Nick Schäferhoff
Editor in Chief

Best blogging sitesThere are many good reasons to create a blog.

You may want to practice your writing, create a following, establish your brand, or use blogging as a marketing tool to increase site traffic. It’s also a great way to connect with like-minded people.

How do you choose the site to build your blog on?

There’s a wide choice of blogging platforms. The more choices there are, the harder it is to make up your mind.

To help you choose the right blogging platform for yourself, we will first talk about what to look for in a blogging solution. After that, we’ll examine the pros and cons of the 10 best blog sites.

Ready? Let’s get started…

How to Choose The Best Blogging Platform

For making a decision, it helps to know what you are looking for. As they say – if you don’t know where you are going, every way is the right way. Below are some categories to judge the candidates by:

  • Costs – An indispensable consideration. It’s not only important that your blogging platform of choice fits within your budget but what you also get for your money. A free offer is worth nothing if it doesn’t do what you need.
  • Beginner-friendliness – Beginners need a blogging solution that is easy to set up, manage, and doesn’t need coding skills to run. They also have to be able to find support when they run into trouble.
  • Features and extendability – Over time, your needs and requirements for your site will change. You might want to modify or overhaul the design, add features, or make other drastic changes. A good blogging platform needs to be able to accommodate that.
  • Maintenance – How much hands-on work does your blogging solution need? Does it take care of most of the activities and features for you, or do you have to do everything by hand? This will have a serious impact on your workflow.
  • Monetization options – Many people start a blog or website to eventually earn money. If that is your objective as well, you better choose a platform that enables you to do that in a way that works for you.

The weighing of the factors above will be different depending on your skills, goals, and requirements. Keep them in mind while we compare the best blogging platforms out there.

10 Best Blog Sites for 2020

Below, you’ll find some of the most popular blogging solutions in the world and how they compare to each other.

1. WordPress.org – Best for Self-Hosted Blogs

wordpress.org review

Among the best blog sites, the self-hosted version of WordPress is, by far the most popular blogging platform in the world. WordPress powers over 90 percent of all the blogs on the Internet. It’s often confused with its close cousin WordPress.com. We will cover the latter as well. You can learn more about the differences between the two platforms in this article.

WordPress.org self-hosted version is perfect for all kinds of blogs, but mostly for those who are serious about blogging:

  • Personal blogs
  • Business blogs
  • Online businesses
  • Bloggers who want full control over their site


  • Very flexible – WordPress gives you full control over every aspect of your site
  • Highly extendable – you can add almost any functionality through plugins (The WordPress directory has over 55,000).
  • Thousands of mobile-friendly themes allow you to switch the design of your blog at the touch of a button
  • The platform is search engine friendly and works well with social media
  • You will have full ownership of your content
  • Its large community means lots of support options


  • You need to have a web hosting and a domain name

Setup and pricing

WordPress is an open-source blogging platform which means it’s free to use. However, to set it up, you’ll need a domain name ($10/year) and web hosting ($4/mo). Also, you may want to spend money on premium plugins and themes that add more flexibility to your blog.

2. WordPress.com – Best for Free Blogs

wordpress.com review

WordPress.com is a blog site hosting service by Automattic. You can get a free blog with basic features. For advanced functionality, you need to opt for one of their paid plans. It can be a great starting point for blogging. If you ever decide to have more control over your site, it’s relatively easy to move from WordPress.com to WordPress.org.

Perfect for

  • Small hobby blogs
  • For people who want to test waters with blogging

It’s a good option for small blogs or hobby blogs that are not actively maintained.


  • Super easy to set up – just create an account and follow the installation wizard
  • Hosting is included, so you have less moving parts to deal with
  • The interface is even more streamlined than self-hosted WordPress
  • No need to worry about site maintenance, everything is done for you
  • Built-in stats and community functions
  • Professional and dedicated support on paid plans


  • The free account is very limited, e.g., your blog is hosted on a subdomain
  • Narrow customization options, third-party themes, and plugins are only available on Business plans
  • Limited monetization opportunities, advertising is forbidden for lower plans
  • You can lose your site if you violate the terms and services of the platform
  • Ads and branding are present on your site unless you pay to remove them

Setup and pricing

Paid WordPress.com plans cost between $4 and $25 per month (billed annually). Each tier increases the amount of storage space, features (including monetization options) and support. With the Business plan, you can install external plugins and themes and connect your site to Google Analytics.

