Today, blogging is not only about deciding what to write but deciding where to write and is equally as important. There are endless options available today but you should consider carefully and craft your choice to meet your needs. In order to make a informative decisions, this post will compare the leading blogging platforms: WordPress and Tumblr.
WordPress is definitely a top contender in the blogosphere world with over 75,000,000 million sites operational today. WordPress is unique in that it is an open source website creation tool, “but in non-geek speak, it’s probably the easiest and most powerful blogging and website content management system (or CMS) in existence today” (ithemes.com, 2016). Now that’s a grand introduction for the blogging platform, but what makes it so popular? First, WordPress is free and comes with unlimited versatility and customizability. You can create anything from a blog like Mashable to a video website like Vimeo or a directory website like Yelp, all through WordPress. Also, WordPress has a large community available to you to help you learn and built your website. The options are ultimately limitless!
Now, WordPress may seem very impressive; however, the platform is not for everyone. Tumblr is the second most popular blogging platform with approximately 280,400,000 million blogs today. All though, Tumblr is more of a niche blogging platform that is often used: photography, music and video. Tumblr is much more simplistic than WordPress with it’s fairly minimal user interface and is not as overwhelming and easier to learn. Tumblr focuses more on user content rather than customizable web-design. However, you still have the option to use HTML to create your own theme on Tumblr but unlike WordPress you can’t change the platform that Tumblr exists on as it is not a CMS site.
In conclusion, Tumblr is a social network and WordPress is a publishing platform. Thus, there is no evident winner as it really depends on what you are looking for! If your focus is more on creating a platform choose WordPress but if your focus on content creation Tumblr may be better. However, there is no right or wrong and each site will work for different needs. Some people may find themselves using both for a powerful combination of blogging tools.
Which one would you choose and why?
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