I'll be honest...I usually say "it depends." Though this has been addressed many times before by me and many others, there is no one "right" answser. You need to choose based on your own criteria.
- How technically savvy are you?
- Are you a do-it-yourselfer?
- How much customization do you want?
- Will someone be designing and building it for you?
- What's the purpose, goals and outcomes you want from your blog?
When I set up my first blog in 2004, all I knew about was TypePad and I've been very happy with the platform. I also have used SquareSpace and my site at DeniseWakeman.com is build on Wordpress.org. I've been a guest blogger on sites built on Blogger and Moveable Type. I also use Posterous as a remote blogging site for miscellaneous posts that don't fit with my other content. And Tumblr is growing quickly as an easy blogging alternative.
How do you decide which blogging platform to use?
I've put together a simple comparison chart you can use to evaluate blogging platforms. Also included is a chart of web host providers since hosting is required not only for websites, but also for blogs built on Wordpress.org.
For a really cool visualization of the popular blogging platforms and how bloggers use them, check out the infographic on David Risley's blog, called How We Are Blogging.
I'm willing to bet that if I ask you what platform you're using, the majority will say Wordpress. Let's find out anyway...let's do an informal poll...in the comments below, share what blogging platform you use....Blog on!