5 Most Popular Blog Platforms

5 Most Popular Blog PlatformsThere is no ideal blog platform, which platform is right for you is up to your needs and tastes. While there are many platforms available, here five most popular ones are listed together with some of their features.

Blogger
is completely free and easy solution to use and if you are a newbie looking to start simple blog, Blogger platform is for you. Blogger is completely free and includes some great features like comments, photo blogging, and user profiles' sharing. Blogger blogs liked by search engines and this is also good for anyone, who is not SEO guru yet. In addition, any Blogger's blogger are able to add Adsense ads easily to blog using built-in AdSense feature.

TypePad is flexible enough for personal and even for business applications as well. It contains all the standard blog platform components such as comments, categories, and trackbacks. Your blog can accommodate one or more photo albums with auto thumbnail generation. You can easily add music, books, and other media to Typelists, which grab a thumbnail from Amazon and other retailers for easily displaying in your sidebar. TypePad blogs are known for being very eye pleasing, intuitive and easy to navigate. The TypePad platform requires a monthly fee, ranging from $4.95 to $14.95.

Movable Type is incredibly powerful, intuitive and easy to customize. The platform sits on your server and can be completely customized to fit the look of your site. Movable Type can be configured to dynamically generate HTML, PHP or any other kind of pages you like, meaning it is incredibly scalable, fast, and loved by spiders. In fact, it is the most well-known blogging software for SEO purposes. The interface is not as user friendly as TypePad and does require some knowledge of HTML. There is a one-time license fee for use of the platform, which varies depending on the type of use and the number of users.

Drupal is a well-known open source community blogging platform with a very large community of users and developers. Drupal is not only free but it is very powerful. Drupal allows the system administrator to organize the content, customize the presentation, automate administrative tasks, and manage site visitors and contributors. Drupal uses a PHP/mySQL platform. Although there is a sophisticated programming interface, most tasks can be accomplished with little or no programming. There are built-in forum, download area, and hundreds of other add-ons. Drupal is also free.

WordPress requires perhaps the most sophisticated level of technical knowledge for implementation. WordPress has really taken the blogosphere by storm, it is open source software, so WP is free to use, and is packed with many features you will not find anywhere else. Many professional bloggers use WordPress exclusively. Administrative interface is amazingly simple to use, and it is maybe one of the most adaptable platforms available. WordPress resides on your server and runs on PHP/mySQL.