7 Best Tumblr Alternatives

Last Updated: April 14, 2016

From social networking services, to instant messaging apps, to video sharing websites, there are numerous means by which information can be shared online with others. However, when it comes to communicating thoughts and ideas effectively over the web, there’s hardly a medium that works better, than blogging. Probably this is the reason that these days, anyone and everyone, from individuals to big corporations, has a blog.

Out of the many blogging platforms available out there, the Yahoo! owned Tumblr is probably the most unique. Built around a “short-form” blogging approach, it lets users post text, pictures, as well as multimedia from an easy to use dashboard. And Tumblr’s popularity can be evinced from the fact that it hosts over 280 million blogs (as of March 2016). But as impressive as it is, what if you want something else?

Looks like you’re in luck, as we’ve curated this listing of the best Tumblr alternatives from you. So what’s the hold up? Get reading!

Best Tumblr alternatives

1. WordPress

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It’s impossible to talk about blogging platforms without mentioning WordPress. Powering up 25% of all the websites (as of February 2016), it is undoubtedly the most popular Tumblr alternative that you should consider. WordPress comes in two variants, a free and open source script based content management system (CMS) that can be installed on a web server, and a freemium blogging platform that helps you get your first blog started in seconds. WordPress is extremely customizable, thanks to the innumerable themes and functionality enhancing plug-ins available for it. Not just that, it has everything you’d expect from a solid blogging service, including multi-user support, social network integration, SEO, and custom tags/categories. In essence, if you want a fully loaded blogging service, WordPress is an absolute no-brainer.

Pros:

  • Extremely popular and reliable
  • Strong administration features
  • Fully scalable, with robust support

Cons:

  • Gets fairly complicated (especially if your blog has multiple scripts, custom plugins etc.)
  • Web-based post editor not exactly the best

Best suited for:

  • Individuals getting started with blogging
  • Corporations wanting tailor made product/communication blogs
  • Monetization focused blogs

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2. Blogger

blogger

Owned by the tech giant Google, Blogger is one of the easiest blogging platforms out there. And if you’re invested in the Google ecosystem, this is just the Tumblr alternative for you. It includes a super simple web-based post editor, and you can have up to 100 blogs per account. Blogger also has options for viewing detailed stats, such as monthly page-views, traffic sources etc. for your blog. Oh, and there is full integration with Google’s AdSense program as well, for easy monetization. Lastly, all the regular blog features such as multi-user support (with permissions), posting via email, and comments are supported too. But even with all of that, Blogger isn’t without its downsides, most notable of which is that it doesn’t let you host your blog on a web-server. So if you have your own custom domain, you have to use DNS functionality to redirect it to the blog.

Pros:

  • Backed by Google
  • Extremely easy to set up
  • AdSense integration for easy monetization

Cons:

  • Not scalable
  • Restricted customization, with barely any themes
  • Limited plugin support

Best suited for:

  • Individuals looking for occasional blogging
  • People who don’t want to spend on features like hosting, custom templates

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3. Soup

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It may be oddly named, but Soup almost exactly mirrors Tumblr in both user interface and features, thus making a strong case for a robust Tumblr alternative. From texts to quotes, and from images to videos, it lets you post everything, and then some more. It can directly import posts from a large variety of social networks (e.g. Twitter, Reddit, SoundCloud), and lets you automatically publish posts to Facebook too. Also, you can point your custom domain to your Soup micro-blog easily. There are many Soup groups (based on topics like animals, TV shows etc.) that users can join and post to, thus creating a collaborative stream of posts. In a nutshell, Soup is a simple micro-blogging platform that works. Just don’t expect it to match up to heavyweights like WordPress.

Pros:

  • Largely similar to Tumblr in features, helpful for migrating Tumblr users
  • Fairly good customization options, along with custom CSS editing
  • Auto posting via Email

Cons:

  • No custom plugins, ad-supported free tier
  • Nothing in way of monetization support
  • Looks unpolished

Best suited for:

  • Young bloggers looking for simple blogging and re-posting of content

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4. Medium

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Founded by the ex-chairman and CEO of Twitter, Medium has quickly risen to become one of the most popular blogging platforms in less than four years. It’s a distinctly unique from the other blogging services, in a sense that it focuses more on factors such as quality of content, and how published stories connect with the readers, as opposed to statistics like page-views and traffic. A great medium (pun intended) for people who love to write and appreciate good words, Medium sports a minimalistic text editor, and has features such as keyboard shortcuts, sharing links, and the ability to set visibility, tags etc. for articles. You can even import posts from other services, as well as tag, follow your favorite authors. There’s also support for setting up custom domains.