Signing up with WordPress.com and building a limited free blog can be done here – WordPress.com

3. Wix.com – Best for Small Websites

wix review

Wix is similar to Squarespace. It allows you to put together your web presence via drag and drop and comes with blogging ability that you can add to your site. You can read about adding Wix in this article.

Perfect for

  • Small business owners who need a blog with a website
  • Creative artists who mostly share photos


  • Ability to customize your site with templates and third-party apps
  • No coding skills required, you can achieve everything with the graphical interface
  • Quick and easy setup, includes top-notch hosting
  • Lots of design options and everything is built with HTML5
  • Has a feature to automatically design your blog using an artificial intelligence
  • Comes with free stock images


  • The free account comes with limited capabilities, traffic, storage and has Wix branding and ads
  • The number of free apps is limited
  • You are unable to change your site template after choosing it
  • The e-commerce capabilities of Wix are limited, even on paid plans
  • The service charges for many things so costs rack up easily
  • You are unable to move your site elsewhere and take your content with you


Wix is subscription-based and offers different packages. They start at $13/month for 2GB of bandwidth and 3GB storage plus the ability to connect a custom domain (which you need to pay yourself). Higher plans add more bandwidth and storage, free domains, apps, the ability to create an online store and remove the ads. The most expensive plan ($39/month) also comes with VIP support.

Visit Wix.com to start a free blog

4. Joomla.com

Joomla review

Next on our list of the best blog sites is another open-source content management system that you can use to build all kinds of websites. We have detailed information about it in WordPress vs. Joomla vs. Drupal and in the post on how to create a website with Joomla.

Perfect for

  • Business websites
  • Online stores
  • Technically advanced users


  • Powerful and flexible, suitable for building more than blogs
  • Hundreds of professional templates make it easy to change the design
  • Lots of available extensions for adding more features and functionality


  • More technical than other solutions on this list; basic knowledge of HTML and CSS is a necessity
  • The responsibility for security, backups, and performance is on you (although you may avail of Joomla managed hosting)


Joomla is free to download, costs only incur for hosting and a domain.

5. Medium.com

medium review

Medium is a publishing platform founded in 2012 by one of the people behind Twitter. By now, it has become a popular community for writers, bloggers, and journalists.

In addition to the ability to write blog posts, it also comes with limited social networking functions. You can comment on other people’s content and “like” it (likes are called “claps” on Medium). The audience is built into the platform.


  • Just sign up, and you are ready to blog
  • Great user interface and elegant writing experience
  • The focus is completely on content creation, not running or designing the site around it
  • You can embed content from other services (YouTube, Twitter, etc.)


  • All blogs on Medium look the same, there are hardly any customization options
  • Very limited marketing features
  • No way to transfer your audience from Medium to any other platform
  • Monetization options are absent
  • Medium has control over your content


The platform is free to use. If you have your domain, you can hook it up to individual stories. Unfortunately, you can’t do the same with user accounts.

6. Ghost.org

ghost review

This is a publishing platform focused only on blogging. The idea was to make a more streamlined and modern version of WordPress. As a consequence, the platform is built on JavaScript. It’s also available for a hosted or self-hosted version.

Perfect for

  • Bloggers who are happy to experiment with the newest technical solutions


  • Focus on writing and blogging
  • Clean, intuitive, streamlined user interface
  • Live preview of blog posts
  • Superfast because it is built on JavaScript
  • The hosted version requires no setup
  • SEO and social media capabilities are built-in
  • Integrated function for Accelerated Mobile Pages


  • Not easy to customize
  • Limited configuration and customization options
  • The number of themes is narrow
  • Ghost’s self-hosted version is complicated to set up


The price for the hosted version depends on the number of websites and the amount of traffic. For $29/month you get one blog and 100,000 monthly page views. This also includes SSL encryption. The most expensive plan is $249/month ($199/month paid annually). Ghost has prioritized support, uptime guarantee, and other premium features. All plans come with a custom domain.

