Top 10 Free Blogging Platforms & Features For Web Designers

When I talk about Blogging Platforms in this article I am talking about stand-alone platforms, and not the likes of Blogger or Tumblr, which are hosted platforms (they will be discussed in a future article). Nothing wrong with these, just not exactly usable for web design.

All I am trying to do in this article is to show other web designers that there are other platforms out there, and not to be limited. The clients needs vary all the time, so its quite useful and professional, to have a little knowledge of other CMSes. We do need to be flexible.

There is not much difference between a CMS and a blogging platform. A blog can be easily tailored from both, just as a complex CMS system from a blogging platform. But I’ll keep the traditional CMS systems Drupal and Joomla out of this list.

1. WordPress (http://wordpress.org/)

Wordpress Homepage
URL: http://wordpress.org/
Wordpress is the Daddy of the Blogging Platform, can’t see anyone knocking it of the top spot for a long time yet.
License: Free.
Forum: WordPress Forum.
Features: W3C compliant, easy to edit templates,create non-blog pages (ie. Homepage), update and maintain numerous Blog Rolls,thousands of themes available, cross-blog communication tools, comments, trackbacks, pingbacks,spam protection, optional user registration,password protect posts or pages,easy to upgrade, import from another blogging platform, allows multiple authors, bookmarklets, plugins…and the list goes on and on.

2. TextPattern (http://www.textpattern.com/)

TextPattern Homepage
URL: http://www.textpattern.com/
Main contender to WordPress, more or less the same features, just doesn’t have the support from the internet community.
License: Free.
Forum: TextPattern Forum.
Features: Easy publishing using textile, a text-to-HTML converter, preview post or page,compliant XHTML and CSS, tag-based template system which allows the creation of reusable blocks of content and code,comments, trackbacks, pings, spam protection system, built-in site statistics,RSS and Atom,plugins, built-in CSS editor, link management system, image management system,integrated file management system… and like WordPress the list goes on and on.

3. Moveable Type (http://www.movabletype.org/)

Moveable Type Homepage
URL: http://www.movabletype.org/
License: Free.
Forum: Moveable Type Forum.
Features: The first to use trackBack, Unlimited weblogs, static and dynamic publishing, can create standalone pages asset and file manager, customized User roles, customizable templates, plugins / extensions, tags, categories, sub-categories…

4. Serendipity (http://www.s9y.org/)

Serendipity Homepage
URL: http://www.s9y.org/
License: Free.
Forum: Serendipty Forum.
Features: Designed for users of all technical levels, anti-spam, comment, trackbacks, pings,plugins, skin-able, easy to upgrade, flexible input/output, choose between HTML, Textile, Wiki, BBCode and other markups (I like this feature), and many more of the standard features not worth repeating.

5. LifeType (http://lifetype.net/)

LifeType Homepage
URL: http://lifetype.net/
License: Free.
Forum: Life Type Forum.
Features: integrated media management, smarty templates, plugins, spam filter, installation wizard, moblogging, multi blog, nice looking URLs (strange for a feature), XMLRPC interface for remote creating and editing articles. And of course you may ping as many directories as you like with the inbuilt XMLRPC ping service…

6. Flatpress (http://www.flatpress.org/home/)

Flatpress Homepage
URL: http://www.flatpress.org/home/
License: Free.
Forum: Flatpress Forum.
Features: standard-compliant, plugin support, Widget system, easy to customize with themes (powered by Smarty). To be honest there aren’t a lot of features, but I do like the bare bones system which does exactly what it says: I AM A BLOG!

7. Wheatblog (http://wheatblog.sourceforge.net/)

Wheatblog Homepage
URL: http://wheatblog.sourceforge.net/
License: Free.
Forum: Wheatblog Forum.
Features: The features on Wheatblog are much and such the same as Flatpress.

8. sBlog (http://sblog.se/wiki/Main_Page)

sBlog Homepage
URL: http://sblog.se/wiki/Main_Page.
License: Free.
Forum: sBlog Forum.
Features: Again, as Flatpress and Wheatblog, basic features. Something appealing about that. Clean and Simple.

9. Eggblog (http://eggblog.net/)

Eggblog  Homepage
URL: http://eggblog.net/.
License: Free.
Forum: Eggblog Forum.
Features: Basic features.

10. Loudblog (http://www.loudblog.com/)

 Loudblog  Homepage
URL: http://www.loudblog.com/.
License: Free.
Forum: Loudblog Forum.
Features: LoudBlog is a sleek and easy-to-use Content Management System (CMS) for publishing media content on the web. It automatically generates a skin-able website and an RSS-Feed for Podcasting. Just upload your audio/video files, add some notes and links, and you’re done! (I love the idea of this).

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Paul Andrew

Paul is the founder and editor of Speckyboy Design Magazine. He has many years experience within the web design industry and a passion for the latest web technologies and design trends. He lives in the small town of Inverness in the north of Scotland. Follow him on Twitter.

Comments

  • was looking for this info, looks like WordPress is the best in the lot.then will give it a try. thnx for the info.

  • I am in the process of trying to pick a CMS for a new blog and this article came in very handy. Thank you so much Paul.

  • Very informative.. :)

  • Ouwenhuo

    good post.

  • I am in search of a free blogging platform (like wordpress, blogger,
    tumblr) which would have beautiful templates for mobile users also.
    Wordpress is good for both mobile and desktop but it doesn’t allow free
    domain mapping and blogger is also nice but it doesn’t allow mobile
    users to share my posts- on facebook, twitter, etc.

  • Dernickryan

    moonfruit is a good platform for website development

  • Where is Blogger, Livejournal and tumblr?

  • Hi paul, I’m using a different blog platform other than the 10 you’ve mentioned. I’m not the guru of analysis on blogs so if you have some spare time would you review devhub and tell me where it ranks if at all in your blog research….thanks in advance

  • Myrnaluzvecinteno

    I prefer to use wordpress (self-hosted) – it has lots of powerful plugins and themes that we can use.

  • vikash kumar

    Thanks for thsi article and all detail aobout free blog platform

  • Nigelatcisco

     First I would like to say great post I had no idea there were so many. I think that is because the likes of Blogger and WordPress dominate the headlines. How many of these blog platforms allow us to use java script? I myself am  a member of Entrecard dont know how many of you have heard of this so I wont bore you to death. But basically you are required to put there widget on your site. Well I tried Blogger that dont work. I believe there are possible work arounds for wordpress. But it would be nice to know if one of the above allowed me to use java script without having to email all of them or install them all to find out the answer..
    Great post and thanks for the info.
    Nige.