Hey, there. This is Brad from Firstsiteguide.com and in this video I will be going through and comparing WordPress.com and Tumblr.com, two free online blogging platforms. We will go through some of the reasons to use these services as well as the downsides. If you are ready, let’s get started.
To start, let’s run through what each service offers, and then we will compare the two. As for WordPress.com, the service allows you to sign up and run a free blog hosted on WordPress’s platform. You will have full featured dashboard with the ability to publish posts, pages and use the rest of the features behind the scenes, including selecting your theme which will adjust the look and feel of your new blog. To publish your first post you’ll hover over Posts on the left, and then click on Add New. Here you are entering your post title, the content and then use the editor to style and make changes before publishing.
On Tumblr.com you will sign up on this page, and then have access to a more simple dashboard that will give you a handful of different options. Like posting a blog post, photos, a quote, link and more. You can also play around with customizing your blog with a different theme and layout as well as search around and follow other blogs that are hosted on the Tumblr platform. To publish your first post, you’d click on Text, and then use the editor to add a title, your content, style of your content, and then click on the blue Post button to publish it.
Now, let’s take a deeper look at some of the included features and compare them to what you are offered with a different platform or even the self-hosted setup. Since both of these are free services, neither include a domain name for your new blog which is a downside if you plan to change it later on. For example, on WordPress, that means your blog will be @yourusername.wordpress.com. On Tumblr it will be yourblogusername.tumblr.com. As I mentioned, if you are publishing posts and building up search engine rankings, your authority and followers, it is going to be a headache to switch everything over in the future. So you may want to keep that in mind if you plan to be more serious with your blog. While both WordPress and Tumblr have many different themes available, WordPress tends to have better support on both their free and paid premium themes as well as additional flexibility of changing hosting platforms later on for more control.
Both platforms also offer premium themes that may fit best for different topics, niches and verticals. Sometimes these themes will also offer different features with updates in the theme curators in the future as well. In the end, the platform you choose is going to need to be based on your unique needs and preferences. Choosing the WordPress.com or Tumblr.com platform will work well if you are casually blogging. But if you are looking to get more serious, hosting your own version with your own domain name on your own hosting account gives you the most control and flexibility. If you’d like more information on starting your own self-hosted WordPress blog or if you have any website questions, we’d be happy to help you out. We have a full guide on how to start your own WordPress blog on Firstsiteguide.com. So feel free to hop on over now to check it out. Take care and enjoy starting your new blog.