From 10 websites/blogs I created and own with my my sisters, in this last 4 years self hosted Wordpress has provided us great results. I am a developer, and have, used around 7 platform for more than 5 years.. they still cannot beat Wordpress in third party solution integration, security, scalability and flexibility. Of course, knowing the ins and outs of these platforms help tremendously. Just make use of one you can feel comfortable using and that will allow your biz/project grow. Ownership, techincal support, and monthly costs matter when you are just a begginner with no coding or some technical skills at first.
Squarespace - all features you need, fantastic support, includes hosting - $8/mo. Easy choice, I promise. Beautiful templates that look great on all devices. Very easy to use after a bit of a learning curve. You can start your site and set it online within 30 seconds (and two week free trial).
All other "DIY" options like Wix/Weebly are really not good and give off a cheap feel.
Using something like WordPress.com is fine, but it doesn't look professional and it's not a space that you truly "own." In theory, they could delete your content. It's important to own your own space.
Create a blog on your business website and promote that on social media channels.
I would agree with the posts that have mentioned Wordpress. I use this and find it to be very simple and easy to use.
Best of luck.
Velma M. Knowles, MBA
Knowles Consulting Services, LLC
"Build YOUR Relevance"
I use weebly to create all my website, blogs etc. It is such an easy platform that you gotto try.
You will get a host of responses to this question. However if you are looking for a free platform that is flexible, has an intuitive UI and can be built on as you get more sophisticated the only answer is Wordpress.
My site is built on Wordpress, my other half's blog is on Wordpress and I even know of smaller commerce site built on the platform. Genuinely ranks really well in Google too.
Obviously if you want to pay, there are a number of great tools out there, happy to help if you want more info. By the way, I am not associated with any paid platforms, so no stake in it for me :-)
Well, I think the new release of EN, their new blogging system, is a good website to create blogs. Very easy to use, good service, good platform, and based on a very well ranked website in Alexa. A good way for your blog to go viral. They started with a Wordpress based blog, but soon they had to develop their own platform, as they needed to make it easier, more simple. The only thing is that you can get it only by invitation, under a business project, but you can have many blogs, different subjects to talk about etc.
I have had great success at WEBS as an amateur for my social enterprise info site I use to help charity leaders get past their reluctance to use this approach to building support. www.socialenterprise.com. WEBS is easy to use and very inexpensive.
It depends on a lot of factors, so there isn't a general answer for the "Best" because for each person, organization there are different needs, expectations, personal preferences, plans for growth and development and access to funds.
Wordpress is very versatile and I prefer it over all others for myself and most of my clients, but I have a couple clients where Squarespace or Blogger worked better for their platforms.
So you really need to provide more info for a definite answer. If you were a client, I would ask more questions then make a recommendation based on your needs, so it saves you from having to do the research into all the different sites and Content Management Systems.
I would start with wordpress.com, its free and will give you a feel for the platform, and has export so you can easily move the blog later. Squarespace.com is another more proprietary platform but has a lot of functionality
I use several platforms. Test them all out and see what works best for you! Below are 2 platforms I use most :)
Have a great day,
If you are asking a question at this level of generality - your already in deep trouble or you'r just asking a crap question to get attention (or fodder for your blog!)
Most of the answers below start with the assumptions that you are asking a technical quesion. The truth is, I can start and maintain extensive blogs without using WP or even knowing the underlying platforms - I don't care if my readers don't care... and neither do the serach engines who help you get found.
Much more important...
You should always start your personal or business quest with a statement of goals. Everything else depends on this so get too it. After that you might do a little research i.e. find a few high ranking (go look that up) sites and then do the research of what they do.
I think that Wordpress is the best site for creating a blog. It is easy to use, looks professional, and it is free. Upgrading doesn't cost much when one is ready to do that.
My advisor likes blogspot with google. it links in to your google+ profile, and I link it to facebook as well. It seems to get getting a lot of views