If you want to have a blog and you are looking for a free host for your blog, you probably want to choose one that you can stick with in the long-term.
Here are three popular services that offer free blogging potential and some reasons why you might want to choose them as the host for your blog.
Tumblr is designed to have a simple, graphical interface, and makes blogging really easy. Theme selection is as simple as clicking a thumbnail, and integration with social media is a breeze. Tumblr has become really popular for photo blogs because it allows quick and easy image posting. Various Tumblrs have popped up on very specific subjects and themes.
Are you a designer, a photographer or someone who collects quirky photos and art? If so, you’ll probably love the way Tumblr works. Posting is easy, and the interface is clean and efficient. Even if you intend to write on Tumblr, you’ll like the fact that the site doesn’t put any complex obstacles in your path.
Weebly is more than just a blogging platform, Weebly is designed to help you quickly make any kind of website through a simple drag-and-drop system. The appearance of sites is controlled through templates, and content can be added as widgets. This makes Weebly ideal for webmasters who don’t have the desire, money or time to build their own site, or pay someone to build one for them from scratch.
Blogging in Weebly is relatively simple, and the interface is powerful enough to complete with dedicated blogging providers. But Weebly’s real strength lies in easy customisation. If you’re looking to go beyond a basic blog and into the realms of basic e-commerce or brochureware, Weebly allows you to make that transition relatively easily, but you might sacrifice some control in return.
WordPress is undoubtedly one of the most popular tools on the web. It comes in two flavours: WordPress.com is a free hosted blog site which gives you limited control over your posts, whereas WordPress.org provides you with the necessary tools to install the same software on your own server.
But even just being familiar with WordPress is useful to know if you plan to get into blogging on a freelance basis. It’s so widely used for blogging now that it has almost become a standard, and a huge amount of regular article-writing work is based around some knowledge of the WordPress interface. Having said that, if you just want somewhere to post pictures or a journal, you may find WordPress is overkill for your needs. And if you’re planning to install it yourself, you’ll need to spend a little time setting it up before you begin.