Best Blogging Sites Comparison Guide 2017

09 Aug Best Blogging Sites Comparison Guide 2017

Last updated: 11th January 2017

 

Blogging is a great way to connect with the world. Whether you blog to express your passion for your hobbies, blog to connect on a personal level with others or blog to help promote a business, it can be a great way to connect with the world. In this article I’ll be reviewing each of the popular blogging sites available today.

Since blogging is much more than writing or posting photos, finding the best platform for your needs is important. You will want to have a platform that is easy to use and provides you with the customization tools you are looking for to give your audience everything they need to read and interact with your blog.

If you have never blogged before, you will want to choose blog platforms that cater to beginners. This means in many cases you will be giving up the option to change HTML or CSS code. If you who have been blogging for a while, these options for coding may be more important to you.

As a blogger you will also have to decide whether you want to pay for the options that come with some platforms or stick to the free platforms that may have less options available. This choice can be determined by what your blog’s focus is and whether you plan to make money from the blog itself.

There are also blogging sites that provide both free and paid services, which can be useful when your small blog turns into a big hit. Here are some of the top blogging sites that are available and the pros and cons of using each to create your next home on the Internet.

The Major Blogging Platforms Compared

 

These popular blogging platforms all have positives and negatives, especially when you take into consideration your level of skills as a blogger and as a coder. The longer you blog, the more skills you will pick up, so it is important to either find a platform that meets your needs at the time, or to find a platform that gives you the ability to change the type of services you get to better serve your needs and the needs of your blog’s audience.

WordPress.org

Choosing a blogging platform - WordPress

 

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The .org version of WordPress provides many of the same features as its .com counterpart, but it also provides additional customization features for any blogger. This WordPress option works out well for folks who want to have complete control over the customization of their blog, but it is not a platform that is easy for beginners to use effectively but there are lots of free and paid options to learn WordPress.

WordPress.org lets you install your own custom plugins and themes to make your blog look exactly how you want. To use this platform for your blog, you will have to find your own web host, perform routine backups and maintain the blog on your own.

For people who are just starting their blogging journey I recommend that they use BlueHost as they offer an easy WordPress installation process, reliable up time, excellent support and A FREE DOMAIN NAME!

 

In fact, I use BlueHost for this site and many others that I own.

 

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Normally this hosting package would cost you $7.99 per month!

Here’s what you get for just $2.95 per month.

A FREE domain name
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Free Site Builder
One-click WordPress Install and 24/7 support.

 

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Ghost

 

Choosing A Blogging Platform - Ghost

 

Ghost is an open source blogging platform that provides a simple, clean interface that makes it very easy to use. It also provides a live preview of your post while you are writing it, so you can easily correct any writing or coding mistakes as you go along. This platform can be great for beginners because of its ease of use, but expert bloggers may also prefer it because of its interface compared to other blogging services. The downside to Ghost is that it can be difficult to install at first but once it is, it can be a great tool for any blogger.

Again for running a blog on Ghost you will require web hosting – I recommend BlueHost.

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Drupal

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Drupal is a great option for blogs associated with businesses because it is not just a blogging platform, but a complete content management system. This means that along with your blog, web pages and other online content can be created and organized within this platform. Drupal does not host blogs for users, so bloggers using this platform will have to find their own host someplace else. Drupal is also not a platform that readily accommodates beginners, so it is better for those upgrading from a free blogging platform rather than for the blogger just starting out.

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Joomla

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If you are looking for a full content management system, Joomla is another great option for bloggers. In terms of the ease of use, Joomla may have more of a learning curve than WordPress, but can be much easier to use than Drupal. Many businesses and large corporations prefer this type of platform because it can give you flexibility with a wide range of content options.

Joomla, however, can be expensive. While the first month is free, after that a blogger can be charged anywhere from $20-$100 per month depending on the options and upgrades they want. For many novice bloggers, this can be a high cost unless the blog is attached to an existing business that already generates a profit.

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WordPress.com

WordPress.com blogging platform

WordPress is one of the most popular blogging platforms on the Internet. Millions of users like the options it provides for simple blog creation and maintenance. The platform is free and offers services such as hosting, the ability to have a custom domain, integrating your blog with social media and popular features such as comments and polls are available without installing plugins. A number of paid upgrades are also available. The biggest issue with this version of WordPress is that options such as custom themes, plugins and editing HTML are not available. However, WordPress.com also has a sister site, WordPress.org that provides many more customization options.

Both WordPress.com and WordPress.org are also known for the detailed amount of support provided. Not only do these sites have the standard tutorials to get you started building on these platforms, but WordPress also has a large community of users that are more than willing to help out a fellow user with common questions and concerns about various aspects of blogging on WordPress. With all of the information available, it can be easy to learn this platform quickly so you can start customizing your site without too much trouble. I am a huge WordPress fan and recommend it for all my clients, check out my free tutorial if you want to start blogging with WordPress.

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Medium

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There are many great platforms out there for starting your own blog. They include sites with customizable HTML and CSS for those with more advanced skills. Medium is a place to share your thoughts and writing with a wide audience. Unlike some of the other blogging platforms, Medium has a built-in audience, which makes it often debatable whether it’s a publisher or a platform.

Signing Up
Individuals or businesses can sign up for a Medium account since it’s free. Those individuals or businesses can publish their own posts, add their voice and style to other publications or curate posts or publications. Publications are collections of posts that are curated by users and Medium itself.

Posting and Commenting
Readers can comment on other’s posts, recommend posts and follow and share their favorites. The process is like many other blogging platforms except Medium has a slight twist on the commenting process. Readers can highlight and focus parts of the text and make their comments in the margins.

Embedding
Medium allows third party embedding from other sites around the web. Creators can embed videos from YouTube or Vimeo. They can add content from Twitter, Vine, Instagram and SoundCloud.

Traffic and Views
On every post, readers get to see how many minutes it would take to read a post. They’ll immediately know whether they have time to read through the story or whether they should bookmark it for later. Another feature on the front page for viewers to see is how many views it’s gotten on the platform. Recommendations and reads are also available to creators. The dashboard allows creators to see where traffic originated from too.

Best Practises to Create Posts
There is no minimum word count for posts, but Medium suggests that content over 400 words are popular. The headline should be compelling and clickable, but should also stick to the topic of your content. They recommend high quality photographs for the content as well.

