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List of Best Free Blogging Sites & Platforms

by Matt Banner | 47 COMMENTS Add yours here | Last Updated on

You’re here because you’re considering starting a blog.

Whether it’s for expressing your passion or hobby, or for business purposes, it’s very important that you find the best blogging platform that perfectly suits your needs.

Which Blogging Site/Platform is Right For Me?

While there are countless free blogging sites out there, not all of them provide the necessities to help you effectively grow your blog. Some simply don’t offer critical features that would allow you to drive traffic to your blog and generate revenue/income.

Self-hosted blogs (like WordPress), while requiring hosting and your own domain name, offer unbeatable advantages that most of the top free blog sites just can’t compete with.

How to Choose your Blogging Platform

Just below is a comparison chart that details the top free blogging platforms such as WordPress, Weebly, Wix and Blogger, just to name a few. Look deeper into the pros and cons of each platform to see why they are regarded as the best free blog sites trusted by entrepreneurs and business owners.

Ready to get started with WordPress? Utilize my free set up guide for starting your blog today.

best free blogging sites compared

WordPress.org

Want the honest truth? Among these blog sites, the one I would recommend without hesitation is WordPress.

WordPress is the #1 and most popular blogging platform in this best free blog sites list, but what makes it so great?

Here’s the Deal: 

WordPress offers you ultimate customization and easy to use options that are very beginner friendly.

If you want to be taken seriously and have the opportunity to generate income from your blog, WordPress is without a doubt the way to go. A small investment that can go a very long way (most of the largest blogs in the world that generate significant monthly income utilize WordPress).

To make things even better, it comes with a ton of really cool features and plugins that can easily help you make your blog look stunning and professional.

I’m so confident that you’ll love it, I was able to get you a special 50% off discount with BlueHost, all for as low as $3.49 per month, which also includes a free domain name and email address. You can’t beat this offer.


Feeling unsure? Don’t worry, just follow my step-by-step guided tutorial to learn how to start a WordPress blog. I hand-hold you through the entire process and provide detailed visuals of exactly what you need to do to get started. It takes less than 10 minutes!

Here are some additional tidbits of information about the platform:

  • Expert Recommended for all types of websites/blogs
  • Founded on May 27th, 2003 (they’ve learned a lot)
  • Total user count is 60 million, 19% of the internet uses it as of December 2013
  • Highly user-friendly
  • Requires a domain name and hosting service (most offer free domain names)

Blogger.com

Blogger is owned by Google and represents a free blog-hosting website. It was massively popular at the turn of the millennium but it has lost some ground since then. Even so, it still has some great services, even if they are a bit basic.

You can login with a Gmail account and have your first up within an hour. There is also an Adsense monetization option, layout customization, and the option to edit the coding.

The downsides here are that you don’t have a domain to call your own unless you pay $10/year. The options, while diverse, are basic when compared to other platforms previously mentioned.

Google essentially owns your blog, so they can take it down whenever they want if you rub them the wrong way. Even with all this considered, Blogger is an excellent way to try out your hand at blogging.

Plenty of popular blogs are built using Blogger. Ever heard of the incredibly popular PostSecret blog? This entire website was built using Blogger!

Some additional Information:

  • Recommend for beginner level bloggers
  • Founded in August 1999
  • Purchased by Google in February 2003
  • Founded by Evan Williams of Pyra Labs

Tumblr.com

Tumblr was that guy that shows up to a brawl late. WordPress and Blogger were going at it when this company walked in awkwardly. They had a unique setup though and a different method of blogging that earned them a lot of users very quickly.

The entire website was built on the concept of “micro-blogging” and allows for easy uploading of short stories, videos, and photos. You won’t need to worry about publishing permissions or managing complex coding here.

Of course all is not perfect on Tumblr. There is no plugin compatibility here and limited visual customization options. It’s all very basic, but the user-friendly interface means that you can get content up and out there much faster than other sites, especially if you’re not versed in the more complex aspects of blogging.

