Top Free Blogging Platforms
Blogs are a fantastic way to express your thoughts, promote a company, have an internet presence and publish content. You do not need to be able to develop and host a blog, there are a number of free blogging platforms available, which make publishing your own blog a simple affair. These platforms have themes and other customisable features to allow you to get a personalised site online easily to begin publishing.
Wordpress.com is the most feature-rich blogging service available, using the open-source WordPress software for which there are thousands of free plug-ins available to add features to your blog. The free package includes many features as standard, such as traffic stats, anti-spam filters and SEO tools, as well as great themes to choose from, making this the reason that loads of top companies such as CNN use the platform for their blogs. Additionally you always have the option to upgrade from the free version and take advantage of premium features such as custom domains and premium themes which can add responsiveness and functionality to your blog. WordPress can be the ideal solution whether you are a beginner or a design-savvy hardcore blogger.
Blogger is a well-known service by Google that offers a variety of features including a template designer to allow you to tweak and adjust your blog appearance. The templates and themes are not really up to the same standard as WordPress, however for a beginner the Blogger interface might appear simpler to use and the blog can be integrated with your Google account (Gmail, YouTube, Analytics etc) from the start. One advantage Blogger does have over most of the other platforms that you get a few premium features such as the ability to have a custom domain, absolutely free-of-charge, which might be a big factor for users more concerned with Internet presence.
Like WordPress, Weebly offers a great deal more than simply blogging, in that it is really a full website builder. The blog manager includes a simple-to-use drag-and-drop interface which supports image galleries, videos and other multimedia effects. If you opt for the designer platform you can use Weebly as a fully fledged content management system as well, although if you are just looking for a simple blog site, you might not need all the functionality that Weebly has to offer. But if you want the ability to build a highly responsive blog/website then this is definitely an option to consider.
Jux presents a different style of blogging platform, with the displayed blog lacking the usual features such as native sidebars and other blog widgets. What it does do is let you build a clean blog site to allow you to share your content, with excellent support for mobile devices. Jux is a fantastic solution for bloggers wishing to share a lot of visual content such as images and videos, with the features of the platform being geared towards visual display. If you are looking for a more conventional style of blog then you would be advised to go for a platform such as WordPress.
Tumblr is a micro-blogging platform that includes many interesting features such as the ability to audio-blog, hundreds of cool blog themes and like Blogger, free custom domains. Your Tumblr blog can also be synced with major social networks Facebook and Twitter enabling you to quickly update your social media feeds from a single location as an alternative to a social media client. You can additionally create community powered group blogs and Tumblr offers support for a number of third party apps, enabling you to integrate is with a loads of other services.
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