Some time back, blogging was a complicated subject. Creating a website was expensive and you had to hire a designer to help you create a blogging site.
Not anymore. Thanks to free blogging platforms, anyone can easily create a blog site in less than 20 minutes. And the best part is that you don’t have to learn HTML or CSS codes. Whether it’s a personal hobby or for commercial use, a blog offers a great opportunity to connect with your target audience.
With countless free blogging platforms, how do you choose the best site to start a blog? This post makes it easier for you.
Blogger.com is a product from Google. It is especially useful to new bloggers thanks to the stunning selection of templates. Its strong selling point is the use of familiar Google apps such as Google drive which gives you storage space of 15GB.
Blogger’s dashboard is impressive and shows you exactly where your readers are located globally via a world map. It also allows you to monitor readers’ comments and view stats.
Unlike other sites, Blogger lets you add widgets to your blog. And, if you’re tech-savvy, edit HTML code. The major drawback is the lack of personalization in your domain name.
You’ll love Wix for its powerful functionality in blog building. It boasts of over 500 design-ready templates and drag-and-drop capabilities.
You have the option to upgrade to a premium plan where you can increase bandwidth, remove ads, and register a domain name.
A major drawback is less storage space (500MB) which is not ideal for a site with heavy traffic.
For beginners, WordPress offers an easy interface for creating and publishing posts. It also allows you to include photos in your posts with ease. For advanced users, you have the option to edit HTML code.
Its simplicity in terms of maintenance and integrating social media features is a big advantage. What’s more, if you’re stuck, the WordPress community will gladly help you out. It is the most recommended site for new bloggers.
Like most free blogging sites, wordpress.com is included in your domain name.
Medium offers the easiest user interface than any other site. Simply sign up with a free account and start blogging. There is no need for customization since the platform is already laid out for publishing blog posts.
Medium has a huge audience which exposes your articles to lots of views and shares. It shows the number of minutes it takes to read a post and shows how many views a post has.
Weebly has a drag-and-drop feature for more flexibility when it comes to designing your blog. Apart from blogging, you can also build websites. This makes it great for business owners who don’t want to create a website elsewhere.
Like Medium, there’s not much you can do to change HTML or CSS code. It’s created to publish a blog without going through all the trouble. Weebly has a nice feature where you can preview your post before publishing it.
What’s your pick?
Finding the best free blogging platform is not as difficult as it seems. But first, you have to determine whether the platform is suitable for beginners or advanced users. Next is to explore the customization offers that come with it.
To get the feel of how blogs operate, you can start with simple platforms to get the hang of it and then upgrade when you’ve learned the ropes.