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Which Platform Should I Use To Create A Successful Blog?

Mar 23, 2018

“Which platform should I use to create a successful blog” is one of the most asked questions I get.

So I’m giving you the scoop!

 

When choosing a blog platform consider these things:

  1. How acquainted with coding are you? 
  2. What is your blogging budget?
  3. Will you be committed to this blog for years to come?

 

Now that you’ve considered the above questions, check out my previous post: “Why You Should Start A Blog”

 

Okay, let’s continue…

 

Personally, I love WordPress, but I’ve spoken with other bloggers who swear by a different platform.

So I thought I’d give you the complete run-down to see which option works best for you!

 

Blog Platform Options: 

 

Squarespace:

  • User-friendly. This makes for a great reader experience, and helps you out if you don’t have any coding knowledge!
  • Customizable interface. You can design part of the site yourself without coding (like headers and buttons)!
  • Best statistic tracking with built in options. This allows you to see where your readers are coming from!
  • Price ranges from $12-$36 a month! Get started here.

 

Tumblr:

  • Great if you already have a Tumblr account. Your community will be able to follow and reblog all of your posts!
  • Visually appealing. Aesthetically pleasing. Great for bloggers wanting to incorporate media inside of their blog posts!
  • It’s free. Although you can upgrade to other templates if you prefer something a little bit more you (between $9-$49)!
  • Kate Spade and other fashion brands use this platform. If fashion is your niche, this might be a great fit! Get started here.

Blogger:

  • Pre-designed themes make it very easy to set up.
  • Great if you think you might change your mind when it comes to your blog in the future.
  • It’s full of other new bloggers so you will have instant community.
  • It’s free. If you want to modify your theme at all, you will need a bit of HTML knowledge. Get started here.

WordPress:

  • Multiple users can log in as administrators or editors. This is great when you reach the point of needing a team!
  • Combines seamlessly with HTML or CSS for complete customization. This means you can have a site that’s literally one of a kind!
  • Scaleable and adaptable. This is perfect if you are committed to making your blog a success!
  • Price depends on hosting, themes, and plug-ins but the software is free. Get started here.

 

Wix:

  • User friendly. The reader will have a pleasant experience every time on your blog.
  • Drag and drop features for an all inclusive design. This makes it a dream for set up and installation.
  • If you’re planning to sell products through an online shop, I would not recommend Wix. This is great for bloggers only though!
  • Lack advanced tools. If you ever want to switch platforms because you’re growing a bigger audience, it’s a massive pain. Get started here.

 

 

I understand that choosing a platform seems overwhelming, but don’t let it get you down!

 

Truly, any of these would work for you, but WordPress will always be my favorite. 🙂

I do use a bit of HTML and CSS when need be and I’ve hired a designer to work on my E-commerce site, but I did everything by myself for the first year and slowly progressed from there.

 

Do what makes sense for your budget, your time, and your style.

 

Remember, this should be a fun experience! Let me know if you have any questions! 

 

Mar 23, 2018 | For Bloggers
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