Great for Beginners
The platform is a terrific starting point for beginners to the blogging world. It’s simple to use and doesn’t require coding knowledge. It’s also used by brands to recycle their content onto another platform to gain further reads and new readers of their content.

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Squarespace

choosing the right blogging platform - SquareSpace

 

When it comes to customization, Squarespace is a platform that offers a wide variety of options. The best part about customizing your blog on this platform is that you can change everything without knowing how to code. It is also a platform that lets your expand your services which is a great option if you are using your blog for your business. The downside to Squarespace for bloggers is that theme and plugin support is not a great as it could be. If you want these options on Squarespace, knowledge of code will be necessary.

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Weebly

weebly blogging platform

Another blogging platform that is great for businesses who want to maintain a blog on their website is Weebly. This platform provides a wide range of easy-to-use features, including drag and drop options for those who do not want to learn coding to make simply changes. Since Weebly can be used for blogging and web building, business owners find this platform a lot easier to use than other platforms where blogs and websites are created separately. Expert coding options are also not available on this platform. If you are a blogger who wants to be able to change and customize HTML or CSS on the blog, this Weebly makes it difficult to do so because it focuses its services on those who want to quickly create and update a blog without a lot of hassle.

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Typepad

TypePad Blogging Platform

Typepad is a blogging platform that provides an easy-to-use interface for beginning and experience bloggers. The platform provides a wide range of themes to choose from as well as plugins so you can make your blog your own. A key drawback to using Typepad is that all of the blogs are hosting by them on their server, so you do not have the option to use the platform with your own blog host. It is also a platform that makes editing code difficult because it is geared towards bloggers who may not be as confident in editing HTML code for example.

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Blogger

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If there is one platform that is easy for beginners to use, it is Blogger. This is a free blogging platform that is simple to use for anyone just starting out with a blog. With this platform a user can just type their content, add photos and publish. Blogger also lets users edit HTML and add widgets to blog, which many blogging sites for beginners do not offer. Blogger is a Google service, so users will have to have a Google account and may find the Google-related add-ons redundant or useless for their blog. It is also one of the blogging platforms that many bloggers grow out of once they learn more about blogging since it does not have any upgrade options. Here’s a more detailed comparison of Blogger versus WordPress.

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Tumblr

Tumblr Blogging Platform

Tumblr is a blogging option that is very popular with younger audiences. The platform itself is simple to use. One of the best features of Tumblr is that it is focused on the community of bloggers, so it provides a variety of options for sharing and reblogging content. The downside to blogging on Tumblr is that it does not focus on text content, but photos and GIFs. Visual bloggers will love it, but writers may want to find another platform to use. The idea of reblogging content may also lack appeal with bloggers, particularly if you are blogging material that you want to have complete control over copyright and other such protections.

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Wix

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Wix is a platform that is mainly set up to build websites, but it can also be used to start a blog. The key feature of Wix is that the web pages or blogs you create with the platform are supported for portable devices, so your readers can see your work easily displayed on their smartphone or tablet. Wix also provides a good amount of information and support for its users, including email and phone support for customized answers to your questions. Although Wix offers an easy to use solution it has a lot of negatives from an SEO perspective.

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The best way to find the right platform for your needs is to understand whether each platform focuses on beginners or experts, how much it costs to use and how much customization your audience will demand. Remember that it can be easy to upgrade to a better platform in most cases, so starting with an easy-to-use option is great for anyone just starting out in the blogosphere and wanting to learn how to start a blog.

 

 

The Ultimate Blogging Platforms Comparison Chart


To help you even further with your quest to find the best blogging platform for your new or existing website or blog, I have put together a pretty comprehensive comparison chart. The chart is easy to digest and covers the pros and cons, features, detailed information and ratings on each blogging platform.

 

blogging sites comparison chart

 

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My name is Jamie Spencer and I have spent the past 5 years building money making blogs. After growing tired of the 9-5, commuting and never seeing my family I decided that I wanted to make some changes and launched my first blog. Since then I have launched lots of successful niche blogs and after selling my survivalist blog I decided to teach other people how to do the same.
132 Comments
  • charles omache
    Posted at 21:05h, 28 January Reply

    Thanks alot for this post. It really enlightend me. :-)

    • Jamie
      Posted at 15:17h, 11 January Reply

      Thanks Charles. Hope it’s given you some food for thought when it comes to choosing your blogging platform.

  • Nikita Cecil
    Posted at 08:57h, 13 February Reply

    This is actually pretty helpful ?

  • Katrhin
    Posted at 11:18h, 05 March Reply

    Thanks your article made me choose for WordPress all the way!

    • Jamie
      Posted at 15:18h, 11 January Reply

      Good stuff! Hope it works out well for you.

  • Lisa
    Posted at 19:20h, 10 April Reply

    Thanks! This was helpful

  • Alvin Arenajo
    Posted at 14:40h, 19 April Reply

    This post is very helpful.
    I already have a blog with blogger and since I know that wordpress is more popular nowadays, I am confused as to continue with blogger or shift to wordpress.
    I hope you can help me decide. Yes, I also want to earn money with my blog.

    -Alvin

    • Jamie
      Posted at 15:35h, 19 April Reply

      Hi Alvin

      I’d personally go with a self hosted WordPress site rather than a free blogger site.
      If you’re wanting to earn money from your blog then it’s best to move away from Blogger. Please check out this page https://makeawebsitehub.com/best-wordpress-hosting/ it should give you an idea on what hosting you’d need for a WordPress site.

  • Paolo
    Posted at 14:43h, 19 April Reply

    Thanks for this great article!

  • Jenny Shipley
    Posted at 01:20h, 28 April Reply

    I have a website with Wix, and blog through them as well. Disappointed to hear SEO concerns. Have been online for a couple of months but still no hits. Should I leave?

    • Jamie
      Posted at 09:29h, 28 April Reply

      Hi Jenny

      I certainly wouldn’t blame Wix on your poorly optimized website. I think you should maybe have a look at this post https://moz.com/blog/the-beginners-checklist-for-small-business-seo

      It will give you a few pointers on what you need to do in order to start getting some decent search traffic to your site.

