and for corporate blogs, Wordpress offers a downloadable version that requires a PHP / MySQL compliant server.

With a countless range of themes and extensions, Wordpress is a flexible and powerful solution, with almost no limits in what it allows you to do. But it requires a serious investment of time and/or money which can be a bit frightening for beginners.

Wordpress.com

WordPress.com is a commercial platform that allows you to create a free blog with an address ending in .wordpress.com.

While many themes are available for free, free features are relatively limited: little or no extensions, free storage limited to 3GB etc.

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Blogger

Created in 1999 and acquired by Google in 2003, Blogger is a turnkey hosted blog service well integrated into the Google products and services family. 

If Blogger allows you to choose a layout and a default theme, its interface is not user-friendly and the available designs are a bit outdated. But if you are willing to put your hands in the code, Blogger will let you customize your blog for free.
 

Ghost

Founded in April 2013 following a successful Kickstarter campaign, Ghost presents itself as a new platform focused solely on professional publishing. Their mission is to create the best open source tools for independent journalists and writers around the world and to have a real impact on the future of online media.

Like Wordpress, it is possible to download Ghost to install it on a server but a hosted and paid formula is also available. Ghost offers a catalogue of free or paid themes and its handling is relatively simple.

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Wix

Originally an HTML5 website editor, Wix has gradually expanded its offer to include the possibility of creating hosted websites and blogs.

With its SEO tools, its gallery of customizable themes and the recent launch of a "smart" site editor (ADI), Wix is now a tool to create modern, easy-to-update websites. It will, however, cost you a few dollars per month to use your own custom domain and if you choose the first paid plans, you'll have to deal with Wix ads on your own pages.
 

Weebly

As a direct competitor of Wix and one of the first successful examples of the Saas model (Software-as-a-Service), Weebly is an established platform for creating and managing online presence (websites, blogs or online shops) on the principle of drag-and-drop.

Weebly is available for free but it will cost you $10 per month to connect your custom domain and no longer display Weebly ads on your pages.
 

Drupal

Drupal is a free and open source content management system (CMS) that requires dealing with web hosting. With a catalogue of 2.000 free themes and 34.000 extensions, Drupal is usable as is but is also widely customizable provided you have strong knowledge in PHP.
 

Joomla

Joomla! is a free and open source content management system. It is written in PHP and uses a MySQL database. With 1.000 free themes and more than 7.000 extensions, Joomla! includes features like RSS feeds, creating blogs and surveys, making it a good platform for those wishing to build a community network.

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Tumblr

Created in 2007 and acquired by Yahoo in 2013, Tumblr is a micro-blogging platform that focuses on shorter publications than in classic blogs, whether short texts, images or videos.

If the purpose of micro-blogging is to distribute information more frequently by limiting itself to a short format, Tumblr relies mainly on re blogging. Tumblr content can continuously be blogged and re blogged, which makes the source of a content hardly identifiable.

With many free or paid themes, Tumblr allows you to access and modify the entire code of a theme. You can also connect your custom domain for free for any other purpose.
 

Medium

Created in 2012 by Evan Williams (Twitter) and Biz Stone (Blogger), Medium is a blogging platform that offers a minimalist "wysiwyg" (what you see is what you get) blogging interface, as well as discovery, sharing and recommendation features. Medium aims to offer more visibility to blog articles, independently of their author's notoriety, to overcome the inherent difficulty of bloggers to find a readership.

A new blogging platform, simple and intuitive

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Created in 2015 in Montreal, tyl.io is an all-in-one web solution which allows anybody to create unlimited websites, blogs, and landing pages.

By building AI-powered technology to simplify and automate the process of publishing web pages, tyl.io is rethinking online publishing. With its patent-pending "reactive" technology, tyl.io is evolving from traditional template-based Web page creation to a simpler, non-restrictive, user-centered and basically more enjoyable process.

It is a platform for those who don't have time to waste in learning supposedly-easy-but-totally-complex tools. Because everybody could appreciate creating blogs, websites and landing pages the same way they post something on social networks.

tyl.io aims for the fun of social networks, the power and beauty of the Web, and no monetary barriers. Which means tyl.io really is, and forever will remain, free. No ads.

Launching a website, maintaining a blog, existing on the Web to grow an audience, or simply sharing holiday memories ... you can do it all, without any technical skills.

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