The Ultimate List of Blogging Platforms, Blog Software, Free and Paid (100+!)

[This is part of the Blogging Foundations Starter Kit Series.]

*Last Updated: September 6, 2011*

Choosing the right blogging platform is just as important as understanding what a blog is, answering the question about why you should blog, and even your blogging persona, because you eventually have to use one!

In fact, choosing the right one could mean the difference between becoming a successful casual blogger, a TentBlogger, and even a Professional Blogger (if that’s your aim), and separate you from the ocean of mediocre ones.

But where do you start? Well, they say that knowledge is power and it’s best that you have as much of it as possible! So, I decided to create a list of the all of the blogging platforms and software that exist out there and let you take a gander!

Currently I have over 100 different platforms listed! As you peruse them please note the following things:

  • This list is by no means complete. I’m sure I’m missing a few.
  • This list is roughly ordered in terms of use and adoption globally. In other words, the more popular systems are at the top.
  • A few of these might be considered more on the side of a Content Management System (CMS) but they are listed because they have a great blogging component to them.
  • Some are free and some you have to pay for. Do your research!
  • Some require zero technical knowledge to get started while others require a lot!
  • With some of them you can start blogging in minutes while some of them require a little bit more setup and installation time.
  • Some of these are a part of a social networking application and web service (a’la Facebook, MySpace, Ning, etc.) while most of them are just blogs.
  • Some of these are closer to microblogs and are used for microblogging while others might be more suited for video blogging or vlogging.

Remember that choosing the right blogging platform is a personal decision as well as a strategic business one, and the person who ultimately should decide is you! Make sure that whatever blog software you use meets as many of your needs as possible (do you know what you need?).

In fact, I let you know what I use here (if you’re curious).

So, without further ado, here’s the ever-growing list of blogging software and platforms. Please let me know if I’m missing one!

1. WordPress

WordPress is one of the top blogging platforms in the world and is used by more people than any other (and with good reason).

TentBlogger is built on WordPress and it is my blogging software of choice.

Please note that there is a free version called WordPress.com and a self-hosted solution called WordPress.org where you can download the application yourself, install it, and use it on your own server. We use the latter.

2. Blogger

Blogger is simple to use and is also a very popular choice.

3. Twitter

4. Tumblr

5. Posterous

6. Squarespace

7. TypePad

8. Movable Type

9. Drupal

10. ExpressionEngine

11. Open Diary

12. Live Journal

13. Xanga

14. Dead Journal

15. MySpace

16. Facebook

17. Ning

18. Bebo

19. Identi.ca

20. Plurk

21. Jaiku

22. hi5

23. Tripod

24. PHP Nuke

25. Windows Live Spaces

Please note that they are moving to WordPress instead!

26. Wheatblog

27. Penzu

28. Joomla

29. EggBlog

30. FlatPress

31. LifeType

32. LoudBlog

33. Serendipity

34. Pixie

35. glFusion

36. Textpattern

37. BlogHarbor

38. Open Salon

39. b2evolution

40. Blog CMS

41. Blosxom

42. Nucleus CMS

43. Pivot

44. SPIP

45. Dotclear

46. Globber

47. Habari

48. LiveStreet

49. Pblog

50. NibbleBlog

51. Open Blog

52. PluXml

53. Pritlog

54. SweetRice

55. Zomplog

56. Croogo

57. Blogware

58. Compendium

59. Bloog

60. cpedialog

61. ihere-blog

62. pyweblog

63. Picoblog

64. Vosao

65. JoeyB

66. PinaxCombo

67. Project Picky

68. Micolog

69. Toon-Blog

70. Django Tech Blog

71. Byteflow

72. MightyLemon

73. Kukkaisvoima

74. Jeeran

75. Spinder

76. Roller

77. Bricolage CMS

78. Blogsmith

79. Scoop

80. Blog.com

81. BoastMachine

82. Super Simple Blog

83. Webmobo

84. WikyBlog

85. Blogr

86. Blogabond

87. Blogetery

88. Weebly

89. Blogster

90. Multiply

91. vBulletin

92. Insane Journal

93. Terapad

94. Tblog

95. Friendster

96. Edublogs

97. Wikispaces

98. Aeonity

99. Blogates

100. Bravenet

101. eHow

102. Google Sites

103. HubPages

104. ISeekBlog

105. PBWorks

106. Squido0

107. Stikipad

108. Thoughts

108. Jurnl

109. Dreamweaver

110. Apple’s Mobile Me

111. Oxite

112. Blog Engine

113. DasBlog

114. Microsoft Sharepoint

115. Kontain

116. Blogspot.es

117. GitWrite

GitWrite is the blogging software for nerds. Sweet!

118. Toto

Toto is a seriously-small blogging engine. Yikes! Looks sweet.

Whew! That took a while.

Do you have any others that you’re using? Did you roll your own?

What platform are you using?

[This is part of the Blogging Foundations Starter Kit Series.]

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John

Hacker. Human.