Top Blogging Platforms for Video

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So you've decided you want to create your own blog, but now you have to choose from the handfuls of blogging platforms available on the web. It's a good idea to think about what kind of media you'll be posting to your blog when making this decision. All blogging services do a great job handling text, but some stack up better than others when it comes to audio and video posts. Keep reading for an overview of the best blogging platforms for video to make your decision a little bit easier.

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Wordpress

What We Like

  • Easy to use without web design experience.

  • Highly extensible with over 45,000 plug-ins.

What We Don't Like

  • WordPress updates sometimes break plug-in features.

  • Built-in templates allow limited customization.

Wordpress is arguably the most popular blogging tool on the web. News sites like the BBC use Wordpress, and even Sylvester Stalone has chosen this platform to power his fan page. You can either get a free account on WordPress.com, or sign up with a web host. What you choose depends on how much video you want your blog to handle. The free WordPress blog gives you 3 GB of storage space but doesn't allow you to upload video without purchasing an upgrade. You can embed video from YouTube, Vimeo, Hulu, DailyMotion, Viddler, Blip.tv, TED Talks, Educreations, and Videolog. To host your own videos right on your blog, you can purchase VideoPress per year per blog. Different pricing options are available depending on the amount of storage space you'll need to meet your media needs.

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Blogger

What We Like

  • Impressive integration with the Google ecosystem.

  • Completely free.

What We Don't Like

  • No dedicated technical support.

  • Fewer features than WordPress.

Blogger is brought to you by Google, so if you're an avid Google+ user, it will fit right into your internet life. You've probably visited plenty of Blogger-powered blogs - they end with the .blogspot.com url. Blogger isn't' transparent about its media limitations, only stating that you'll run into problems if you try to upload 'larger' files. From trial and error, it appears that Blogger limits video uploads to 100 MB, but allows you to upload as many videos as you want. If you already have a YouTube or Vimeo account, it might be worth it to stick with embedding your videos from there.

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Weebly

What We Like

  • Themes are optimized for mobile devices.

  • Supports collaboration.

What We Don't Like

  • Restrictive layouts.

  • Poor multilingual support.

Weebly is a great blog and website builder that provides you with a flexible, blank canvas for presenting your content. Weebly features free domain hosting, but its video capabilities are pretty limited for free users. Although free users receive unlimited storage space, the file size of each of upload is limited to 10 MB. In the world of video, that will give you thirty seconds of pretty low-quality footage. To host video on Weebly you'll need to upgrade to access the HD video player, and the ability to upload video files up to 1GB in size. 

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Tumblr

What We Like

  • Create a custom domain name for your blog.

  • Strong social media integration.

What We Don't Like

  • Limited features and customization.

  • Poor integration with other blogging platforms.

If you're focused primarily on producing short videos, then a microblogging platform like Tumblr might be the best fit for your content. Tumblr is a popular avenue for sharing GIFs, images, and other media content. Until recently, it had a bad reputation for its abundance of adult content, but the owners have cleaned up the website in an effort to draw a broader audience. As a social networking site, Tumblr has become a haven for various underrepresented communities and fandoms.

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Medium

What We Like

  • No coding required.

  • Built-in monetization.

What We Don't Like

  • No custom domains.

  • Restrictive templates.

Medium provides bloggers a way to reach readers with similar interests. It's designed like a social media platform to encourage sharing and networking, but Medium pages looks far more professional than Tumblr ones. As a bonus, embedding videos from YouTube and Vimeo is slightly easier with Medium than it is with WordPress. Content on Medium ranges from recipes to real journalism, so whatever your niche, you'll probably find an audience on Medium.

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Wix Blog

What We Like

  • Dozens of templates and plug-ins.

  • E-commerce support.

What We Don't Like

  • Limited free account.

  • Templates can't be changed.

Wix's web development platform is mostly targeted at small business owners, but the Wix Blog app allows anyone to make an attractive blog complete with images and videos. The drag-and-drop interface is made for individuals with zero web design or coding experience. Allow your followers to create member profiles and even contribute their own content.