Out of all the launches on the Internet in past years, blogging is the most interesting one. Blogging is not only a medium for people to write their personal viewpoints but also an engaging media to channelize current news and information.
With the introduction of the dot-com era, most of the organizations have established their private websites where they post blogs related to their business products and services for active business relationships with their customers. This strategy is known as professional blogging.
Blogging can be personal too, where bloggers can create accounts for free, publish their own blogs and create a small community of active readers.
Various online service providers are making free blogging platforms available, which allows a blogger to post blogs on these blogging websites without any charge.
Moreover, these free blogging platforms also allow a user to make money online through online marketing.
The Top 15 list of FREE blogging platforms
All of them have similar features. Choose the one which suits you best.
1. BlogSpot or Blogger (blogger.com)
Blogger offers free blog posting feasibility to share your thoughts online. Blogger.com was started by Pyre Labs and when the service became a huge success, Google acquired it and gave it an .blogspot.com extension. Today, Google’s blogger.com is a widely used free blogging platform in the blogosphere.
Every newbie blogger is advised to use blogger.com as a way to explore and know how to create a blog. It provides various tools and control interfaces to help new bloggers in posting on blogger.com. This free blogging website offers various widgets, templates and money making opportunities via Google AdSense. The new blogger.com Beta version makes ceating a blog much easier.
2. WordPress (wordpress.com)
WordPress.com is another hugely popular free blogging platform where people can run their blogs via the WordPress blogging software. This software is also supported by various other hosting websites. That’s why WordPress blogs can be easily transferred to any other hosting website, if needed.
WordPress platform is mostly used by professional bloggers like Income Insiders. People should also be aware about the rules and regulations of free WordPress, which strictly prohibits that the users cannot place any ads and affiliates programs within blogs. In other words, you cannot syndicate Google AdSense with free WordPress. Keeping this consideration in mind, you can post numerous blogs on this free blogging website.
3. Tumblr (tumblr.com)
Tumblr is the next top ranked free blogging website which provides a micro-blogging service. Micro-blogging is actually an act of posting short messages on the web which is just like the ‘tweeting’ feature on twitter.com.
Tumblr is very easy and a user friendly website, but it doesn’t provide some advanced features like knowing visitor statics which the other free blogging platforms provide. Blogging content on this website is limited to 140 words, however, a user can also insert videos and images related to the blog.
4. Life Type (lifetype.net)
This free blogging website is based on the integrated media management system. It supports plug-ins, provides well-designed templates and auto spam filter facilities. It enables XMLRPC interface to remote designing and editing blogs. It is an open source blogging platform which allows a user to create and update the blog without paying any charges.
5. Posterous (Posterous.com)
Posterous or Posterous Space is an improved blogging platform which also supports social networking tools and services. It is a well-known blogging platform developed by Posterous, Inc. It provides various innovative services like email by post and free webhost extension. It allows blogs to use its posterous.com domain.
6. Live Journal (livejournal.com)
It offers both free and paid blog hosting services and is the well-known platform for blogs and journal postings. It offers various beneficial services for its users around the globe. For example:-
- It releases notes and provides compensation for the site downtime.
- You can express yourself to the world by uploading your profile pictures on the website.
- It provides style updates of your journal with various stylish themes.
Within a few years, it has established a huge user loyalty on the web. Today, LiveJournal.com has more than 19 million blogs and journals on the web.
7. Movable Type (movabletype.com)
Movable Type is the next source of free blogging. It was introduced by ‘Six Apart,’ which is a well-known software company known for creating Movable Type blogware. Movable Type, just like WordPress, offers self-hosted packages without any cost.
On this free blogging platform, people can post numerous blogs and can also publish their content pages just like they publish on WordPress. The most beneficial service of Movable Type is that the user can create multiple accounts on the website without any restriction. Besides this, this website also supports syndication with other hosting platforms like The Huffington Post, Boing Boing and The Line Blog.
8. Bravenet (bravenet.com)
Bravenet.com is not only a free blogging platform, but is also a free hosting provider as well. One of the interesting features of this free blogging website is that it provides 1.5 GB monthly bandwidth for every user and along with this, users can enjoy 50 MB storage on the website absolutely free.
To acquire Bravenet.com services, a user has to create an account with Bravenet.com and install its blogging software. The website platform also provides various free website components and tools on the web. Just dragging these tools on your site, you can enjoy these amazing services without any need to pay even a single cent.
