You’ve decided to jump into the blogging game head first. You have chosen an angle that is your absolute passion, you’ve looked around and decided that there weren’t enough bloggers already covering this topic, and now you are ready to start writing.
But first you need to figure out what platform you want to use for your content management system (CMS for short). You may not be familiar with the term CMS, but it basically means the software that allows you to easily add and edit postings to a website, or in this case, a blog. The CMS provides a graphical interface for you to write articles in, while connecting with your website’s database to keep all of your writing managed and appearing on the web for your visitors. Here we help you choose the Best CMS for your experience level.
Even if you haven’t heard of the term CMS, you are eager to start a blog so I assume you have probably heard of WordPress. WordPress is the most popular blogging platform in use today, serving both blogs hosted by WordPress.com and a stand-alone software in use by most blogs hosted on their own domains.
There is a reason WordPress is the most popular blog CMS; it is really easy to use, even for beginners. In fact, most hosting companies offer one-click setups of WordPress when you buy a domain name and hosting through them. This means you don’t even have to create a database and install WordPress on your own, just press go and you’re all set.
From there the back-end of WordPress (where you are able to change the blogs settings, the look of the blog, and add content) is very user friendly. Currently in version 3.4, WordPress has had many years to refine how the blogger interacts with the software and even someone unfamiliar with CMS technology will be able to figure it out.
But sometimes WordPress is just too complex for what you are trying to accomplish. Are you trying to start a blog that has 1,000 word articles about the latest political happenings or are you more into sharing photos that you find with the world?
If you are more into brevity, and very ease of use, you might want to start with Tumblr. Tumblr is a CMS that focuses on blog posts consisting of simply an image or a short paragraph of insight.
Much like WordPress Tumblr is easy to use and allows you to change the look and feel of the blog. But in addition to these features Tumblr is also tied together with the Tumblr community. Where WordPress let’s you go off on your own and attract visitors and make friends how you see fit, Tumblr comes with a pre-loaded community that can find your posts by bouncing around the Tumblr site.
The engagement on Tumblr is often less valuable than what you would find on your own hosted WordPress site; other users often just re-blog content where with WordPress people tend to leave insightful comments.
But as far as easy to set up and start blogging, nothing really beats Tumblr.
Except for maybe Twitter. If WordPress and Tumblr seem too cumbersome and involved for your needs, what you really want might just be a Twitter account.
With Twitter you are still able to send out your thoughts to the rest of the world and the social aspects give you an even greater opportunity to get feedback from the community on what they think about what you have to say.
Granted, Twitter might not necessarily be considered a CMS, it is labeled a micro-blogging service. You are still able to broadcast your own special blend of truth to the world. And don’t treat the service lightly – remember that books and television shows have been made simply from a clever Twitter user.
We did leave out a number of CMS’s in this list including Joomla, Drupal, and ModX. These content management systems are usually more used by general websites that are not focused on the blogging format. They are also very less popular with bloggers, so using one of these for your blog is either going to require a good amount of programming knowledge or the funds to hire someone to build your blog for you.
Whichever blog management system you choose, the biggest thing to remember is that the content is what makes the blog work or not. Don’t spend all your time deciding what CMS you want to use or what exactly your website should look like. Get writing and once you build your audience those things should start to come naturally.