The best free blogging platforms
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The best free blogging platforms, New to the blogging platform and you don’t know where to start from……well guess what this is the right article for you as I going to run down the 7 best blogging platforms for beginners which are user friendly.
My first choice is of course WordPress has it is the best content management system (CMS) one would ever find. If the folks over at WordPress are to be believed (and they seem suitably trustworthy sorts), it now ‘powers’ over a fifth of the internet. It’s easy to see why: on WordPress.com, you can rapidly and easily create a new blog entirely for free, with a reasonable amount of customization; alternatively, most web hosts provide WordPress as a free single-click install, and more info on what’s possible there can be found at WordPress.org
Newcomers might find WordPress a touch bewildering initially, but it’s the best free option for anyone wanting a great mix of power, customization and usability.
Coming second is blogger, though some bloggers may oppose because it lacks a lot of functions one need to customize their blog in full potential. You’d hope with a name like ‘Blogger’ that Blogger would be a decent free service for blogging. Fortunately, it is. Sign in with your Google ID, and you can have a blog up and running in seconds, which can then be customized with new themes. It is, however, a Google service, and so be a touch wary, given how abruptly that company sometimes shuts things down that millions of people were happily using.
Note: This blog is hosted on blogger.
To some extent, Tumblr feels a bit like a half-way house between WordPress and Twitter. It offers more scope than the latter but tends to favour rather more succinct output than the former. Decent mobile apps make it easy to submit content to a Tumblr blog from anywhere, though, and it’s reasonably easy to customize your theme to make it your own.
Tumblr also has a strong social undercurrent, via a following model combined with notes and favourites. Although be mindful that the service has quite a few porn bots lumbering about, which may give the faint-of-heart a bit of a shock should they check every favourite off of their posts.
Weebly bills itself more as a website-creation system than something for solely creating a blog. It’s based around drag-and-drop components, which enable you to quickly create new pages. However, blogging is also part of the system, and you get access to customizable layouts, a bunch of free themes, and the usual sharing features you’d expect, to spread your words far and wide.
Medium is the brainchild of Twitter’s founders, and appears to be their attempt to do for ‘long reads’ what they once did for microblogging. The result is a socially-oriented place that emphasizes writing, although within an extremely locked-down set-up. It’s a place to blog if you want your words to be taken seriously, and if you favour a polished, streamlined experience. But if you’re big on customization and control, look elsewhere.
Postach.io claims it’s the “easiest way to blog”. It’s from the people behind Evernote, and, naturally, is deeply integrated into their system. Essentially, you just connect a notebook to Postach.io and then tag notes as ‘published’ to make them public. However, you get some customization, too, including a bunch of themes, the means to embed content from other sites, Disqus commenting, and the option to instead use Dropbox for storing content.
Wix is one of the best web development site has it features hundreds of unique and very professional-looking templates that can easily be customized to keep your blog unique and different from everyone else’s. You can also add apps onto your site as well as an online store and your links to your social media accounts.