10 Best Free Blogging Platforms-The Ultimate Cheat Sheet{Reviewed}

Looking for the reliable and best free blogging platforms to start your own blog?.

You’ve come to the right place!

Today, we’ll talk about the 10 best free blogging platforms out there.

We have reviewed best free blogging platform of 2017 and giving you the best and most popular solutions.

This review/comparison of the 10 best free blogging platforms is updated for 2017.

It talks about all the newest features and traits of each blogging platform on the list.

 

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Here are the blogging platforms, we’re going to compare in this article. If you like any of these platforms, click on the link to skip going ahead in this article.

 

  • WordPress.com

  • Blogger

  • Tumblr

  • Medium

  • Squarespace

  • Live Journal

  • Wix

  • Ghost

  • Weebly

  • Joomla

 

How to choose the best blogging platform- What to look for?

Although all these blogging platforms are free and platforms give you little control over your own content.

You won’t get your custom domain with free service. You will have to choose their suggested domain. You won’t get full features at all.

As a beginner, it’s great to start with free blogging platforms because you don’t need any coding skills. They are really easy to setup.

As you blog grows, you may think to get a custom domain of your own choice, you have to use their paid services then.

Lastly, even you have little knowledge about blogging, you can start writing your blog from today. Make mistakes, learn every day without paying anything with free blog platforms.

Let’s start comparing 10 best free blogging platforms for the beginners.

 

  1. WordPress.com

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WordPress. com is the most popular blogging platform.

“Note. don’t get confused with WordPress.org and WordPress.com. 

WordPress.com is a blog hosting service”.

WordPress is very easy to use with open source software. It allows you to create your own website or

blog on your own. It is a self-hosted platform which means you have to sign up for WordPress hosting provider.

 

Pros

  • No Setup Required
  • WordPress is easy and reliable that gives you control over your website.
  • Tons of free and premium themes available and you can also add extra features.
  • It includes more than 45,000 free plugins, they work like an app for your WordPress website.
  • Themes are search engine friendly and responsive for mobile devices.

 

Cons

  • You cannot put ads on your blog.
  • You will have to manage your own backups and security.
  • They can suspend your account if find any violation of their terms and policies

 

Price

Although WordPress.org is free, if you want to have your custom domain, you need purchase your hosting and domain from hosting provider like Godaddy, Hostgator etc.

 

2.Blogger.com

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Blogger.com is owned by Google, it is a free blog hosting service. It is best blogging platform if you are just starting out. You can also upload your custom themes in blogger, you don’t have to be a coding genius.

 

Pros:

  • It’s free
  • Easy to use and fast setup
  • No technical skills required
  • Google’s robust secure and reliable platform

Cons

  • Limited  basic tools, can add any features from external source
  • Design options are also limited, themes availability is fewer
  • Blogger doesn’t receive frequent updates
  • The suspension can come anytime if Google finds anything wrong with the terms and policies.

 

3. Tumblr

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Tumblr is a bit different from other blogging platforms. It is based on microblogging with social networking features.

You can follow other’s blogs on Tumblr and reblog them.

Pros:

  • It’s free and very easy to use.
  • In-built social media features
  • You can text, gifs, videos, audios

Cons

  • Tumblr comes with the limited option that you can’t extend as your blog grows.
  • You have no control over you themes because they don’t offer additional features.
  • Backing up your data and importing to other platforms is quite difficult

 

4. Medium

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Medium is blogging platform where any one can share their stories in a minute. Everyday thousand of people share stories on the medium platform.

Medium is a free and open platform where anyone can write and share their ideas.

Their easy-to-use tools make sure all your work looks great. It’s simple to integrate photos, audio, and video. And our publishing tools allow you to write once, share anywhere.

 

Pros

  • Very easy-to-use blogging platform
  • You may take other users help to work on your content
  • It’s Free
  • Great interface settings

Cons

  • Design is same for all the users, No customization
  • Medium takes control of your content

 

5. Squarespace

Squarespace comes with great design ability where you can write your post easily.

It is basically based on website building service that allows you to create your website with drop and drag tools.

