The 10 Best Blogging Platforms of 2019

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There are a multitude of blogging platforms out there and it can be an overwhelming endeavor to find the right one for your blogging needs, budget, and skill level. Luckily, we've come up with a list of the best blogging platforms out there. There's sure to be at least one platform that will fit your preferences and help you reach the goals you have for your blog.

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WordPress.com: Best for Beginner Bloggers

Desktop site screenshot of Wordpress blog dashboard that shows site views and statistics.

What We Like

  • There is a viable free option, not just a free trial.

  • Blog post interface is simple to use.

  • The views statistics feature is very informative.

What We Don't Like

  • You must upgrade to at least the Premium (mid-tier) option before you can really customize the look of your site.

WordPress.com is a great option for beginners with its easy-to-use blog editor and easy to understand page view statistics page, but it's also not so overly simple that bloggers interested in learning the nitty-gritty of web design can't do so while they work on customizing their blogs to their particular aesthetic.

WordPress.com offers a free service option, as well as a number of Premium service subscription options. For those interested in hosting their own blog's site, you can also sign up for WordPress.org.

The pricing of a WordPress site starts at $0 (for the free service option). From there, there are five different premium options ranging from $3 to $45 per month. These subscriptions are billed yearly, though.

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Squarespace: Best for Bloggers Who Plan to Sell Products

Desktop site screenshot of a possible blog design template users can use on their own sites if they blog with Squarespace.

What We Like

  • Gorgeous, modern design template options.

  • iOS mobile app to edit and manage blog.

  • 14-day free trial that doesn't require a credit card.

What We Don't Like

  • No permanent free option.

  • Lowest annual plan rate is expensive and offers only basic controls.

If you think your blog may involve a bit of eCommerce, then Squarespace may be the right fit for you. Squarespace's pricey premium plans tend to work best for those who plan to sell products or receive donations through their blog's site. In fact, three out of their four paid plans offer at least four or more eCommerce features, such as the ability to accept donations and "sell unlimited products."

Squarespace allows its users to pay for its service plans either on a monthly or annual basis, though users who pay annually will pay 30 percent less than those on the monthly payment plan. If paying annually, the per month price starts at $12 at the lowest tier and ends at $40 at the highest service tier. If you're paying monthly, the price range is $16 - $46 per month.

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Blogger: Best for Setting up a Blog Quickly

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What We Like

  • Easy, simple to use content creation interface.

  • Quickly set up a free blog with just a Google account.

What We Don't Like

  • Design templates look dated and overly simple.

Blogger is the easiest, quickest blog platform to use on this list, primarily because it's free to use, the content creation interface is easy to use, and all you need is a free Google account to set your blog up.

That said, you'll need to purchase a domain separately if you want to customize your blog's web address.

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Tumblr: Great for Bite-Sized Blogging

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What We Like

  • Preset blog post formats make it easier to curate and produce content on your Tumblr blog page.

  • Preset allow for more creative storytelling among users.

  • Reblog feature makes it easier to develop a following for your blog .

What We Don't Like

  • Reblogging can clutter your page with other people's posts instead of having yours front and center.

Tumblr isn't quite a traditional blog, but that's okay because it isn't really meant to be. Tumblr blogs are perfect for building online communities, content curation, and showing off your passions and projects with (usually) bite-sized blog posts, multimedia posts, and memes. Tumblr blogs tend to resemble brightly colored bulletin boards filled with a variety of posts.

The reblogging feature is particularly useful, as it allows other Tumblr users who enjoy your posts to display your posts on their page for their followers to see, which gets your work the exposure it needs. Tumblr is free to set up and use.

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Medium: Get Paid to Blog Without Having to Worry About Clicks

Desktop site screenshot of Medium's blog post draft dashboard and blog post settings menu.

What We Like

  • No emphasis on trying to drive traffic to your blog posts for the purposes of getting paid which drives genuine engagement.

  • You can remove your articles from Medium even after publication.

  • Totally free to publish articles on the site.

What We Don't Like

  • Difficult to build a following at first.

  • If you want Medium to promote your posts, you must follow specific curation guidelines.

There are a number of blogging platforms that will allow you to publish your articles and make money off of them. Medium is unique among these because Medium bloggers who choose to join the Medium Partner Program can be paid for their work if Medium subscribers (readers who pay a monthly fee in appreciation of the work produced on Medium) engage with with their work in a meaningful way.

