What Are Blogging Platforms?
Blogging platforms are a type of web CMS designed to simplify the creation and maintenance of blogs. Blogs are text and image-heavy websites that get updated over time with new content; updates are called blog posts.
Blogging Platforms Features & Capabilities
Administration and User Management
Publishing Tools for Managing Content
Sharing and Distribution
Media Management (Videos and Images)
APIs to Create Plugins
Custom Content Types
Hosted vs. Self-Hosted Blogs
Blogs can be either hosted or self-hosted. A hosted blog is a good option for beginners and users will less technical knowledge. This type is also good for users who do not wish to manage the back-end technical aspects of the blog. The content of a hosted blog will live in a dedicated sub-domain within the blog hosting site’s own domain.
Users who plan to self-host will need to rent a server, download blogging software, set up a database, and obtain a custom domain name. This approach grants users much more freedom for deep customization. However, it also requires coding skills and will be more work to set up and maintain.
Key Selection Considerations
Many popular blogging tools are fairly similar and fairly flexible—by design, they can be used for a variety of projects. According to users some of the most important distinctions are the following:
Technical knowledge requirements
Depth of customization
Scope of blog/website
Before you choose, determine your skill level, your goals, and your timeline.
There are many open-source and free blog platforms to choose from. However, blogging platforms with more features or designed for corporate use usually charge a modest monthly fee. You may also need to pay for the domain and hosting.