When it comes to running your own blog, one of the most important decisions you need to make is deciding which website to work with. This will determine the range of themes, plugins, and other features that you’ll have at your disposal, as well as the reliability and search engine friendliness of your blog.
Whether you want to make simple text posts on a topic that interests you, or go all-out and create an advanced, intricate blog that’s at the forefront of web design, we’ve put together a list of the best website builders for you to make it happen.
If you’ve ever looked into blogging before, you’re more than likely to know a thing or two about WordPress. It’s the most popular content management system in the world, serving nearly 27% of all websites on the internet. It’s free, open-source, and loaded with features, allowing you to create a truly unique and effective blog.
You have complete control over the way your website looks and while the free option is great for beginners, there are other pricing plans available for those who want additional functionality from their website, as well as a custom address. Clockwork.com has a useful post detailing why you should use WordPress.
Unlike WordPress, Medium takes a slightly different approach to the way your own content is posted and shared. Instead of running your own website, Medium allows you to make posts on theirs. The upside here is that it’s ideal for beginners and exposes your article to an already established user base of over 60 million readers.
The setup process is as simple as signing up and making your posts, all with zero expenses. That said, it’s worth noting that you aren’t exactly getting your “own” space to share content like you would with WordPress or the websites mentioned below. This takes away a few features such as implementing ads and profiting from your posts.
If WordPress isn’t your cup of tea, Wix is likely your best alternative. The design suits both beginners and advanced users, with a more beginner-friendly interface. Instead of having to code elements of your website yourself, Wix features a simple drag-and-drop system that allows you to easily build your own website without having any coding knowledge.
Wix offers free hosting, as well as a number of free themes. If you’re completely new to blogging, there’s a questionnaire that you can answer upon signing up which will automatically build a website for you based on your preferences. Alternatively, you can always build the blog yourself based on one of the many available templates.
Ghost is fairly similar to WordPress and Wix in terms of design and functionality but focuses on creating a simpler and easier to use blogging environment. Free options are available, but you’ll need to pay for web hosting if you want a custom address. For minimalists who want a clean, modern solution for their blogging needs, Ghost is a great way to go.
What’s your favorite website builder to use? Be sure to let us know in the comments below.