According to a number of surveys, Free WordPress Hosting is the most popular blogging platform online - both the free, hosted version and the CMS you download and install on your own server. It's easy to use Free WordPress Hosting and it looks neat; the admin panel is also very convenient thanks to AJAX technology. There's a reason Wordpress is so popular. However, is it really the best blogging platform there is?
Then there are some cool guys who like to find out about those untapped blogging resources that no one has ever heard about.This kind of experimentation has its own advantage , and may provide some features that you may find less evident on Free WordPress Hosting.
According to this post published on lifehacker on June 20, 2010 WordPress was a clear leader, and three others close to it were Blogger,Tumblr and Posterous.(all three are hosted platforms).
It's not difficult to argue that blogging has done more to spread knowledge and ideas than any other publishing innovation since the printing press.
WordPress is a popular open source blogging platform along the lines of the venerable Swiss Army knife. As a WordPress user, you have the option of setting up a WordPress blog on your own server (for free) or creating a WordPress-hosted blog at WordPress.com. Thanks to an absolutely enormous community of followers and developers, WordPress has themes, plug-ins, and gadgets of all stripes. It isn't as simple to set up and configure as some of the other entries in this week's Hive, but once you get it up and running you're rewarded with a nearly limitless array of options, configurations, and plug-ins. Finding a customization tool or trick for WordPress is almost never more effort than a cursory Google search. WordPress is a scalable solution that allows you to do everything from maintain a single blog with a single user to an entire stable of blogs with multiple users all overseen by a primary administrator.
So,What Blog Platform to Use Other Than Wordpress?
The answer may depend on "when" you are asking the question. Because Wordpress will always going to be one constant factor, always improving and always developing. We have to look out if that other platform,that was present earlier is going well right now , or it's just neglected and left to perish.
Its like being a small plant growing underneath a big and dense tree.Ultimately it gets robbed of sunlight and starts to perish , unless it develops a alternative mode of nourishment and even parasitism.
Three other blogging platforms that have well thrived amid all these are-
Blogger.COM-(Web Based & free)
Blogger is a popular and free blogging service owned by Google. Blogger's big draw is ease of use and nearly instant setup. You can go from blog-less to publishing your first post in under 15 minutes thanks to its extremely easy setup process. Blogger supports drag-and-drop template editing, dynamic updating, geo-tagging for location-based blogging, and easy publication from editing tools like Google Docs, Microsoft Word, and Windows Live Writer. Blogger supports up to 100 users, so if you grow your blog beyond single editorship you can expand without any hassle.
Tumblr.COM (Web based & Free)
While Blogger is an easy way to set up a full-fledged blog, Tumblr is an interesting fusion between a full-fledged blog and a Twitter feed. Known as short-form or micro blogging, the style of blogging on a Tumblr blog is focused on short and frequent posts that are normally longer (or more focused on media like images or video) than Twitter updates but not as involved and formal as a regular blog post. It's a style that appeals to a lot of people and the ease of setup coupled with the informality of Tumblr is a winning combination for people who aren't looking to commit to a blog as an involved and time-consuming project. If this is the first time you've come across the concept of micro blogging, make sure to check out Tumblr's About Us which provides an interesting picture of micro blogging.
Movabletype.ORG (Opensourse & Free)
Movable Type 5.2.2 (the new numbering) will be released in December and will be the newest version of Movable Type 5.2. We will start the new numbering policy with this new release.
Movable Type has several notable features, such as the ability to host multiple weblogs and standalone content pages, manage files, user roles, templates, tags, categories, and trackback links.
The application supports static page generation (in which files for each page are updated whenever the content of the site is changed), dynamic page generation (in which pages are composited from the underlying data as the browser requests them), or a combination of the two techniques. Movable Type optionally supports LDAP for user and group management and automatic blog provisioning.
Movable Type is written in Perl, and supports storage of the weblog's content and associated data within MySQL natively. PostgreSQL and SQLite support was available prior to version 5, and can still be used via plug-ins. Movable Type Enterprise also supports the Oracle database and Microsoft SQL Server.
Movable Type is free software under the GPLv2 license. In addition to the free version, users can purchase support or buy commercial, education, or nonprofit licenses, which come with support contracts, author limits, and unlimited blogs.
Nucleuscms.ORG (Open sourse & Free)
Nucleus CMS is an open-source blog management software package written in PHP,with a MySQL. It is used to manage frequently-updated Web content. With a little tweaking (mainly to skins), it might be considered a lightweight content management system.
Nucleus makes use of a callback function which has led to a plugin system that has inspired somewhere in the order of 50 to 100 distinct plugins.The general drive within the development community is that functionality should exist as plugins as totally as possible. This philosophy has led to a relatively light and uncluttered base install.
Livejournal.COM (Web based,Opensourse & free)
is a social network owned by SUP Media where Internet users can keep a blog, journal or diary - a wide variety of political pundits also use the service for political commentary, particularly in Russia,where it partners with the politically independent online newspaper Gazeta.ru (also owned by parent company SUP Media). As with many other social networks, a wide variety of public figures use the network. However, LiveJournal is also the name of the free and open sourceserver software that was designed to run the LiveJournal virtual community.
That's all we have for now. (updated on Dec.2nd 2012)