Before spending any bucks for a self-hosted WordPress site, you shouldn’t miss trying at least some free blogging platforms that are available on the internet. You can learn the basics from these free blogging platforms and then upgrade to the paid version of hosting.
If you’re a beginner and looking for a free blogging platform to share your writing with the world, then this article will help you understand better and easily start a blog of your own.
Free blogging Platforms you can try and Start a Blog in 2020
If I were asked to choose a free blogging platform to start my first blog, WordPress will be my final choice. Why I choose WordPress is because it is open-source software that you can use to create a beautiful website or blog. It is the most powerful platform to fill with lots of powerful features as well as the freedom to build anything you want.
35 % of the websites from hobby blog to the biggest news sites online in the world are powered by WordPress because of the trust they have on it. By the way, you can start using WordPress to create your dream website or blog and it is totally free to use the blogging platform.
WordPress.Org is considered as the king of all free blogging sites in terms of its Customizable Designs, SEO friendly, responsive mobile sites, high performance, manage on the go, high security, powerful media management, and easy to access features. It also comes with a handful of free themes and by using it you can customize your blog’s appearance as many times you wish. You can also access more than 55,000 plugins to customize your site.
However, the main job of building a website or blog and hosting of any software is to be performed by yourself. Some free WordPress hosting services are also available to host your website, however, it is always wise to pay some amount for a solid WordPress hosting service for the long run of your blog.
Thus, comes the requirement of Bluehost, the most trusted hosting service recommend by WordPress since 2005 to host your blog or website. The basic plan of Bluehost starts as low as $ 3.95/month that can host 1 website and is enough for a beginner like you. It also offers 50 GB SSD Storage, Unmetered Bandwidth, Free SSL certificate, 1 free domain, and many more.
On the other hand, there is WordPress.com, you can use it to create and publish your website or blog for free. Here, you don’t need to spend any single penny in buying a domain name or hosting service. However, it has very limited service. Whatever domain you choose it’ll be a sub-domain like www.yourname.wordpress.com that looks not pretty. You will have very limited control of your website in your hand.
Moreover, your plan for starting a blog is for money, then it will be your worse decision to start with WordPress.com as it will not allow any monetization in any form.
That’s why I recommend a cheap hosting service like Bluehost to start hosting your blog rather than going for a free one.
2. Blogger.com – One of the oldest among the free blogging Platforms
Blogger is another superb powerful and the oldest blogging platform. If you want to start a personal blog without spending a single penny, then Blogger is for you. What you need is just a Blogger account and start using it in no time. You don’t need to be a coder to start using blogger.
Blogger’s post-editing tools are somewhat similar to WordPress. However, it has very less editing tools as compared to WordPress and you’ll learn without any confusion. Blogger provides a wide range of themes, each providing different skins, that you can use it according to your mood and niche. Even you can get mobile-optimized templates, specially designed for mobile platforms. Blogger platform is specially designed for those who want to give emphasis on writing only.
The best feature of Blogger is that it can integrate with many of Google’s app and services. Even when you use high-resolution images, it must not have a problem at all because Blogger uses the google drive app that provides 15 GB of space for free. Another plus point of Blogger is that you’ll get ad space to display ads like Adsense to monetize your blog.
3. Medium.com – A free blogging platform for those who give due importance on writing
Medium is only for those who give importance to writing and don’t bother of maintaining his/her own website or blog. Literally, Medium is a hosted platform where you can’t customize any function or download any content from it. It is less of a personalized blogging platform but you can consider it as a community-centric writing tool. If you can write quality content in any niche, without thinking twice you can use Medium as your platform to publish your handpicked articles. You don’t need to worry for audiences as it has more than 60 million visitors per month and increasing every year.
Medium provides unlimited space to publish articles and you can also include images, video, and even embedded links to your articles. The best thing that I can say about Medium is that you don’t have to be a good writer to start using it. Just sign up and set up your account and start using it.
Tumblr is simply a microblogging site and costs nothing to start using it. It is more mixed between a blog and social media vibes. Currently, it has around 476 million active users. If you’re the type of blogger who mainly focused on image-based content and doesn’t need any regular blog’s feeling, then this is for you. There is no limitation of the post’s length in Tumblr, yet the tradition of this site encourages short posts or update and users are sticking to this format.
Like any other blogging platform, Tumblr offers different types of formats to post your content. You can post in text, photos, links, or even audio and video content. However, you don’t own any content you post on Tumblr and always remain there. Also, its option for customization is very less as compared to other free blogging platforms.
It would not be a good idea to use Tumblr for business purpose but you can use it to funnel traffic and increase the conversion rate of your affiliate programs like Amazon.
Wix is a good option for someone who wants to start an easy and absolutely free blog. You don’t have to take care of things like security, backups, hosting and so on, if you’re using Wix to start a blog. Even on their free platform, Wix will take care of all such things. However, the free version of Wix is not for someone who is looking to monetize their blog. There is also a less customize option in the free version.
The best thing about Wix is that it has a free hosting service and you don’t have to spend a penny on buying any hosting service. The free version of Wix comes with 500MB of Storage and bandwidth up to 500MB. Wix has a very easy to use drag and drop function which makes it a unique free blogging platform.
Wix runs on (WYSIWYG) software and is intuitive. It means you know exactly what your blog will look like before you publish your post. This platform also provides a wide range of beautiful free and premium themes and templates that suit different purposes. It is a super easy to use platform for beginners.
If you’re planning to monetize your blog then you’ve to upgrade to its paid version. It is because Wix has its own advertising that runs on this free platform and you’ll not allow using any ads to monetize your blog.
Moreover, your site will have Wix branding like in WordPress.com. That means Wix’s name will be in your URL. The only way to remove Wix branding is to upgrade to any paid version.
Have a glance a the beautiful Wix page Screenshot
Joomla is also another open-source content management system that is widely used to build websites and online applications and is available for free. Like WordPress.com it is also a self-hosted free blogging platform that you’ll be required to purchase a domain name as well as a hosting service to take full advantage of Joomla.
This free blogging platform is ideal for those who have some basic technical knowledge of HTML and CSS to get the best results.
Like Wix’s platform, it also runs in WYSIWYG software where you can easily manipulate the content and appearance of your blog before publishing. One main advantage of Joomla is that it supports multilingual options and you don’t need to install any additional plugins.
Joomla is compatible with all browsers and the templates provided in this free blogging platform are very flexible to use. You’re not stuck into a particular boring theme or minimal set of features. Even you can monetize your blog in this free platform by putting ads or displaying affiliate products on your site.
However, it has some limitations like compatibility issues, no free plugins, not SEO friendly, etc.
Based on the performance, affordable, and easy to use WordPress.org outperforms among all free blogging platforms. You can choose any of the free blogging platforms that suit best for you and start building your own blog. This article is only for reference and the selection of a platform is up to you. Let me know what type of platform you use to start your first blog. If you find this article helpful, don’t forget to share it. It encourages me to write and share more ideas with you guys. Any suggestions or points are highly appreciated.
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