Starting a blog can seem overwhelming and intimidating. But if you really want it you’ll find out that it can be extremely rewarding. After all, blogging has become one of the most popular ways of spreading information and news. It’s also a great way to express yourself and improve your writing skills. The best part… you can make money with it!
But what if you don’t have the money to start a online business? Read on to see how to build your blog for free.
The 5 best free Blogging Sites
We’ve published lots of articles about How to start a blog and make money, but in this article, we want to explore how to make a blog website for free. There are a lot of services available online, but only some offer free tools. Let’s find out what they are.
1. WordPress and Bluehost
WordPress is the king of free blogging sites. It is a free platform and can be downloaded for free. You can find some free WordPress hosting, but most of the bloggers use WordPress and Bluehost together. Bluehost offers a web hosting service for a small fee (just $2.95 per month on the Basic plan) but provides solid features including a free domain name, free SSL, 100 MB email storage and 50 GB of disk space. At the moment BlueHost is the cheapest web hosting provider available.
Wix is a free website builder that comes with a drag and drop option, so you won’t need to handle computer coding. The design is very intuitive and user-friendly and can be used by complete beginners. Wix includes a collection of free templates for different purposes, including blogging, and offers free hosting – so, once you’ve arranged your layout and set up your blog, you’re ready to go online.
Weebly is another website builder that you can use to create a blog for free. It is similar to Wix; it also provides WYSIWYG which is an editor with drag-and-drop elements. The platform also offers analytic tools and, if you want, you can pay for your own customized domain.
On the free plan you get five custom pages, a Weebly subdomain (which means that your blog would look like this: www.weebly.yourblogname.com), 500 MB storage and ad spaces.
Medium allows you to create your blog for free and, unlike the platforms we’ve seen so far, it offers the big advantage of letting your blog be exposed to a wide audience since the platform is visited by 60 million readers per month.
It’s very simple to use: you can simply sign up and start writing. On the other hand, all your content will be on medium (and not an independent website). With Medium you’re not building your own space, you’re using someone else’s platform and you kind of depend on it.
Ghost is another blogging platform that’s similar to WordPress. You can download it for free but, unlike WordPress, it doesn’t offer free web hosting. DigitalOcean is a great service that supports Ghost and that is very cheap. Creating your blog with Ghost + DigitalOcean is simple even if you’re a complete beginner.
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