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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Best Blog Software

Choosing the Best Blogging Software

Everyone and their mother want their own blog these days, and there are lots of services and CMS to choose from. In fact, selecting the best blog software might be a daunting task, considering all the competition out there. Should you go for Wordpress like so many others, or try Blogger instead? Perhaps paying a monthly fee for TypePad or SquareSpace is worth it? I have reviewed 5 best blogging services below to help you choose. If you disagree with my opinion, feel free to suggest your favorite blog site in the comments.

WordPress

WordPpress is the most popular open source blog software on the market. They offer both a downloadable blog CMS package at Wordpress.org, and a free blog hosting with Wordpress.com. Needless to say, installing WP on your own server is a better choice if you want more control over your blog and absolute freedom about what plugins you use and what ads you display. (Try HostMonster for the best WordPress hosting). The free WordPress.com blog can't have ads or paid posts on it or you'll risk getting it removed.

If you are new to Wordpress and want to learn fast, try the WordPress For Dummies guide.


Movable Type

Movable Type is another great free blog publishing system. It used to be a paid, premium service but the developer company Six Apart decided to go open source. Now anyone can download MT and install it on their server. However, there’s still the Movable Type Pro version which is free for personal use, but paid for media companies and publishers. The open source version has a considerable number of plugins, although not as much as WP does. Still, it is a viable Wordpress alternative if you don’t want to use it for some reason.

Blogger

Blogger is Google’s free blogging service. They provide you with a subdomain, and you can also park your own domain using a CNAME record for free. Unlike Wordpress.com service, they’re also quite relaxed about advertisements on your blog. In fact, Google encourages you to signup for AdSense, and provides easy tools for adding their ads to your Blogger layout. This free blog software also offers unlimited bandwidth and a nice number of widgets and templates. They provide mobile blogging tools as well.

Blogger is definitely a good choice if you want an easy-to-setup blog and don’t want to spend much (or any) money on it. However, you might find it lacking some important features, such as proper comment spam detection. Blogger also shows a small bar on top of your blog, although it can be hidden using CSS.

TypePad

TypePad is actually a paid blog hosting service with prices starting from $8.95 / month. You might wonder why you should pay when there's free services like Blogger available; however, TypePad has some pretty appealing offers. They have thousands of professional designs available for you to use, allow you to park your own domain and give personal support if you need it. A lot of professional bloggers choose TypePad due to its simplicity and features. TypePad offers a free trial if you want to try it out.

Tumblr

Tumblr is free blogging software that's especially easy to use. The interface is probably the most simple and intuitive of all you've seen, which allows you to spend less time fiddling with settings and more actually blogging. You will find that most users share short posts with little text; there are a lot of video blogs and picture blogs, too. Despite being a lot like a micro-blogging platform, Tumblr also offers a number of advanced features like custom domains, detailed statistics, lots of templates to choose from, e-mail publishing and automatic Twitter integration.

SEO Pressor WordPress Plugin

Wordpress is truly some of the best blog software around, so it does well on search exchanges even out of the box. If you're aiming for the top, however, you might want to try the SEO Pressor plugin.

It won't put you on the top of Google by itself, but it will help you optimize your site by doing things like adding alt text to images automatically, analyzing titles and h1 / h2 / h3 tags, counting the keyword density and calculating SEO scores for each page, so you know what to improve.

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