Starting a Blog in 2018: How to Choose the Best Platform

This post is for all the aspiring bloggers that want to spread their message into 2018 and beyond. Starting a blog is a decision that you shouldn’t take lightly. As a blogger, you’ll need to provide your audience with top-quality content that keeps them coming back for more.

However, before you rush off to plan your first post, you’ll need to find a platform to display your work and build an audience. Selecting the best blog platform for your content is a perilous choice, what if you make the wrong decision and start your blog on an inferior platform?

We decided to help you with your decision and take the effort out of researching the best blogging platforms available. Here are the top 5 platforms for blogging, read through them and decide which one suits your writing and publishing skills.

 

 

The Characteristics of a Perfect Blogging Platform

Before we get into the list of the top 5 blogging platforms, it helps to know what you’ll need to get started in your writing career. As a beginner, you’ll need a platform that doesn’t require any coding skill or technical expertise. Your blog should be easy to set up and install, with minimal hassle.

Any of these blogging platforms are an excellent choice for your first blog, check them out and get busy building your blog!

 

  1. WordPress

The most popular free blogging platform available. WordPress makes it simple to install your website, select a theme, and add plug-ins. Before you know it, you’ll be ready to write and publish your first post! WordPress is incredibly simple to use and maintain, with your dashboard giving you access to all of your pages and libraries in one window.

WordPress charges for custom templates and themes. However, the cost is minimal, and the rewards are well worth it. If you’re looking for an inexpensive, user-friendly platform, WordPress is the answer.

What’s stopping you? Start your WordPress blog website and publish your first post today!

 

  1. Wix

Following hot on the heels of WordPress as the most popular free platform available to bloggers is Wix. The company claims it is the only platform offering drag-and-drop systems based on HTML5. Your blog comes with top-level hosting and over 500 custom designer templates.

The premium package has plenty of smart apps and features like access to Google Analytics, an online store, as well as your own domain. The platform offers bloggers 500MB storage and 1GB bandwidth with a free account. The platform also features various upgrades for a minimal fee.

 

  1. Medium

Founded by the creators of the social media app, Twitter, Medium was initially set up as a space for people that want to share “long-form” posts or tweets.

Medium is a free blogging platform set up by Twitter’s founders. The best thing about using Medium is the sheer volume of daily visitors to the site and their ability to leave you “claps” as a reward for an excellent post. Medium is all about providing a platform for engagement, so it’s well worth looking into considering the vial nature of today’s content.

 

  1. Blogger

Possibly the longest-running blog platform on the internet, blogger offers instant access and quick installation times by linking to your Google account. The process allows you to set up a blog in seconds, and then customize it using themes.

The only place where Blogger fails is the fact that Google owns it, and that company is well-known for its ability to render applications useless overnight, proceed with caution.

 

  1. Yola

Getting into the second half of the list, Yola offers a free plan to bloggers that include two websites and three pages, with a generous 1GB of storage and bandwidth. As a bonus, your site won’t be littered with third-party ads while you’re using the free service.

Get started with one of the hundreds of customizable templates and a straightforward process of building your site. The platform offers drag-and-drop widgets and flexible layouts with the functionality to edit your CSS to fine-tune the look of your site.

 

A Final Word on Hosting

As a beginner blogger, it’s okay to rely on free hosting for your needs. However, as your audience grows, you’ll want to monetize the traffic visiting your site. A self-hosted WordPress blog allows you to monetize the site using AdSense advertisements.

It’s a small capital investment, but less than a cup of coffee, so start things right and go self-hosted as soon as you can.

 

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