If you are looking to get out the word on, well, anything, you're probably on the hunt for the perfect blogging platform. Maybe you have already tried the most popular options, like WordPress and Blogger, but are looking for something else. Believe it or not, there are several professional blogging platforms created by ambitious startups that offer excellent alternatives to WordPress. We've collected five of the best below.
The Next Web named Svbtle fifth among their list of the 15 best blogging platforms. It's been lauded for its simplicity — the interface is reminiscent of a blank notepad, which makes jotting down thoughts and ideas feel immediate and effortless (see also: What Are the Best Online Writing Applications?). If you aren't sure of what you have to say and want help organizing your thoughts into blog posts, Svbtle is worth a look. Plus, it's free.
Ghost includes most of the best features of WordPress and none of the drawbacks. You get a platform that is easily customized to your needs and provides a wealth of plugins and custom domains, if you're interested. All of Ghost's features appear in just two columns, making it simpler and less overwhelming. If you want to use Ghost as a CMS, it's free, but if you want the site to host, it's currently $5/month.
If you want to reach a fairly big reader base, Medium is for you. In addition, the post editor is easy to work with, the analytics are built-in and the site encourages reader interaction. In fact, according to The Next Web, its social layer lets users make notes on and even edit other people's blogs. If you are looking for a free blogging platform that reaches and engages a large community, this might be the one.
Silvrback offers advanced features with a premium pricing scheme, which cost $50 annually and includes a custom domain. The program offers a simple, attractive design with exceptional typography options. Silvrback has come a long way since launch and it's guaranteed to get more advanced with age.
If you already use Evernote, you will find Postach.io a nice complement. This lightweight platform automatically syncs with Evernote, making it easier than ever to create a blog post or to develop blog ideas. Postach.io will also allow you to import Tumblr posts. If you want to add a little pizzazz to the written word, you can easily embed videos, pictures and even tweets to Postach.io. The basic account is free and the premium a count will set you back $5 a month.