      Good luck.

      Jamie

  • Brian Peters
    Posted at 10:50h, 14 May Reply

    Very helpful articlel. I am looking for an alternative to WordPress, which I detest. I have used it for many years, and it is time for change. I have used Blogger, which I like, and monetise effectively. However, the lack of support and times off line is of concern. However, I will now try one of your other suggestions. By the way, I used Bluehost for many years, but their excellent customer support rapidly deteriorated a couple of years ago – I think the company changed hands. Been with Inmotion ever since, and I cannot fault them. Thanks for your tips.

    • Jamie
      Posted at 08:45h, 16 May Reply

      Thanks Brian, I appreciate WordPress isn’t for everyone but it has a lot of scope if people want to grow.

      As for Bluehost I have used them for years with out issue but have heard good things about Inmotion recently, Bluehost were bought by Endurance a few years ago, there were some teething problems at first but I do know things have improved recently.

  • Md.Atiqur Rahman
    Posted at 07:08h, 18 May Reply

    WordPress is my favorite blogging platform. I use All in one seo pack for SEO purpose. please tell me how safe this plugin from being hacked. Have you any suggestion to make WordPress more secured.

  • sVicky
    Posted at 04:09h, 19 May Reply

    Blogspot is also a good platform for blogging. I think google server is the fastest and best server. It is also easy to create and maintain. thanks for sharing nice post.

    • Jamie
      Posted at 15:19h, 11 January Reply

      Hmmmm, I really don’t think that is the case. Google may have fast servers, but not for free blogspot sites.

  • samiksha
    Posted at 06:30h, 19 May Reply

    I’d like to create website for free. What do you think is the best way forward?

    • Jamie
      Posted at 08:29h, 19 May Reply

      WordPress is probably your best option. Although I’d always recommend spending that little bit extra to get your own domain name and hosting.

  • Sofia
    Posted at 20:21h, 19 May Reply

    Hi Jamie,
    I am a student and I would like to create an IT blog, not to make money but to reach the largest audience. I thought about the platform called Medium. Surprised that you didn’t mention this one.
    Thank you.

    • Jamie
      Posted at 16:48h, 20 May Reply

      Thanks Sofia. I’ll add it in a few weeks.

  • Hayat Hamici
    Posted at 09:21h, 22 May Reply

    Hi Jamie, first of all, thanks a lot for your great content and tips. I am a beginner in blogworld, I am thinking about WordPress OR Google+, as they recommend the latter in a lot of other ‘tips’ articles. Which would you recommend for a beginner? Looking for a lifestyle blogging platform with the potential to monetize later on. Thanks a lot!! Cheers, Hayat

    • Jamie
      Posted at 17:02h, 23 May Reply

      Hayat,

      Google+ is not a blogging website. I would go with WordPress.org, Blogger or Squarespace with your own domain.

      Jamie

  • yasmine
    Posted at 16:57h, 22 May Reply

    Hi Jamie
    thanks for the info
    i have had a website for years http://www.yasminesamiry.com and from there you can find my blog http://www.yasminesamiry.com/blog that you can click from within the website. My website was created by a pro and am paying quite a bit for it but am not satisfied with it plus i want to “downgrade” meaning my website is not that important anymore,
    i would like to create a free one. My blog is from wordpress.org and the link between blog and web was made by that company, who also created the website. Am not a tech person and even though wordpress takes me ages to make anything and solve all problems, i have managed so far but still lack some basic knowledge-
    I use godaddy for my domain, used them for years now, no issues so far.
    My question is if i stop my website and create one of my own using wordpress, will my web and blog still be connected? Can i have a custom name for my blog? will i require another domain name then? what do i have to do if this is the case even though am not sure if i want these connected in the future.
    what steps do i need to take if i want to stop paying that company for my website and transfer it to wordpress (both website and blog, together or separately).
    thanks in advance for your reply

    • Jamie
      Posted at 17:09h, 23 May Reply

      Hey Yasmine,

      Ok moving your blog content from your old blog to your newly built one is very easy. Next time you log in to your WordPress website take a look in the left sidebar for “Tools” in there is an import and export feature. As for your design as you have paid your web designer for this they should hand it over no questions asked and this will be uploaded in your Appearance themes section.

      As is some times the case web designers can hold people to ransom (they shouldn’t) but getting lawyers involved is not cheap. If that is the case then you can always get a nice professional theme from Studiopress or Themeforest for under $100.

      Once the content and design is moved to your new WordPress site then you will just need to change the nameservers in Godaddy from your old web host to your new one. I recommend BlueHost for new websites but there are other good WordPress web hosts too.

      Let me know if you need any more advice.

      -J

      • Yasmine
        Posted at 15:04h, 27 May

        thanks Jamie, you know i posted the same thing in the support forum from wordpress and the only answer i got was a patronising one linking to pages like, before you start, reading for beginners, etc. i may not know much but still….
        By the way, i paid for the hosting and web but it wasn´t really a custom design ( i don´t care much about the design) more like a template type that i had to fill myself. Which is very basic and not practical. I have been paying automatically every year because didn´t know what else to do with it. Anyway now it has been renewed until November! but am looking into it now and prefer to do it before hand just to make sure…Can i do this transfer at the same time, i mean while one is still in use just to test it?

        Something you didn´t mention….Do i need to worry about the connection from my web to my blog or this will be automatic? I want my web and my blog to be 2 different things even though linked to each other. So when i import my web, do i need to have another account or another user…how does it work? can i have a web and a blog or more than a blog under the same name/roof?
        thanks again!

      • Yasmine
        Posted at 15:19h, 27 May

        sorry saw the reply button too late thus the duplicate. PS when i sign into my blog, i can see http://www.yasminesamiry.com/blog/wp-admin/users.php in the address bar…so I kind of log in from within my website… is this a problem for when i will want to move?

  • M.A.C.
    Posted at 05:24h, 24 May Reply

    What about BlogPress? Has it been around long enough to know if it’s worthwhile for a beginner?

    • Jamie
      Posted at 15:20h, 11 January Reply

      I don’t have any experience with BlogPress. I will check it out at some point and if I think its a valid platform, then I will add it to the list.

