How could it be otherwise, the issue of what is the best platform for a blog is a classic debate that today is still active and which does not want to deepen because this is not the place and because we have already entered a background to it in this blog of this thematic series?
So here I will just summarize very quickly the essential points of this issue, along with my personal opinion:
I recommend using WordPress or yes . And therefore, this is the way to follow this guide. WordPress is the world ‘s leading platform , with much distance with the following and it is for something: for being extremely powerful , have tens of thousands of additional third – party products, however, it remains a free product .
You have to know that there are two versions of WordPress with similar user interface. The simplified variant, WordPress.com , which despite being enough to start for most people, is significantly less potent than the variant “full-equipped” which is WordPress.org . In return, WordPress.com is a cloud service free (ie, similar to a Gmail account, for example) that lets you create a blog in less than 5 minutes by opening a simple user account. Otherwise, WordPress.org requires that you purchase your own hosting , unlike WordPress.com is not a single cloud service where you you sign up and go. Although the application of WordPress.org as such is free, the hosting does have a small monthly cost.
Many people alternative arises Blogger from Google. It is a service similar to WordPress.com cloud, very good technically, but I personally do not advise this option , especially, for several reasons : First because it is Google and blogging does not belong to the “core” business of Google, with the risk of closure of this service. But also, this company has indeed shown very little consideration to its users, for example, with the recent and surprising closure of such a popular service like Google Reader , despite massive protests from users . Who says you not do the same with Blogger? Moreover, Blogger is more difficult to migrate to WordPress.com and WordPress.org that, finally, all learning in Blogger in case you want to migrate or forced to see it will become a lost investment.
Which of these platform is best for you?
Put simply, the question is this: lean on one or the other option is a matter of value in your particular case which compensates you more.
If you want speed and simplicity of implementation, use WordPress.com, but you must also assume their limitations.
If you want from the beginning the incredible power, flexibility and freedom offered byWordPress.org you, then you have to take some more effort for the implementation of WordPress.org, a small economic cost monthly hosting and due to this also linked to greater technical difficulty because you have to make not only the initial installation of WordPress, but also its maintenance.
For that reason, my recommendation clearly is to choose a hosting provider as that not only offer a hosting service without (the vast majority of providers) but also also support WordPress . With this you will have an assisted maintenance will greatly simplify life and significantly improve the health of your blog.
As a general rule, for the vast majority of bloggers will be enough to start with WordPress.com, but sooner or later want to make the leap to WordPress.org
However, if you want something more than a basic blog (eg a blog + online store), it may be more convenient to use WordPress.org from the start.