Best blogging platforms in 2020?

If you want to become a blogger in 2020, you have over a hundred blogging platforms to choose from (115, to be specific, according to a recent graphic on SocialSamosa). But not all would suit your needs. Let us look at specific strong and weak features of popular blogging platforms.

Blogger [https://blogger.com] is the most popular free blogging site and it is everywhere. Blogger is a Google product and thus integrates with Gmail and other Google products. It is completely free and gives a large storage space for blogging resources. It is highly secure. You can modify the looks of your blog in a hundred ways, place advertisements on your blog and make money, and migrate to other platforms if the blog grows beyond Blogger's free resources or for some other reason. Blogger is very easy to set up and maintain. The blog that you are reading, SocialLogging, is on Blogger (as of 2020).

Wordpress [https://wordpress.com] is another free platform and almost as easy as Blogger. However, it needs some setting up. The free account does not allow many changes to its design and does not allow you to put advertisements.

In the linked article, I have compared Blogger and Wordpress platforms in detail, bringing out their advantages and limitations.

Wordpress's software-only version is wordpress.org. This is not a free blogging platform but a software kit (technically called content management system or CMS) and is much more popular than the free blogging platforms named above.

Wordpress CMS only creates a blog for you but it does not give you a blog name and does not host your blog (= it does not place your blog on the web). The blog can be visited by others only when you buy domain name (=name for your blog) and engage a website hosting service to host the blog on the web.

Talking still of CMSs, let me add that there are many other CMSs used by bloggers and website creators. These are slightly more complicated than Wordpress and do not have as big a community as Wordpress has; the community discusses blogging matters and helps new bloggers in sorting out issues. The most popular CMSs after Wordpress are Joomla and Drupal.

Tumblr is another free platform, with limited facilities for customization. It has been traditionally popular among the younger users, especially because it makes sharing of content within the platform easy and leads to socialization.

Medium is another free blogging medium and would suit you if you are interested only in posting quality content (mostly text) and are not bothered about design, money making etc. This platform gives one of the cleanest, no-frill design to the blog, so that visitors concentrate on reading the content. The blogger can earn some bucks by way of a partner program in which the blogger gets paid on the basis of engagement, but Medium does not allow any other form of monetization.

I think, a blogger does not have to go beyond these platforms, though there are many paid blogging platforms and also website builders with blogging options. For the sake of listing, let me mention Wix and Weebly (versatile, drag-and-drop website builders); Typepad, Squarespace and Ghost (paid blogging platforms with many facilities; they need some tech skills); Livejournal - one of the earliest blogging platforms (still exists but now lags behind others in features).

Best blogging platform for your needs: how do you make a choice?


The above discussion gave you some idea about a few of the most popular blogging platforms. Let me make things more clear with this comparative chart, taken from The Manual of Blogging.

best blogging platforms and sites compared

My final take on choosing the right blogging platforms is:
  • New bloggers would be fine starting with Blogger or Wordpress free blogging platforms.
  • Bloggers who want only to reach more people with their content, and have no wish or ambition to make money from commercial or adding special features to the blog can go for Medium.
  • If you want to start with a free platform and then test the ground before migrating to professional blogging, start with Blogger and then (i) either remain with Blogger and map the blog to an independent domain or (ii) shift to Wordpress CMS. But if you like the feel of Wordpress, start with its free platform from the beginning and later shift to Wordpress CMS.
  • Bloggers wanting to maintain a feature-rich professional/ commercial blog should go for Wordpress CMS and invest in a good domain name and web host.
  • While the right choice of blogging platform is important, the quality of content, optimization, socialization and other aspects of blogging play a very important part in making a blog successful.