Writing a blog can help establish your expertise, inform your customers, and drive traffic to your website. But before you start writing, you’ll have to choose a platform to fit your needs.
Here is a list of platforms for blogging. There are full content management systems for large blogs, streamlined applications for easy blogging, and tools seeking to redefine “the blog.” Many of these platforms are open source and can be customized. Most offer a free plan.
26 Blogging Platforms
WordPress. WordPress is a free open-source blogging tool and content management system, built on PHP and MySQL. WordPress powers more than 60 million websites. Download WordPress, along with thousands of plugins, widgets and themes, from WordPress.org. You can also use WordPress.com to get started quickly with a free, hosted version. Price: WordPress.com Beginner plan is free. Business plan is $299 per year for unlimited space, premium themes, a custom site address, and no ads.
Squarespace. Squarespace lets you easily create a professional blog with ecommerce functionality. Easily add a store to your website and instantly accept payments for physical and digital products. Every annual account receives a free custom domain. Price: Plans start at $8 per month. Business plan is $24 per month to sell unlimited products.
Movable Type. Movable Type is a publishing solution for the creation and management of web content. It features an advanced dashboard to manage workflow, engagement tools like profile management and user recommendations, self-service support features, and much more. Price: $595 for five user license.
Textpattern. Textpattern is a free open-source system to easily create, edit and publish content. Control all aspects of XHTML and CSS from the admin interface. Easily extend Textpattern with hundreds of available plugins. Textpattern has an active support community, and it’s available in over 40 languages. Price: Free.
Typepad. Typepad is an established blog platform that features analytics, a theme builder, and customizable themes. Typepad doesn’t have the flexibility of WordPress, but it provides a simple solution to get your blog up and running. Plus, marketing guru Seth Godin is on Typepad. Price: Plans start at $8.95 per month.
Blogger. Blogger is Google’s free platform for blogging. It requires only a Google account to get started. Choose from a variety of templates and easily customize. Add Google tools, like a +1 button, Google Translate, or even AdSense ads. Blogger does not have the features or customization as some other platforms, but it’s a good, simple platform to get started. Price: Free.
Scriptogr.am. Scriptogr.am is a tool for generating simple, elegant, static weblogs by reading Markdown files stored in your Dropbox folder. Publishing is as easy as hitting the “Synchronize” button in the Scriptogr.am dashboard. If you use a Scriptogr.am-partnered app, you can publish right from your writing environment. Choose a template for the theme directory, or use your own. Price: Free.
Tumblr. Owned by Yahoo, Tumblr combines micro-blogging and social media. Tell your story through pictures, animation, text, music, video, and more. Tumblr features free custom domains and hundreds of free and premium themes. Price: Free.
Posthaven. Posthaven is a long-term project that aims to create the world’s best blogging platform and stay that way. It’s a simple and modern blog platform that promises ease-of-use and a self-sustaining business model. Price: Posthaven is $5 per month, forever.
Pen.io. Pen.io allows anyone to publish a blog post or article in seconds, without creating an account, registering a domain, or paying for hosting, Just enter a URL, then write and hit save to publish. Pen.io doesn’t store email addresses or personal information. Price: Free.
Weebly. Weebly is an easy and affordable way to create a site. Start a blog, site, or online store. Weebly features a drag-and-drop interface that helps you build blog content quickly and easily. Weebly also provides free blog templates and hosting. Blog templates can be fully customized and altered to fit your goals. Price: Basic plan is free; premium plans start at $4 per month.
Postagon. Postagon is a blogging platform that’s simple and clean. It’s equipped with just the essentials for a pure reading and writing experience that will make your words shine. Features include smart commenting system, custom domain names, email alerts for your readers, RSS feeds, ad-free, and more. Price: $4.99 per month.
Postach.io. Postach.io lets you blog using your Evernote account. To create a post, simply open up Evernote on your desktop or mobile, create a note in your Postach.io notebook, tag it “published,” and then sync Evernote. Posts can also be written with Markdown or HTML. Postach.io integrates with Dropbox, Disqus for commenting, and Google Analytics. Price: Free. Premium plan is $5 per month for multiple sites, secure sites, and multiple authors.
Roon. Roon is a clean and easy blogging platform, with web, iOS and Mac apps all focused on the writing experience. Maintain multiple blogs with your one user account. Write in Markdown or in Rich Text mode, or switch modes at anytime. Roon offers premium add-ons for custom domains, custom analytics, and more. Price: Free. See site for add-ons pricing.
Medium. Medium is a place to share stories and ideas. It’s a simple and collaborative platform, designed to help you find your audience. At the heart of Medium is the idea that people create better things together. Medium makes it easy to get help before you hit the “Publish” button. These same tools let readers engage by offering feedback and ideas in context (with the author always in charge of what gets seen publicly). Price: Free.
Wardrobe. Wardrobe is a minimalistic blogging application, keeping the administration as simple as possible with the primary focus on writing. Write posts and schedule the time and date you want them to appear. Wardrobe allows you to tag posts for categorization and for grouping. Wardrobe utilizes a simple theming system to integrate almost any design. Price: Free.
Ghost. Ghost is an open-source platform dedicated to publishing. It features a simple Ghost Editor interface and a marketplace of themes. Bloggers write in Markdown and preview while writing. Ghost is easy and elegant. Price: Ghost software is free. Hosted plans start at $5 per month for 1 blog and 10,000 views.
Jekyll. Jekyll is a simple, blog-aware, static site generator. It takes a template directory containing raw text files in various formats, runs it through Markdown and Liquid converters, and spits out a ready-to-publish static website suitable for serving with your favorite web server. Jekyll also happens to be the engine behind GitHub Pages, which means you can use Jekyll to host your project’s page, blog, or website from GitHub’s servers for free. Price: Free.
Sett. Sett is a blog platform that seeks “high engagement blogging” for bloggers. Sett focuses on getting its blogs read by other Sett readers, reading similar articles across its network. It claims blogs average 98 percent more comments after switching to Sett. Price: Free.
Hexo. Hexo is a fast, simple, and powerful blog framework, powered by Node.js. All features of GitHub flavored Markdown are supported. Hexo has a wide variety of plugins and themes created by an active community. Price: Free.
Dropplets. Dropplets seeks to provide an easier way to blog. Dropplets focuses on design, typography, and usability. Compose offline using Markdown, then simply upload to publish. Dropplets ships with one free template, activated by default on installation. If you’re looking for more, you can purchase any one of the premium templates from the Dropplets marketplace. Price: Free.
Silvrback. Silvrback is a platform that promises lean, beautiful, and distraction-free blogging. It provides two user-interface schemes: Alpha Gorilla and Classic Silvrback. Each scheme changes both your front-end blog and the back-end editing platform. Silvrback offers a sleek and minimal admin, color customization, email subscriptions, video and iframe embeds, and more. Price: $29.99 per year.
Pressmatica. Pressmatica is a minimal and easy platform designed specifically for individuals. There are no advanced options. It has a simple and intuitive interface. Pressmatica purposely avoids features common to blogging platforms so that it remains streamlined. Price: Free.
Jux. Jux is a platform to showcase your content with clean, full-screen impact. It offers six templates to share words, photos and videos with ease. Rather than conventional blogging, Jux gives you a modern feel, ideal for a visual message. Price: Free.
Svbtle. Svbtle is an extremely simple platform for blogging. Svbtle’s dashboard encourages you to dump ideas, links, and thoughts into a flow of draft posts, and then makes it easy to slowly sculpt those ideas into publishable articles. Svbtle’s writing interface was designed to get out of the way and let you focus on writing. Currently, signup is closed as Svbtle prepares to launch its next version.