Blogging Platforms

As an instructor at The Iron Yard, I get asked this question a lot. Here is a VERY simple breakdown of some of my thoughts on different platforms. This is by no means comprehensive, but I feel it gives a pretty solid overview of the platforms I’ve had experience with.

WordPress

Upsides

  • Free
  • Easy to set up
  • Up and running really quick
  • Multiple themes to choose from
  • Custom Domain Support

Downsides

  • Not very editable without paying
  • Fairly generic looking (not really a bad thing though)

Tumblr

Upsides

  • Free
  • Easy to set up and use
  • Multiple themes to choose from
  • Custom domain support
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Downsides

  • Sometimes not taken seriously

Medium

Upsides

  • Exposure
  • Extremely social

Downsides

  • No custom domain support
  • Not customizable
  • Only one “theme”

WordPress.org

Upsides

  • Fully customizable

Downsides

  • Can be time consuming your first time to set up
  • Costs (you need hosting and a domain)
  • You have to manage it and keep it up to date

Barley

Upsides – spoiler alert, I had a hand in building this

  • Extremely Customizable
  • Hosted for you
  • Dropbox Sync
  • Simple to use template tags

Downsides

  • You still need to touch HTML if you want it customized
  • Has a higher monthly cost than some others listed

Jekyll

Upsides

  • Extremely customizable
  • Hostable on Github
  • Static site, so it’s really fast

Downsides

  • Not super easy to work with
  • Different than normal workflow