  • yasmine
    Posted at 17:32h, 27 May Reply

    me again, sorry, here is another question,
    i had a wordpress.com site, then had the wordpress.org (the one i told you about previously). somehow i can see all sites from wordpress.com admin but not on wordpress.org.
    I don´t even remember how they got “linked” maybe by an email address…. Anyway, am trying to create another one, but i prefer wordpress.org.
    So how do i create another one (with same username or email or whatever) and how do i “put” them all together so i can manage them all and they are all linked to me?

  • lily machado
    Posted at 20:22h, 02 June Reply

    Hey Jaime. I’d love to try something new in terms of starting up a blog and would love to start blogging and to make money on the side. Problem is that I don’t know which site to choose. Please help.

    • Jamie
      Posted at 07:11h, 03 June Reply

      Hi Lily.
      It’s great to know that this site has inspired you to start your own blog and venture down routes where you can make money from your blog. My advice to you is to self host your own site via WordPress. Here’s a little guide to help you out. https://makeawebsitehub.com/how-to-start-a-blog

      This will guide you on how to start your very own website/blog and get you up and running in very little time.

      Then check out this post https://makeawebsitehub.com/how-to-make-money-blogging/ to find out how you can make money from blogging.

      Good luck and let me know how you get on!

      Jamie

  • Olaf
    Posted at 20:12h, 05 June Reply

    Well, thanks to this post I found our some new blogging platforms that I hadn’t heard before.

    But, still I think WordPress.org is the best if you are serious about your blogging. It is the most advanced one.

  • Belinda Brica
    Posted at 05:39h, 09 June Reply

    I really enjoyed this post. I’m with both blogger and WordPress, because I can’t choose. Lol thanks again <3

  • Arthur
    Posted at 15:41h, 15 June Reply

    Thank so much Jamie for this awesome post. It’s helped me no end. With this resource I’m armed to start blogging!!

  • Eddy
    Posted at 13:43h, 04 July Reply

    Out of all the blogging platforms I chose wordpress because it has more options when it comes to plugins

  • Rev. Larry Beane
    Posted at 18:37h, 05 July Reply

    Thanks for the great help! What is the difference between WordPress.org and wordpress.com? Does it depend upon whether you choose a .com or a .org domain? Thanks!

    • Jamie
      Posted at 20:35h, 05 July Reply

      The .org version of WordPress has a lot of the same features as WordPress.com, but the difference is that there is a greater level of customization for your blog. This WordPress option is great if you want to self host and own your domain name.

      WordPress.com is generally used by people who don’t mind having a WordPress.com customised URL and who just wants a basic site that doesn’t cost them a dime to manage or create.

  • Kate Moore
    Posted at 13:35h, 06 July Reply

    Jamie – This is a super overview of blogging options. Thanks! I am a novice blogger looking to start a travel blog for family and friends when we move overseas next month. I am liking the look of Square Space for this purpose, but I don’t understand the pricing. The $8 per month allows 20 pages. Is that per month? Would that mean I could not post something each day? Thanks for any clarification you can offer! Also, if you think another platform might be better for this purpose, I would love to know that.

    • Jamie
      Posted at 14:38h, 06 July Reply

      Hi Kate

      I think you’ll be ok with SquareSpace as blog posts are not included in the 20 page limit.

      See below:

      The pages that count towards the page limit are:

      Regular Pages
      Product Pages
      Cover Pages
      Album Pages
      Blog Pages (not individual blog posts)
      Gallery Pages
      Event Pages
      Index Pages
      Pages in the Not Linked section of your navigation
      Template Demo Pages

      I think SquareSpace is a good fit for what you want to do, although there are some cheaper alternatives like WordPress and Blogger.

      Good luck with your move overseas.

  • Malou Villarreal
    Posted at 00:46h, 07 July Reply

    Hi Jamie. I love how comprehensive your guide is. I’m about to launch my new blog and I went with Blog Site which I noticed you didn’t cover. I’m a little unsure about my decision for using this platform. But I ended up choosing it because I like what I have been able to do on it – incorporate website and blog posts on the one page. I am announcing the launch of my blog tomorrow. But I’m not particularly happy with the way it translates onto mobile device. I’m using image gallery grids on the non-blog sections and they are just not appearing as I would like. I have this nagging feeling that I should consider moving to something else. my blogsite – http://www.hipmamaowl.com I would love very much your opinion on what I should do before I work on my next issue for August.

  • Sundeep Grandhi
    Posted at 12:26h, 07 July Reply

    How can Medium can be a Blogging Platfrom, if so BlogBeats also a Blogging Platfrom and what ever the portals provides the platform to create blog posts can be treated as Blogging Platforms!!

    • Jamie
      Posted at 15:22h, 11 January Reply

      It is a blogging / publishing platform and I also feel it is good enough to be added to my best blogging platforms page. Deal with it Sundeep!

  • David White
    Posted at 09:54h, 10 July Reply

    Hi I want to start a blog site with links to social media and youtube videos, I don’t mind paying a small monthly fee. I have a couple of companies that supply me with equipment to use when I’m out and would need to put links to their website and some advertising photos. What can you recommend,
    Thanks
    Dave

    • Jamie
      Posted at 09:08h, 12 July Reply

      Hi Dave.
      Have a look at this theme…https://makeawebsitehub.com/video-mythemeshop
      It’s a WordPress theme that is built for blogs that have rich media such as videos. It’s pretty awesome as it has a voting feature like/dislike as well as a watch later feature and playlist.

      All the best

      Jamie

  • Robert Bates
    Posted at 19:35h, 11 July Reply

    Hi Jamie. This is a nice to-the-point blog post.
    I am presently using WordPress as it has the most
    “bells and whistles” to work with and personalize
    the site. It is certainly not perfect by any stretch.

    The free sites just don’t have the versatility that the
    self-hosted sites have. They are certainly a great
    place to start as a hobby, but is limited for
    business purposes.

    • Jamie
      Posted at 09:16h, 12 July Reply

      Hi Robert. Thanks for your comment. I have to agree with you. The free blogging platforms are good to start out with, but there comes a point when you want your own domain and the ability to reap the rewards of your hard work. You can’t do that with a URL given to you by WordPress.com or Blogger.

      I liken it to owning your own house. Self hosting is the equivalent of owning your own house. WordPress.com / Blogger you are simply renting and all the power and equity you build up in that free hosted site belongs to Google or WordPress.

