Back in time, before a decade or so, blogs weren’t that popular! Of course, people were reading stuff through blogs, but they considered them as something techy. Now, as we look to the sphere of blogging, it’s all simple. Even people who don’t know much about technology and all are into blogging. And, what’s more, they are making revenue out of their blogging ventures. In short, it has become extremely easy to start a blog — no matter what you know about the coding stuff and all. That’s one of the reasons why we see a lot of personal blogs, interest blogs and the professional ones.
That having said, despite the simplicity, you should be prepared if you’re into professional blogging. The best way to prepare yourself is to get into the world of blogging. And, there are many ways anyone can create a blog nowadays. When we do say ‘anyone’, we mean that the methods don’t require monetary efforts. On the other hand, you’ll have to dedicate your time and efforts into it. If you pay real attention and effort, you can even monetize these blogs.
In this post, we have listed the different ways anyone can create a blog. We have a list of three solutions you can use for building and maintaining a blog — without paying anything, but with some limitations. At the least, you can make use of the tools to learn what blogging-in-real-sphere is.
Blogger was formerly known as Blogspot or Blogspot.com. It’s a blog-publishing platform that’s offered by Google Inc for free use. If you have a Google account, you can just go to www.blogger.com and create one. There are no hidden costs or charges, but you can keep your blog as soon as you want. Given that you don’t want to pay, you will have an individual subdomain under www.blogspot.com. For instance, you can get www.example.blogspot.com. Obviously, it won’t look that branding-friendly, but it’s surely worth a shot for those who start blogging. It also gives you a way to associate your own TLD with the free blog — at no additional cost.
Designing your blog is an easy task with Blogger. First of all, you have to select a template from the given list. There’re a few templates that are suitable for different needs. Once you are done with the selection, you can customize your theme using the Template Editor. Alternatively, you can use a third-party Blogger template to power your blog. And, if you happen to be an expert in XML and HTML, you can try designing one too. Another good thing about blogger is that it works smooth with Google AdSense, which is a good thing to get revenue.
Wix is another way to create blogs without paying anything for hosting or domain names. However, unlike what we saw in Blogger, Wix isn’t a simple blog publishing platform. On the other hand, it is a cloud-based platform that can be used for building different kinds of sites. For instance, you can use Wix to create an eCommerce website or one product launch site. Here, however, we are using the blog creation part of Wix. It’s quite amazing that the free service offers a set of premium features, starting from secure web hosting to advanced analytics. The only limitation is that you are supposed to use a .wix.com subdomain for your blog.
Once you have dealt with the domain part, you can use the drag-and-drop editor for designing the interface. Or, you can choose one of the available templates. Wix offers different templates for varying needs, such as a photography blog or personal blog. Indeed, you can make further edits to the design. As for the marketing purposes, Wix gives the Social tools and Easy SEO tools. With these, you can ensure your online presence and readership. Needless to say, it gives a cool blogging experience, thanks to the intuitive editor provided. Altogether, you can count on Wix for your ultimate, power-packed free blog.
WordPress, as you know, is a free blogging platform and CMS, used widely. To get a WordPress site, you need to get a domain name and web hosting space. Nevertheless, WordPress.com is the commercialized version of WordPress – and it is owned by Automattic Inc. And, WordPress.com is offering a completely free way to create your own blog by paying nothing whatsoever. Just like the other solutions, you need to be satisfied with the .wordpress.com domain name, which may not sound that good. And, one thing about WordPress.com is that it’s a bit more limited. You don’t have much freedom when compared to the scenario of Blogger or Wix. Despite all that, you are going to have the same feel of using WordPress CMS.
Setting up a WordPress.com blog is an easy task, actually. Once you have chosen the topic of the blog, you will have to pick one template from the huge collection. It has a wider range of blog templates, you can pick for free. There are some not-so-good things about WordPress.com, though. For instance, you cannot simply add your custom domain to your blog. For that, you need to pay a certain amount per year. Many of other features are also limited to premium packages. If you are ready for those, you can go with WordPress.com.
With the three tools mentioned above, you can have your completely free blogs! There is no hosting charges or the fees for domain names. Just that you are limited to a subdomain name. Despite all these, you should make selection depending on the required freedom as well as your future plans. For instance, Wix.com manages to have affordable upgrade plans if you want to take your blog to a professional level. So, you need to choose wisely.