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A Comparative Study of 10 of The Most Popular Blogging Platforms

A Comparative Study of 10 of The Most Popular Blogging Platforms

Whether you’re new to the world of blogging or already have several successful blogs under your name, it can be tricky to decide the right blogging platform for your blog. The blogging landscape changes quickly with the arrival of new platforms and new features for existing platforms.

The choice of the blogging platform depends on your needs and objectives. Whether the choice is an appropriate one for you or not is guided by the factors such as user friendliness, storage, hosting, themes, automatic updates and flexibility.

Below is our comparative study of ten of the most popular blogging platforms in the blogosphere. We hope this helps you choose which is the best for your own blogging venture.

1. WordPress

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    WordPress is the most popular blogging system used on the web with more than 60 million websites using this technology. WordPress was released on May 27, 2003. Its founders were Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little. It is based on PHP and MySQL.

    WordPress offers you two forms of blogging platform. WordPress.com, a free hosted service, provides you a domain with limited customization options. In this form, your domain is a subdomain of WordPress itself.

    The other form is Worpress.org. In this form, you’ll have a self-hosted blog and you can choose the right hosting for your needs. For this, you need to buy a domain and integrate it with WordPress to work on the WordPress platform. With this, you’ll get access to thousands of plugins and themes. You can customize your blog in any way you desire with no restriction.

    2.Blogger

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      Blogger was started on August 23, 1999 by Pyra Labs. Pyra Labs was acquired in February 2003 by search engine giant Google and hence, Blogger is a Google service now. It is simple to use and requires only a Gmail account to get started.

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      The benefit you can get from Blogger is that it is by default, search engine friendly. So, you don’t need to give much attention to search engine optimization and can focus on creating great content. You can also customize the themes with appropriate backgrounds, widgets and layouts.

      The limitations include the lack of control over your domain. You’ll be provided with only a sub-domain which includes many restrictions. Also, if you violate any rules and regulations, then your blog will be promptly terminated.

      3.LiveJournal

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        LiveJournal was launched by Brad Fitzpatrick on April 15, 1999. It was purchased in 2007 by Russian company SUP Media. The development and management of the site is now done by LiveJournal, Inc. under SUP Media. LiveJournal is available in both free and paid versions.

        It is one of the very few platforms that connects social networking and blogging. It encourages you to have communal interactions. You are able use it privately but to take full advantage, you need to get involved in discussions as much as writing.

        The major drawback is LiveJournal hasn’t updated its features and tools much over the years. It’s also not very useful for the people who want to blog professionally and become a successful blogger. It is more useful to people interested in personal blogging. You can benefit from its built-in social network, but it isn’t exactly a platform for bloggers who want serious blogging.

        4.Tumblr

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          Tumblr was created in 2006 by David Karp. It has since been acquired by Yahoo! following a deal on June 20, 2013. Tumblr on one hand gives you easy customization tools like WordPress and at the same time, it feels like you’re using a social networking site like Twitter.

          Tumblr seems to be preferred more by the younger generation, who want to share the content they like rather than content they have created themselves. However, Tumblr is more than just a blogging platform. You can also engage yourself in the community it provides. You can repost, reblog and reshare other user’s content through your account. This will help increase your followers and promote you in order to reach wider audiences.

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          Tumblr also allows mobile apps to submit content. In recent years, photo uploads and customization have been made possible via mobile apps. Due to its easy tools and techniques, many bloggers who have their own blog use Tumblr as their secondary blog.

          5.Squarespace

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            Squarespace was launched in January 2004 by Anthony Casalena. He created it because of his displeasure at using other personal web page platforms. Squarespace puts a greater emphasis on modern design with high mark of quality and readiness for the mobile.

            The designs are simple but very elegant in their simplicity with all the templates appearing glossy like top notch magazines. If you’re searching for elegance and good web design along with ease of navigation and use, Squarespace is a platform that certainly deserves serious consideration.