It is a trail based service, once your trial has expired. They will charge some amount to get it working. It focuses on small business owners who are looking for easy to use web designing platform

Pros

  • Simple & easy to use with user interface, especially for beginners
  • You have access to beautifully designed templates
  • It offers domain name with SSL/HTTPS for e-commerce stores
  • Great Designs

Cons

  • It’s a subscription based service- Not Free
  • Can get expensive if we add monthly subscription

 

6. Live Journal

Live Journal- 10 best free blogging platforms

Live Journal is a community-based publishing platform. You can write your blog on any topics, like politics, music, etc.

Live Journal has been operating since 1999 and been the most reliable source for the blog writers.

It has a collection over 50 million topics. It is really simple to use with great designs.

Pros

  • Best for beginners who want to start their career in blogging
  • No technical skills required. Publish your content in a minute
  • Great designs template with easy to get features

Cons

  • Limited features with free account
  • Similar templates for everyone

 

7. Wix

wix- 10 best free blogging platforms

Wix.com is also a website design platform. Wix has the most amazing website design templates with drop and drag features

You can start building your website in a minute. No technical knowledge is required.

If you want to use the best version of Wix, you will have to use their paid premium service.

 

Pros

  • Great Designs
  • Simple & easy to use with drop and drag options
  • Setup is quick and easy
  • Seo friendly

Cons

  • Free account has its limitations, shows Wix ads on your website
  • Chosen template cannot be changed
  • E commerce features are only for paid plans

 

8. Ghost

 

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Ghost.org is a professional publishing blogging platform. It is an open source platform with more 15 million articles.

It is optimized for Seo, Accerelated Mobile pages, and detailed structured data. Ghost is also a community based and downloadable platform for everyone.

If you are starting out, Ghost is the most recommended blogging platform.

 

Pros

  • It’s free & super fast because it’s written in Java Script
  • Seo and Amp optimized
  • Based on blogging and writing
  • Clean, clutter-free, and intuitive user interface.

Cons

  • Not easy to customize
  • Options are very limited with free version
  • Not enough themes to change

9. Weebly

 

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Weebly’s powerful drag and drop website builder and guided set up get you to the finish line faster.

There is no coding needed. It comes with beautiful designs for your e commerce website.

 Weebly is the only platform that lets you edit and manage your site or store from any device.

Pros

  • Simple drag & drop editor
  • Powerful app integrations
  • Pre-designed layout options

 

Cons

  • Built-in features are limited, and you can’t add new features.
  • Limited integration with third party platforms.
  • Exporting your site from Weebly to another platform is difficult.

 

10. Joomla

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Joomla is an open-source platform like WordPress.org. It is super optimized for search engines. You can start creating your blog with a single click.

 

Pros

  • Joomla is used to create any type of blog or website.
  • Extremely powerful and flexible
  • Hundreds of templates are to choose from
  • Extensions (apps for your Joomla site) are available to add more features.

Cons

  • The Joomla community is much smaller than WordPress community, so there are fewer themes and add-ons than for WordPress.
  • Support options are limited to community support. Paid support is hard to find and can be costly.
  • You will be responsible for managing your backups, updates, and security.

 

Editor’s Pick

WordPress is the most powerful and used open source platform these days. Almost 28% websites are using WordPress platform for their blogs or websites.

WordPress has built-in plugins for everything that makes your job so easy. No technical skills required to use WordPress.

If you are a beginner or expert in creating blogs or website, WordPress is the best solution for you.

We hope that this article gives you to choose the best blogging platform to start your own career.

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  • 11/21/2017 at 4:07 pm
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    Thank you very much for the appreciation.

  • 11/15/2017 at 7:50 am
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  • 11/11/2017 at 4:57 pm
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    Rattling instructive and fantastic body structure of written content, now that’s user friendly (:.

  • 09/23/2017 at 1:06 pm
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    Doris, thanks for reading this article.
    These above free platforms come with limited feature and you are right, bogger.com is the best among these to start.

  • 09/23/2017 at 1:04 pm
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    Hey there,
    First, thanks for this great information. I tried few of them but these platforms are easy to use. I cannot change themes in some.
    I think Blogger.com is the best to start with.

    Thanks again

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