  • Jitesh
    Posted at 04:43h, 13 July Reply

    Awesome stuff Jamie! I have to say that WordPress is pretty useful for newbies who want to get into starting a blog of their own. I personally use drupal as I need a bit more robustness for the purposes of my own websites.

  • Lisa Areago
    Posted at 12:08h, 15 July Reply

    Wow! This is one awesome post! Thank you for this great piece of writing, The only problem I have with word press is that you need to buy a few plugins like security for your website or blog.

  • Furquah
    Posted at 15:50h, 18 July Reply

    This post is probably the best ever that I have read in my Life! i have just started my one OF MY websites which aim to provide APK File to Android user https://www.androidapk4fun.xyz . I have choosen .xyz domain Can it effect my website ranking?

    • Jamie
      Posted at 12:06h, 19 July Reply

      It will certainly be a lot harder to rank with a new extension like .xyz, but not impossible. I would always go for a .com .org simply because it has more trust with search engines.

  • TK
    Posted at 15:07h, 30 July Reply

    hi, very useful information.
    i’m just starting out and from what i understand in your post, wordpress.com is great for beginners. but if i grow out of it and want to own my domain etc. can i switch to wordpress.org?

    • Jamie
      Posted at 13:35h, 01 August Reply

      Sure you can!

  • Howard Milstein
    Posted at 18:55h, 01 August Reply

    I am starting a blog/website. I’m a fine writer. Now I am afraid of WordPress.org learning time. So if I go to weebly or joomla or modern or square space…?
    Money is no concern… Just the technical aspects. I want Google tools and the ability to put in picture ads ( banner?) from companies whose products I review ( paid ads). I need speed and easy to learn process. Will use blue host .
    Recommendation please
    Thanks
    Howard

    • Jamie
      Posted at 09:22h, 03 August Reply

      WordPress.org is really simple to use and install. Bluehost have a one click install facility, as do other hosts.
      Weebly & Squarespace are simple drag and drop web builders, that are fully SEO friendly. You can easily drop your Google tracking code into their platform so that you can access Google Webmaster tools.

  • Betesia Butler
    Posted at 04:58h, 02 August Reply

    Thanks, Jamie for all helpful info. I have been doing my research all night of getting started with blogging, but you, by far, have been the most helpful. Thanks for making it so easy to get started with your tutorial on starting with BlueHost and then installing WordPress from there. I just wanted to know for sure whether it would send me WordPress.com or .org; I know you said .org was better.

    • Jamie
      Posted at 09:20h, 03 August Reply

      WordPress.com is free. WordPress.org is for when you want to self host your blog. I would go for that option, as then you can build your own brand online, rather than being just another wordpress free hosted blog.

  • mitesh vora
    Posted at 06:41h, 02 August Reply

    Fascinating read…thanks for the wealth of information here! I want to blog about, what else, my travels ;-) and plan them city-wise. wordpress.com seems the best option to start with till I see myself going somewhere with this. A quick question to start: does it have a limit on the number of photos per page? some cities would need 20-25 photos for my topic. Thanks

    • Jamie
      Posted at 09:19h, 03 August Reply

      As far as I know, WordPress do not have a limit of the number of images you can have on a page.

  • Heather Brubaker
    Posted at 17:47h, 05 August Reply

    Great insight although I am still new to all of this. My husband and I are in the midst of selling everything we own and heading south with our camper to play music. I want to create something that I can have a link on our FB page for family, friends, and fans to follow us. I am not a stranger to computers….but I was clueless when “coding” was mentioned here. What can I use that I can easily download photos, add links to different venues, etc, connect with FB (?), and customize to a point? At this point I would rather stay in the free range. I do not mind having to pay for a domain name. I just dont have time to do all the comparison. Any easy answer will be much appreciated.

    • Jamie
      Posted at 15:25h, 11 January Reply

      Wow! Good luck with the mother of all adventures!!!
      WordPress.com might be a good fit for you. They offer free accounts and you’d be able to add images to your site.

  • Heather Brubaker
    Posted at 18:00h, 05 August Reply

    Another addition to my initial comment/question. One thing I want to be able to do is post events (gigs) with their location and a link to the venue. We will be staying in campgrounds down the East Coast, I would also want to be able to add links to campgrounds so that people can book reservations if they are coming to the area. Sorry, This is overwhelming and I know I am overthinking it. Thanks.

  • Howard Milstein
    Posted at 13:30h, 06 August Reply

    Hi ; good article. I am not familiar with coding and font want to be haggled and hung up with possible learning curve of WordPress.
    What would you recommend to use so that it’s a bit easier with good options, ideal SEO and the ability to put ads or banner ads from prospective advertisers ( that’s how to make money in the long run). Also, is WordPress the only one that a person can literally ” own” as his own compared to managed sites?
    Thanks
    Howard

    • Jamie
      Posted at 15:27h, 11 January Reply

      Hi Howard

      Wix or Weebly. They have a really easy drag and drop platform, that works a dream for newbies. You’ll have to sign up to the premium subscription if you want to monetize the site with ads. Probably the best way forward if you don’t want to self host with WordPress.org..

  • Tysha
    Posted at 21:06h, 10 August Reply

    Hi! So i would like to get start with WordPress.org with bluehost, but I was wondering. Will my account be billed per month or all at once?

    • Jamie
      Posted at 13:17h, 12 August Reply

      Bluehost will bill you all at once.

  • Me
    Posted at 23:59h, 17 August Reply

    Bluehost doesn’t support Node.js, which is required to run Ghost. Bluehost sucks, anyway. There are far better hosts out there.

    • Jamie
      Posted at 18:28h, 21 August Reply

      Really?

      Did you not know you can run Ghost on port 80 instead of 2368 with a “Dedicated IP” on a Bluehost VPS? No otherwise you’d not be leaving comments with a fake name. Yeah it might not be as easy as a one-click install but it’s the same as if you were running Node.js and Ghost on any other server.

