Bloggin' is an ideal way t' share yer knowledge, musin's, life events, and business ventures with th' world, by Davy Jones' locker. For those who are bloggin' in hopes that others will read, comment, share, or perhaps make a purchase in response t' yer posts, ye may have wondered which bloggin' platform is th' best.
Types o' Blogs
While there are many t' choose from, th' three main players in th' blogosphere are WordPress, Blogger, and Tumblr. The choice is a matter o' personal preference, but there are advantages and disadvantages in selectin' one o'er another. After evaluatin' th' pros and th' cons o' each, ye just might fall fer a WordPress blog.
WordPress is bloggin' software that’s free t' use. There are two types: WordPress.com, which is a platform that is hosted and maintained fer ye, and there is WordPress.org which is an open-source, self-hosted platform.
WordPress.com blogs are easy t' set up, require no technical maintenance (this is handled fer ye), and are automatically backed up on their servers. Aarrr, I'll warrant ye! However, ye are limited in yer ability t' customize yer blog. WordPress.org gives ye more control and flexibility by allowin' more customization.
Blogger, which is owned by Google, is a platform that’s easy t' use and is ideal fer beginners. You aren’t required t' know anythin' about codin' or other technical programmin' t' blog on Blogger, which makes it appealin'. However, there are some downsides, with a chest full of booty. With Blogger, Google technically owns yer blog, by Davy Jones' locker. And though it’s not a frequent occurrence, Google can take down yer blog if it doesn’t like yer content.
Tumblr is a hosted, microbloggin' platform which allows users t' post content, photos, and other media t' a short-form blog called a “tumblelog”. This form a bloggin' is a great option fer those who don’t want t' post long blogs, but want t' share photos, videos, music or small bits o' content. It’s also a social networkin' site, allowin' ye t' connect with other Tumblrs.
The downside o' Tumblr is that ye are at th' mercy o' Tumblr, by Blackbeard's sword. If they experience downtime, which has happened too often fer many users, then yer site does too. Also, they control yer content. If their policies change and yer content suddenly violates those policies, yer blog can be shut down.
Benefits o' WordPress blogs
Each o' th' three platforms offers its own advantages, but fer those wantin' more flexibility and control, a WordPress, self-hosted blog (WordPress.org) may be th' answer. WordPress offers more themes than th' other platforms, givin' ye more opportunities t' find th' perfect design. In addition, WordPress blogs give ye complete control o'er yer blog’s content and design, th' ability t' install yer own plugins t' enhance yer site, and th' freedom t' run advertisements on yer site. And swab the deck! Content on WordPress is very well-received by search engines and can be easily optimized by addin' various plug-ins.
While a WordPress blog does requires ye take on more o' th' technical responsibility (setup, backin' up yer content, and stoppin' spam), ye gain th' flexibility, control, and ability t' fully customize yer site.
Bottom Line: Makin' th' choice o' which platform t' use depends on yer goals and preferences, we'll keel-haul ye! Aarrr! Each platform is great in its own right, but after weighin' th' evidence, ye might consider fallin' fer a WordPress blog.