The best WordPress alternatives for bloggers

The best WordPress alternatives for bloggers

If you've blogged on WordPress, whether the self-hosted variety or a site, you're not alone. WordPress was originally seen as a blogging tool, although it goes beyond that identity, it is often for people who want to start a blog. That said, WordPress can be difficult to maintain if you're self-hosted. You may also be concerned by the news that blogs that have not opted out may be sold to AI training libraries. If you want to take the plunge, there are several WordPress alternatives. They mostly come in the form of hosted platforms, but there are also a few do-it-yourself content management systems.


Even before WordPress, there was Google Bloggers: And it didn't happen. While it doesn't have features, design, or a lot of bells and whistles, it still does a good job of being a blog site. You can even buy new themes on places like Etsy. While Google tends to be a bit pessimistic about shutting down its product, Blogger still has a large user base, and it would be hard to imagine Google doing it all dirty.


An open source CMS like WordPress, Drupal used to compete with WordPress for the same user base. Twenty years later, Drupal has a strong but much smaller user base. However, it's open source, so free, and any web host with cPanel has one-click installation. Even without it, it's relatively easy to install on any web host and isn't fully functional, unlike WordPress. There is a template system, content is stored in a database, and you can plug in extensions to do a lot of extra functionality. However, if you just want a blog, Drupal will do that out of the box.

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A ghost

The problem with open source projects is that people can “fork” them at any time; they can just take the technology, branch it off, and start building it into something completely new. While people have long threatened to fork WordPress (and nothing will stop them), only A ghost has successfully done so. About 10 years ago, a WordPress developer decided it had become too complex and wanted to free it up to create a cleaner writing experience, and ghost was born. Like WordPress (and Ghost is still very similar to WordPress on the back end), you can host the CMS yourself or pay Ghost to host it for you, starting at $9 per month.


I assure you, no one is more excited to learn it Livejournal still exists than 90s fans like me. Home of the self-confessed original blog, Livejournal is a hosted solution that allows you some basic themes and, by extension, lots and lots of ads. It certainly doesn't provide the air of security that Six Apart's original owners once imbibed before selling to a Russian company years ago. However, if you're looking for nostalgic gifs, LJ has you covered.


If you're looking for a slightly more modern and professional feel, Substack it is a good opportunity. A hosted solution, Substack lets you charge for your work through subscriptions and offers a clean-looking blog and newsletter, and even podcast hosting. Your blog won't look customized, and you won't get a ton of blog functionality, but it allows users to have a unified, expected experience and focus on writing. As long as you don't charge readers, Substack doesn't charge you. When you do, they'll take 10% of the pie.

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Average: It has a lot in common with Substack in that you can't customize the look of your blog, and you can choose to monetize your content or not. While it doesn't offer the same newsletter and podcast hosting, Medium is slightly better at promoting your work to its own internal audience than Substack and has a larger user base. The algorithm that figures out what you get seems like TikTok, it's based on some obscure math that includes how much time people spend reading your work and how many of them become paying users of your work. based on: You can write on Medium for free, but many say the $5/month membership gives you access to a larger audience.


Tumblr:One of the original WordPress competitors, it was retained by Automattic, who owned when it was purchased in 2019. If Livejournal feels a little too sketchy for you, you can get pretty much the same gifs and cuteness, with safety. Following Automattic on Tumblr. Proprietary, it has the same problem with content being sold to AI learning engines, but again, this is a simple setting you can turn off. You can't theme a Tumblr blog to the same degree as WordPress or Drupal, but you can polish it up a bit with colors and fonts. Your blog won't feel professional, but it will adorable.

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