      Disable Apache and then you can install node.js

      Bluehost have a BBB rating of A+… many web hosts don’t

      Bluehost offer reliable shared hosting for newbies around $3 p/m… many hosts don’t

      So maybe if you did your research you might not feel the need to troll

  • Howard Milstein
    Posted at 22:24h, 21 August Reply

    Hi
    I was just about ready to start with a weebly pro plan. I have a solid niche and would like to eventually get some display ads. The site is blogs( essays) and eventually reviewing quality audio components
    Question: my other core niche has been my career for years where the former has always been a hobby . If I try both niches I will need different web sites( blog sites). Can weebly account take 2 different pro sites on one account?? ( everyone says have one niche to get best results and possible monetization)
    Thanks
    Howard
    pS. I’ve read WordPress is to complicated for a beginner wanting to concentrate on content?)

    • Jamie
      Posted at 15:30h, 11 January Reply

      Hi Howard.

      I think you can have up to 10 separate sites on your weebly account.

      All the best

      Jamie

  • Kim H
    Posted at 10:33h, 22 August Reply

    Hi there,
    I found this to be a very interesting read, but as a visual artist who draws I am curious to know what blog platform you would recommend to some one such as myself ? I would be sharing my art and WIP along with other art related information.

    • Jamie
      Posted at 07:45h, 29 August Reply

      Hi Kim

      WordPress would be great for this. Self hosted with a decent premium theme from Themeforest.
      Or Squarespace do some great sites that fit in with your ideas.

  • Durdana Ghaffar
    Posted at 08:37h, 02 September Reply

    Thank u,…very enlightening indeed!

  • Putra Eka
    Posted at 14:24h, 03 September Reply

    I’m using simple blogging platform that connect evernote note to be a blog post. That is postach.io

  • Steve Wade
    Posted at 13:33h, 10 September Reply

    I am wanting to do a family genealogy/biography blog for for future generations to be able to easily learn about past family members. I need a blog which will be here 50-100 years from now. It could be that we won’t even be blogging then, but I want the stories of past family members preserved into perpetuity. What blogging service has the best chance of outlasting all the others?

    • Steve Wade
      Posted at 13:35h, 10 September Reply

      Ohhh, and because I won’t always be alive, the service and hosting would need to be free because I would not be around to pay for it obviously.

    • Jamie
      Posted at 11:20h, 12 September Reply

      Nothing lasts forever on the internet, but I’d say WordPress.com, as it’s free and you won’t need to renew domain or hosting costs.

  • Isaac Anim
    Posted at 15:59h, 14 September Reply

    I will always recommend WordPress.org for my readers because wordpress.com has too many limitations.

    • Jamie
      Posted at 09:45h, 15 September Reply

      Hi Isaac. You’re right. WordPress.org has everything you could ever want from a CMS, but WordPress.com is a great starting point for newbies and a good platform to start learning how to start up your own site.

  • Donna Jenkins
    Posted at 17:37h, 14 September Reply

    Hello. I’m definitely a novice. I would,like,to know what you charge to set up a blog. Honestly I want every thing done for me. If this is a possibility, please let me know. I have signed up with WordPress.

    • Jamie
      Posted at 09:42h, 15 September Reply

      Hi Donna

      If you sign up to Bluehost through one of my affiliate links, then I can help you set up your WordPress install and install a theme of your choice. Any further help would need to come in the form of a web designer / developer, as I no longer do client work.

      You can buy hosting through this link Once you have purchased your hosting, email me your username and password and I will set up the wordpress install for you.

      Hope that helps.

      Jamie

  • Sandy Sheldon
    Posted at 19:53h, 20 September Reply

    Hi Jamie. I am beginning a new Interior Design blog. I’ve secured my own Domain, and have been busy creating my blog and web page on WIX because it is very user friendly (and because I am a novice with no code experience or desire)., but I haven’t launched it yet. Been reading a lot reviews, your’s and others’. I’m interested in posting ads and making money in the future but feel from what I’ve learned WIX might not be the best choice. WordPress.com won’t allow me to make money eventually, and WordPress.org seems to complicated and tedious. What would you recommend.

    • Jamie
      Posted at 12:07h, 22 September Reply

      If I were you I’d start getting your head around WordPress. It’s not complicated. There’s some amazing tutorials out there including my one here. This way you are in complete control of your online money making activities. It truly is the best way forward.

  • Web Sidekicks
    Posted at 20:24h, 23 September Reply

    I would rather use Drupal than Joomla. Joomla’s functionality is an utter pain in the arse.

    • Jamie
      Posted at 15:31h, 11 January Reply

      Hear dat!

  • Joakim
    Posted at 11:51h, 06 October Reply

    Good summary of available options for start blogging. I would suggest to include GitHub Pages that offers several options, such as e.g. running a blog with Jekyll platform. It’s free, secure and uses static pages with markdown. Might not be for the average user as it expects some technical background, but personally I think it’s a great solution and very easy to map your GitHub Pages site to an existing domain, for free.

  • Puleng
    Posted at 16:22h, 07 October Reply

    Hi Jamie. I am a newbie when it comes to blogging and I’m ready to start a blog on E-markering. Not for myself only but for other interested companies. Which platform would you advise and how would you advise on e- marketing/business blogging?

    • Jamie
      Posted at 08:03h, 08 October Reply

      Hi Puleng. Not sure I understand the question 100% but I will try and answer it the best I can.
      If it’s an e-marketing blog that you want to set up then the easiest platform for you would be WordPress.org or maybe wix

  • Sven Frei
    Posted at 08:09h, 10 October Reply

    Wix made it easier for me to create my own blog plus it’s very convenient use.

    • Jamie
      Posted at 11:44h, 10 October Reply

      Agree. Wix is super user friendly and is the platform I always recommend outside of WordPress.

  • Beatriz Bocanegra
    Posted at 06:14h, 13 October Reply

    Hey Jamie,
    What would you suggest for a craft blog and make money, I am planning to post tutorial and free /paid pattern for my crafts.
    Thanks,Beatriz

    • Jamie
      Posted at 08:20h, 13 October Reply

      Hi Beatriz

      WordPress.org (self-hosted WordPress site) is probably your best bet in terms of cost effectiveness and the ability to earn money from ad revenue and affiliate schemes.

      Squarespace and Wix are also very good and probably a lot more user friendly in terms of the ability to quickly build sites without the need for coding.
      But these two options are more expensive than buying hosting and installing WordPress.

