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21 Best FREE Blogging Platforms to Start Your Blog in 2020


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We

love to consume content.


We

want to stay updated, know all the latest happenings around the world. Content

gives us a leeway to strike a conversation with others as well as get sharing

information.


In

the 21st Century, with so many things interconnected, a lot of stories are

generated every other minute. While early on, it would’ve been impossible to

keep track of all the happenings, with the Internet you get a safe harbor to

access them. Probably not all at once, but you can access them in the future.


Blogging

has been instrumental in the Internet’s development and its hold over content

creation and consumption. People have different experiences and stories to

tell, and blogging gives you a platform for your stories.


The development of the internet, from Web 1.0 to Web 2.0, shifted its focus from sharing content to focus more on user-generated content.


Blogging

usually involves sharing your personal opinions and experiences. You can blog

for a non-profit reason, keeping a journal of sorts, sharing it with your

friends and acquaintances. Or, you can make for-profit blogs sharing your

expertise on a certain subject.


You

might want to jump on the bandwagon of blogging. After all, everyone has a

story to tell.


In

that case, we bring you a list of 21 Best Free Blogging Platforms to Start your

Blog in 2020.


#1. WordPress.com


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It

is noteworthy to mention the fact that WordPress powers about 30% of the

internet. They must be doing something to have such a share of the pie. And

that is thanks to two reasons:‌


  1. Easy-to-use and build interface.

  2. Lots of customizability options to choose form.

WordPress

is offered in two variants:‌ one is WordPress.com, and another is

WordPress.org. The difference being the latter is used for the self-hosted blog

for which you have to buy your hosting service and domain name. Both of these

involve shelling some bucks out.


This

hosting problem is not the case with WordPress.com.


They

have designed the interface as such that you can easily set up your blog within

minutes. The basic blog is stocked with all the basic features to create your

first post.


Although

the drawback of the platform is that you won’t be able to use a wide range of

plugins and themes that are available on the marketplace; plus you don’t have

the full claim of your blog, your blog must abide by the rules of WordPress.


And

in any case, if you violate their ToC, they can straightaway suspend your

website. The reasons are often ambiguous, and one is in constant fear of

getting all the hard work flushed down the drain.


#2. Blogger


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First

developed by Pyra Labs in ‘99 and then sold to Google in ‘03, Blogger has seen

its share of development over the years. Having the Google stamp over the

product means that you get a quality assurance on par with Google’s other

products like Google Drive.


With

the help of Google account, you can easily sign and start creating your first

blog post. It is easy to use and self-explanatory in design. You don’t need to

know the code aspect to redesign, although Google provides you with the HTML‌

codes to tweak around.


Being

backed by Google brings another benefit. It has a very good up-time, and your

blog would rarely go down. Plus with the help of Google’s cloud services, you

can easily save thousands of images and video data relating to the website.


However,

there are two major drawbacks:


  1. It doesn’t offer you many options to customize. Layouts restrict you.

  2. Google is known to discard their products in a flash (Orkut, Google Plus). Although there are very fewer chances of Blogger going offline soon, there is still a possibility.

#3. Wix


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Chances that a Wix ad has greeted you by now are quite high.


Wix

is a recently launched service. However, they are targeting first-time users

who want to start their content-based blogs and websites. And as such, they

have created tools and mechanisms that are user-friendly and can get you

started ASAP.


It

uses a drag-and-drop mechanism to customize your website, and also provides you

with the HTML‌ code just in case you want to develop it at a more atomic scale.


Unlike

Blogger, it offers you about 500 designs to choose from. Although once

selected, you can’t change the theme again. It also doesn’t allow you to

install new features.


With

a free account, you get 500 MB each of the bandwidth and storage capacity.

Enough if you are not running a media-intensive website.


Also,

with the free version, you will have a Wix marking on your website. And a Wix

subdomain and not a top-level-domain like .com.


#4. Tumblr


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Tumblr

was made for the entire process of writing and expressing ideas easier. You

don’t have to worry about hosting and all; you should focus on content that you

want to share among the Tumblr community.


Insanely

popular amongst the teens, especially people belonging to a certain trope or

fandom, you can easily connect with new people on the platform. The entire

purpose of the platform is to create content and re-blog/share content made by

other users/bloggers.


It is more of a microblogging website centered around sharing, and not exclusive to written content. You can share almost anything, ranging from GIFs to images, without the need to write content.


This option might repel some bloggers looking forward to writing content, but it promises you a good audience to pitch your content.


Major

drawbacks include: harder to take backup and import, and not many

customizability options available.


#5. Medium


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If

you are a blogger looking to work your way around with words and seeking people

who are interested in the same, Medium is the platform for you. Like-minded

essayists, columnists, and bloggers usually visit the platform.


Started

in 2012 by one of the Twitter founders, it gives you a WYSIWYG editor through

which you can easily put your content out.


It follows a system synonymous with Facebook, where instead of a like button, they provide you with a clap button to rate the articles. It also follows a tag system that splits the story into different categories so that users can choose which category they want to read first specifically.


It also comes with a total time read widget, which helps users to know how much time they will require to go through it.


You

can see how they designed features to attract readers.


The

benefits are:


  • You don’t have to code.

  • You can easily get an audience that

    wants to read the content.

  • You don’t have to waste time

    designing a website.

But

the negatives are:


  • Medium essentially provides you with

    an account. So if they disband your account, you lose all your content as well

    as your users.

  • You also can’t monetize your

    audience through ads, although affiliate marketing can be used effectively.

#6. Quora


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Quora

can be said to be a glorified Yahoo Answers.


