Before we get started let’s be totally honest. We’re big fans for WordPress here at Blognix. It’s user-friendly, very customisable and the huge range of features and capabilities mean the possibilities are endless for what you can get from your blog and website.
However, we have noticed lately that a whole crop of alternative blogging platforms have emerged over the past couple of years and they are taking blogging in a very interesting direction indeed. So whether you are into story-led writing or you’re all about the visuals, there are some really interesting platforms that might suit your needs.
Alternative Blogging Platforms
Medium is a platform that welcomes writers from all over the world and all types of disciplines and niches with a focus on words and writing. You can use accompanying images but the platform is focused on the post in hand without any flashing sidebars and ‘extras’. The focus on Medium is to connect people’s stories and ideas so the platform is a true collaboration of writing feeding into each other. And unlike having your own personal blog, with Medium you can write as often or as little as you choose; whenever inspiration strikes.
Medium is a new place on the Internet where people share ideas and stories that are longer than 140 characters and not just for friends. It’s designed for little stories that make your day better and manifestos that change the world. It’s used by everyone from professional journalists to amateur cooks. It’s simple, beautiful, collaborative, and it helps you find the right audience for whatever you have to say.
If you fancy just a good read during your coffee break have a good nosey through Medium. You’ll be sure to find something that interests you.
(Psst… Medium was created by one of the guys who created the Blogger platform back in 1999)
Exposure is a visually-led platform aimed at photographers who want to create beautiful narrative posts with their photographs. The result is a visual delight for anyone enjoys stunning imagery. The platform was created by a photographer for photographers who wanted a meaningful way to publish their photographs in context rather than in a feed or in singular fashion.
Exposure is for photographers who want a more meaningful way to publish their work. Instead of a boring slideshow or a single photo sitting alone, we help you tell a great story with your photography front and center.
Squarespace is a blog and website platform fitted with tons of stunning themes, designs and tools to make creating an online space effortless and beautiful. You pay a monthly subscription over three different plans, and there is the option for both personal blogging or business e-commerce. The platform has a nifty drag and drop design option so is ideal for folks with little or no design knowledge.
Squarespace’s mission is to provide creative tools that help anyone give a voice to their ideas. From the designers and engineers who are creating the next generation of web and mobile experiences, to anyone putting a website together for the first time, Squarespace provides elegant solutions that set new standards for online publishing.
Ghost is a free open-source publishing platform dedicated to making publishing easy. The premise is a simple yet powerful platform that places the focus on content. The makers behind Ghost see the future of journalism online. This is about getting your story and words out there. The platform is accessible from all major devices and rates itself as super-fast, which is ideal for SEO.
Enabling the future of online journalism. That is the goal of the Non-Profit organisation behind the Ghost publishing platform, which comes in two flavours: An open source software project which you can install on your own web server, and a (Pro) service that allows you to get a new blog up and running in a matter of minutes. Ghost allows you complete control over your publication. You’re behind the wheel.
Strikingly is the website builder for the mobile-age. This blogging platforms aims to help you get a stunning, mobile responsive website ready in 30 minutes. With a bunch of useful in-built tools such as analytics, domain registry, SEO and contact forms, Strikingly aims to take the hassle out of building a blog or website without any coding or design knowledge.
What’s so special about a Strikingly site? Simplicity, clarity, and accessibility. The mobile age is upon us, and having a mobile-optimized website is more important than ever. Don’t lose your visitors under the weight of a heavy, confusing website. The same goes for editing: don’t stress out about micromanaging your page, and don’t waste time wondering where to change something. Edit it all on one page, and get it done fast.
Strikingly is free to start with or there is a low cost payment plans for using custom domains and extra bandwidth.
What is your favourite blogging platform? And would you consider one of these alternatives?