            Squarespace is so easy to set up that you can make an extremely good looking blog without any need for coding at all. However, you can always build your own theme if you don’t prefer the theme options provided by the platform to begin with. This is a paid-only service thar starts at just $8 per month. One potential drawback of Squarespace is that it is only available as a hosted package.

            6.Weebly

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              Weebly was founded by David Rusenko, Chris Fanini, and Dan Veltri in 2006. All three were 22 year old students at Pennsylvania State University at the time. It was created as a tool for building a personal website when the university required their students to maintain an internet portfolio.

              Weebly is more of a website creation service than simply a blogging platform. It makes use of drag and drop components, which allow you to create great websites quickly as per your requirements. Nevertheless, blogging is also part of the service with access to customizable layouts, free themes and other features offered by Weebly.

              Weebly is a great option if there is a need for your website to be transformed from a blog into a fully-fledged website with functionality such as an online store or a Q&A forum in the future. There is certainly a tradeoff when compared with other platforms that solely focus on blogging, which is evident in its poor user experience for simple tasks such as creating a new post.

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              7.Medium

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                Medium was founded by Twitter co-founder Evan Williams in August 2012. Williams was also the co-founder of Pyra Labs which was behind another popular blogging platform ‘Blogger’. It was created by Williams with the notion of allowing users to create posts longer than the 140 characters standard followed by Twitter.

                It’s a great platform to share your views and ideas with the online community. The editor is an excellent one and is arguably the best post editor out there in the blogosphere. However, it’s not of much use if you need to focus on things like customization and control as it doesn’t allow you options to customize the theme and change the look of your blog.

                There are some other drawbacks with Medium besides lack of customization options. One is that you don’t have the option for a self-hosted Medium site and the other is that custom domains are currently available only as invite-only options for now.

                8.Svbtle

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                  Svbtle was launched in early 2012 by Dustin Curtis. As per the decription on Svtble’s website, it is a “blogging platform designed to help you think”. It is probably the best blogging platform for the sole purpose of writing and it provides an interface that is the slickest among all of the blogging platforms out there.

                  The interface is extremely simple and offers you only the features that allow you to write and publish a post. This simple interface helps to reduce distractions for reading as well as writing and has been very popular in the technological landscape recently.

                  Svbtle is however only available as a hosted package, which costs $6 for a month. There are also very limited prospects for customization as it allows you only to make some adjustments of the logo and the colors on your blog.

                  9.Pen.io

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                    Pen.io was created by Anthony Feint, who previously founded Task.fm. Its approach is very different from other blogging platforms on this list. Its focus is on being anonymous. This platform also focuses heavily on content rather than design, similar to Medium and Svbtle.

                    It’s the best platform if you want to share you content anonymously without providing any of your personal info, neither to the website nor to the readers. You don’t have to create an account and login isn’t required. You just need to provide a URL for your post, set a password and you can get started with the post. The platform is totally free to use.

                    It’s probably the most minimalistic blogging platform with the smallest set of features. However, there are several tradeoffs. As email addresses are not used for the author’s identification, you won’t be able to get access to your page if you forget the password. It also doesn’t support ad placements.

                    10.Ghost

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                      Ghost is the brainchild of the former WordPress deputy lead for its User Interface team John O’Nolan. The motivation for the creation of this platform arose when O’Nolan found WordPress to be rather complicated while using it as a blogging platform instead of a CMS. It was released to the public for the first time in October 14, 2013.

                      It has been written in JavaScript and also uses Node.js. Because of this, blogs created on this platform are quick and responsive even under heavy traffic loads. The themes are also highly customizable, however plugins from third parties are not supported by Ghost as of now.

                      Ghost is available as a self-hosted package as well as hosted GhostPro package which starts at $8 per month. The major benefit with this platform happens to be its speed while the major drawback is its lack of features.

