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Popular Blogging Platforms

Popular Blogging Platforms

Apr 19, 2013

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Blogging platforms refer to software used in creating a blog.  There are free and paid options.  The two most popular blogging platforms today are Blogger and WordPress.

Blogger

Blogger was created and launched in August 1999 by  Pyra Labs and is one of the earliest publishing tools made available in the market.  It was bought by Google in 2003. The blogs hosted by Google for free are usually identified by the subdomain of blogspot.com.

Google’s subsequent purchase and integration of Picasa into its existing photo utility made it possible for bloggers to use photos in their blogs.  The blogging platform was able to complete its transfer to Google-operated servers by May 2007.  The quality of such servers has been credited for what Blogger calls its reliable service.

New features have been introduced through the years. Blogger is also available in several languages. Google’s Adsense service is supported by Blogger which is an option given to blogs to earn. Blogger also provides the self-hosting option.

WordPress

WordPress was first released by Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little in May 2003 as an independent development from b2/cafelog.  It is a free and open source blogging tool as well as a content management system which is based on PHP and MySQL.  It is said to be the most popular blogging platform today.

It offers many features including themes, plugins, widgets, multi-blogging and mobiles.  The subsequent releases of WordPress are named after jazz musicians.  The development of WordPress is not only limited to its core developers since its community actively participates in testing each release. Conferences, both formal and informal, attended by developers and users of WordPress are referred to as WorldCamp gatherings.

The self-hosted option is also available through WordPress.  This platform relies heavily on peer support. WordPress.org serves as its primary support website.

Looking into Blogging Platforms

There are actually many other blogging platforms available aside from Blogger and WordPress.  These would include Tumblr, Live Journal, Bravenet, Xanga, Insane Journal, Blog.com, Edublog.org, Blogetery.com, and Weebly.com, among others.  The choice would depend on the purpose of blogging.

The discussion about Blogger and WordPress covers a wide range of topics.  These will be tackled on the succeeding articles that will be posted under this category.  Newbie bloggers are advised to get as much information as they can on the blogging platforms they are considering.  It is always best to be informed before plunging into blogging.

 

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