Pros:

  • Curated content, rich in quality
  • Private/public posts, scheduling options
  • Built-in stats for checking user engagement on posts

Cons:

  • Heavily restricted, with almost no customization
  • No Google Analytics support

Best suited for:

  • Serious authors looking towards writing quality content
  • Individuals focused on interaction and networking driven by posts

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5. Posthaven

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Want a Tumblr alternative that’s going to stick around for good? Posthaven might just be what you’re looking for. With an upfront asking price of $5/month for a blog account (each having up to 10 blogs), Posthaven, in its own words, is a service that aims to last forever. They also have a pledge that states that the service will never get sold or acquired, ever. It’s founded by the creators of the now-defunct Posterous, and includes features like password protected blogs, email notifications for blog activity, and posts having documents and audio/video content. It should also be noted that Posthaven is quite young and still under development. All said, Posthaven is promising, but the fact that it doesn’t even offer a trial account, and you can’t start using it unless monthly fee is paid, is a downer.

Pros:

  • Minimal, with a balanced set of features
  • Near guaranteed to keep running
  • Future goals include permanent post links, even after users stop paying

Cons:

  • Sparse information on website
  • No trial accounts, nothing about monetization

Best suited for:

  • People who want a simple and reliable service, and don’t mind paying for it
  • Users wanting to support an upcoming platform

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6. Ghost

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The result of a successful Kickstarter funding campaign, Ghost is an open source blogging platform that’s intended to make writing and publishing content simple. Ghost is based on the Node.js run time environment, which makes it extremely fast and responsive. Just like WordPress, Ghost is also available in two variants, a web server hosted package (starting at $19/month), or a self hosted one ($5-10/month). Ghost is in active development, with features such as third party apps, post analytics, and developer tools in the pipeline. If you want a fast and responsive Tumblr alternative, do try out the 14 day trial of Ghost.

Pros:

  • Fast and responsive, Powerful dashboard
  • Real-time automatic formatting and preview as you type
  • Collaborative posting, direct code injection

Cons:

  • Hosted plans not exactly the cheapest
  • Still under development

Best suited for:

  • Users who don’t want to bother with formatting content too much
  • Individuals focused on ease of use and setting up

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7. Typepad

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If you’re looking for a simple yet powerful Tumblr alternative, look no further than Typepad. Having been around for quite some time, it is used by major names such as ABC, MSNBC, and the BBC to host their blogs. Getting started is easy, and there are numerous built-in analytics tools to give you the best idea of stats on your blog(s). What’s more, Typepad also promotes blogs on its own network, which further increases the chances of garnering traffic. And of course, regular features such CSS based theme editing, Google Analytics support etc. are there too. Typepad does offer a free trial, though you’re still required to provide payment details for it.

Pros:

  • Reliable and established
  • Ability to import posts from WordPress
  • Map custom domains

Cons:

  • Starting plans of $8.95/month a bit on the steep side, especially considering free alternatives
  • Not as extensible as solutions like WordPress

Best suited for:

  • Bloggers looking for an established platform

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Tumblr isn’t the only one out there

While it’s certainly one of the most popular and unique blogging platforms out there, Tumblr isn’t the only one of its kind. Also, there’s little denying the fact that it’s geared more towards teenagers and casual bloggers. But if you’re looking forward to having (some of) Tumblr’s features with a bit of customization afforded by advanced blogging platforms, the above alternatives are going to serve you just fine. So try them out, and talk to us in the comments below.

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  1. Lol @ Posthaven… “Posthaven, in its own words, is a service that aims to last forever. They also have a pledge that states that the service will never get sold or acquired, ever. It’s founded by the creators of the now-defunct Posterous” Mentioning those two things side by side is great.

    “Ghost is based on the Node.js run time environment, which makes it extremely fast and responsive.” No bias here! 😛

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