If you are a beginner in blogging and not sure which is the best blogging platform for you, this article can provide some essential tips in choosing the right platform. There are many self-hosted blogging platforms like WordPress, Blogger, MovableType, Joomla, Drpual and lot more which can be helpful in hosting your blog or website.
As you all might know WordPress is the most popular content management system and self-hosted blogging platforms which host millions of blogs created by users around the world. There are two versions of blogging available in WordPress which includes the hosted (WordPress.com) and self-hosted (wordpress.org) website and more than seventy percent of the users prefer self-hosted WordPress for hosting their blogs.
WordPress is very user-friendly with abundant features including custom themes, layouts, plenty of widgets and plugins to customize the appearance of your blogs. Also it provides excellent support through forums and communities which is not offered by any other hosting platforms. WordPress is also search engine friendly and gets very good ranking among popular search engines like Google and Bing.
Developed by a company named Six Apart in the year 2001, Movable Type is a weblog publishing system which acts both as Self hosted and hosted blogging platform. MovableType is very powerful self-hosted blogging platform with excellent content management system which allows you to create beautiful blogs and websites.
Movable type offers both free hosting for non-developers through movabletype.com and paid hosting through movabletype.org which is for developers. It provides range of Plugins, code sanitization, integration with social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, custom themes etc.
Joomla is a reputed self-hosted blogging platform and open-source CMS (Content Management System) distributed under GNU General Public license. It is used by millions of web masters for hosting their E-commerce websites and blogs. Joomla is based on PHP (Pre-Hypertext processing) that makes use of OOPS (Object-oriented Programming) technique and advanced database algorithms for storing data in MySQL database.
It includes advances features such as RSS feeds, search engine support, polls, blogs, news flashes, page caching, Language internationalization etc. There has been more than 30 million download of Joomla so far and it has more than six thousand free extensions in Joomla Extension directory. Joomla is the most downloaded and used content management system and self-hosted blogging platform, next to WordPress. There are plenty of Joomla Templates which can be customized with multiple fonts, design and layouts to alter the appearance of your website. You can also get all the technical support through Joomla community and forums where plenty of active web masters discuss about latest Joomla extensions apart from other tips and tricks.
Drupal is also a popular CMS and Self hosted blogging platform with abundant features for blogging purpose. Drupal is very user-friendly and has collection of pre-configured modules and custom themes which are known as Drupal Distributions and can be used for kick-starting your E-commerce website design.
Drupal allows users to design their own online communities, stores and media portal. Drupal is also based on PHP technology and powers at least 2.1 percent of the websites which are active currently in the web. It has all the features of CMS includes RSS feeds, system administrations, customization of page layouts, user account registration etc.
It is a popular Self hosted blogging platform and modular CMS developed by Ellislab. The latest version available online is 2.5.5 and one of the important advantages of this platform is that you don’t require any advanced web design or programming knowledge for creating your website through Expression Engine.
It will adopt it’s template syntax and is very user-friendly for beginners. Though free version is available for non-profit websites, commercial websites require a license which starts from 99.99 dollars for single freelancer website while commercial license costs 299.95 dollars. It has all the important features for hosting platform including cPanel, custom templates and layouts, fonts, multiple language support, RSS feeds, social media integration, custom plugins etc.
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