Which is the best blog platform?

olaman

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Please in your opinion, which is the best free blogging platform between wordpress and blogspot blogger of google? Considering the flexibility and more control of wordpress and google tools and adsense of blogspot?
Your opinion will be appreciated.
Thanks in advance.
 

Genesis

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Staff member
Depends on how much time you have available to master the tools and quirks of WordPress. You have to have time available to regularly check on your WordPress blog from a security point of view, as if one doesn't watch it, it could be hacked or spammed. Hackers hack WordPress blogs for sport. Also WordPress does come with some headaches when one changes from one version to another. It is a skill that has to be mastered, again requiring time for the learning curve. Google's blogger is of course much easier in comparison, also safer, but with less flexibility and ability to control its features. I'd go for WordPress myself, and the first features I'd make sure to master is how to turn off the blog when I go on a holiday. I would also take time out to check all the security tips for WordPress, such as renaming the account name Admin to something else. Here are two threads at Gigalicous that cover some of the WordPress concerns.

http://gigalicous.com/forum/Thread-...Wordpress-hacked?highlight=wordpress+security

http://gigalicous.com/forum/Thread-...security-measure?highlight=wordpress+security
 

mailbox_bomber

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Well there are other alternatives of course!

Expression engine
Tumblr
Drupal
GetSimple
Text Pattern
Cushy
Melody
symphony
Posterous
Croogo
 

Hazem

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Secured Wordpress is the easiest way to have a successful blog
Just make sure you use a secure plugin to help you
 

hoenens

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Wordpress is the best and easyst to use if you are new, drupal is a bit more advanced to use.
I normaly use wordpress because of the plugins, but much of them are expiered and not compatable with new versions of wordpress :(
 

LiveWire

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If you just care about the content of the blog and you don't have time to look after security or uptime then Blogger from Google is the best.
If you do care about highly customized blog then WordPress is unbeatable at the time of writing this post. Thousands of Plugins make it easy to do anything you like.

:drinks:
 

Pauline

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Both are good in their own right, but I still think WordPress has lots of room for improvement. There is definitely room for a better blogging software.
 

NoelF1

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Genesis said:
If you say well-secured. What do you mean?

Wordpress is more prone to hacking than blogger, so changing and customizing the login and default stuff it comes with makes it more secure. Also configuring spam plugins such as Aksimet would make it better.

Plus it has lots of plugins, themes and one can integrate it into a website.
 

Genesis

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Staff member
I wonder what other options there are? Is it really Word Press that is the issue, or the blogging nature itself. I.e. the ability to receive comments to blog posts, making the posts, etc. Wherever there is interaction between the Website and external people who log in and participate there will always be high risk situations. And agreed plug-ins, particularly ones that are not from WordPress itself, and is being flogged as a freebie in a Website that one doesn't know anything about, has to be high risk too. Keeping the plug-ins that are being used up to date is essential.

Must say for all of that hard work and the high risk, maybe it's better to go for blogger with Google if it's a personal site. Although one still have to watch those comments. So many people just stop visiting their own blogs, without turning the comments off, and it's incredible how the spam comments accumulate in those.
 

linjwei

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I think Anchor cms,
because it is very
lightweight, simple, not
too many components,
and its size is only
200kb+, do not need a lot
of components if only
to be used as a blog
page
 

lestaria

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I've used both Blogger and WordPress and have never mastered either to be honest. A lot of people are turning to Blogger to use for their blogs instead of anything else. Personally, I prefer to make my own website on a free website host (such as Gigalicous) and use a simple, lightweight posting program such as CuteNews (or FanUpdate, except FanUpdate uses MySQL which is why I prefer CuteNews).

I also know a lot of people who use Tumblr for their blogs. Tumblr is convenient for some, but only to those who don't want to allow other people to post on their site as writers (not comments, because there are several ways to allow for comments on posts). CuteNews allows for multiple users which have their own account in CuteNews, they don't actually have access to your website host in any way. For personal blogs, Tumblr and Wordpress are great options depending on what you're looking for. If you're looking to make a blog based on a game where other people post articles relating to the game, then CuteNews is a great option!
 

rosareven

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As many replies have said it, WordPress is without a doubt the most tried-and-true blogging platform. Blogger is also great but WordPress allows complete control with its self-host option.

WordPress is also the only self-host blogging platform I see that also come with a feature-rich Android app, complete with essential post management options such as editor, sharing integration and some administrations.

It's worthy to note as well, that despite the complexity of WordPress, it remains to be very user friendly and easy to navigate for many features. I tried a lot of blogging platforms and CMS, most only become more difficult to use as they advance in versions.

There are only two minor downsides to WordPress in my opinion:
  • Needs a MySQL database, which means not just any shared host users can afford to self-host WordPress if their hosting service limits MySQL usage. I don't think WordPress comes with a SQLite version either unlike Drupal, which could have bypassed the MySQL limit.
  • Using WordPress is very easy, but making custom theme for it is difficult as hell. The complexity of WordPress really shows from its template engine. Fortunately there are plenty of free templates available for use, with their own customization options, but it also creates a trend where new designs are relying on the quality of the base templates, rather than WordPress template engine itself. Such trend isn't necessarily a bad thing, though it may be inconvenient for those who enjoy building a theme from scratch.

I also tried many other flat-file options (without the use of MySQL) such as SQLite Drupal, FlatPress, PivotX and Get-Simple, but I always end up sacrificing a MySQL spot to go back to WordPress.

Ghost, recently funded in KickStarter also looks very promising. Unfortunately it costs subscription fee to use =/