I consider WordPress.org to be an oldie but a goodie when it comes to blogging platforms. More than one-third of all active websites in the world are using WordPress. This platform has been the most popular option for many years thanks to its rich features and plugins.
The customization options are endless, and you have access to countless themes and plugins to make your site unique.
WordPress.org is a relatively inexpensive blogging platform. You can get started for just $2.75 per month and build your plan as needed. This expense mostly includes Webhosting.
You can build a blogging site without having to code.
Wix is a close second to WordPress, and it seems to be growing in popularity thanks to their continued marketing efforts.
I included Wix on this list of best blogging platforms because it features an easy-to-use drag-and-drop software. Almost anyone, regardless of experience level, can build a site that is visually stunning and user-friendly.
What Wix lacks in customization options, it makes up for in ease of use. It is simple and quick to get started, and you can build your website faster than you can on most other platforms.
Wix is a great option for people pressed for time. If you want to build a functional site that looks nice without spending a lot of time on customizations, this is probably the option for you.
You do not have as many choices for plugins.
This platform is more expensive, starting at $11 per month. There is a free version, but it requires you to display Wix ads on your site. If you want to monetize your site, the free version is not the right choice for you.
Wix may also start adding new features as its popularity continues to grow. In my opinion, it is on its way to the top, but it is not there yet.
If it seems like Squarespace is everywhere these days, it’s because they are. I have seen more Squarespace ads lately than almost any other blogging platform. Their marketing team has flooded YouTube and social media with ads that promise a website platform that is easy to use. They’ve even gotten celebrities like Idris Elba and Keanu Reeves to join in on promoting the brand.
Squarespace is friendly enough for beginners to easily and quickly set up their blog, but that is about the only advantage.
Squarespace is making up for a lack of substance with a lot of flash.
The options for themes, plugins, eCommerce, and customizations are severely limited.
Starting at $12 per month, Squarespace comes in as one of the more expensive options.
Squarespace may do something impressive later on, but for now, they are not worth your money. The only people who can benefit from this platform are beginners just dipping their toes in the water. Even then, you will probably outgrow this platform very quickly.