Now, you’ve decided to start a blog, Yes! Blogging is such a great way to meet and make new friends, indulge in your passions and make out of it!

But you don’t have any idea where to or how to start even if you’re serious to do blogging, right?

Hooray! Gladly, you found this my dreamy friend, because I’m here to help and guide you to start a blog and design it as easy as possible.

How to Start a Blog

This is the beginning of our how to start a blog series.Let’s take it apart into 5 section that we’ll cover:

01 How to Choose your Blogging Platform
02 How to Build a Blog in 3 Powerful Steps
03 Create your FIRST Blog Content
04 Growing Your Audience
05 Design Your Blog

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HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR BLOGGING PLATFORM

Let’s talk about some of the free and affordable blogging platforms that was available over the internet. Here are the list to choose from :

Most of the blog platform here are hosted by its own provider unlike to self-hosted WordPress, Drupal and other platforms you may need a separate hosting plan to be able to start a blog.

ANYWAY, TO BEGIN WITH LET’S KNOW VERY WELL WHAT KIND OF BLOGGER YOU ARE!

Do one or more of the following statements apply to you?

  • You’re about to start your first ever blog from scratch and Yes, you’ve got the full brilliant ideas how to share it to the world.
  • You’ve already started a blog few months back or years and ready to turn it into a business.
  • You wanted to re-design your blog site into a new professional look.

If you fall into one of these categories, then you’re definitely ready for our “blogging series.” Those platforms include: WordPress, TumblrBlogger, Weebly, Wix, Squarespaceself-hosted WordPress Drupal and others PHP platforms. Otherwise…

Want a free options, means,  you’ll just sign up for an account and start blogging right away. Naturally expect what free options can get, they set limitations to these platforms: you get what you pay for based on its available plan to get more functionality or server space for a price.

Fee Options, but still fit into a pretty low budget. Why not? These kinds of plans are usually more powerful and feature-rich.

I listed the pros and cons of each platform as you go along as well as tell you which kind of platform I believe is best for you.

You ready? Let’s get started!

Blogger options Non-Professional Professional
Free Wordpress.com / Blogger / Tumblr / Wordpress.org / Joomla / Wix / Weebly Drupal / Blogger / Wordpress.org / Tumblr
Fee Wordpress.com / Wix / Weebly / Squarespace all platforms
  • Free platforms – you just only need to sign up before starting to your own blog
  • Fee platforms – there’s a fee based sign up to be able to get the most of the blog functionality and start your own blog site.
  • Non-Professional – can be set up by a beginners no need for technical stuff of coding, everything is been given.
  • Professional – need a technical background to enhance the blog site functionality or may need a help from professional web designer or development to do so.

HOW TO START A BLOG

Starting your own blog doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. In fact, more and more people are starting blogs every day. It seems that just about every person or business has a blog these days.

Let’s start to identify them one by one:

WORDPRESS.COM

Ownership
20%
Control
50%
Appearance
70%
Portability
80%
Security
80%
Support
95%
Future
75%

Best For:

first time bloggers, online journals, hobbyist, story teller, non-monetary blogging purposes

wordpress.com

Start Up Cost:

Free

Verdict:  7.5 / 10

As you may know, there are actually two versions of WordPress platforms: the free-hosted WordPress.com and self-hosted WordPress.org. They’re both technically free, but right now we’re discussing about the free-hosted WordPress, and sign up for an account and start blogging right away. With no hosting or installation required.

Optional Upgrades:

Optional Plan
Domain custom domain
Storage 3 GB / 13 GB / Unlimited
Support Email & Live Chat Support / VideoPress Support
Themes Hundreds of Free Themes / Unlimited Premium Themes
Design Customization Basic / Advanced
Ads Remove WordPress.com Ads
Additional Features for Premium Plan Monetize Your Site
Additional Features for Business Plan Attend live courses / Google Analytics Integration /Remove WordPress.com Branding
Fee $2.99 / $8.25 / $24.92
Important: If you want a custom domain from wordpress.com it will cost another $18/year and if you later decide to map your own domain name, like a blogname.com, you’ll have to pay $13/year to use it as your site’s address, myblogname.wordpress.com domain to your new blog.

My Personal Opinion:

I suggest this platform will be good for all the bloggers who want a minimal approach for their blogging site. Want just a simple theme, no more upgrade and just directly creating their content to share it to the world.

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TUMBLR

Ownership
40%
Control
75%
Appearance
55%
Portability
30%
Security
80%
Support
75%
Future
65%

 Best For:

consumer brands, photography blogger, hobbyist blogger, promoting products & services

tumblr

Start Up Cost:

Free

Verdict:  7.5 / 10

Tumblr (stylized on its home page as tumblr.) is a microblogging and social networking website founded by David Karp in 2007, and owned by Yahoo! since 2013. The service allows users to post multimedia and other content to a short-form blog. Users can follow other users’ blogs. Bloggers can also make their blogs private. For bloggers, many of the website’s features are accessed from a “dashboard” interface. Wikipedia.

Optional Upgrades:

If you’d like, you can purchase a domain name from a registrar like Namecheap and point it to your blog. Here’s how to setup a custom domain name for Tumblr.