      If I were you I’d probably go for WordPress.org, get a domain, get hosting and buy yourself a really good theme.

      Hope that helps.

      Jamie

  • Jumair Macabago
    Posted at 10:26h, 16 October Reply

    Thanks for this blogging platform comparison Jamie, you might want to check out Impact Instrument. A new upcoming blogging platform.

  • Sella Ramadhani
    Posted at 10:12h, 17 October Reply

    Hello, Jamie. Thank you for sharing with us your perspective of these platforms. I truly love your article. It helps me to figure out what I’m looking for as a blogger.

    I am a college girl who is willing to create my personal blog after entering new year as my online journal. I’ve been blogging since I was 12 with different platforms (the very first one I used is blogspot) and I now I’m sticking with WIX. The reason why I picked WIX is because it gives me easier way to build up my site since I’m so bad in coding, and it provides a lot of themes. But I don’t see wix is a better idea for me to daily blog since it takes so long time to load/enter the site (especially via mobile phone).

    These last few weeks, I see that WordPress should have been my choice since long time ago but sadly I just realize it now. Therefore, I’ll probably choose WordPress as my new brand step in blogging.
    By the way, I want to choose a minimalist blog theme for my up-coming site on WordPress. Do you have any recommendations for minimalist theme’s collection sites to be applied on WordPress? And how to promote my new personal blog to attract brands endorsing me for their products?

    • Jamie
      Posted at 08:46h, 19 October Reply

      I hear your pain Sella. This is quite common. Bloggers start out on platforms where there is no coding required, but then over time you do start to see the limitations. You can move wix sites to WordPress, so if you wanted to do this you can. Just make sure you have your own hosting set up as well as your own domain name. I see you have a wix domain name, which leads me to assume that this is a free wix site?? This could be why the site is so slow to load.

      As for minimalist themes, I suggest you check out this page. https://colorlib.com/wp/clean-wordpress-themes/ Loads of really nice and clean themes for you to consider for your new site.

      And how to promote my new personal blog to attract brands endorsing me for their products? There is no short answer to this.
      Brands will only want to advertise on your site if you get loads of highly targeted traffic that fits in with their product/service. SO basically you need loads of traffic and the way to do that is to create stuff on your site that people really want to read and that they find useful. Build up an audience on social networks, build up an email list.

      Have a look at these articles for some ideas
      https://makeawebsitehub.com/how-to-make-money-blogging/
      https://makeawebsitehub.com/blog-ideas/

  • Manish kochhar
    Posted at 12:05h, 22 October Reply

    Hi Jammie
    Thanks for this post. A few questions though.
    1. When you say a free domain name , does that mean if I want to keep the name of my blog young millionaire then can I get young millionaire.com if that’s available.
    Regards
    Manish

    • Jamie
      Posted at 11:38h, 24 October Reply

      A free domain from BlueHost? If so then yes, you can get a .com for your current blog name, if its available.

  • Andrea Albanese
    Posted at 01:59h, 24 October Reply

    Hi Jamie,
    Great article and useful information which I have bookmarked and will come back to.
    I have a question about a simple blog…I want to create a cheap and easy blog for a special event for someone who is away and will be missing their significant birthday. Basically I want a platform for people to post photos and/or videos and their best wishes. Is there such a thing? I know I could do a Facebook page and block her from it but I thought a blog might be slightly more cool. Is this even possible? I use wordpress for my other blogs but didn’t think it would be possible to allow others to post photos and videos on a blog without giving them all the sign in code which I’d rather not do. Any suggestions would be much appreciated.

  • Rita Harvey
    Posted at 11:04h, 29 October Reply

    Hi I really liked your post! Thank you for all the info!
    Could you help me to choose what’s best for me?
    I have a website to promote my services and I have thought about a blog. My site is built by a third party and they don’t offer an integrated blog. What should I do? Link a to. WordPress blog? I had one and I found it complicated. I would like to blog texts, pictures and embed videos or podcasts.
    Would linking the blog enhance the website traffic or not?
    Sorry I am not 100% technical 😌😌

    • Jamie
      Posted at 15:37h, 11 January Reply

      Hi Rita

      Linking to the blog from your third party platform would make no difference. If you can, move all your content to a self hosted wordpress site or premium Weebly / Wix subscription.

  • Steve Gier
    Posted at 16:51h, 01 November Reply

    Hi Jamie,

    I want to start a blog/website and I have a friend to host it on his server. My question is: what is the best way to create the blog itself?

    Steve

    • Jamie
      Posted at 20:39h, 01 November Reply

      Hi Steve

      Get your friend to install WordPress on your folder of the server. Then you can build you entire site with WordPress.

  • Abhinav Mishra
    Posted at 07:34h, 03 November Reply

    For me its wordpress followed by joomla. WordPress has grown from a baby to a professional now. It certainly has the biggest plugin market and is most customizable and easy to develop. By the way thank you for this wonderful article.

  • Tom Price
    Posted at 15:58h, 13 December Reply

    Jamie, what about Linkedin PULSE?

    • Jamie
      Posted at 12:51h, 15 December Reply

      I’m not a fan of building a blog on 3rd party platforms – it can be handy to use sites like Linkedin pulse or Medium to amplify your posts.

  • Angela Cooper
    Posted at 16:43h, 15 December Reply

    I noticed partway through the reviews you stopped mentioning which ones were free or required fees and that was one of the areas I wanted to compare (just in case you want to add that).

    I am looking for a site that is free, and that has room for me to grow (if this is successful I may want to move to a paid version and I don’t want that to be difficult). I don’t mind coding or figuring out a complex program I just want to keep my initial costs down while I leave my potential open. Any suggestions?

    • Sean Sebastian White
      Posted at 12:38h, 29 December Reply

      Angela from what I gather you’re always better starting with a “paid for” package, as this gives more flexibility, and if you start with a free service as I have then it is more difficult to swap over, and there can be difficulties.

    • Jamie
      Posted at 15:13h, 11 January Reply

      Hi Angela.

      I’ve just added a more detailed comparison chart on all the blogging platforms. Have a look.
      https://makeawebsitehub.com/choose-right-blogging-platform/#blogging-sites This should help you out.

  • Ganesh
    Posted at 22:03h, 31 December Reply

    Thanks for a very informative post, Jamie. I have a few questions, for which your suggestions will be very helpful.

