Thank You all.
By reading all the comments & suggestions, I have learned some new things about wordpress that I never knew before.
Now I'M gonna start with wordpress...
Thanks once again...
This question begs clarification.
Are you asking which blogging software/CMS is best or which blogging hosting provider is best? Or, alternatively, which social media blogging option (Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.) is best?
If you are asking which software is best I have to agree with everyone else here. Wordpress is tops and it deserves the critical acclaim it gets.
No matter which direction you go you should stay away from several things:
*"Free" blog accounts - Don't split your page rank and send your visitors to two separate pages. Additionally, your page on the "free blog" will likely have ads (potential for competitors) which could attract users elsewhere. Not a good idea.
*"Free" blogging options in key social media sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, etc. Don't make the assumption that users are on any single platform or you may loose potential conversions. The same issues with ADs on your pages also exist. Not so good.
*A separate blog from your website - the two should be as tightly integrated as possible - not two separate efforts. No matter the CMS/Blogging platform you choose it should have both core CMS features and tightly integrated blogging as a core critical feature.
As noted by many wise people here. Wordpress is both a CMS and a blogging platform which meets both requirements and then some.
If you are looking for the most flexibility, go with a custom install at a hosting provider that supports Wordpress. You will be happy you did.
Obviously by now you can tell that WordPress is the correct platform to choose when creating a blog of just about any type.
One thing to also remember is to have it hosted on your own hosting account. That means get a hosting account somewhere like Liquidweb or Site5 or something like that. Many folks who use services like Blogger but dont realise that if Blogger one day ups and leaves, so does all their content, images, posts, etc. So get yourself self-hosted, then use WordPress to build your site.
There are thousands of themes to choose from. Just because its free from WordPress doesnt mean its good for you. Are you a business blog, a travel blog, a food blog, or what are you? All templates arent made equal and hence there are themes better designed for certain purposes. This is because of trained human psychology. The way people interact with certain themes is different than others.
A good idea would be to visit templatemonster.com, chose the category type that best suits your blog purpose, then have a look at designs that are used. You can better gauge whether a certain template layout, colour scheme, sidebar, header design, footer style, etc fits your blog.
Aside from all this, remember to be creative, natural, and mindful when writing blog posts. Search engines are far smarter than we give them credit and they can penalise you for inconsistent or copied content. So before you really get started, have a look at articles that highlight best practices for blogging in today's market place.
Best of luck!
If you have a blog, you need it to be on YOUR website. Assuming your blog will be really good, it will attract links ... and you may promote it in social media with links back. Those links will help your website to rank higher in search engines. If you create your blog on WordPress.com or Blospot.com onr someplace similar, all the links your blog posts earn will only help WordPress or Blogspot to rank higher. And they don't need the help.
If on the other hand you were asking what blogging platform or software to use, my preference is WordPress. But be sure to host the blog on your own website. A bit more here: http://goo.gl/MDJDRp
If you're using a blog to communicate out to the Internet, then your best choice for a platform is Wordpress. Wordpress has both a RSS and RPC protocols, which other platforms do not have. Wordpress was built as a communications tool from the very beginning.
I am not a fan of Wordpress.com because there are limitations. I suggest having your own blog and install Wordpress on a server from Wordpress.org.
As was stated in several comments Wordpress comes with many themes/template options...not to mention all the marketing plugins that are available too.
Hope this helps.
It's not the platform you use.
It's the message and the habits you develop that make an impact. On the lives of your readers that is.
I would recommend starting out with Wordpress.com You can always migrate your content to a self hosted wordpress.org platform. Blogger is also good and it's free.
Mike Noone took part in an experiment with Ed Dale to build the worlds largest blog network on the Top Secret Marillion project.
If you want more info feel free to contact him via this site.
I have worked with Wordpress.org for the past number of years (around 6-7) and have found it to be a great system. We create about 50-75% of our clients custom websites using Wordpress as a CMS and most of them use it also for a custom blog on their site. If you're looking for a blog to write to that is not hosted on your own URL though, then your options open up a lot more. It really depends on what you are looking to do.