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                      19 Best Mac Apps for Productivity You Need in 2020

                      19 Best Mac Apps for Productivity You Need in 2020

                      Whether you use your Mac for work or just for your personal projects, you’ve likely found yourself wondering how to improve your productivity. There are only so many hours in a day, and so much mental stamina you can muster before you run out.

                      There are dozens of tricks you can use to improve your own productivity and outlook, but if you’re looking for a more objective, comprehensive fix, the best thing to do is equip your Mac with productivity apps designed to help you do more in less time.

                      This Lifehack-exclusive list has some of the best productivity apps to help you feel less tired, improve your energy, and ultimately help you get more done every day:

                      1. Todoist

                        Available for all iOS devices, Todoist is a note-taking and organization app that can keep you on top of all your projects—both personal and professional.

                        Its best features are all free to use, including browser extensions, task creation, and interactive boards you can use to organize all your notes.

                        If you want to pay the optional $29 yearly fee, you can get even more advanced features like backups and automatic reminders. Even with the free version, you’ll stay far more organized.

                        Download: Todoist

                        2. 1Password

                          You may not realize it, but you probably spend a ton of time recalling your passwords, especially if and when you forget one to an app you use on a regular basis.

                          1Password is an app for Mac that saves and remembers all your passwords for you in one place, so you can access all your favorite sites with a single click.

                          You’ll save time and keep all your accounts secure simultaneously. A personal plan is $2.99 per month.

                          Download: 1Password

                          3. Bear

                            Bear is a unique kind of note-taking app designed to make it easier for Mac users to jot down notes on the go. With it, you can create to-do lists, give yourself reminders, and outline concepts for future brainstorming sessions.

                            It comes with many different inline styles so you can customize your notes to your personal preferences, and remember the context in which you wrote them. The core version is free, with a $14.99 per year version available as well.

                            Download: Bear

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                            4. Hazel

                              Hazel by noodlesoft is an automated organization tool designed for Mac that will help you automatically organize your files based on any custom rules you want to create.

                              For example, you can set it to move untouched items from one folder into another folder labeled “action items” if they haven’t been addressed within a week. It can save you hours of organization over the course of a few weeks. A single license is a flat $32.

                              Download: noodlesoft

                              5. Alfred

                                Alfred is an all-in-one app designed to save you time with Mac shortcuts and convenient custom actions. You can use it in a variety of ways.

                                For example, you can access Alfred’s clipboard memory so you don’t copy and paste the same material over and over, or set up custom workflows to automate some of your most repetitive tasks.

                                It’s a paid app, with multiple price points based on the features you desire.

                                Download: Alfred

                                6. TextExpander

                                  TextExpander does exactly what the name suggests; it allows you to type a short snippet of text, and expand that text automatically.

                                  For example, you can create a custom expansion that allows you to conjure a full paragraph you type repeatedly by simply typing a unique abbreviation. Once you get used to your custom combinations, you’ll spare your fingers from typing thousands of words.

                                  An individual account is $3.33 per month.

                                  Download: TextExpander

                                  7. Backblaze

                                    If you’ve ever experienced a crash, or theft of your Mac, you know how much time a system restore can cost you. You’ll spend hours replacing the files you lost, and lose thousands of files that are irreplaceable.

                                    Backblaze is an automated, inexpensive way to back up your entire Mac for just $5 a month.

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                                    Download: Backblaze

                                    8. Keyboard Maestro

                                      Keyboard Maestro is an older app that still has the power to make your life easier. With it, you can automate any number of tasks based on a certain trigger (such as a hotkey combination, or an event like connecting to a wireless network). A single license only costs $36.

                                      Download: Keyboard Maestro

                                      9. Snagit

                                        There are many applications for a good screen-capture app, whether you’re trying to illustrate a tech problem you have or just want to make an interesting meme. Snagit makes it easy, with built-in editing for both still images and video. A single license covers two machines, and costs $49.95.

