11. Drupal (self-hosted) – Pros and Cons
Drupal is big time blog site creator that comes with a complete content management system, this means that you can’t only build a blog, but also a complete website.
Nine (9) Features of Drupal
a. Drupal is a great option for blogs associated with businesses .
b. Drupal has a complete content management system.
c. Drupal allows the creation of web pages and other online content.
d. Drupal does not host blogs for users. You will have to buy a hosting package elsewhere.
e. Drupal is also not a platform that readily accommodates beginners.
f. Drupal allows the ability to monetize your content.
g. Drupal enables you to backup your content.
h. Drupal gives you complete control over your website.
i. Drupal software itself is free to download.
12. Typepad (online) – Pros and Cons
Typepad is a blogging platform that provides an easy-to-use interface for beginning and experience bloggers.
Seven (7) Features of Typepad
a. Typepad provides a wide range of themes to choose from.
b. Typepad allows plugins and extensions so you can make your blog your own.
c. Typepad hosts all of the blogs on their server.
d. Typepad does not give the option of using the platform with your own web host.
e. It is also a platform that makes editing codes less difficult because it is geared towards bloggers who may not be as confident in editing HTML code for example.
f. Typepad is suitable for hobby bloggers.
g. Typepad is also suitable for bloggers with low savvy rate.
13. Yola (online) – Pros and Cons
Yola is another great blogging platform you should consider for your new blog because of its flexibility of use.
Ten (10) Features of Yola
a. Yola limits you a bit if you have plans for expansion of your blog in the future.
b. Yola permits you to have only two sites and three web pages with its free plan.
c. Yola has free and paid plans, the paid plan will extend some functionalities.
d. Yola gives a healthy 1GB of both storage and bandwidth for free plan.
e. Yola discourages third-party adverts for its free plan.
f. Yola is easy to get started with.
g. Yola has dozens of customizable templates to choose from.
h. Yola has a straightforward site builder for putting everything together.
i. Yola has a flexible layouts and drag-and-drop widgets.
j. Yola enables you to edit your CSS in order to fine-tune your site’s looks.
14. LiveJournal (online) – Pros and Cons
LiveJournal is a blogging platform that combines blog and social networking just like tumblr, but its interface is more like that of blogger.com, it started in 1999.
Six (6) Features of LiveJournal
a. LiveJournal is more of a community that affords you your own space.
b. LiveJournal also encourages communal interaction.
c. LiveJournal makes it is possible to fashion something more private.
d. LiveJournal is suitable for social bloggers.
e. LiveJournal is great for hobby bloggers.
f. LiveJournal is suitable for blogs with niche that involves more of discussion than writing.
15. BlogNigeria (online) – Pros and Cons
BlogNigeria is an online blogging platform that enables new bloggers get on their feet, as a matter of fact, it will be a major determiner of your success in this tutorial. It will serve as your practice ground for everything you are going to learn here, most especially “posting Articles”.
It has been three solid chapters of discussing and reviewing popularblogging platforms, I know that by now your mind is made up, making further research about a blogging platform is something I will advocate strongly because most times these blogging platforms change their features. They remove some and add new ones.
In Chapter eight we will be studying how to practice blogging inblognigeria before setting up your own blog, yes, don’t create and mess up your new blog, you will have to do some practical with blognigeria before you perfect yourself with your blog.
Carefully glance through all what we have learnt from chapter one, because we are now moving to the unknown land of blogging, and if you are not grounded from day one to day seven, then you might be lost in the middle of this blogging tutorial.