The last post was about some free options to create your own blog, and today, let’s see some of the popular self-hosted blogging platforms.
If you are still wondering what the self-hosted blogging platform is, let me simplify it.
To create a website, you’ll write a lot of HTML pages, create relevant links and store them in Internet server (your hosting folder). To create websites, its really more complicated than this.
HTML files will allow you to build simple static pages. For dynamic websites like blogs you’ll need to use server side scripts like PHP and more.
Good news is here! To make your life easier, there are some CMS (Content Management Systems) that can be downloaded and installed in your internet server and start a new website or blog instantly.
All you need to do is, copy the downloaded files into your folder and run the installation script.
Therefore, self-hosted blogging platforms are simply web software that you can install in your server and customize it to make your blog look unique!
Many hosting providers offer one click installation for most of the popular platforms. I will talk about them in my coming posts. For today, let me discuss about some of the popular self-hosted blogging platforms:
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Self-hosted blogging platforms
I will discuss the five most popular self-hosted blogging platforms in this section and will list a few other candidate platforms.
You simply get introduced with these platforms and download the files. I will tell you how to install them in your local server in my coming post and later will show you how you can install it in your Hosting too!
It won’t be wrong to say WordPress is the King of blogging platforms. There are numerous blog providers powered by WordPress and the good thing is that it is open source and you can install WordPress to host your own blog!
WordPress is the most popular and probably the most used of self-hosted platforms. Its popularity is due to its extreme flexibility and the active community to provide excessive plugins – both free and premium. WordPress themes are always superb!
For now, you download WordPress and keep it safe. In my next post, I will tell you how to create your local web server and install WordPress there.
Installing WordPress in local server is a good idea to test and customize before it is ready to get published.
WordPress is the ultimate self-hosted blogging platform I will be explaining in this ‘How to blog’ series.
Movable Type is another popular self-hosted blogging platform like WordPress. These two have a lot in common as well.
Movable Type is in fact a fully-functional web site and content management system that offers plug-ins to customize the experience for both the blogger and the reader, including Twitter and Facebook integration, code sanitization and photo galleries.
A major reason for you to choose Movable Type is the built-in support for multiple blogs running on one install. You can quickly create as many blogs as you wish, creating blog networks instantly.
After you know how to install WordPress in your local machine, I hope you’ll be able to install Movable Type too!
“ExpressionEngine is a Publishing Platform that helps you create & manage flexible and full-featured websites.”
Why people love the ExpressionEngine is due to its feature to publish multiple websites – be it using different subdomains, or across multiple domains.
The software has an extremely clean and simple backend. As a blogger you’ll feel most convenient to use ExpressionEngine when Designers and developers love it because they can hand over a site and have the client update their own blog.
Joomla is another free platform for your blogs and websites. It is somehow similar to the community-friendly Drupal, and gaining more attraction every day.
Drupal is geared more towards developing community-flavored sites and blogs but Joomla seems to be geared more towards ecommerce.
Joomla is suitable for anything from a simple site to a community blog in minutes. Their vibrant development community is praised for the excellent extensions.
You’ll find it perfectly suitable a blogging community site, or add ecommerce functionality to a blog.
Many blogs use Drupal for blogging software, however, it is not just blogging software but a community software. It has an incredible community behind the code.
Drupal comes packaged with a robust user system, but also a lot of features like:
- Community-friendly features like forums
- Books for creating documents in a “book” structure
- Tracker – allows you to follow updates and content that other users have published recently.
Drupal also comes with a large community of developers and modules. You can build any type of site or any sort of functionality to Drupal installation with these modules.
I introduced some major and strong players. However, there are many other web software to create your blog. Following, I list some of the other platforms, you can check them if it interests you.
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