Technology is changing and its changing pretty fast especially when it comes to smartphones or mobile computing. Although there are still old school people who likes to read from physical books or E-books which are available on different platforms like Amazon, google and Z-library. The remaining people who spends most of their time on smartphones throughout the day prefers to keep themselves updated with short, good and to the point informative articles. Newspaper editorials and even book writers have started their own blogs as well. Keeping this is mind, here are 12 Best Free Blogging Sites in 2020. Note that not all blogging sites allow monetization. So you need to pick the blogging site accordingly.
- WordPress.com (www.wordpress.com)
WordPress.com which should not be confused with WordPress.org is a free blog hosting site. Unlike its twin, it is a free service made for beginners. The blog is hosted so it isn’t completely under your control but it is quite easy to handle. It has a hundreds of free themes and designs that you can access. Despite there being limited control over your blog it is a fairly simple option. Custom domain might come with a price. You also need to pay for space more than 3GB on your domain. It is a good plan for initial use.
- Blogger. (www.blogger.com)
One of the oldest available sites for blogging is the perfect solution for personal blogs. It is also a perfect fit for those who love writing but don’t want to make a site of their own. It might not be best for professional use but you can still make money through it. After you create an account, you can set any default themes that are available. There might not be anything too fancy or advance but it is reasonably well presented. The best part about this site is not just the ease of use and simple customization but the fact that you have ad spaces to place your ads. It is fairly simple option for those who want to write and earn a little too.
- Write.as (www.write.as)
Write.as is a free blogging site which is highly secure and an Ad-free option for picking a blogging site. This site keeps your data and identity confidential and it doesn’t track your IP address either. However you’d need to pay if you want to enter your custom domain. It is a great choice for those who support open web since you can use it as an independent platform which has strong privacy principles and doesn’t track you. It is also a great place for those who want to focus on writing.
- LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com)
LinkedIn is a sort of a social and commercial platform to turn to if you are aiming to do professional blogging. It might not be one of the advances sites with multiple features but it is the best site to get good traffic and earn at the same time. It is free, though you can also purchase premium version if you want to customize you site URL. Readers can also subscribe to you and get emails for your new posts. It is quite favorable for independent developers who aim to use their blogs for freelancing.
- Joomla (www.joomla.org)
Joomla is another free blogging site available to you out there. However, Joomla requires a host and a domain. For that, Blue Host is the most recommended host out there, it is cheap and easy to use.
Joomla has a variety of templates that you can choose from and the best part is that it can be used not only for blogs but also for making complex websites as well and it has an easy to use editor. You can also easily add extensions and choose from a variety of functionality. The best part is that its editor can easily be handled even by layman as it shares a keen resemblance to Microsoft word and allows you choose your text’s font, size and color etc. You can even add tables or backgrounds just like in Microsoft word. As for editing, the editor has tabs so that you can switch to relative tabs and edit them.
- Jimdo. (www.jimdo.com)
Jimdo is one of the free blogging sites that is easy to handle and access. In its free version, you can simply create blogs by filling in a questionnaire that asks you about the purpose of your site. Blogs are the most recommended in free version, as it is easy to access Jimdo’s basic features. After filling in the options, Jimdo automatically creates a site for you based upon the selections that you made. However since it is done by the site itself, you can’t set up a custom domain in free version. Another thing is that the site is not Ad free in the free version. Though there are certain up sides to using Jimdo and that are its page building templates. Unlike other blogging sites that redirect you to another page while you are editing or creating blogs, Jimdo allows you to do the editing on spot. You can also edit your site logo and footer in the same way. Changes can be edited in separately like adding dates, title e.tc. Other than that you have simple options available for editing and publishing as well as image previews.
- Medium. (www.medium.com)
Medium is one of the best places for those who are looking forward to having built in audience that would support a writer. It is a platform for anyone who can write. You can of course tackle different topics of writing based on you expertise. Medium will provide you a free platform with a huge audience and it will help you expose your work to a wider population. All you need to do is to sign up and you’re good to go. Though the site is for those people who are actually trying to build their own site space but rather they just want to write at ease. The editor is quite simple and has decent features for writing purposes.
- Wix. (www.wix.com)
Wix is also hosted website which has free plans available for you. It is more suitable for those are planning to use their blog for business. Of course the premium version has better option such as custom domains and templates but the free account is also pretty decent. It will however have Wix branding and ads. You can also use Wix app to add a blog to your website. Plus the editor had drag and drop options which is quite modern and easy for access. You also have the choice of making the blog manually or letting the Wix AI handle it for you. The editor also allows you to add multimedia widgets, menus, video boxes and backgrounds etc. You can also edit the content anytime.
- Tumblr. (www.tumblr.com)
Tumblr is one the free blogging sites that has sparked and attracted different kinds of bloggers in the same arena. It is quite different from other blogging sites and has social media like content which leads it to having a huge audience. Tumblr is not just easy but fun to access as well, there’s a lot to choose from if you decide to use Tumblr for blogging. From writing to multimedia content, all is within your access. You can simply sign up like you do with any of your social media accounts and start posting. Tumblr is probably one of the best sites for personal blogs. However, it is not business oriented but there are still ways to use ads or affiliate links on your blog.
- Ghost (www.ghost.org)
While Ghost in itself is free, the site also requires a paid hosting. Other than that you can easily download the software for free. The editor is simple if you are looking for something that is easy to manage. All you need to do it use a host to create a free account on this blogging software and create your posts. The editor is very simple and also provides you with a side preview so that you can see your progress and the things that would need touch up before publishing. However if you feel unsatisfied with the settings then the editors has a sidebar, you can change your preferences from settings in the side bar.
- Weebly (www.weebly.com)
Weebly is one of the best sites for the regular people that are not looking for overly technical stuffs. Weebly is not just a website, it is a perfect place for those who want to earn money by either selling products or their skills. It is quite similar to Wix to a certain extent as it also provides editing options like drag and drop elements as well as multimedia related features. What makes it a really good blogging platform is that it allows media boxes forms, social media icons, subscription options and most importantly it has ad spaces like Blogger. In the free version you cannot use your custom domain and you can only make five custom pages with 500 MB storage and ad spaces. It is best for those who want to get out there to earn with their blogs.
- WordPress.org (www.wordpress.org)
The king of free blogging sites that is the best one out there is WordPress.org (not to be confused with wordpress.com). WordPress software also needs a host and one of the best and cheapest host for WordPress is Bluehost. Bluehost provides you with features like a custom domain name, 50 GB space and many other solid features. Since you’ll be hosting the software, you’ll have total control over it. The setup and handling might be a little bit hard but it is worth your effort. It is also one of the best online CMS for earning money through blogging and has a lot favorable features for those who intend to do some professional blogging.