Top 3 Free Platforms for Starting Your Blog

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Every voice needs to be heard.

Whether to connect with your audience, teach people a particular skill or simply write about your experiences; writing a blog is the preferred choice for most.

Here’s our take on the 3 best platform for starting your blog free of cost:

WordPress

WordPress is, undoubtedly, the most preferred blogging platform available. It powers up to 19% of all blogs (WordPress.com hosted by WordPress) and has been downloaded more than 45 million times (WordPress.org self-hosted version). WordPress.com is the way to go if you’re a first time blogger.

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WordPress can easily be called the “daddy of blogging”. It offers a range of additional customization plug-ins and tweaks that can be effectively used to enrich and liven up a blog.

The good : Customization, Excellent site management, Good support system, and a vast array of plug-ins (WordPress.org).

The bad : Confusing for a first time user, learning curve.

Verdict : The plethora of options offered can be quite daunting for a first time user. However, once you get habitual of using this feature packed platform, you just cannot switch to any other platform. WordPress is still the best blogging platform out there.

Blogger

Blogger was one of the earliest blogging platforms. It was launched by Pyra Labs in 1999 and bought by Google in 2003. It has been redesigned quite a few times since.

Blogspot

Blogger, just like its parent Google, is a very user-friendly and simple to use platform. It appears that the sole purpose of creating blogger is to bring blogging to the masses.

The good : Ease of use, easy blog set up, scheduling content to be published, Easy to use Google Adsense

The bad : Does not offer a lot of options, connected with Google

Verdict : Blogger is the platform which is preferred by most first-time writers because of the ease it offers in getting a blog set and running. However, the lack of options in it compels many to change to WordPress.

Tumblr

Tumblr is one of the few services to effectively combine social media and blogging. It has a large community much like Facebook and twitter.

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With Tumblr, you can easily share the content you like from other blogs. This makes it considerably different from other blogging platforms like WordPress and Blogger.

The good : Unique reblogging feature, social media connected, scheduling posts

The bad : Average site management and security, some “Adult” content

Verdict : The blog is mostly used to share content you adore from various sources rather than to share your original content. It is increasingly been seen that many companies keep a Tumblr blog in addition to their regular blog. It works as a complementary blog rather than as a replacement for WordPress or Blogger.

Other blogging platforms

Conclusion

If you need a platform with sophisticated features, WordPress is the choice to go with. Being an open source platform, it allows users to design their own plug-ins (in wordpress.org) which is a great option for you if you want to design your blog your way. But if you want a simple interface and ease of use, blogger is right for you.

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