7 Best Free Blogging Sites For WordPress And More

Web hosting is very cheap these days. You can get web hosting services at as low as $0.99 per month. But there are also many free blogging sites where you can easily create a blog or website. So lets take a look at these blogging platforms and their features and pros and cons.

 

WordPress.com:

 

WordPress.com is one the biggest blogging platform on the internet. Around 100,000 posts are published on it every day and 409 million people visit it every month. Their Alexa traffic rank is 27 globally and 30 in the United States.

WordPress.com is powered by the open source WordPress CMS. It is super easy to create a blog and publish posts. They offer free and premium plans. Free plan is limited to basic customization and a limited number of themes. The free plan does not allow you to host your custom domain name.

PROS:
  • Simple and user friendly
  • Easy to customize
  • Massive community of bloggers
  • 3GB storage
  • Mobile access by iOS and Android apps
CONS:
  • You have to pay $13 per year to host a custom domain name.
  • Limited customization and features in the free plan.
  • Free plan is not ad free. They may show Google ads on your website.

 

Default address:

yourname.wordpress.com

Allow custom domain?

No, not in the free plan.

 

Blogger:

 

Blogger is a free blogging platform owned by tech giant, Google. Blogger hosts millions of blogs and receives massive visitors each day. Alexa traffic rank for blogspot.com is 16 globally and 21 in the United States.

Blogger is also very easy to use. It is totally free, no upgrades and no fees. You can host a custom domain name and you can also store media on your blog. There are no plugins available for blogger, but there is a decent range of widgets.

PROS:
  • Easy to use
  • A template designer for customization of appearance
  • Free media storage
  • Can host a custom domain
  • Can be easily monetized by Google Adsense
CONS:
  • A little bit slow
  • No plugins
  • Limited advanced customization


Default address:

yourname.blogspot.com

Allow custom domain?

Yes

 

Blog.com: (Discontinued)

Blog.com is powered by the WordPress software and is very similar to the WordPress.com. Their global Alexa traffic rank is 1,422 and 4,339 in USA. They offer limited features, themes, plugins and customization options in the free plan. You have to pay $18 per year to host a custom domain name, $30/year to get rid of ads, $68/year for premium themes and $15/year for a custom design.

PROS:
  • 2GB storage
  • User friendly
CONS:
  • Very limited features and customization in the free plan
  • Custom domain name is not allowed
  • Show ads on your blog and you have to pay $30/yr to get rid of ads
  • Have to pay to monetize website by your own ads

Default domain:

yourname.blog.com

Allow custom domain?

You have to pay $18/year to host a custom domain name.

 

 

Tumblr:

 

Tumblr is a micro blogging platform. It was founded by David Karp. In June 2013, Yahoo acquired Tumblr for approximately $1.1 billion. Their global Alexa traffic rank is 37 and 17 in USA.

It is more of a social media platform than a blogging site. Unlike WordPress, you cannot customize your blog with plugins, widgets and add-on products. However, you can use a custom domain for free. Most of the features are free but premium themes cost $19-$69.

PROS:
  • Best option for photo, music and video blogging
  • Can use a custom domain for free
  • Minimalist blogging
  • Easy to use
  • A large community
  • iOS, Android and Windows Phone apps
CONS:
  • A limited number of features. No customization, no plugins and no widgets. It is a micro blogging platform and cannot fulfill requirements of a full blog or a website. However, it is the best option for image, video and sound/music blogs.


Default domain:

yourname.tumblr.com

Allow custom domain?

Yes

 

More Free Blogging Sites:

Weebly:

PROS:
  • Easy to use drag and drop website builder
  • Free templates
  • Can use custom domain for free
  • Full commerce options
  • Can make custom mobile sites
CONS:
  • Free users will get an ad at footer of their blog/website
  • No newsletter tool

 

 

Default address:

yourname.weebly.com

Allow custom domain?

Yes

 

Jimdo:

Jimdo also offer easy to use website builder but very limited features are available for free users. You cannot host your own custom domain name and lowest paid package cost $90 per year.

 

Yola:

Yola gives 1GB storage and 1GB bandwidth to free users and allows to create only 3 pages. Your will get a Yola subdomain (yourname.yola.com).

 

HubPages:

Hubpages is a community where you can publish articles. You cannot use your custom domain and they do not allow much customization options. There is no premium plans.

 

Webs:

Webs.com allows free accounts with limited features and a few free templates. Premium plans start at $5.99/month and in the lowest plan, you get unlimited pages, 1GB storage and an option to use your custom domain name.

 

SnapPages:

You can get 1GB storage and can create a 5 pages website with their free plan. Premium plans start at $8/month.

 

Wix:

Wix gives very limited functionality in their free plan. Premium plans start at $4.08 per month but the lowest paid plan does not remove their ads from your website.

 

Which Free Hosting Site Is Best For You?

Well, WordPress.com and Blogger are best options for most of bloggers as both of these platforms offer lots of features and customization options for free users. You can even host your own domain at Blogger. While most of other blogging sites offer very limited features in free plans and they show their ads on your website. For media bloggers, Tumblr is the best solutions. It is totally free and you can use own domain name.