Weebly is so easy to use
According to my current situation and needs, Wordpress is too much hassle. That's why I like Weebly as a blogging platform. I have several blogs with it and I couldn't be happier.
Now you can use Weebly for free. But I would recommend getting the Pro option, which is only 50 bucks a year or thereabouts. There are many advantages from doing this including better customer service. I know from personal experience that they are definitely responsive and helpful.
You also have more template options. Of course you can get a custom design if you wish. But frankly I think the ones you already have access to look absolutely fine.
Weebly is a website builder and (very reliable) host all in one. The drag and drop interface is just so user-friendly. And the blogging tool is a seamless part of it. So, if you've set up your custom domain with them (a straightforward process) the blog comes off the main domain automatically, like with this site.
The dashboard is very easy to navigate and use. It's a doddle to add social media buttons, maps, slide shows, "read more" breaks, video, audio and other content.
Image library included
One feature that I particularly like is related to images. Of course you can upload these from your hard drive, but you can also search for, then publish them directly within the Weebly interface. They've set it up with access to a free and paid image library.
Now the pictures aren't all brilliant. And you often need to tweak your search terms to get something appropriate.
Still, you can usually find a picture to go with your post that complements it quite well. And you didn't have to fork out money and spend time looking through stock images on other sites.
This isn't a huge thing. But it certainly saves time and money.
Ecommerce options available
There are also ecommerce tools you can use within the platform itself. That's great if you want to offer products or services either through your blog or the other pages of a niche website.
I haven't yet utilized this option. But I may well do in future. The fact that it is already there in front of me and sure to be pretty straightforward is a real bonus.
So, Weebly definitely meets my blogging needs and will do for a while. If, like me, you love blogging but aren't into the more technical aspects of web design and building -- yet still want to promote and sell stuff then it's an excellent, reliable and affordable option.
Sure, it's not Wordpress. But there's still heaps you can do with it that's quick and easy. And this range of options will surely keep expanding over time.