When it comes to blogging, most of us tend to gravitate towards the tried and tested, ever-popular WordPress. But, there are a number of other platforms out there, some old, some new that are going some way to claiming some of that vast blogging market share that WordPress has held for so long.
It’s not for us to say which is the best one out there, all of them have their good elements and part elements. Some things infuriate you, some things you just can’t live without. I guess it’s just a matter of personal preference as to which option is truly the best and obviously your situation and what you’re intending to use it for will come into it too. After all, WordPress is much more than a regular run of the mill blogging platform these days. It’s almost a fully blown CMS in its own right.
WordPress is without a doubt THE tried and tested, go to solution if you want to run a blog. It’s the most feature rich application out there and it’s trusted by millions of people worldwide. It will do everything you could ever want to do and more! But, it does have its issues and due to its widespread popularity it most definitely makes it a target for hackers and such and exploits, particularly in old unsupported plugins are rife.
Drupal is a popular alternative to WordPress and is favoured more by developers wishing to blog than new users who simply want to talk about their lives. Drupal is popular as it’s modular and you can install anything from a bare bones basic version to handle the most basics of tasks right through to complex installs that are able to do everything WordPress can do and some things it can’t. If you’re tech-savvy enough and want something a bit more customisable then it’s probably worth checking out Drupal.
Joomla isn’t strictly a blogging platform, it’s a fully functional content management system in its own right. But it does have blog functionality and often people solely use this aspect of the application when running a blog rather than something like WordPress. Obviously Joomla is well supported and has lots of skins/themes to allow you to customise your look and feel but if your sole intention is to blog then it might be a bit overkill.
Blogger is the free third party blog offering from Google. You’ve probably seen the .blogspot. com or .blogger. com domain names in use around the web. This is all blogger. It differs to the above as it’s remotely hosted, there is no downloading and installing the application like with the other platforms which in itself makes it an attractive proposition. However, as you can imagine it’s extremely basic which means it might not be suitable for some users requiring more advanced functionality.
There are of course more platforms than the above. People realise how big a market it is and new applications are coming on the market on an almost weekly basis. Most fall at the first hurdle admittedly and they’d have to go some way to even come close to beating something that has been in development for 10 years like WordPress. But, competition, especially in a market like this is always a good thing so it’s worth keeping on top of the industry and seeing what’s up and coming – even if you are satisfied with WordPress in general.