When it comes to blog development, WordPress is ubiquitous. The reasons are clear – WordPress is an open source CMS that offers a lot of features. It is easy to install and update. WordPress blogs are highly SEO friendly and easily get indexed by Google and other search engines.
Moreover, WordPress provides highly flexible and customized themes that can give a unique look to your blog (this one’s running MH magazine theme, if you were wondering). However, there are other website building options as well that come with even better features and customization – even if they’re not as well known.
Let me break it down for you and provide more information on various popular WordPress alternatives available.
One great feature of this blogging platform is that it offers mobile responsive templates (many wordpress themes aren’t mobile friendly). Google in its recent ranking algorithm has started giving more value to mobile friendly websites. Thus, if you want to have an edge with the SEO part, Squarespace is the ideal option for you.
Squarespace also offers 24/7 customer support through mail and phone. If we compare Squarespace with WordPress, there is a major difference. WordPress is an open source platform which means that any user can submit plugins or tools for general use. Now moderating these tools is not possible as the user-base is ginormous. This means that you might install and use a plugin that is poorly designed. This can result in lot of problems in future like malware, loss of site, user conflicts or slow load time. All these factors affect the search engine rankings of your website as well. On the other hand, with Squaresapce all the templates and tools are designed by the in house team. This means that it is much more reliable.
If you are looking for a drag and drop website builder, Wix is your best bet. This platform is already being used by millions of bloggers. Best thing about this WordPress alternative is that it requires no technical knowledge at all. All you have to do is to drag and drop the content on the website. This requires no coding at all and thus saves time as well. Another good thing about Wix is that it offers a wide range of templates and designs. This ensures that one can create a unique website representing his business or service.
Moreover, they keep on adding new features to help the users. This is very important as it helps you to remain updated with the recent developments in the field of web designing. Again, they also offer customer support which is missing in case of WordPress.
Blogger is a free platform provided by Google and has been there for years. It is very easy to use and the monetizing blogger blogs with advertisements is also very simple. You can also associate custom domain with a Blogger blog. One limitation of using this platform is that you do not have complete control on the blog. Google may delete the blog is it finds anything inappropriate on the blog. One of the key advantages of Blogger is that they are much more secure than the WordPress blog. You even need not worry about creating backup of the website in case of Blogger platform.
That’s my 2 cents on the WordPress alternatives out there. Definitely worth digging into, especially if you’re someone who isn’t bothered about the fancy features and advanced options that wordpress offers and just want extra security!