For the self-hosted version, you need to pay the usual hosting plus the domain registration.

7. Squarespace.com

squarespace review

Squarespace is a drag-and-drop website builder which is aimed at small business owners. It’s a great all-in-one solution for non-technical people and offers hosting, domain registration, and the possibility for e-commerce. It also has blogging capabilities which are the reason why it’s among the best blog sites out there.

Perfect for

  • Business owners
  • Portfolio websites
  • E-commerce


  • Simple to use and beginner-friendly
  • Professional design templates are available
  • SSL encryption is built into the platform
  • Ability to build an online store
  • Free trial to test drive the platform
  • Includes hosting and a custom domain
  • 24/7 customer support


  • Users are limited to the features that Squarespace offers
  • Integrates only with a few third-party services and tools
  • Personal plan is limited to 20 pages and two contributors
  • Slightly overpowered if all you want is a blog


Squarespace is subscription-based. It comes with only two plans: Personal and Business. One is $12/month and the other $18/month. You get a discount and a free custom domain if you pay annually.

Both plans come with unlimited pages, bandwidth, and storage. The Business plan also has e-commerce, marketing features, and allows you to customize your design through CSS and JavaScript. You can use your domain name, which comes with extra costs. There is a 14-day free trial to test the waters.

8. Weebly.com

weebly review

Weebly is another site builder with a modular approach and a web-based interface. Pick a template and position your content as blocks in different areas.

Perfect for

  • Business owners who need blogging capability
  • Online portfolios
  • Bloggers with no technical knowledge


  • Easy to use – everything is operated via drag-and-drop
  • Comes with decent mobile apps to run your site on the go
  • You can try out the service before committing financially
  • Has a good reputation in terms of SEO, even integrates with Google Analytics


  • Limited integrated features and no possibility to add more
  • Integrates with only a few third-party platforms
  • Exporting your site is difficult


You can start with a free account. After that, $6/month gets you a custom domain. For advanced features like site stats, video backgrounds, or membership options, you need to go for one of the higher plans. Those come in at $12-$26/month. Weebly also has separate plans for online stores that are slightly more pricey. All plans are paid annually.

9. Blogger.com

blogger review

This free blog hosting service has been around for a long time. It was founded in 1999 and acquired by Google in 2003. As a consequence, you can sign up easily with your existing Google account.

Perfect for

  • Hobby bloggers and personal blogging


  • Free to use and the set up only takes minutes
  • Hosting, maintenance, and other technicalities are taken care of
  • Integrates well with other Google offerings (e.g., you can store your images on Google Drive)
  • Mobile-optimized templates
  • Comes with tracking and anti-comment spam measures


  • Limited to basic blogging tools and there is no way to add additional features
  • Design options are few
  • Updates or new features are scarce
  • Blogger displays advertisements on your blog


Blogger is completely free. The only cost you might incur is if you want to use a custom domain. In that case, you have to acquire and pay for it yourself.

10. Tumblr.com

tumblr review

The final entry for the best blog sites is Tumblr. The service is a micro-blogging platform optimized for short-form content. It also has a community behind it and social network features. Think of it as a middle ground between WordPress and Twitter.

Perfect for

  • Hobby bloggers
  • Personal blogging
  • Micro-blogs


  • Free and very easy to set up and use
  • Hosting is included (your blog is located on a tumblr.com subdomain)
  • Has integrated social features such as following, re-blogging and sharing
  • Easy to publish multimedia e.g. videos, GIFs, images and audio
  • Many design opportunities and they are easy to change


  • Limited features and no way to extend them
  • It’s difficult to back up your Tumblr content and use it on other platforms


The platform is free to use. Optional costs are for a custom domain (which you can map to your Tumblr account) and third-party themes and apps.

Best Blog Sites – What’s Your Pick?

When looking for the best blogging platform, you have many candidates to consider. Each comes with its pros and cons. There are three varieties: self-hosted blogging platforms, hosted blog sites, and site builders that also have blogging capabilities.

