Choosing the right blogging platform is just as important as understanding what a blog is, answering the question about why you should blog, and even your blogging persona, because you eventually have to use one!
In fact, choosing the right one could mean the difference between becoming a successful casual blogger, a TentBlogger, and even a Professional Blogger (if that’s your aim), and separate you from the ocean of mediocre ones.
But where do you start? Well, they say that knowledge is power and it’s best that you have as much of it as possible! So, I decided to create a list of the all of the blogging platforms and software that exist out there and let you take a gander!
Currently I have over 100 different platforms listed! As you peruse them please note the following things:
- This list is by no means complete. I’m sure I’m missing a few.
- A few of these might be considered more on the side of a Content Management System (CMS) but they are listed because they have a great blogging component to them.
- Some are free and some you have to pay for. Do your research!
- Some require zero technical knowledge to get started while others require a lot!
- With some of them you can start blogging in minutes while some of them require a little bit more setup and installation time.
- Some of these are a part of a social networking application and web service (a’la Facebook, MySpace, Ning, etc.) while most of them are just blogs.
- Some of these are closer to microblogs and are used for microblogging while others might be more suited for video blogging or vlogging.
Remember that choosing the right blogging platform is a personal decision as well as a strategic business one, and the person who ultimately should decide is you! Make sure that whatever blog software you use meets as many of your needs as possible (do you know what you need?).
In fact, I use WordPress and loved it if you’re curious to know).
So, without further ado, here’s the ever-growing list of blogging software and platforms. Please let me know if I’m missing one!
Please note that there is a free version called WordPress.com and a self-hosted solution called WordPress.org where you can download the application yourself, install it, and use it on your own server. We use the latter.
Blogger is simple to use and is also a very popular choice.
8. Movable Type
11. Open Diary
12. Live Journal
14. Dead Journal
24. PHP Nuke
25. Windows Live Spaces
Please note that they are moving to WordPress instead!
38. Open Salon
40. Blog CMS
42. Nucleus CMS
51. Open Blog
67. Project Picky
70. Django Tech Blog
77. Bricolage CMS
82. Super Simple Blog
92. Insane Journal
102. Google Sites
110. Apple’s Mobile Me
112. Blog Engine
114. Microsoft Sharepoint
GitWrite is the blogging software for nerds. Sweet!
Toto is a seriously-small blogging engine. Yikes! Looks sweet.
Whew! That took a while.
Do you have any others that you’re using? Did you roll your own?
What platform are you using?