The 10 best free blogging platforms

Medium
Medium is a free blogging platform set up by Twitter’s foundersMedium is the brainchild of Twitter’s founders, and appears to be their attempt to do for ‘longreads’ what they once did for microblogging. 01. Blogs might have fallen out of fashion a touch, due to the onslaught of social networks, but there’s something about having a space that’s properly yours, potentially free from the distractions of a billion adverts and countless competing status updates. Like this? Pen.io
Pen.io is one of the only free blogging platforms you don’t need a login forPen.io’s approach is also rather different from its contemporaries. But plenty of people retain a thirst for more thoughtful writing, and also a desire to share it as widely as possible. Let us know in the comments below! These days, it might be more appropriate to argue everyone has infinite tweets, snarky Facebook updates, and semi-random comments in them. It is, however, a Google service, and so be a touch wary, given how abruptly that company sometimes shuts things down that millions of people were happily using. Perhaps because of its age, it rather blurs the lines (the site says “wilfully”) between blogging and social networking. 05. WordPress
WordPress is the most popular free blogging platformIf the folks over at WordPress are to be believed (and they seem suitably trustworthy sorts), it now ‘powers’ over a fifth of the internet. However, this system differentiates itself in other important ways: it’s entirely open source, and while writing you get a live preview of how your post will end up. And not a LOLcat in sight! Decent mobile apps make it easy to submit content to a Tumblr blog from anywhere, though, and it’s reasonably easy to customise your theme to make it your own. You need to be technically minded for this one, then, but it’s a worthy alternative to WordPress if you’re happy to get your hands dirty and have your own web space that’s awaiting a blog. The result is more of a community that affords you your own space, but that also very much encourages communal interaction. Blogger
Blogger is one of the longest running free blogging platforms on the webYou’d hope with a name like ‘Blogger’ that Blogger would be a decent free service for blogging. In this round-up, we explore 10 of the best platforms for newcomers who want to get a blog up and running, but lack the funds to pay for the privilege. 04. Images can be dragged into place, and you can create multi-page posts using a tag. It used to be said that everyone has a book in them. 03. 10. Tumblr also has a strong social undercurrent, via a following model combined with notes and favourites. Words: Craig Grannell
Did we miss your favourite free blogging platform? LiveJournal
LiveJournal combines blogging and social networkingOne of the veterans of this list, LiveJournal (like Blogger) started life in 1999. Really, it’s a stretch to call Pen.io a blog in the traditional sense, but it’s a decent option for banging out the odd sporadic post, especially if you don’t want any personal info stored. Ghost
Open source platform Ghost is free if you install it on your own systemSomething slightly different for our final entry. 06. It’s a place to blog if you want your words to be taken seriously, and if you favour a polished, streamlined experience. It offers more scope than the latter, but tends to favour rather more succinct output than the former. Weebly
Weebly is a website creation tool that includes blogging templatesWeebly bills itself more as a website-creation system than something for solely creating a blog. However, you get some customisation, too, including a bunch of themes, the means to embed content from other sites, Disqus commenting, and the option to instead use Dropbox for storing content. Unlike the others on this list, Ghost is only free if you download and install it yourself; use the Ghost site and you pay on the basis of traffic. 08. Read these! It is possible to fashion something more private, but to get the most out of LiveJournal, you need to be prepared to delve into discussion as much as writing. Although be mindful that the service has quite a few porn bots lumbering about, which may give the faint-of-heart a bit of a shock should they check every favourite off of their posts. Tumblr
Tumblr is one of the easiest free blogging platforms to useTo some extent, Tumblr feels a bit like a half-way house between WordPress and Twitter. 09. But if you’re big on customisation and control, look elsewhere.

Updated: 13.12.2014 — 22:55