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What Blog Platform Should I Choose?

Choosing the right blog platform can be some thing of a challenge especially if you are a new blogger, they are a few blog platforms around two of the most popular ones are WordPress and Blogger but there some other popular ones like jamola, Moveable Type, Blogengine.net and others the most popular one is WordPress without a doubt.

Lets start with WordPress, this is the bloggers favorite platform there a lots of ready made templates around and not to mention plugins it is built on php framework has some good SEO features easy installation and used by some top names like Ebay and B5media. One real characteristic of wordpress is the flexibility to customize enabling your blog to have the look and feel you wanted.

Blogger in my view is another blogging platform that is very popular widely used but from my own experience is second to WordPress the problem for me is that i can not understand the code behind not even to create a template i used both blogging platforms find Blogger much more complicated to used however if you are about to start a new blog my advice to you is to do some research read the reviews before making the decision as to which blogging platform to use there is no such thing as a perfect blogging platform find the one that you are much at ease with sometimes you have to give up what you want for what is best for you.

After trying WordPress self hosted and a free blogger account I decided to shift to Blogengine.net an asp.net platform written in c+ , my reason for this is because I am familiar with writing HTML and CSS without the needs for any HTML editor and also experience in writing asp codes this makes it easier for me and like Word press Blogengine.net has lots of ready made extensions that are easily integrated and makes life much easier.When choosing a blogging platform you have to decide what is best for you my advice is to choose the the one that best suits your specific needs.

I a dad self proclaim Newbie Blogger who share tips for new bloggers and bloggers alike and the owner of Blogging The Future www.lawmacs.com

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  • CJ June 12, 2010, 5:12 pm

    Wordpress is definitely the most popular by far, but I personally don’t use it. I’m just not very fond of it. I use Dotnetnuke to power my blog. It’s not half as user friendly as wordpress though, but I’m studying computer science in college so it works for me! Haha

    CJ

    CJ’s last blog ..The Death of Summer Jobs and How 17 Year Olds Are Getting Rich

  • 113Tidbits
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    April 27, 2010, 7:47 pm

    Anything other than Wordpress is a no go for me. Cut my teeth on all of the Wordpress developm ent since 1.5 and never looked back at anything else.
    .-= NEW from 113Tidbits´s last blog ..Cowards Of Hate Are Angry Anonymous Liberal Types =-.

  • Lena Khalid December 9, 2009, 1:25 am

    Hi – nice post. Currently my blogs are on blogger, which is a great platform, friendly and best of all…. I can earn from my blogs. LOL!

    I am reading about self-hosted Wordpress… perhaps (if time permits)…will transfer my blogs to self hosted Wordpress :-)

    And for Blogger Newbie, you can download FREE Blogger Video Tutorial at http://bit.ly/BeSuccessful
    .-= Lena Khalid´s last blog ..Amazingly Simple ! =-.

    • Hesham December 9, 2009, 1:55 am

      I know that the priority for AdSense is for Bloggers blogs, good choice but you have to brake the traffic wall with any platform to earn what we call decent earnings!

      You know?! sometimes I think it’s not a good idea to transfer anything to any where else, I am more like keep the old stuff the way it is and start a new one, and use your old blog to promote the new one and push it up!

      I mean why not starting a new blog in a different niche? I am sure your experience now will help you to grow it fast!

  • Dennis Edell November 15, 2009, 4:29 pm

    Oh and thanks for the comment! b on the lookout for my reply. ;)
    .-= Dennis Edell´s last blog ..He/She Has Unsubscribed – Should You Ask Why? =-.

  • Dennis Edell November 15, 2009, 4:28 pm

    OK since you have threaded comments set to 3, I need to start fresh. (I have mine set to like 15 lol.)

    Ahh DOS indeed and the good ‘ol days of windows 3.1; the last stable version. LOL
    .-= Dennis Edell´s last blog ..He/She Has Unsubscribed – Should You Ask Why? =-.

  • Waisybabu November 14, 2009, 3:24 am

    WordPress for the win.

    And you sir, need to start using punctuations.
    .-= Waisybabu | artsyHANDS´s last blog ..The Triangle =-.

    • Hesham December 9, 2009, 1:51 am

      mmm what punctuations you mean?

