A blog is a website that you can publish on the World Wide Web with the information you intend to exhibit. It can be your expertise on the topic(s), resume, creative display of your projects, selling of products and services or simple daily rants.
The choice is yours: Your Blog, Your Rules.
The vital construction of blogs is crafted around curating contents in a methodical approach with subject posts and its publishing dates. Secondary mode of information orderliness is pigeonholing contents under tags, labels or topics.
With increasing interests for blogging and availability of the Internet, many blogging sites have been offering people with free platforms to start blogs. It’s even more attractive when you don’t require any prior experience with any programming languages to become a blogger. These free blogging sites offer a website builder along with exquisite templates befitting diverse subject matters of your contents.
Here, I’ve compiled the top 5 free blogging platforms you can start a blog with:
Blogger is a blog-publishing platform, originally developed by Pyra Labs and launched in 1999, was bought by Google in 2003.
With your Gmail account, Blogger allows you to create free blog(s) with a requisite subdomain as blogspot.com. For example, this is how your URL will appear:
Blogger provides users with many templates and themes that enable layout customization. You can also monetize your blog using Google’s Adsense once you have established quality posts and frequent web traffic (readers) to your blog.
You can also buy a custom domain from Google (www.yourdomainname.com) once you get comfortable and accustomed to Blogger’s web builder tool. It will cost you around $10/year with free hosting. That means, you only pay for the custom domain and leave the rest to Blogger to do its work.
WordPress, created by Automattic was launched in 2005. This is the most popularly used platform for the purpose of blogging and creating websites.
Although it is not completely free as Blogger, here are the features for a free blog and/or website plan:
> WordPress subdomain – For example, www.yourdomainname.wordpress.com
> Hosting with 3GB storage space.
> Access to many free web themes.
> Included plugins support SEO, social media sharing, spam protection, site analytics, etc.
> Design Customization.
WordPress’s popularity is gained by the availability of its distinct themes and powerful plugins to boost your web presence.
As of March 2016 there were over 58 million posts published monthly on the service.
You can always start a free blog with WordPress that offers the above features, comprehend the nature of your contents, familiarize with its potential features, and later upgrade it to premium plans. But remember these plans offer features for your custom domain. You need to buy a hosting package separately. Here are the some companies that offer web hosting services in India:
Medium, founded by Evan Williams and launched in 2012, is an excellent portal for people with fresh thinking and unique perspective.
It’s a great way to read what others have to share, as well as share your opinions and writings with other Medium users. You can follow people that write on topics of your interest, interact with them, vote them with claps and gain the same from others.
Every posts are highlighted with the author’s name, about the author, date of post published, time required to read the article and the article content itself.
Medium involves users to post as members and non-members. You can be a member forever. Upgrading to a membership plan ($5/month), will include access to writings from experts and authors with in-depth insights on the subject matters.
Wix, founded by Avishai Abrahami, Nadav Abrahami and Glora Kaplan, was launched in 2006. It provides you a great way to create a free website with stunning web templates.
Their web development kit allows you to create some great web applications and enables third-party application integration into their site, such as blogging, email marketing, file management, online community, etc. from application providers like Shopify, Google, Instagram, etc.
If you plan on upgrading, you get hosting with premium plans with a free custom domain.
Wix is ideal for people who want to combine blog and websites to sell products and services as an e-commerce site.
Weebly, founded by David Rusenko, Chris Fanini, and Dan Veltri, was launched in 2006 as a beta release and was picked by Y Combinator in its 2007 startup program.
Weebly is a great platform to combine website, blogs and ecommerce features – all in one web application.
With its ecommerce and built-in marketing tools, Weebly is an excellent option to boost a professional website.
Free website includes:
> Sub domain as weebly.com
> 500 MB storage
> Web builder and hosting
> Weebly Ads displayed on the site.
You can upgrade to Weebly’s premium plans for as low as $8/month and get access to advanced features.
Tumblr is an easy and convenient platform for bloggers. Founded by David Karp and launched in 2007, Tumblr, the social networking site has seen an exponential growth.
As of November 1, 2017, Tumblr hosts over 375.4 million blogs.
As of January 2016, the website had 555 million monthly visitors.
Tumblr is a microblogging site where a user can share posts or multimedia. If you like something you read, you can reblog it to your own blog.
It is not your usual blogging platform, but you can do so much with Tumblr as you can reach to over 350 million blogs.
~ Happy Blogging, folks!