Blog publishing is the major part of building a blog. These tools assist bloggers in formatting, preparing and submission of the posts to the hosting sites, with accuracy and less time.
There are various tools like blogger, wordpress, typepad, drupal, movable type, etc. Some are free and others are paid. The price generally ranges from free to as high as $30 per month.
There are many things to think about before choosing a blog publishing tool. The best of all are ones which work for individuals and one that satisfies the purpose of blogging. All the publishing tools have their pros and cons just like software programs.
Popular Blog Publishing Tools
• Blogger: It is a product offered by Google free of cost. Basically no tech expertise is required. It can use registered domain names and is one of the most popular ones. Best for first-time bloggers. The main disadvantage is HTML expertise is required to change template codes and has many side add-ons.
• TypePad: No technical knowledge is required to use this tool. It has broad menu of sidebar add-ons. One with a full Photoblog capabilities and photo album interface. It has blog traffic statistics built-in. A paid publishing tool. Price ranges from approximately $ 5 To $ 30 per month. It has limited designs flexibility as per price level.
• WordPress: Free with some advanced design pay options. There are multiple advantages and luxuries of being a WordPress blogger like categories support, easy to use plug-ins, ability to upload files, and password protection option. There are some disadvantages like limiting the software to a single platform application is a big software limitation, knowledge of CSS required for templates.
• Windows Live Writer: Windows-only offline blogging software that allows you to manage and also create a blog on the major blogging platforms. Live Writer supports spell checking and the embedding of any media content.
• Movable Type: One can create and deploy blogs or standalone websites. It has WYSIWYG Editor that makes it easy to create great-looking posts. It provides a way to dynamically generate the pages on your site so that you don’t have to deal with reconstruction. With the Powerful Dashboard summary of blogging, activity can be viewed in one glance.
• LiveJournal: It is an online journal service with an emphasis on user interaction. Live journal’s “friends list” feature allows you to easily control who can read your journal entries. There you have both free membership, or you can become a paid user for $25/year.
Always remember that blog publishing tools have different terms of service that may have age restrictions. If you are under age, it is best for parents and guardians to host the blog and/or to find sites with blog platforms designed for kids.