Which is the most suitable for you depends on your needs, goals, and preferences. Here on websitesetup.org, we like the self-hosted WordPress. It’s what this site is built on and we have had solid experience with it. It’s powerful, super flexible, and deserves to be among the best blog sites for a reason.

What do you consider the best blog sites out there? Anything to add to the list? Let us know in the comments section below.

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    Hello Nick,

    I trust you are well. I am a social media Manager and I need help landing more clients. I do not have a website and need to build one and start blogging. Which of the above sites will you recommend for me?

    Thanks so much,

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    First of all, thank you for this detailed article. It was very helpful. I am 70 years old and have very little technical knowledge.
    I want to write a blog about my travel experience to the places I visited, I would like people to read my blog. I am NOT planning to monetize on it.
    So kindly suggest me the best option that would suit my needs, my agenda being easy setup and maintenance. Thank you

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    Thanks for all of this great information! I am looking to use a blogging platform to organize myself in a way. This would be solely for my own personal use. I have article links, screenshot photos, video clips, and other things I’d like to remember saved in too many different places, and I would like to be able to organize them all in one place so I can easily recall them. Based on your review it looks like weebly, tumblr, and blogger might be good options for me. Tumblr stood out because you mentioned the ease of uploading video content. Any thoughts on what might help me achieve my goal? Thanks so much!

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    I’ve started with 8 blogposts on a site i built with Wix. I like it but I’m wondering for SEO and for monetization, should i switch over to WordPress.org before it gets larger? I will want to monetize eventually but not right away so I’m thinking once it gets larger i could hire someone to copy and paste etc… to help me move to wordpress. I’m just afraid of all the time it might take me to learn WordPress.

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      If you are considering changing to WordPress, I would do it sooner rather than later. The more content you have to migrate, the more complicated it will get. Running your blog on WordPress is probably also going to be cheaper than Wix, will give you more monetization options, and is really easy to learn. If you are doubtful, you can always install WordPress offline to test drive it away from anyone’s eyes: https://websitesetup.org/install-wordpress-locally-xampp/.

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    Institute of Digital Marketing

    I want to create a website and I am just wondering if I should start with a free theme. Since I am not really an expert at wordpress so I guess buying a theme at the start will be a bad idea. What do you suggest?

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    Wix.com is an exellent option but….. i’ve managed to create a full personal blog with a lot of hours of work to build it and at the end when i tried to purchase this blog, i realised that it needed a VAT, professional tax number, because mine is a simple citizen tax number. i also tryed wordpress but its pretty low in features for me, any suggestions???

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      Hey Dimitris, I’m sure there is a way to use Wix without being a business entity. I would talk to their support if you are having issues. In addition, WordPress can be extended with plugins to include any features you need. You just need to know what you want and then find the right tools for it.

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    WordPress.com is what i use so far…. i dont have the self hosted one as yet..im just a few months in..into blog writing… i made it because i wanted to incorporate it with my audio podcast on Apple podcasts… its a great start i can say…i started in march and have connected my social with it. I have managed to have 2.7k+ views and 2.1k+ visits since. Cant wait to self host so i can add google analytics as im a marketing influencer which i just start off…. So the converting to self hosting would be good for business.

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    Hi sir,

    Thank you for the article.
    I would like to start of with the blog as a hobby, and wanted to share some notes and personal experiences.
    Which one would you recommend?
    It should be secured and it should be cost effective.
    Please advise


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      Tanya Christiansen

      Hi Nick,
      I am wanting to blog sharing personal ideas and experiences. My goal is to help others in similar situations. I don’t really care about making money, at least not now and maybe never. But, I do want it to look professional and not have alot of ads popping up. I hope to have a lot of traffic eventually. I am leaning towards WordPress. Org. I plan to post on a regular basis. What do you suggest?

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      Hey Santhosh, it really depends on your goal. If you just want to do it for the writing, go with WordPress.com, Medium, or Blogger. If you want to use it for any type of professional purpose, your best bet is usually a self-hosted WordPress website.