Here are some of the most useful tools to start a blog.
Self hosting vs free hosting
The first issue to consider is whether you should use a free blog hosting service, or whether you self-host your blog. Self hosting means you will need to invest in a domain name and pay to have it hosted (which together should only only cost you approximately $100 USD per year). Below are a number of articles and posts that compare self hosting vs free hosting.
Which method you choose will likely be driven by whether you are developing a personal blog vs a business/professional blog.
Top free blog hosting services
blogger.com (owned by Google)
wordpress.com (wordpress.org is available for self-hosted sites)
Proprietary vs open source CMS?
Next, if you go down the self hosting route, you will need to consider whether to go with a proprietary CMS or an open source CMS.
Firstly, what is a CMS? A CMS (Content management system) is a program that allows publishing, editing and modifying content as well as maintenance from a central interface. Essential, if you don’t have the web or HTML skills to do it yourself.
A proprietary CMS is that which is developed, owned and promoted by a private organisation to which you will likely pay an ongoing access and usage fee for upgrades, maintenance and customer service. In comparison, an open source CMS has been developed by an global development community for which the basic program is available free to the public. Customisations over and above the basic program are available, some of which are free and some incur a once off fee.
Below are some useful articles comparing using a proprietary vs open source CMS.
The choice between using a proprietary vs open source CMS is similar to that when considering whether to rent vs buy a property and will depend on your financial situation and investment timeframe.
Which CMS to use?
In 2013, based on the top 100,000 websites, WordPress (50.07% market share), Drupal (17.07%) and Joomla (6.44%) were the top 3 content management systems being used as per the Infographic below. All three are open source CMS.
Lets look in detail at the top 3 content management systems. Each system has a myriad of customisations available to the user, which are free in most cases.These are pieces of software that can be uploaded to extend and expand the basic functionality of the content management system. In WordPress they are called plugins, modules in Drupal and extensions in Joomla.
by Konrad Markham
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NB: This is a self hosted site using WordPress CMS and the PR News theme.