I just read a great little article over at TomMcFarlin about the variety of blogging or content management platforms available and how they compare to each other.
Being primarily a WordPress developer, I’m always interested in what the competitors are offering, and I often get questions about why WordPress is my platform of choice.
My response is usually a combination of:
- a consistent, easy-to-use interface for the end-user,
- endlessly customizable themes,
- excellent SEO capabilities,
- and a massive, open-source community for support and longevity
But how does WordPress compare with some of the other major blogging platforms? Blogger and Tumblr are both free and popular services, so why not focus there? Can’t customize those enough? How about SquareSpace or TypePad?
Here are a few summaries from the article I read: (for the full article visit TomMcFarlin.com)
This is similar to self-hosted WordPress, but lacks the customization features as well as the ability to download plugins. Regardless, this costs cheaper than a self-hosted one as you only have to make an annual payment for the domain and additional support.
This Google-owned blogging platform is not very user-friendly especially when it comes to designing the themes as you need to have CSS experience to tweak your layouts. Also, the SEO features available are severely limited. Nonetheless, publishing posts in this platform is very easy.
Tumblr is half social media, half blogging platform – overall interesting. Tumblr is hosted from its server, so all you need to do is purchase the domain. It’s really easy to publish a variety of posts here, especially the GIF files this platform has become to be known for. Design is limited, although you can purchase premium designs from its theme options.
This platform is more of a content management system (CMS) and being a blog is just part of what it can be. Therefore, Drupal isn’t really a user-friendly blogging platform as you have to use the Drupal Gardens tool to make it easier to navigate its interface.
If you are looking to manage a good amount of content, need specialized tools and plugins like shopping carts or pre-made data control, without coding, pick Joomla.
Think hosted WordPress with more customization features and available plugins, but with less control than the self-hosted WordPress.
This platform offers the same features as the self-hosted WordPress but is much friendlier to use by non design-savvy people. Its built-in analytics and drag-and-drop design interface make it much easier to be used by practically anybody. Nonetheless, its selection of add-ons and plugins do not match that of WordPress’s.
Here is how he summed it all up:
|PLATFORM||Price||Level of control||Opportunities for monetization||Ease of use||SEO-friendliness|
|WordPress (self-hosted)||FREE (except for hosting + domain)||HIGH||HIGH||HIGH||HIGH|
|WordPress (hosted)||FREE (except for domain)||MEDIUM||MEDIUM||HIGH||MEDIUM|
|Blogger||FREE (except for domain)||LOW||HIGH||MEDIUM||MEDIUM|
|Tumblr||FREE (except for domain)||MEDIUM||LOW||HIGH||LOW|
Read more from the original article at at TomMcFarlin.com