I am surprised you are asking this question since you are a custom website designer. Wordpress is definitely the best and easiest platform. Is your Company website on the Wordpress platform? If it is then it is easy to add a blog page to it. If you use the Yoast SEO plugin, then you can used the plugin to enhance the already built in SEO capability of Wordpress. You can also hook up your website through Yoast with your Google Plus account and establish Google Authorship, which helps with your blog recognition.
I highly recommend Wordpress. There are great templates to choose from and the features on the free version are fantastic. In my opinion, this is the most professional and clean looking blog platform out there. The statistics that are displayed in your dashboard are great as well, and very insightful.
You also have the option to upgrade for a mere $99/year. This enables you to have your own .com domain (instead of blogtitle.wordpress.com), access to all templates, and customize in a deeper way than you can with the free version.
Yes, @Vince you are absolutely right..
The more content in the blog and engagement will lead it to be the best one..
I have never used Typepad, but its the best one when we talk about blog, other than this wordpress is the 2nd choice for bloggers free or self hosted, just because of the CMS and all available free plugins (user friendly)..
I would suggest to host the site with the wordpress platform, purchasing the domain and hosting in godaddy or other..
The most obvious answer is the best answer: WordPress, by a mile. Further, your blog should be an integral part of your main site for best SEO results, so your main site and blog should both be built on WordPress, preferably the self-hosted (wordpress.org) version that gives you complete freedom to design and configure your site to meet the needs of your business.
I believe wordpress is. If the content is more entertainment or fashion base then Tumblr.
Word press is without a doubt the best option. This is primarily because of their built in easy-to-use SEO settings. A layman blogger could easily fill in keywords and SEO parameters.
Word Press also has a lot of application, third party vendors, and available customization.
I consider myself an SEO expert, and I have to tell you that the SEO value from Word Press is enough to make a choice on this.
I would certainly say your own first! But if you are asking about platform, like many other folks here I would recommend Wordpress.
But, you may also consider creating accounts on a number of other blogging platforms and use a broadcast plug-in to automatically post to other blog accounts.
For example, my blog automatically posts to my Tumblr, StumbleUpon, and Wordpress.com blog. (As well as a number of my social media accounts)
Just some food for thought.
I use WordPress for my business-related blog and my website designer used one of their templates (which she customized) to create my website. Excellent results!
Your own website (domain) if you want to factor in SEO needs and build a business.
Otherwise any blogging platform that offers hosted blogs such as WordPress or other solutions mentioned here.
There are several website creation platforms out there such as Wix, Weebly, Wordpress, Drupal, Joomla, SquareSpace, etc. It all depends on what you're trying to achieve (e-commerce or brochure website?).
- Weebly's templates look outdated and their lacklustre designs don't put your business in a professional light.
- Wix has beautiful templates, but has severe limitations with blogging and SEO. I've written an article that describes my experience with Wix and compares it to Wordpress:
- Drupal and Joomla are also CMS (Content Management System) where you can post blog articles and make updates yourself (dynamic website) vs. a brochure (static) website. It's important to have a dynamic website for your SEO; Google loves it when you update your content regularly, esp. rich, valuable content. However, Drupal and Joomla are very complicated and user "UN-friendly".
- Square is great, but is for those who are artists and want to have a portfolio website.
- Wordpress is really the way to go, as it is free, user-friendly, easy to update, excellent for SEO, has beautiful designs, has ultimate customization and functionality, you can do just about anything with it, and the support is amazing, because it is open source (free and developed by programmers around the world volunteering their time to better the software), and the list goes on (as explained in my blog in the link above).
I agree with Wordpress, it's by far the most robust and has the widest number of plug-ins that a beginner or expert can take advantage of. It is also already designed with SEO in mind to optimize your site for search engines.