LiveJournal is a long-running platform that walks the line between being a viable blog maker and a social networking channel. This is evident through the platform’s dashboard, which is a feed of others’ latest posts, rather than information about your own blog.
Although the exterior LiveJournal looks more like a version of MySpace, it still offers many of the staples a top blog platform needs, albeit a bit hidden.
LiveJournal has one of the largest libraries of templates among the platforms we’ve reviewed, making it simple to start creating a blog. Unfortunately, a vast majority of these themes are either dull or repetitive, varying only in color or minor layout differences. In terms of customizing the templates and layouts, there is an extensive menu of options, but the steps to do so aren’t intuitive. Also there is no way too modify the HTML of your site, only CSS, which is a code language that isn’t as predominant as HTML.
Making posts is one of the few blog features that’s quick and trouble-free. The Post New Entry link is omnipresent in the interface and directly brings you to the text editor. You can embed photos and video in your post, but options for size and placement are severely limited.
Comment moderation tools are available; however, they are another feature that’s hard to find under the litany of different settings. You are able to ban commenters, but only by their assumed username, not by IP address.
In order to properly manage and promote your blog in a professional capacity, you may need to upgrade from the free version to a premium plan, which unlocks the comprehensive stat tracking for your blog. This would be the primary reason to get a paid account, as the other benefits are mostly inconsequential. There are no SEO settings, only tags you can customize that only affect your blog’s standing in the LiveJournal community. You can map your LiveJournal to a custom domain as part of the free account, which is rare for most blog platforms.
LiveJournal is a long-running, simple blog platform with a dedicated community of members with different interests and hobbies. You can find anything from celebrity gossip blogs to political discussions. The ingredients to run a professional blog are there, but scattered. LiveJournal is best suited for blog makers looking to connect with smaller communities of users.