This chart was created by Richard Byrne to help teachers quickly identify the blogging service that meets their needs.

Note, WordPress.com and WordPress.org are not the same thing. WordPress.com provides hosting for your blog and all of the software necessary to blog. WordPress.org is simply the sofware. The only way to use WordPress.org is own a domain and have a place to host the blog. Self-hosting a WordPress.org blog is the most expensive option and most time-intensive option on this list, but it does give you the most flexibility and control over your blog.

Blogger

Blogger.com

WordPress.com

Edublogs.org

Kidblog.org

WordPress.org

Weebly for Education

education.weebly.com

SeeSaw

seesaw.me

Technical knowledge required?

No

No

No

No

Yes, but many easy-to-follow tutorials available.

No.

No.

Manage students’

accounts?

Yes, but only in Google Apps for Education domains.

No

Yes, but only with “Pro” account. Pro account costs $39.95/year.

Yes. subscription required.

Yes, but you are responsible for managing all aspects of account.

Yes.

Yes.

TOS states “13 or over?”

Yes. Exception for Google Apps for Education.

Yes.

No

No

No, again you manage all aspects of accounts.

No.

No.

Offers native iPad and Android Apps?

Android

http://goo.gl/wnXpx5

Edit in Chrome for iOS.

Yes.

iOS

http://goo.gl/MCpFc9

Android

http://goo.gl/hgQuQp

Yes. iOS and Android apps available here

http://help.edublogs.org/user-guide/mobile/ 

No.

Yes.

iOS

http://goo.gl/MCpFc9

Android

http://goo.gl/hgQuQp 

Yes.

iOS

apple.co/1oQbdUx

Android

bitly.com/1XCrgRA

Yes.

app.seesaw.me/

Support for multiple administrators?

Yes.

Yes.

Yes, but only with “Pro” account. Pro account costs $39.95/year.

Yes, subscription required.

Yes.

Yes (with a fee)

No.

Make blog private?

Yes.

Yes.

Yes, but only with “Pro” account. Pro account costs $39.95/year.

Yes.

Yes.

Yes.

Yes, but parents are charged for access.

Supports embedding media from 3rd parties?

Yes.

No.

Yes, but only with “Pro” account. Pro account costs $39.95/year.

Yes. Some limitations may apply.

Yes.

Yes.

Yes.

Displays advertising?

No.

Yes. Ads can be removed for a fee.

No.

No.

No.

No.

No.

Custom domain mapping (use your own domain). 

Yes. $10-15/year

Yes. $13-$26/year

Yes, but only with “Pro” account. Pro account costs $39.95/year.

No.

Yes, it’s your only option.

Yes, for a fee.

No.

Theme / layout customizations

Unlimited

Many free themes. More for a fee.

Limited, more available as part of “Pro” package.

Limited.

Unlimited.

Limited, more available with paid packages.

Limited.

My ranking of these services:

1. WordPress.org - If you have the technical accumen or the time to learn it (it’s not that hard), self-hosting a blog that runs on WordPress software will give you the ultimate in control and flexibility. You will be able to create and manage student accounts, have a nearly infinite variety of customizations, and you’ll be able to move your blog from server to server whenever you want to. That said, you will have to pay for hosting (or convince your school to give you server space) and you will be responsible for maintaining security updates and backing-up your blog regularly.

2. Blogger - It’s free and easy to set-up.  It can be integrated into your Google Apps for Education account which means that you and your students can use the same usernames and passwords that

they use in all other Google tools. You can make your blog private (up to 100 members invited by email). The drawback to it is that a lot of school filters flag it as “social media” and

block it on those grounds.

3. Weebly for Education - It’s free to have up to 40 students in your account. You can manage your students’ accounts. You can have students contribute to a group blog and or let them manage their own individual blogs.

4. Edublogs or Kidblog - Both services allow you to manage your students’ accounts. Both require you to pay for a subscription in order to get the features that you really want. Those features include embedding videos and other media from third party sites. Both services are powered by WordPress. I give a slight edge to Edublog because they have proven, outstanding customer support. Edublogs also offers mobile apps while Kidblog does not.

5. SeeSaw.me - SeeSaw was originally launched as a digital portfolio tool. The addition of a blogging component was made in January 2016. The blogging component of SeeSaw allows you to import and display your students’ digital artifacts publicly or privately. There is not much you can do with SeeSaw in terms of customization of layout and color scheme. SeeSaw is free for teachers and students to use, but charges parents for access to see their students’ digital portfolios.

6. WordPress.com - It’s easy to use and is free, but with some serious limitations at the free level. The free version displays advertising on your blog which you cannot control. The free version also doesn’t allow embedding content from many third-party sites.