So you've decided you want to create your own blog, but now you have to choose from the handfuls of blogging platforms available on the web. It's a good idea to think about what kind of media you'll be posting to your blog when making this decision. All blogging services do a great job handling text, but some stack up better than others when it comes to audio and video posts. Keep reading for an overview of the best blogging platforms for video to make your decision a little bit easier.
Wordpress is arguably the most popular blogging tool on the web. News sites like the BBC use Wordpress, and even Sylvester Stalone has chosen this platform to power his fan page. You can either get a free account on WordPress.com, or sign up with a web host. What you choose depends on how much video you want your blog to handle. The free WordPress blog gives you 3 GB of storage space, but doesn't allow you to upload video without purchasing an upgrade. You can embed video from YouTube, Vimeo, Hulu, DailyMotion, Viddler, Blip.tv, TED Talks, Educreations, and Videolog. To host your own videos right on your blog, you can purchase VideoPress for $60 per year per blog. Different pricing options are available depending on the amount of storage space you'll need to meet your media needs.
Jux is all about blogging with style. If you're an artist, filmmaker, or photographer, Jux is a great blog to use because it features layouts that showcase media in a beautiful way. Every image you upload will be automatically sized so that it is full-screen - no matter the size of the screen someone's using. You can't upload videos directly to your blog, but you can link to them from Vimeo or YouTube. Once you choose a link, you can adjust the title and description size and font, and also hide the Jux label so it doesn't interfere with your own branding.
Blog.com is a good alternative to Wordpress if you're trying to find a specific domain name and it's already taken. Whichever domain you choose will end with the blog.com URL, and the site is also working on a custom domain feature. Blog.com gives you 2,000MB, or 2GB, of free storage space. You can upload files up to 1GB at a time. Blog.com has a sliding scale to purchase more storage, starting at $20 per year for 10GB. Blog.com features support for a wide variety of video formats, including .mp4, .mov, .wmv, .avi, .mpg, and .m4v. If you're looking for a free blog with broad-ranging video support, Blog.com is a great solution.
Blogger is brought to you by Google, so if you're an avid Google+ user, it will fit right in to your internet life. You've probably visited plenty of Blogger-powered blogs - they end with the .blogspot.com url. Blogger isn't' transparent about its media limitations, only stating that you'll run into problems if you try to upload 'larger' files. From trial and error, it appears that Blogger limits video uploads to 100 MB, but allows you to upload as many videos as you want. If you already have a YouTube or Vimeo account, it might be worth it to stick with embedding your videos from there.
Posterous is a blog tool that was recently purchased by Twitter, and features streamlined sharing options. You can post from any mobile device, and also post video from anywhere by emailing it as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org. Posterous limits direct video uploads to 100MB, but accommodates a wide variety of video formats. When you choose a video to upload, it will automatically be converted for playback on Posterous. For now, Posterous doesn't monitor users' storage activity, so you cam upload as many videos as you like.
Weebly is a great blog and website builder that provides you with a flexible, blank canvas for presenting your content. Weebly features free domain hosting, but its video capabilities are pretty limited for free users. Although free users receive unlimited storage space, the file size of each of upload is limited to 10 MB. In the world of video, that will give you thirty seconds of pretty low-quality footage. To host video on Weebly you'll need to upgrade to access the HD video player, and the ability to upload video files up to 1GB in size. As of January 2013, Weebly raised the price of a Pro subscription from $4 per month to $8 per month. That being said, unlimited storage and massive file uploads make it a cost-effective solution for hosting video.
All prices as of January 2012.