Many of us are looking for a way to start blogging but without spending money to start. In this article, you will learn about 4 of the best free blog hosting sites.
But understand that free comes with some limitations such as control over your domain name, customization, and portability.
It is important to decide which is more important for you; price or flexibility.
There is no shortage of free blogging platforms. I present a 4 of these below.
1 – WordPress
The world’s most popular blogging platform, WordPress offers a free and paid version
WordPress is free on both wordpress.org and wordpress.com, but you need to purchase web hosting if you download from WordPress.org. For the free version, visit WordPress.com and open your account.
Benefits of WordPress.com:
- You may use a custom domain for a fee
- All support is taken care of for you: security, upgrades, spam filters and backups
- A very large number of free blogging themes
Visit WordPress.com and set up a free account. Give some thought to your domain name. Your site URL will look like this: yourdomain.wordpress.com. This is an important part of your brand and you must give thought when choosing your domain name.
2 – Blogger
Blogger is a free blogging platform provided by Google for many years, and it is still very popular. Millions of blogs reside on this platform.
Benefits of Blogging with Blogger.com:
- Easy to setup
- Lots of free templates and designs
- No need to know or use custom code
Visit Blogger.com and set up your free account.
If you have a Google account it is best to use that account and link them together.
Once you have set up your free account, you can get right to work designing your blog. Within a few hours, you should be able to have your first post published.
3 – Tumblr
Using Tumblr may be one of the easiest ways to start blogging. Although the options are limited you can begin blogging right away. The network is setup to emulate a mix of Twitter and WordPress.
You can blog just a sentence or a full article. Many Tumblr blogs focus on sharing articles or photos on a specific theme.
Benefits of Blogging on Tumblr.com:
- Use a custom domain
- Blog directly from your mobile, desktop
- Shared traffic from their network opening your content to a large audience
Visit Tumblr.com and set up your free account. Click “Sign-Up” to start your blog. Spend some time learning how the site works. It is a part blogging platform and part social media network, a little different than the norm.
4 – Medium
Medium.com is a relatively new blogging platform that is growing quickly in popularity.
The Medium platform is quite minimalistic and focuses on quality content.
Just go to Medium.com and click on the Sign In / Sign Up button. You can create an account using your existing social media accounts including Twitter, Facebook, and Google.
Medium will automatically import your followers from other networks into Medium.
So, there you have 4 good choices to start blogging about your chosen niche. Remember though to keep a copy of all your material just in case it disappears. This has happened time to time with these free services. The worst case I know of is blog.com which had a huge user base but now is inaccessible leaving a ton of content imprisoned.
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Wow, your article could not have come at a better time as I just had to cancel my hosting for my WordPress blog for financial reasons. I didn`t even know they hosted them there. Thanks MIke.
I am really pleased you can find a new home for your site. WordPress.com is often overlooked. All the best.