                                        Download: TechSmith/Snagit

                                        10. Bartender

                                          Bartender is the cleverly-named app that helps you clean up and organize all your menu bar icons. You can also access them quickly with keyboard shortcuts.

                                          If you’re like most Mac users, those icons get cluttered quickly and stop you from working efficiently. It’s free to try for 4 weeks, after which you’ll need a $15 license.

                                          Download: Bartender

                                          11. Otter

                                          Otter is the Mac app for the note taker who hates typing. It’s an intelligent voice-recognition system and note-taking app that will help you transcribe your conversations, keep notes during meetings, and even take contextual notes to yourself in your own time.

                                          Best of all, it’s free to get started!

                                          Download: Otter

                                          12. Flux

                                            Do you often find yourself feeling tired throughout the day, or feeling unable to get to sleep after a day of staring at your computer? That could be because of the unnatural blue light that radiates from your Mac.

                                            Flux naturally adapts your display to emit light that matches the time of day, so you can sleep better and feel less tired. It’s also free!

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                                            Download: Flux

                                            13. PDFpen

                                            If you deal with PDFs on a regular basis, you probably find yourself wishing for some kind of tool that can let you mark up those PDFs however you want. Without a dedicated app like PDFpen, this can be difficult.

                                            PDFpen lets you edit PDFs in almost any conceivable way, giving you more power and saving you time. A single license is $74.95.

                                            Download: Smile Software/PDFpen

                                            14. OmniFocus

                                              OmniFocus is all about task management. It has a clean interface that allows you to tag your tasks, schedule events, and even automate certain features.

                                              It’s one of the most comprehensive solutions on the market, so there’s a bit of a learning curve to get the most out of it.

                                              A standard license is $39.99, while the pro version is $79.99.

                                              Download: OmniFocus

                                              15. Franz

                                                It’s tiring to switch between dozens of different chat programs like Facebook Messenger, Slack, and WhatsApp, whenever you want to have a conversation with a different contact.

                                                Franz’s solution is simple; offer access to all these apps in one convenient package. And best of all, it’s completely open source.

                                                Download: Franz

                                                16. MindNode

                                                  If you’re the brainstorming type, you need an app like MindNode to help you efficiently organize your thoughts. There are dozens of tools you can use to connect ideas in a mind map, or simply jot down notes for future reference.

                                                  The core app is free, with in-app purchases available.

                                                  Download: MindNode

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                                                  17. Focus

                                                    The internet is a wonderful thing, but it can be awfully distracting. And if you’re like the majority of us, you’ve interrupted work on a project because of some attention-grabbing site or bad online habit. That’s where Focus comes in.

                                                    This app allows you to block the worst offenders with custom time limits and other constraints, so you can focus on the task at hand. A single license is $19.99.

                                                    Download: Focus

                                                    18. CleanMyMac

                                                      Chances are, your Mac isn’t working as fast as it could, thanks to gigabytes of clutter and unnecessary files on your system. CleanMyMac helps you scan your Mac, monitor its health, and ultimately clean it up—so you can handle all your tasks that extra bit faster. A single license is $39.95.

                                                      Download: CleanMyMac

                                                      19. Grammarly

                                                        A spelling error or grammatical mistake can cost you big time. It could be the source of a worse grade on a big paper, or compromise your credibility in the workplace. Thankfully, Grammarly can help you.

                                                        This Mac-integrated writing assistant monitors all your writing and makes live corrections, so you’re alerted to your potential mistakes before they become permanent.

                                                        A free version exists, but the premium version will cost you between $11 and $30 a month, depending on how you pay.

                                                        Download: Grammarly

                                                        The Bottom Line

                                                        These productivity apps should help you squeeze more productive hours out of every day, but they aren’t the only tools you’ll have to help you find success.

                                                        Make the time to learn about and experiment with all the life hacks that can make you more productive. By improving your devices as well as your outlook and focus, you’ll be able to get far more done in a day, and feel better doing it.

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