9. Terapad (terapad.com)
Along with free blogging, Terapad.com provides various beneficial services. These include:
- Latest Web 2.0 features
- Customized domain name
- Internationalization and Accessibility
- E-commerce and Shopping cart
- Control on website design
- Inbuilt website optimization services
Besides these, it also supports CMS features in the blogs. The only disadvantage of this free blogging platform is that it allows various unwanted free ads on either side of the blogs. If a user wants to restrict these free ads from the webpage, the user has to buy a paid package of $14.15 per month.
10. Xanga (Xanga.com)
Xanga was initially a fun hosting website where people shared books, images and music with the world. Today, it is a platform that supports free blogging. Although it is free, its premium and plus version allow various publishing features, huge bandwidth, free blog storage space and numerous design options. The website provides its private domain for its users.
Xanga domain is secured with WHOIS protection in which users cannot access contact details of others. However, this beneficial service can be available to users only after paying $10 per year. Xanga provides a user friendly environment on the website and provides various free tools to customize and post blogs on the website.
11. Weebly (Weebly.com)
Weebly.com is a very popular free website platform among those people who want to create their free website on the web and want to share their blogs with the world. Weebly allows you to make free webpage and blogs with just a few simple steps.
Along with this, users are gifted with various stylish themes and free widgets to decorate their blogs and websites. The best feature of Weebly is that it doesn’t restrict users with bandwidth usage and lets them create their customized domain name with .weebly.com extension. Most of the bloggers prefer weebly.com these days.
12. Tripod (tripod.lycos.com)
Tripod was launched by Lycos search engine. It is a free web hosting website which provides free blogging facility with appropriate content management system. Tools and software under Tripod are stream-lined but are not available for open source. They are easy to use and helpful in generating some fabulous templates for the website.
As compared to other free blogging platforms, Tripod provides huge storage space nearly around 20 GB. However, with the monthly permissible bandwidth of 1 GB, users have to adjust their blogs covered with various free ads, until they purchase the pro version of their account.
The best part of Tripod, which I admire most, is that the website allows great add-ons to use on free websites and blogs. These add-ons allow users to add various featured categories on the website. Out of all add-ons, most preferred add-ons are:
Columns: It allows users to define the structure of their blog content and helps users to locate their content on the webpage with ease.
Table Tool: It adds tables with contents on the webpage and customizes webpage in an easy-to-read format.
Besides these, you can also add some widgets like Facebook, Google, PayPal, and Twitter to provide featured facilities for the viewers.
13. Squarespace (Squarespace.com)
Squarespace is a free blogging website which supports closed-source CMS. The website allows some great features like:
- IPhone app on the website
- Social media integration
- Professionally designed templates
- Tool transfer facility between free hosting platforms
Squarespace allows various other great facilities with huge bandwidth space. Users can enjoy these services by opening a 14 day free trial account on the website. If the user wants to upgrade these beneficial services, the user can purchase them for an affordable $8 per month.
14. Text Pattern (Textpattern.com)
Textpattern.com has been built on PHP and MySQL platforms. Like WordPress, it also allows CMS features in blogs and provides multiple languages browser-based interface. It allows:
- Direct follow interface – “just write”
- Fast, intuitive content editing
- Fastest conversion of text to XHTML
- Easy uploading and editing of images on the web
Textpattern.com has varieties of plug-ins and designed templates in its open source community. It avails “human Web text generator” for text formatting of normal texts into web content. The website is well-designed for those people who are not properly schooled on Hyper Text Markup Language (HTML).
15. Drupal (Drupal.com)
Drupal.com focuses on webpage content management system and allows free blogging on its platform. CMS of Drupal is free but users need to host their blogs on their own websites. Drupal provides a large template library for web pages and easy installation facility.
The website is very easy to use; people can upload or download its core files on their hosting accounts and can create MYSQL database. Drupal provides huge categories of modules and plug-ins which allow users to add and update various functionalities on their sites, for example, image gallery, private messaging and others.
Before choosing one or more of these free blogging platforms, users should not forget to consider its pros and cons. Each one of the above service providers has their advantages and disadvantages.
Out of these 15 blogging platforms, most of them allow manual and free blogging facilities for the users. Keeping apart the cons of these websites like free services for a limited time period, trial bandwidth package and limited free storage space, these websites provide a way to create web identity for the users and allows them to share their blogs with the world.
These free hosting platforms are available with various widgets and add-ons to connect user blogs with the social networks like Facebook and LinkedIn. Considering all such aspects, it is worthwhile to claim that free blogging platforms are good enough to generate a user web identity of useful content and information.
Which free blogging platform do you prefer?