50 Web Publishing Apps

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WordPress.com

A couple of years ago, WordPress.com took the lead among hosted publishing platforms with its versatility and ease of use. Today it still sets the standard with an intuitive admin UI, a strong community built around the open-source product of the same name, and a careful balance of functionality and great user experience.

Pros
Decent selection of free and paid themes
Full CSS access
Detailed stats and analytics
Built-in support for Typekit fonts
Drop-in widgets and shortcodes for popular third-party services like Flickr, Vimeo, Meebo, and Twitter
Comment and trackback spam filter service
Private, members-only and group sites
Easy export including to a self-hosted WordPress instance
Available in over 50 languages
Advanced import support for popular blog services
VideoPress video conversion and hosting
Mobile-ready plus special tablet version via OnSwipe
Smartphone apps for site management
Posting via e-mail or SMS
Extensive documentation and video tutorials
Vibrant user forums
Site URL can be used as OpenID
Cons
Themes and plugins are restricted to those built into the service, therefore users don’t have access to the massive WordPress design and extension ecosystem
No support for JavaScript editing means no integration with services not natively supported by WordPress.com
Piecemeal purchasing of paid features can be tedious
No monthly payment terms for paid features
Price
Free, ad-supported
Paid features include ad-free $29.97 per year and custom domain from $12 per year