Medium is a hosted blog publishing platform.
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Pro Great post editor
A WYSIWYG editor that does not get in the way at all. It is invisible most of the time and only appears when you select something.
Pro Clean, beautiful pages
Medium has clean, minimalist pages with pictures & great typography.
Pro Excellent readability
The are no distractions and with a clean layout and great typography reading Medium articles is a pleasure.
Pro Zero setup required
As soon as you sign-up for the service, you are ready to start writing.
Pro Clean writing experience
Medium takes away all the clutter without taking away any necessary features for a better writing experience. And it doesn't require knowing Markdown to write, all tools are WYSIWYG.
Pro Unintrusive yet powerful community interaction
Allows for finding new, related content.
Pro Recommendation system
Intended for appreciating a post, allows easier discoverability of an article by other readers.
Pro Paragraph based commenting
As Medium encourages long-form writing they've re-imagined how comments should work accordingly. You can leave comments for every paragraph separately, so you don't have to reference a specific part in a comments section at the bottom. Technically, the feature is called "notes."
Pro Built-in analytics
Medium shows how many people have opened your post and how many have read through it. And how many people have recommended your post.
Pro Collaborative if you want it to be
You can send a draft out to other people and have them edit and leave notes on it.
Medium allows bookmarking articles and following collections as well as users.
Con No custom domains
Con Medium can use your content however they want
Your content can be used royalty-free by Medium according to their Terms of Service.
Con No way to build a brand
There is no way to track traffic sources or get any statistics about your audience of any kind. Medium also doesn't encourage readers to follow a writer.
Con Not self-hostable
Con No customization options
In order to create a dead simple way to use the service, possibility to customize your blog was sacrificed.