Yahoo recently purchased them, so their growth isn’t slowing down anytime soon. Here is some additional information about the company:

  • Founded in February 2007 by David Karp
  • Has a user base of 152 million
  • Easy to use and share other people’s work through re-blogging
  • Missing out on customization options
  • Free to use with the option of removing the “.tumblr” from the URL
  • Great for art and photography, simple and easy to navigate design

free blog sites & platforms

Full List of Blogging Sites

  • Blog.Com
  • Blogger.Com
  • Medium.Com
  • Squarespace.Com
  • Wix.Com
  • Weebly.Com
  • Ghost.Org
  • Penzu.Com
  • Svbtle.Com
  • Webs.Com
  • Tumblr.Com
  • WordPress.Com

Which of These Best Blogging Sites is Right for You?

These are a sampling of the platforms that are out there waiting to host your blog. As you can see, you have options, but some are better than others. What it comes down to is your own personal skill set and what you want from your blog.

If you need help creating your blog, remember to check out my guide on how to start a blog for a step-by-step breakdown of the process.

Best Blog Site

Personally, my pick for the best blog site goes to the self-hosted WordPress blog, and I don’t seem to be alone on that one.

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Comments

  1. michy@mci.com'Michelle

    I’ve been debating between creating a blogger or wordpress site, but now it’s apparent that WordPress is definitely my best option. Thanks for the insight!

    Quick question – How do I determine which hosting provider is the best for me?

    Reply
    1. Matt Banner Post author

      Hello Michelle,

      I’m glad to hear that you’ve made your decision on what platform to use, WordPress is definitely the way to go in my opinion.

      As far as hosting goes, it really depends on preference. I recommend BlueHost. I would suggest to check them out and give them a shot. Let me know how it goes!

      Reply
      1. number.1@comcast.net'Randy Downs

        Michelle,

        You may want to try hosting specific for WordPress.

        While standard hosting works you may not get the best results.

        GoDaddy often flags my WordPress sites like this:
        “Attention Required:
        Your web hosting account is approaching or exceeding its resource limits.

        Basically, they will recommend spending more money for additional resources.
        You can avoid that complication by using hosting specifically setup fro WordPress

        GoDaddy has a WordPress hosting that should not get these warning as does other hosts like SiteGround.

        Siteground has very good support. That’s something you don’t usually find with inexpsensive hosting.

        Reply
  2. Phranqmaykus@gmail.com'Duru Freeman

    Woow I love this..I once wanted to create a list of best blog for bloggers on my blog.. You just inspire me. I love the way you break them down.. starting from WordPress.com ,WordPress. org you made it easy and simple. What caught my attention is the blog platform chart… Hope you don’t mind if I save it on my smartphone.. lolzz Nice one.

    Reply
  3. thewiz@ourhutch.com'Rev. Stephen B. Henry PhD.

    Nice article! I really appreciate how you compared the various blogging platforms and sites

    Reply
  4. contact@indiahuts.com'rohit

    Hi I am going to use this info graphics on my website yes, definitely its a great link building tool thanks.

    Reply
  5. dinah.watsons@mail.com'Dinah

    I certainly agree to this. These are the best blogging platforms available nowadays. I am going to share this as well!

    Reply
  6. bobrbmm@gmail.com'Robert Bates

    There is no question that setting up a WordPress site is the way to go, especially if you are
    going to monetize your blog. As noted, WordPress has many more customization options
    than other platforms.

    Your infographic is shows a nice rundown of the positives and negatives of the various platforms.
    Free is great if all that you are going to do is play, or write as a hobby. Anyone who is serious about
    creating a following is really better off going the self-hosted route. WordPress, being the most
    versatile, is probably the easiest with which to get started.

    Reply
  7. asfaquzzaman780@gmail.com'Azhar Davis

    This post on best blogging sites is fantastic. I’ve been considering using WordPress as my CMS. Would you recommend that over some of the other free blogging sites?

    Reply
  8. cherylburton70@yahoo.com'Cheryl Burton

    Thank you for the useful comparison. I am new to Blogging. You’ve given me a good basis to determine what will best fit my needs. I’m using WIX for my website. Will it integrate with WordPress?

    Reply
    1. Matt Banner Post author

      Hi Cheryl – thanks for reaching out! I would highly recommend going with a self-hosted website with WordPress. You can get one by using the special discount link on this page. Email me if you need any help! 🙂

      Reply
  9. vickysoft05@gmail.com'vicky

    Below is a comparison of the top free blogging platforms, details of their pros and cons, and why they’re the best free blog sites. To be comprehensive, we reviewed WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr, Wix, Weebly, and Squarespace, respectively.