Medium bloggers in the Partner Program essentially don't have to worry about hosting their own blog site, or about driving traffic to their articles to get advertising clicks.

The Medium blog post editor is very simple and easy to use, and it's also free to publish articles on Medium.

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Wix.com: Easiest Blog Platform to Use and Set Up

Desktop site screenshot of Wix.com's design template offerings for those who blog with Wix. These templates can be used to design a blog's appearance.

What We Like

  • A wide variety of beautiful, blog-style design templates and themes.

  • Free option available.

  • 14-day free trial of a Wix Premium service plan.

What We Don't Like

  • The lowest priced Premium plan doesn't have many benefits.

Wix offers a lot of features geared towards making web design and blogging as simple as possible, including the Wix Editor that has a drag and drop-style website builder and built-in Search Engine Optimization.

There's also the Wix ADI (Artificial Design Intelligence), which allows users to design a website in just a few minutes by answering a few questions to help the artificial intelligence in Wix ADI determine the optimal web design for your blog's goals.

Wix does offer a free service option and a 14-day free trial of any Wix Premium service plan. The Wix Premium service plans for websites range in price from $13 per month to $39 per month.

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Ghost: Best Professional Blogging Platform

Desktop site screenshot of the sign-up page for Ghost's free 14-day trial.

What We Like

  • Professional level blog experience, that's beautifully designed.

  • Search Engine Optimization is included.

What We Don't Like

  • Service plans are pricey.

  • Limits to how many views your site can have per month and you'll be asked to upgrade to a higher-priced plan if your views exceed that limit on a "three month rolling average."

If your blog is intended to be used as a company blog or as a publication, Ghost may be the best option for your needs. In fact, it's even used by companies like DuckDuckGo, Mozilla (of Firefox fame), and even Tinder.

If you go with Ghost, you can expect to have your site's updates and backups totally managed by Ghost. Additionally, features include support for other staff members or admin for your site and even support for content in multiple languages.

There is no free service option. The premium options range in price from $29 to $199 per month, if you choose annual billing. If you choose monthly billing, the range increases to $36 to $249 per month.

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Weebly: Most Customizable Blogging Platform

Desktop site screenshot of Weebly's website design template options for blog-style websites.

What We Like

  • Free option comes with comes with 500MB of storage and Search Engine Optimization.

  • Fully customizable themes/design templates.

  • Mobile apps for both Android and iOS devices.

What We Don't Like

  • The only difference between the free plan and the lowest tier paid plan is the latter comes with a custom domain.

Weebly comes with a vast assortment of beautiful and modern-looking design templates, and they're all fully customizable. Like Wix, Weebly also features a drag-and-drop style website builder. There is a free service option, while paid service plans range from $5 to $25 per month and are paid annually.

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HubPages: Get Paid to Blog and Share Your Expertise

Desktop site screenshot of the HubPages blog sign-up page.

What We Like

  • The Learning Center Guide provides helpful information on how to craft successful blog posts and online content.

  • You own the copyright to your work on HubPages.

What We Don't Like

  • Can take up to six months to start seeing earnings.

  • You must drive traffic to your pages to earn money.

HubPages is perfect for bloggers passionate about very specific, very niche subjects. It's also great for bloggers who are willing to learn all about what it takes to drive web traffic to online articles to make those article profitable.

Like Medium, you can make money from your articles through an earnings program, but unlike Medium, HubPages does rely on web traffic and views to determine how much its "Hubbers" get paid. It's free to publish your articles on HubPages.

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Typepad: Best for Blogs That Need Unlimited Storage

Desktop site screenshot of the main page of the Typepad website, which shows examples of other blogs published on this platform.

What We Like

  • All monthly subscription plans come with unlimited storage.

  • Layouts are easily adjusted by just dragging and dropping.

What We Don't Like

  • No free options.

  • The lowest priced plan doesn't come with the ability to fully customize your site's design.

Typepad, for the most part, is a very basic blogging platform boasting pretty web designs, and for three out of the four service plans: the ability to create unlimited blogs.

In addition, all levels of service include unlimited storage, which can be helpful if you're planning on blogging often and with large-sized multimedia content. Besides a 14-day free trial, Typepad is not free to use and paid plans range from $8.95 per month to $49.95 per month.