There are 1001 different blogging and CMS platforms out there. Some are easy to use and some, well aren’t.
I have used a variety including, Drupal, WordPress, Squarespace, Sitecore, Sonic and another – whose name escapes me. As a little research for this article, I gave Blogger, Posterus and Tumblr a go.
Certainly, each have their upsides – each have a variety of layouts you can use, each have a good user network behind it. But what is good for what?
Undoubtedly, Sitecore and Sonic are for the power user. Both are designed to handle a lot of pages within a website and big media library. Both need a lot of tech support. You wouldn’t want to use these as a casual user – and frankly nor could you afford it. If you were a big company, I would happily recoomend either though – with a good training reginment behind it.
I’d almost put Drupal and WordPress in the next category. Granted, WordPress has a better range of use than Drupal but a poweruser would get more out of Drupal. Drupal is difficult to use and very difficult to get going again if you break it. WordPress is a little more friendly. It has a great volume of users behind it, a great customisation. This is where a small – to – big news service really comes to the tee. You can use it for the most basic blog and also to the most prolific e-zine user. A key here, though is to keep your plugins up-to-date, otherwise you could be in for a security problem or two. WordPress can be used for bigger projects too, which could make it ideal for organisations to use for blogging, away from the corporate website.
Blogger and Squarespace are next – both are ideal for the casual user – but Blogger has the advantage of Google behind it. Squarespace, though is almost fully customisible if you have the time – but unlike the others, it doesn’t seem to have as bigger user following as WordPress.
Posterus and Tumblr though seem to give something more in a social age. Both have good following and a good ability to reuse/repurpose other’s posts. Both have a solid range of templates, although Tumblr has a better range. Perhaps due to the large amount of users, some companies have deemed Tumblr NSFW – although this is a corporate mistake in my opinion. Posterus on the otherhand, seems to handle corporate better and even offers options for corproate use, perhaps making it ideal for internal blogging or similar.
All of these platforms are solid and can be used. Personally, I would use WordPress and Tumblr, but that is just me.