What are Blog Platforms
Blog platforms are software that enable a blogger easily build and manage a blog. They enable you create a blog and also makes writing and editing on your blog very easy. To create a blog with a blog platform, you do not need to know lots about web design technologies like HTML and CSS, though a little knowledge will help.
Blog platforms offer templates that you can easily customise to create a unique look and feel for your blog. While some offer a simple drag and drop or WYSIWYG interface, others will require that you have some knowledge of coding to use them. What all blog platforms will help you do easily is to write, format, and edit your posts, as well as add photos and videos.
What is your Blog Platform Choice
There are many blog platforms, but I will narrow down your choice to two Wordpress and Blogger. Of course, there are others like TypePad and Movable Type, however Blogger and Wordpress are the most popular blog platforms. When choosing a blog platform, you have two choices hosted/online blog platform or a standalone blog platform.
Hosted/Online blog platforms are hosted online. They are a lot easier to use. Using them is as simple as using any other online service like your email or Facebook. They are designed for simplicity and require no knowledge of web technologies. With hosted blog platforms, you do not need to worry about hosting as your blog is hosted free once created.
Hosted blog platforms also offer a free subdomain name, although with a little fee you can use your own domain name for your blog. The only complaint that some bloggers have on hosted blog platforms is that they are less customisable. Hence, bloggers who are customisation freaks often go for standalone blog platforms.
To use a standalone blog platform, you must have a web hosting account, which you will have to pay for. You also need to buy a domain name. You can download the blog platform and install it on the server of your host. However, most hosting services already have blog platforms on their sites all you need is install them. Most of these hosting services provide an easy one click installation for blog platforms.
Setting up and customising a standalone blog platform takes a lot of work and require some knowledge of web technologies, but is worth the effort, because of the flexibility and control they offer. Standalone blog platforms give you more control to customise your blog.
So hosted/online blog platforms offer simplicity and ease of use, but with some limitation on blog customisation, while standalone blog platforms offer limitless possibilities, with some complexities. So, make your choice and create a blog.
Blogger is a hosted/online blog platform while Wordpress is available in hosted/online and standalone blog platform variants.