How to choose a blogging platform: quick start guide

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Part 4: The Final Part. The part where I can hopefully sum this up in one short blog post.

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I've gone and done it. I talked way too much. In the earlier posts in this series, I talked about:

Now I'd like to try to sum up each blogging platform in a few bullet points.

Here goes:


  • Great for image-based blogs or microblogs
  • Built in sharing, liking, and follow capabilities within Tumblr
  • Easy to set up
  • Easy to maintain
  • Limited design options
  • Difficult to grow or move
  • Free, or you can easily attach a domain


  • Great for beginner bloggers
  • Built in sharing, liking, commenting, and follow capabilities within Blogger and Google community
  • Easy to set up
  • Easy to maintain
  • Broader range of design options, lots of pre-made themes available for purchase
  • Easy to move or upgrade, but difficult to grow in terms of functionality
  • Free, or you can easily attach a domain

  • All the same bullet points as Blogger
  • In addition, these blogs are more visually streamlined than Blogger blogs

  • Highest level of functionality; limitless
  • Technical skills or hiring a designer/developer is needed for setup and ongoing maintenance
  • Unlimited design options and customization abilities
  • Expensive: You need to purchase a domain name and web hosting. You may also need to spend money on hiring a designer and/or developer.


I do recommend you go back and read the previous posts as listed above, especially if you're on the fence about which blogging platform to choose. I've been blogging for a long time, and I know how much angst it can induce to want to switch to another blogging platform after you've already chosen one.

You owe it to yourself to spend the time and do your research before diving in, rather than jumping to conclusions and then spending your time doing cleanup or trying to make something work in a blogging platform that doesn't have the correct abilities.

All in all, if you need more help in figuring out which blogging platform to choose, just comment below and we'll get the conversation started!