    I am considering moving from blogger now after several years. My blog gets a fair volume of audience but blogger is pretty restrictive in making improvements to the layout, and features.

    I have purchased a domain name today. I am trying to decide from bluehost and 2 other hosting providers. Since, currently there is no revenue coming in from the blog, I am looking for a decent (read, inexpensive) hosting option to start with. I understand, there will be additional costs to set up the website – themes, plugins, etc. Can you suggest what additional features / components I may need to purchase and any estimate cost around it..? Will it be possible to import my current blog from blogger? I prefer a clean, simplistic theme, file hosting, and a way to sell from the site (payment gateway?). Thank You.

    • Jamie
      Posted at 07:06h, 01 January Reply

      Hi Ganesh

      I would recommend iPage for price $1.99 p/m. Ideal if you’re just getting started.
      Bluehost and InMotion are both excellent WordPress hosts and are both doing deals of just $2.95 p/m. Both I would recommend as their shared hosting packages are of a better quality than ipage, and if you anticipate your site will get lots of traffic, then these are a better choice to start with.

      You can check out more reviews of hosts here

      The only costs I can see for you is a premium theme. Mythemeshop has some great premium themes and plugins. At the moment they are doing a $19 per theme offer.

      I suggest you forget about your old blogger theme and move forward with a brand new look for your new site.

      Hope this has helped.

      Jamie

  • Othmane Maioui
    Posted at 14:52h, 03 January Reply

    Hi Jamie !

    Thank you so much for this post, very instructive post, I have a question and I would love to get your feedback.

    I’m currently trying to decide whether or not I should move from hosting my on blogs to PhrasePress, I get very few traffic for all the hard work I put in, also my content is pretty interesting … most of my friends have been recommending PhrasePress to me, but on their website, it says they’re going to launch on the 1st of february, so i’m a bit sceptical about it being newly created.

    I did some research and contacted them. They seem to have all the tools to help me as a newbie blogger, but still, i need the opinion of an experienced blogger. Do you think it would be a good idea ?
    Thank you !

    • Jamie
      Posted at 10:13h, 04 January Reply

      Hi there.

      I’ve never heard of them before. I personally would stick with a platform that has been around for years and years and is trusted by millions and millions of users ( WordPress ) Get yourself some hosting (iPage is just $1.99 a month) and you can install WordPress with just one click. Easy.

      There’s nothing on PhrasePress’ website that is unique. Everything they say they can do, can be done easily and much better on WordPress.

      Good luck with your decision. For me WordPress is a no brainer.

  • Shari Micheli
    Posted at 04:10h, 05 January Reply

    Hi, Jamie

    I have a website on Weebly, with a paid domain name, that I had to create for a certification. I would now like to start a blog (with content not related to what’s on my website now), but Weebly does not look like it measures up as a blog option.

    What would be your suggestion?

    Thank you,

    • Jamie
      Posted at 15:07h, 11 January Reply

      Sorry to keep saying this, but it sounds like WordPress is the platform you need. Weebly is a great platform, but it lacks from a blogging standpoint. Same goes for Wix.
      Have a look at my WordPress blog tutorial which should help you get started.

  • sedin
    Posted at 18:02h, 08 January Reply

    Great post! I choosed wordpress, because of the large community behind it. Every problem, you can go to the wordpress forum, men the mass of helpful reaction you receive is insane!

    • Jamie
      Posted at 15:05h, 11 January Reply

      Good choice Sedin. All the best with your new site.

  • Michael Diamantopoulos
    Posted at 23:26h, 08 January Reply

    Hi Jamie! I rarely write comments on any website but I just discovered your you and really like the way you 1. have designed your page ( colours, themes, layouts etc) and 2. your writing style and how everything is so neat and structured.
    2 things I would like to ask you:
    Are you gonna be releasing a post with fitness related content i.e like the ones you have on your blog about the best wordpress themes for travel bloggers. Something relevant to fitness and exercise?
    Are there any other peoples websites/blogs that you personally like the way they are presented/made. I am currently making my own website and I want to take some ideas. I am asking you since you look like you are focusing on quality on your work and I am guessing you will be looking for quality when you are surfing the web too.
    Thanks for reading this whole thing!

    • Jamie
      Posted at 15:04h, 11 January Reply

      Thanks for taking the time to comment.

      That’s a great idea about the fitness wordpress themes. I will certainly look into that later in the month. Thanks for the tip.

      I think from a quality content and design layout perspective gaps.com is pretty spot on. It’s a new project from the guy who created Viperchill ( Glen Allsop ). Check it out. There’s some inspirational stuff on there.

  • GetTricks
    Posted at 16:04h, 11 January Reply

    Great Post.

  • JohnK
    Posted at 18:39h, 25 January Reply

    Wow! Thanks, great work to pull all this info together and present it as you did. Couldn’t do it better m yself.

  • Jessica
    Posted at 03:37h, 02 February Reply

    Wow! Thanks so much for the info! You just made it easier for me! :)

  • Saiful Islam Khan
    Posted at 21:32h, 03 February Reply

    Thank you so much for writing & sharing such an informative article!

  • Enzo Moma
    Posted at 11:08h, 04 February Reply

    Hi Jamie,

    Thanks for your chart! It’s very helpful for babybloggers like me. I want your comparison chart on my site, but the picture doesn’t show.. You wouldn’t have any idea why, would you?

    Say, what did you use to make the infographic?

    Thanks,

    Enzo

    • Jamie
      Posted at 11:51h, 09 February Reply

      It’s working now.

      Copy the code underneath the Infographic and paste it into your post.

      All the best

      Jamie

  • Angelica Hidalgo
    Posted at 18:18h, 13 February Reply

    Is there any email I can possibly contact you if I have any more questions?

    • Jamie
      Posted at 12:50h, 14 February Reply

      hello at makeawebsitehub dot com

  • mamunhayden
    Posted at 21:51h, 21 February Reply

    I need help in deciding which blogging site is best for the floral niche. What do you think?

    • Jamie
      Posted at 09:51h, 22 February Reply

      There’s no wrong and right blogging platform for any individual niche. It’s what you are comfortable using, what functionality you need and most important, budget.

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