Medium is one of the better known free blogging platforms. The site features amateur writers alongside well known writers for major media publications. Medium writers are paid through the platform’s Partner Program, which distributes money based on total article read time. The site is popular among bloggers because it is free for writers, requires no web design or technical expertise, and its posts are beautifully formatted.
There are three main reasons why bloggers would look to Medium as an alternative to WordPress:
1. Cost-Medium is completely free to use as a blogger. WordPress can cost anywhere from a few dollars per month, to hundreds of dollars per month.
2. Ease of Use-Medium is probably the single easiest to use digital publishing platform. The user interface is intuitive and Medium does not require any technical skills to format or host your own blog. WordPress, on the other hand, can be challenging for writers with no technical skills or writers who are unwilling to spend time building and maintaining their own website.
3. Built in Monetization-Medium writers can earn money through the Medium Partner Program which allows any writer on the platform to enable monetization of their blog posts with just a few clicks. WordPress offers far more monetization options, but none of them are preconfigured or provide guaranteed payments like the Medium Partner Program does.