Ratings were collected by a paid third-party researcher who signed up to each blog rated, tested features and functions of site, and rated experience. The researcher, where possible, sent a test email to the platform’s support to determine how long it took for a response. Finally, the researcher was also required to write a brief summary of observations, likes and dislikes, and any other comments that might help readers judge the suitability of the site for them.
Ratings contained here are the opinions of the researcher and are not to be viewed as authoritative, or opinions of Blog Platforms Review.
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Just one other note, “Free Blog Platforms” refers to platforms that offer a free version beyond a trial period. These versions are typically quite limited in terms of their functionality and the amount of control the user has over the blog page.
Below is a listing with rating descriptions for each of the categories rated on the site.
|Free Version||Does platform have a free version? Yes or no, excluding free trails|
|Credit Card for Trail||Yes or No. Does site require CC for trail subscription|
|Best Subscription (US$/mo)||If a subscription version, what is cheapest/mo cost? This may be annual divided into monthly rate|
|Hosted||Hosted = blog is hosted by blog platform(typically, In a blogname. blogplatform.com format) Yes or no|
|Custom Domain Support||Does it allow/assist custom domain connection to subdomain blog? Yes or no|
|Theme/Design Options||Proximate theme/design options(2,5+,10+,1000+)|
|Mobile friendly||Weak, Some Issues/so-so, or Solid|
|Ease of Setup||Difficult/takes some time, Average/so-so, or Quick/Easy|
|Easy of Use||Not easy/intuitive, Moderately easy, Or Easy/intuitive|
|Support Email Response||How quick was response to a single support email? We sent a supprt email asking a question and waited for response|
|UI Customization||None/Low, Some but limited, high level allowed|
|Social Media tools||Sharing tools to reader’s SM. primarily, but also support of bloggers SM liking (yes or no?)|
|Reader Comments||Disqus, etc tools allowing for user enqaqement/commenting|
|Collaborators||Allow user to invite collaborators to site|
|Co-Authors||Allow user to designate authors in blog posts|
|Subscriber List||Can you build a subscriber list or not|
|RSS Reader Notifications||Offered?|
|Schedule Posts||Allow user to schedule posts|
|Recommend Articles||Allow blogger to recommend to readers other articles he/she has written|
|Tag Posts||Allow blogger to keyword/ tag posts|
|Editor Options||Number of editors available(ie Markdown,WYSIWYG,etc.)|
|Analytics||Support site analytics such as Google,plugins,etc|
|Image/Video Support||Yes or No|
|Search||Does platforms allow for site search and/or individual blog search|
|Data Transfer Ease||Is downloading/moving blog content,including subscriber list,supported? Poorly, avg/so-so,or easy|
|SEO Support||No noted SEO support,limited,or extensive. This may come in the form of how-to-hints,plugins,analytics,etc|
|Math Symbols||Can you use math symbols in the blog or not|
|Code Highlighting||Can you embed and highlight programming code in to the article page?|
|RTL Language||Right-to-left language support|
|Multi-Language UI||Does user interface(UI) support language other than English?|
|Monetization||How much monetization is supported: Low. Limited, Extensive/Numerous opps/Fully Customizable|
|SSL(https) Certificate||Hosted SSL and does it extend to personal domain or both|
|Plug-ins/Extensions||None,quite limited, or many options|
|Writing Helps||Evidence on site writing hints,articles and tools: None, Limited, or extensive|
|Reader Development||Evidence on site of getting reader hints, articles and tools: None,limited, or extensive|
|Brand Develoment||Evidence on site of branding hints, articles and tools: None,limited, or extensive|