Best Blogging Software – This One is the Best Choice For Sure
Many novice bloggers are faced with the difficult task of picking the proper platform for their aspirations, and if you do not know the terrain – this can often times be a daunting decision. The good news is this: If you peel away the technical jargon, and the layers of options you seemingly have to choose from, the choice really comes down to one or two key distinctions. Do you choose a hosted blogging environment, or a self hosted? Let's take a quick look at the differences between them, and see if we can not make you decision a tad easier in the process.
A hosted blogging solution typically reflects to a blog that you set up on the server platform owned and run by the blogging software provider you are using. For example, Blogger is a very popular software for bloggers, and your blog would be set and hosted by Google, the owner of the platform. Other examples of this type of arrangement would be Type-Pad, which is owned My Six Apart, or Square Space, another popular but smaller blogging software system. (WordPress also has a hosted option, but I do not recommend you go that route as described in the following section) The advantages of hosted providers is, they provide the hosting for you, and your blog is easily easily customized with very user friendly , intuitive interfaces. In the case of Blogger, it's also totally free across the board .. 🙂
A self hosted blog would be something like the WordPress platform, where you install this software on YOUR own server. Typically this would require you rent a small amount of server space on a shared plan with a major hosting provider. This is also very inexpensive (typically less than $ 70 or $ 80 dollars per year) and WordPress itself is free.
I recommend everyone I work with get a self hosted blog. Why? It's quite simple. WordPress is in my opinion a far superior option to the others. Plus, you have control. In a hosted environment, you are sort of stuck with the options, features and of course, the very PLATFORM that you are paying for, which can be limiting. Also – the domain you would typically be using is one that is owned by, or routed through the hosting provider, which means that if you GROW big, you are again, kind of stuck to having to stay with that particular company. The best move is simply pay the 9 dollars for your own domain, install WordPress on your OWN server, and come and go as you please!
There are some additional nuances … but, by and large, the key is to worry LESS about the platform, and MORE about creating good content, and you will be on your way in no time, I promise!