Alternative Blogging Platforms

Alternative Blogging PlatformsBefore 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

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.so

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

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

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

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.

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What is your favourite blogging platform? And would you consider one of these alternatives? 

 

About The Author

Elizabeth is the founder and editor of Blognix. She is also a freelance blogger, writer and social media trainer. She teaches workshops on blogging and social media offline and online. In 2015 Elizabeth became a Pinterest UK Ambassador, trained and endorsed to speak on their behalf. Elizabeth likes travelling, indoor picnics and oversized cocktail rings.

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6 Responses

  1. Siobhan Emma

    I currently use Blogger for my personal blog, mainly because I’m a bit of a amateur with coding and what not so I find Blogger the easiest to use, but I have ideas in the lineup to start an online lifestyle magazine. I’ll definitely look into these alternatives, but I was considering WordPress as I’m hoping to get other bloggers/writers involved and WordPress seems like a great site to have multiple authors.

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  2. Yazmin

    I’ve used WordPress in the past and I did really like it but something I didnt like was that there wasnt enough space available to upload photos and I would need to pay for a subsription if I wanted more. I use blogger now, I wish it was more flexible with designing a template for it but I’m happy with everything else 🙂

    Yazmin
    http://www.yazzyscorner.co.uk

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  3. Sam Grossman

    Medium is awesome! I Must admit I did not know about the other tools on this list…
    My personal favorite is Roojoom. A cool new tool that lets you create a visual story by connecting together different sources like webpages, slideshares, blog posts, images etc. You can add your comments and embed the result on your website or share on social media.

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  4. Lauretta Johnnie

    I use a business blogging platform that is worth adding to this list. It supports local businesses and helps with things like search engine optimisation. If I am stuck on what to write or a plugin or something isn’t working help is always there. I regularly receive enquiries about my classes and was found by the BBC, Mail Online and other media and featured on there. The domain is http://influencer.biz

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  5. Ariele

    I use and am a big fan of Squarespace. They have great templates and it’s easy to switch templates at any time if you want to try out a new layout/design. The support is very good any issues are solved quickly, and I think the pricing is very reasonable considering the quality you get.

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