  • Ching Ya November 14, 2009, 3:05 am

    Considering most of us have started with Free platforms before, personally I’ll vote Blogger since it’s the place I learned about Adsense and customizing blog layouts. Widget makes everything easy with simple drag/drop. If you just blogging for fun with no intention of going big, it’s a good choice. However, if one plans to go serious with blogging, self-hosting is the best way to start and go for. I’m very much at ease with self-hosting with WordPress, so you know I’m serious in blogging. :-)

    @wchingya
    Social/Blogging Tracker

    • Hesham December 9, 2009, 1:50 am

      I agree that blogger platform is more easy to use, but you know the feeling of owning something ? :) it’s a killer feeling LOL!

  • Dennis Edell November 13, 2009, 5:16 pm

    Gotta say, I’m a wee STUNNED programmers STILL work in ASP?
    .-= Dennis Edell´s last blog ..He/She Has Unsubscribed – Should You Ask Why? =-.

    • lawmacs
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      November 13, 2009, 9:54 pm

      What’s wrong with asp.net Dennis asp.net is a great framework and quite a few sites are buid on this type of framework what are you concern about asp or asp.net
      .-= lawmacs´s last blog ..Website Design Tips Traffic Building =-.

      • Dennis Edell November 14, 2009, 6:51 pm

        Nothing wrong with it persay, it’s just old and a bit clunky at this point; lots of little limitations that things like PHP and others have overcome (please don’t ask me to list them all). lol

        Please understand, I started back in the stone age of Basic, Machine language, Cobol, C+, and others. I guess you could say, ASP was one of the answers to those until it moved even further. :)

        I am no programmer, but I have known MANY either just as friends, and even worked with some (having things programmed for me). I have heard it all and then some. LOL

        I meant no offense. ;)
        .-= Dennis Edell´s last blog ..He/She Has Unsubscribed – Should You Ask Why? =-.

        • lawmacs
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          November 15, 2009, 7:44 am

          Hey Dennis no offense taken in the environment i am open to comments and criticism we all have our own opinion i too started long back in the days of DOS foxpro i do admit php is great but for me learned asp so thats my reason for sticking with it thanks for your support and i just visited your blog
          .-= lawmacs´s last blog ..Spammers Attacking My Blog =-.

  • BunnygotBlog November 13, 2009, 4:52 pm

    I like wordpress very much. Very user friendly and a secured site.

  • DiTesco November 13, 2009, 2:56 pm

    If you are talking about free platforms, then I prefer blogger over wordpress because you are not able to display ads on WP. However, if you are using a self hosted one, then there is no argument that the best on every counts is WP. I have already transferred most of my blogs to self hosted WP and only a few remain in blogger. Great post, Lawmacs. I am running behind my series, this week has been pretty complicated. Hopefully I’ll catch up.
    .-= DiTesco´s last blog ..Forget Making Money Online – It Sucks #2 =-.

  • DaisySoapGirl November 13, 2009, 1:26 am

    Oh, so that’s where you’ve been. Checking out other platforms. Thanks for the info. It is something to consider. Right now I’m just too busy/lazy to change over. Maybe in the new year.
    .-= DaisySoapGirl´s last blog ..Remembering Our Veterans =-.

    • lawmacs
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      November 13, 2009, 1:31 pm

      Hi daisy it is great seeing you here thanks for your input and support that is what makes the blogging community great and works
      .-= lawmacs´s last blog ..Website Design Tips Traffic Building =-.

  • chandan
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    November 13, 2009, 12:23 am

    I think wordpress is the best blogging platform due to lots of plug in they provide. I am using blogger blog, so I am lack of all those feature. I am thinking for build one new blog on wordpress.

  • Angshu November 12, 2009, 4:50 pm

    Nice post. But just like Aswani and Shabnam – my vote will go for blogger. The biggest reason is that in today’s era of convergence – integration is very important. And, because I use many other google services integration with all is very easy with blogger.
    Moreover, I agree what you provide as value to the reader as a blogger is much more important than your platform. Blogger has limitation about plug-in or commenting system – but now-a-days so many third party apps are available – it really does not matter. If you google a bit – u vil virtually get a counterpart for each WP plug-in for blogger.
    Finally, if u r a person like me who knows a lil of technology and beliv in learning more everyday – designing a 100% customized blog is no issue in any platform. :P
    All the best,
    angshu
    .-= Angshu´s last blog ..The life and time of a God =-.

