WHAT IS BLOGGING-FREE BLOGGING SITES
Free blogging comes to mind instantly when you want to test the waters of blogging.why would you want to pay for a hobby you are not sure about? We blog for different reasons. If you intend to blog as a hobby, you can blog for free using these sites. When people think about free blogging the sites that come to mind is wordpress.com and blogger.com.This post will reveal more free blogging sites and how to start with each of them complete with screenshots.
First, let’s explain the difference between wordpress.com and wordpress.org.Wordpress.com comes with a free plan that allows you to create a blog within minutes. There is no payment involved. Everything is already set for you. It comes with a lot of limitations but as I said, in the beginning, it’s okay if you are not going to monetize. You will only need to create an account and choose your domain name and then you can start blogging with a subdomain like this,”yoursitename.wordpress.com”.Unlike blogger.com you cannot use the free version of wordpress.com to monetize your blog. If you want to try monetization you would need to upgrade.Worpress.org, however, needs you to register your own domain name and choose a web host. This is what professional bloggers use because it gives you complete freedom over your website.
To start blogging for free with wordpress.com, click this link and you would see this page below,
From here, you get to choose a name for your site, what your blog will be about and the primary goals for your site. After that scroll down and click continue. Next, you get this page below
From the above image, I chose “mynewsite”.Since we are using a free plan we are given the free option for that name which then becomes “mynewsite996026268.wordpress.com”.If you select the free option, you get the page below
click on the start with free and fill in your email address and your password and click continue and you are done. You are ready to start blogging. Don’t forget to verify your email address after that. Happy free blogging with wordpress.com.
Next, go to blogger.com to start your free blog. Create a Gmail account or use an existing account. After creating an account you will be greeted with the screen below
Fill in the title and your site address. Note that when you enter your site address, you have to wait for blogger to check whether the address is available or not. I settled for “mynewsite20182016.blogspot.com”.After that, choose your theme and hit “create blog” and you can start blogging with blogger. I know most people will prefer Blogspot not being part of their address but if you want to blog for free, all you get is a subdomain like that.Blogger.com also known as Blogspot is owned by Google and the greatest advantage is that, even though its free you can still monetize your blog. It is simply designed and can be used by people who are not even tech-savvy. WordPress takes a bit of time to get used to.
Next comes wix.com which has both free and paid plans. It is very simple to set up. After signing up, you would be asked a few questions and would just need to wait a few minutes after that for wix.com to create a site for you. After that, you can click on publish and your blog will be live. Just like WordPress and blogger your blog you would have a subdomain as your blog address with wixsite as part of your address. The biggest disadvantage here is that the space for your free blog is only 500mb.
Free blog sites are many but these three are the most popular ones. whilst most prefer blogger.com because it can be monetized and it is completely free, wordpress.com is also the first choice for most.
Apart from these three, there are other sites available for free blogging.Tumblr.com, medium.com and did you know you can even blog for free on Quora?
If you decide you want to join the blogging professionals by self-hosting your blog, make sure to check out this article. It is not that expensive to register a domain name and choose a good web host if you know where to look.