Looking for Tumblr themes?.Don’t forget to check Theme Forest for available Tumblr theme just for you.

My Personal Opinion:

Being one of the free stable option for blogger platforms, I may suggest this to those bloggers who love to share their picture perfect images,step by step image tutorials, scenery, branding and products. However once you’ve modified the platforms, they reduce their support.

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BLOGSPOT

Ownership
40%
Control
75%
Appearance
60%
Portability
65%
Security
80%
Support
85%
Future
55%

Best For:

first time blogger, google blogger evangelists, hobbyist, professional blogger, business, minimalist as well, amateur and non-amateur, branding

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Start Up Cost:

Free

Verdict:  5 / 10

Blogger (aka Blogspot) is another platform that’s super easy to get going on right away. It’s owned and operated by Google therefore to start out you just sign in to your Google account, create a completely new blog, and you’re off and even moving.

Optional Upgrades:

  • $4-40/year for a custom domain that you can direct to your blog.
  • $10-100 for a premium template.

 My Personal Opinion:

Since this is under Google authorities, once you create an email account then you can automatically as well start using this platform for blogging. Of course, you can easily link it as well in different Google business platforms expect for more information load.

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WEEBLY

Ownership
40%
Control
65%
Appearance
75%
Portability
60%
Security
80%
Support
85%
Future
50%

Best For:

photographer, portfolio, artists, simple-perfect blogger

weebly

Start Up Cost:

Free

Verdict:  5 / 10

Weebly is a website and blogging platform that’s easy to use but can be very limited compared to other options listed here in this post. There is a free version you can start with but it’s so much more limited compared to Blogger that I wouldn’t even consider it.

Optional Upgrades:

$8/month for a custom domain (one year), customizable footer
$12/month for the above plus a slider, video/audio players, password protected page and site search.
$25/month business option also available.

 My Personal Opinion:

This is good as well, however, if you like to working on full-loaded blog for a beginner, i may not suggest it due to the minimal starting capacity allowable for the beginners. Surprisingly, this a WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) no need to worries about coding, just drag and drop what you want to use and see on your blog site.

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WIX

Ownership
40%
Control
65%
Appearance
85%
Portability
65%
Security
80%
Support
80%
Future
55%

Best For:

Personal and family blogs. Those who don’t care to turn their blogs into a business in the future and just want a quick and easy, good-looking solution. But like Weebly, I just think the cons far outweigh the pros and I don’t think that the free or paid plans compare to the other options available above, like Blogger.

wix

 

Start Up Cost:

Free

Verdict:  5 / 10

Wix is a website platform that can be very limiting because it’s more of a website platform than a blogging one. Many templates don’t include blogging ability at the outset and needs to be added in.

Optional Upgrades:

  • $4/month to connect a domain, have 500MB of storage and 1GB of bandwidth
  • $9.25/month to connect a domain, remove Wix ads, have 1GB of storage and 2GB of bandwidth.
  • Additional upgrade plans available up to $25/month.

 My Personal Opinion:

This is same as with weebly platform, they are almost alike with their WYSIWYG features. Very limited on the design themes but you can do upgrade if you want to go further with you blogging series.

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SQUARESPACE

Ownership
75%
Control
85%
Appearance
75%
Portability
80%
Security
90%
Support
98%
Future
85%

Best For:

Squarespace is best for creatives or bloggers who want a great cutting edge design without a lot of fuss or coding. While it does have some downsides, I think Squarespace is a very good solution as long as the limitations don’t hold you back.

squarespaceStart Up Cost:

$12-18 starting plan

Verdict:  9 / 10

Squarespace is a great option because they have amazing mobile responsive templates that are seriously gorgeous and offer plenty of customization that don’t require coding knowledge. It comes with an e-commerce solution built in and they also have quick and awesome support from what I hear.

Optional Upgrades:

$16/month and $24/month plans available for more features. See Squarespace pricing details here.

 My Personal Opinion:

I personally never tried handling Squarespace however I’ve been able to access their panel from my clients. They love Squarespace for its design and stability features. Yes, It almost take over however this isn’t good for beginner on blogging because their is no free version of it. Its very very advisable for business and branding blogging.

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WORDPRESS.ORG (SELF-HOSTED)

Ownership
80%
Control
95%
Appearance
85%
Portability
80%
Security
90%
Support
100%
Future
95%

 Best For:

Bloggers who want to build a business on top of their blog. Bloggers who want to make the blog a part of their business. Professional bloggers. Hobby bloggers who want to have control over everything.

wordpress-org

 

Start Up Cost:

Free

Verdict:  9 / 10

Could possibly there is up and running with anything else? WordPress is the most well known blogging platform of them all, nowadays powering greater than 25 percent of the over-all web. Read: 6 in 10 websites is built with WordPress. Just wow!

As a result of WordPress’ significant customization possibilities, it’s the perfect choice if you are looking to build an effective blog site that’s about to perform an important role in your business. With self-hosted WordPress, you maintain full control over your website as well as the way it appears and performs.