    • lawmacs
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      November 13, 2009, 2:48 am

      Blogger is very popular also wordpress and they also have some awsome plugins but however it is us the blogger who decide the platform we use not because of popularity but because of the ease of use to us or whatever features that grab us for me one feature i like best about blogengine.net the platform i used is that it shows the commentators latest post at all times
      .-= lawmacs´s last blog ..Website Design Tips Traffic Building =-.

  • steppinout November 12, 2009, 3:20 pm

    Both platform (WP and Blogger) do have their own quality. As a free platform, Blogger is much too far better than WP except when it comes to self hosted blog. Just my 2 cents…
    .-= steppinout´s last blog ..Grab A Free 3GB Storage From Memopal Online Backup Service =-.

  • Shabnam Sultan November 12, 2009, 1:10 pm

    Thanks for this post :) . I agree with Aswani regarding blogger as it is user friendly . I have been using blogger for quite some time and never as such faced any problem.I wish blogger was more SEO friendly like wordpress and had more plugins.
    .-= Shabnam Sultan´s last blog ..Spirit Rover finally moves in Martian soil =-.

  • Forest November 12, 2009, 11:36 am

    I fell in love with wordpress and have stuck to it since… I suppose it wouldn’t hurt to give some others a try.

  • Hesham November 12, 2009, 11:04 am

    Thanks for the good post, I am a fan of Wordpress and it’s abilities as a blog platform, and I no longer using Bloggers because it’s limitations and I have it’s comment system!

  • Aswani November 12, 2009, 4:14 am

    This really is a very nice post. Choosing correct blogging platform is one of the the key issues faced by the new bloggers. I also had a similar problem but the I decided to go with the Google blogger. And honestly speaking, other than some initial design issues, I didn’t face any problems as such till date. I find blogger very simple and user friendly though it is loved mostly by the Google Search Engine. The biggest drawback lies in being SEO friendly which if made more flexible then we can have more traffic from the other popular search engines as well. No doubt, Wordpress excels here both in being SEO friendly plus the support for the plugins is just awesome.
    My vote will still go for Google Blogger which is my favorite blogging platform. And to be more honest, blogging platforms do not matter much to me. What matters most to me is – What can I offer as a Blogger? Can I have readers on my blog or not? Can I make things work as per my expectation no matter whichever is the blogging platform?
    .-= Aswani´s last blog ..Bad Dreams – The Horrible Night =-.

  • Blazing Minds
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    November 12, 2009, 3:11 am

    When I first started blogging I used Blogger, but then moved to a self-hosted WordPress blog, now I have more control and the benefit of all the plugins available, out of the two, I much prefer WordPress over Blogger, but at the end of the day all bloggers have there preferences..
    .-= Blazing Minds´s last blog ..Blogger Interviews, this week with Angelika =-.

  • Michael Aulia
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    November 11, 2009, 11:56 pm

    Hm.. I’ve never heard or tried BlogEngine.net. WordPress rocks but only the self-hosted version. You get so much out of it, especially the extensions. I guess it’s like comparing Firefox with Google Chrome (the reason I stay with Firefox is just because of the cool extensions and nothing more)
    .-= Michael Aulia´s last blog ..Razer Orochi Review =-.

    • lawmacs
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      November 12, 2009, 2:34 am

      I do realize not much bloggers know about Blogengine.net this blogging platform is around long time check it out just like firefox there are a lot of extensions for it just like Wordpress and if you like asp.net so much the better you can find all the information here at http://www.dotnetblogengine.net
      .-= lawmacs´s last blog ..Website Design Tips – Wireframes and Grids =-.

    • lawmacs
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      November 12, 2009, 2:38 am

      I realized that blogengine.net is not that popular but it commands lots of features and that is what my blog runs on check it out at http://www.codeplex.com/blogengine you will have a better insight
      .-= lawmacs´s last blog ..Website Design Tips – Wireframes and Grids =-.

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