As I always defend WordPress in many projects, today I have to be more critical. Why use WordPress when the only thing I want to do is upload content to my blog? Do I really need all functionalities that WordPress provides me to set up a blog? The answer is clear and simple: NO. There are categories, tags, pages, inputs, menus, widgets, plugins, etc. There is an entire world of things to learn when all I want to do is set up a blog and focus on my content, on what I want to write, the message, the letters.
There are a series of platforms that help us when creating a blog, starting from the basis that we don’t want to do anything else other than upload content. Platforms that are connected to Evernote or Dropbox to take the content and publish it automatically. Simple platforms where there are no more than 5 options to choose from. Platforms where all that matters is the message and not the package. Platforms where the most important thing is that you read them and don’t see the great sidebar full of banners that you have set up (and you alone!).
On a serious note now, if it is already difficult enough to keep the user reading the articles, do you really think that someone is interested in those 400 advertising banners that you have shared on your blog?
Alternatives to WordPress
Ghost – A wonder. The application itself says that it is “the best writing experience on the web” and that is no exaggeration. A super clean interface that focuses on the important thing: a strong and simple dashboard with the most important information and a writing experience with the perfect Markdown. The bad thing? We still have to wait to try it.
Postachio – Postachio uses Evernote as an article storage system and as well as being very simple, if you have knowledge of HTML&CSS, it will allow you to simply personalise the screen to however you want it.
Calepin – A very simple alternative that connects to Dropbox to publish the articles that you have into the synchronised folder of your choice. It uses Disqus as a comments system and Markdown files for the posts.
Scriptogram – Scriptogram also uses Dropbox as an article storage system. It has a very simple and attractive interface, and the theme selection is great. It also gives you the possibility to use your own domain.
Roon – The most beautiful in terms of interface. It does what it says: “the simplest way to have a blog.” Like the above, its interface is focused on writing and is very simple. No plugins, no customisation, and if you want to use your own domain there is an annual fee.
We could also mention Medium that seems to be a more than interesting alternative, but at the moment it is not open therefore there are only a select number of people who can write on the network. Finally, although I couldn’t try it, Throwww looks very good. I will leave it to one side to give it a chance later.