People have obviously not noticed the hundreds of thousands of the various themes in pretty much any kind of style and/or layout you can imagine. So you should, don’t let this misconception be a reason why to not use WordPress because it’s merely incorrect.

Optional Upgrades:

My Personal Opinion:

WordPress as top chosen platform for business and personal blogging purpose due to its robust that you can literally make it do anything you want.  In the end, this will be a well worth of your business investment. Do the extent to explore what this platform can do on your business. Don’t merely settle in the theme and functions you’ve made. It can do more than what you expected.

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DRUPAL

Ownership
90%
Control
85%
Appearance
85%
Portability
95%
Security
95%
Support
99%
Future
95%

 Best For:

Professional bloggers, Professional, E-commerce, Courses, Membership, Government site, techpreneurs, extra massive challengers, developer

drupalStart Up Cost:

Free

Verdict:  9 / 10

Drupal is a powerful content management system capable of handling projects of any level and complexity.

Optional Upgrades:

My Personal Opinion:

When I first tried Drupal, Its not simple on the beginners perspective due to its too complicated installation instructions however, in the other hand, this platform is very powerful and extravagant. I wanted to deeply learn more of it.

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OTHERS

Ownership
50%
Control
80%
Appearance
55%
Portability
50%
Security
80%
Support
75%
Future
55%

 Best For:

starter blogging, hobbyist, article writer, some for professional and business eCommerce

 

joomla

Start Up Cost:

Free

Verdict:  8 / 10

Listed Other Blog Platforms:

A nice roundup of the different types of blogging software, separated by license type.

Optional Upgrades:

  • Domain
  • Hosting

Things that you might considered on other listed blogging platforms

My Personal Opinion:

This is depend on how you will used it for blogging or for your business essentials. You may choose any of those and i can definitely help you out of it.

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WHICH SOLUTION IS BEST FOR YOU?

If the thought of discovering new technologies terrifies you, you could possibly prefer certainly one of the simpler solutions talked about in the free segment. Your budget is undoubtedly a consideration, yet don’t let it be the simply considering issue. Again you’ll would like to consider ahead and not lock yourself into a platform that severely restricts what needs to be done by using it or hinders your own potential to transfer all of your effort sooner or later.

Of course, if you’re serious about turning your blog into an online business, I recommend a self-hosted WordPress blog just because it gives you the most options but you can also try using Drupal as well. I don’t like to go into things that i don’t had the full control and flexibility that I get with WordPress and Drupal. My blog is MY business and butter and I can do whatever I wanted to do with it.

Wordpress.com Wordpress.org Blogger Tumblr Squarespace Wix Weebly Drupal Others
Price $0 $0 $0 $0 $8-$24 per month $0-$18 per month $0-$25 per month $0 $0
Open-source
Hosting included
Custom domain included
Mobile-friendly
Designs available 1000+ 100+ 100+ 100+ 10+ 100+ 100+ 1000+ 1000+
Plugins and extensions 1000+ 100+ 10+ 10+ 1000+ 1000+
Ease of use 9/10 7/10 9/10 10/10 10/10 8/10 8/10 7/10 7/10
Perfect for
Business blogs
Pro blogs
Hobby / personal blogs
Microblogs
Artists / Creative people
Absolute beginners
STAR-EMPTY  depending on the specific design you choose
LOCK  you get a sub-domain; you can hook up your custom domain as well

If you’re still on the boundary and not clear in your mind which platform to choose, please consider totally free to ask questions in the comments below and I’ll love the opportunity to help you prefer which is perfect for you. As much as I like Drupal, I know it’s not for each and every situation.

But if happen to be that you want to go with self-hosted WordPress, well lets go over to our section Two .

Either way, you can jump to section Three (guide for your first content) through Five. (4 and 5 coming soon! Click here to be notified).

Got questions or your own experiences you’d like to share with a blogging platform? Leave a comment down below now!

Our Guides:

1. Ownership

If blogger service provided by the tech giant. It is free, reliable most of the time, and quite enough to publish your stuff on the web. However, it is not owned by you. It runs this service and has the right to shut it down, or shutdown your access to it at any time.

2. Control

If blogger a fine tuned service with very limited tools allowing you to perform only specific tasks on your website. The things you can do on your blog are limited, and there is no way you can extend them to meet a need.

3. Appearance

If blogger by default only provides a limited set of templates to use. You can modify the colors and layout of these templates using the built-in tools, but you cannot create your own layouts or make modifications. There are some non-official templates available, but those templates are usually very low quality.

4. Portability

If blogger moving their site from original to a different platform is a complicated task. There is a significant risk that you will lose your SEO (search engine rankings(, subscribers, and followers during the move. Even though it allows you to export your content, your data will stay on previous servers for a very long time.

5. Security

If blogger have the added advantage of robust secure platform. You don’t need to worry about managing your server’s resources, securing your blog, or creating backups.

6. Support

If blogger has a limited support available. Platforms have a very basic documentation and a user’s forum. In terms of support, your choices are very limited or has a very active community support system.

7. Future

If blogger chosen platform may have  or incurred any major update since a very long time.

 

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