    Reply
  10. buck@bigmeaning.com'Buck Hurlbut

    I use blogger and some of the items you have here are incorrect. You may want to review blogger. I have my own domain with them and also there are plugins.

    Best and thanks for this article…very useful!

    Buck

    Reply
  11. miarifdme@gmail.com'Maria

    Actually, which blogging site is better for the future? I don’t know because I’m a newcomer to this site and the blogging world. Please kindly tell me to which blogging platform I should go with? I can’t decide if I want to go with WordPress, Weebly, Tumbler, Wix or Squarespace. Thanks for your help!

    Reply
    1. Matt Banner Post author

      I would go with WordPress without a doubt, Maria. The reasons are sprinkled throughout this article 🙂

      Reply
  12. megatechy@gmail.com'Ankit

    I always recommend people that to use WordPress. But for the new user’s will get help through your article. There are lots of websites that give blogging platform but which one is best. Here you have mentioned the comparison between different blogging websites platforms beautifully.
    Thanks for sharing.

    Reply
  13. stecyhil@mymts.net'Verna Stecy

    I’d like an easy to learn blogging platform. I’m totally new to blogging, and don’t even know the terminology for using it. 😀 From your experience, what would you recommend? I want it to be free for now.

    Reply
    1. Matt Banner Post author

      Hey Verna, Going with WordPress is your best bet, even though it will cost you around $2-$4/mo for hosting, it will be way worth it in the long run for you. You’ll have full freedom, and you will never have to worry about having to transfer your site to a new platform in the event you ever end up growing it to new heights (something you’d have to do if you started on a free platform). Let me know if you need any assistance, you can always follow my step by step guide on http://www.onblastblog.com!

      Reply
  14. moody_grl_2004@yahoo.ca'Sabrina

    The social media buttons on the left side obscures the content. It’s best to make the content smaller or shifted to the right. There’s an arrow to make it disappear but it’s not confinient nor efficient specially for tablets or phones

    Reply
  15. johnpalmerjp3@gmail.com'John Palmer

    Great article! I agree with you, self hosted wordpress is definitely the way to go! I’m able to get more done, be more creative, and have more options.

    Reply
  16. iqbalsu567@gmail.com'Sebastian

    I am very pleased with the WordPress (CMS) platform as my preferred blog site. This is very strong blogging system that proves reliable.

    Reply
  17. samwebsolution2015@gmail.com'Sam

    I am suggesting WordPress is the best open source platform for blogging and business. Updating it regularly is important. If anyone wants fully functional and integrated WordPress blogging platform for your business, Matt did an amazing job with this post.

    Reply
  18. dhaval@hairtransplantvadodara.in'Dhaval Parmar

    One of the best articles I’ve read about deciding which blogging site to choose from.
    Very informative, Thanks for sharing that.

    Reply
  19. cigtme.786@gmail.com'Nadeem Ali

    Matt – I still can’t decide which platform is best for me. I want to sell bicycle seats online, but I can’t make a decision. Anything you can do to help point me in the right direction would be really appreciated!

    Reply
  20. zachery1018@yahoo.com'Zachery

    Loving this infographic you created here, Matt. Looks like WordPress is a good choice for a free blog site. Thanks again for all your help!

    Reply
  21. vinayashreevjadhav@gmail.com'vinayashree

    oh my god, I’m so impressed by this comparison chart for blogging sites, as I am newbie to this blogging world. This helped me a lot and chosen the best platform for blogging thank you for such a good infographic

    Reply
  22. cannonmichael92@gmail.com'Michael Cannon

    What a great list of blogging sites. I even didn’t know 3 or 4 of them. Well, I think these sites need more recognition through pictures or anything so that more people would come to know about them, well there are sites that provide real reviews for blogging platform. Thank you!

    Reply
  23. info@paraglidingbir.com'Dev

    I am using for WordPress and blogger for a long time. haven’t got any issue with those so far. But having multiple platform will help in some way.

    Reply

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