While

Yahoo Answers was not able to control spam questions and answers, which led to

a drop in credibility, Quora has managed to control this issue. It is by far

the #1 Q&A website.


Unlike

Yahoo Answers, you can follow others on Quora and create your following. You

can get your question answered by popular people and get posed by questions

from others.


They

are trying to expand their business by providing users with the ability to

create their blog. Once you build a good following by answering the questions,

you can have readers for your blog, and start writing for them. You can even

become an authoritative person in a sub-niche such as blogging.


Quora

doesn’t provide you with options of customizability; you have to stick to their

default template. You are provided with an editor to write your content. If you

want to focus on writing content and not about anything else, this can serve

you perfectly.


#7. Weebly


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Coming

on the lines of Wix, Weebly is a web-hosting service that lets you create blogs

on the go. With the help of a drag-and-drop builder, you can easily customize

the major elements of the website.


They

have designed their service so that you don’t have to break a sweat while

designing the website. It gives you different customizable layouts and free

themes to choose from.


Even

if you don’t want to buy the premium version, you still have the option to give

their service a run.


There

are several cons, though:


  • Integration with 3rd party apps is

    hard.

  • Ads are present in the free version.

  • exporting the website is difficult.

#8. Yola


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Yola

is a simple and straightforward service. You don’t get many pages to create and

edit:‌ you get about two websites and three pages to do your job. But on the

positive end, you get about 1GB of capacity and bandwidth. So if you are making

use of product landing pages, this might work fine in your favor.


Configuring

and designing pages is easy and straightforward. Adding to the mix are

drag-and-drop-widgets and customizable layouts, and visually, you can create

your blog appealing. Plus, you also get the option to edit the CSS if you want

to get your hands dirty in coding and tweaking.


#9. Drupal


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Drupal

is one of the most well-known website builders in the industry. Dries Buytaert

developed it in May of 2000 as an open-source content-management framework that

can hold your content in streamlined order. It gives you better reliability and

performance, along with security.


Drupal

is not as popular as WordPress or Blogger, but it has its active community,

which develops modules for it. Thanks to this community, there are a lot of

themes to dabble with, plus you also have modules to enhance the functionality

of the blog.


On

the downside, you need to know the technical aspects of Drupal quite well to

start working with it. If you are a newbie foraying into blogging, learning

technical stuff to start blogging is something you might not like. It also

works slower compared to other customized platforms like Blogger.


#10. SquareSpace


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Squarespace

has sponsored a good number of videos on YouTube. But while they promote their

service like crazy, they also offer you a service at the same standards.


It

is easy to use and offers you a lot of options. Seriously, a lot. From building

personal blogs to create a web store, you can get it done easily and quickly

with SquareSpace.


The

best part is that it comes with different themes to choose from. You need to

tweak a little bit here and there, and you are ready to go live with your blog.

So if you are a newbie blogger who wants to create a good looking blog without

the hassle of getting into technicalities, you should give SquareSpace a look.


You

don’t have to worry about the host, as SquareSpace does the hosting part by

itself.


It

comes with a 14-day trial period, after which plans start from $24-$48 per

month.


#11. Joomla


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One

of the industry veterans: Joomla is an open-source content management service

almost on par with WordPress. Like WordPress, users can log on to the backend

of the website from where they can customize the content as they want.


You

have a healthy number of themes and add-ons to choose from to further enhance

your blog, although the community is not that diverse as that of WordPress.


It

is a capable service with more options to customize your website compared to

WordPress. Point to note here is that it is a self-hosted service, and you will

require a hosting service and domain name to go along. So, although Joomla is

free to use, you will need to spend bucks on hosting it.


#12. Google Sites


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This

service from Google is intended to target business users. It promotes data

sharing and real-time collaboration among different users. That is, users can

edit the same set of content and see which user has edited what content.


It

gives you a structured wiki-type website. If you have a Google account, you can

easily sign-in and create your own blog/website. It follows a drag and drop

mechanism, so you don’t have to dip yourself in coding.


Plus,

two of its best features are:


  • It is responsive, looks great across

    different devices.

  • It can be easily incorporated with

    other Google applications like Google Calendar and Google Docs.

Although

two major drawbacks are:


  • The inability to add AdSense ads on your website.

  • Few customizable options.

#13. HubPages


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Founded

by three ex-Microsoft employees, HubPages is a user-generated content

aggregator website.


Users

are known as hubbers who provide content in the form of an article (known as

hubs) to the website. The best part about this platform is that if your article

generates enough traffic, you also get paid.


To

earn an income, you need to have a valid AdSense account. If you don’t have an

AdSense account, you can apply for one after submitting 10-15 hubs. You get

paid by the number of clicks you get on the ad. Once the earnings reach $50,

you are paid.


HubPages

had acquired Squidoo, one of its major competitors, and now remains the top in

its sub-domain, although they have shifted their approach from a single-site to

multi-site.


You

don’t get to customize much, as all the posts follow a standard styling.


#14. SimpleSite


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As

the name suggests, it is a no-nonsense website builder. It compromises some of

its customizability options for easy to set up features. While you are setting

up, you have been provided with the option to create for personal uses or

business uses to set up your blog effectively.


It

offers you a simple theme and not a lot of options to customize. It is a great

service for first-time bloggers.


It

is also mobile-friendly so that you don’t lose the audience from a different

platform. If you are planning to scale your website in terms of an increase in

the audience this won’t be able to give you many options on that front either.

It offers you a very limited set of features.


Also,

the support is quite a lackey, although you would rarely require one.


#15. TypePad


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TypePad

is one of the industry veterans. Started in 2003, it still enjoys niche

popularity among a selected few. It is simple in design and easy to manipulate,

one of the reasons why major companies like MSNBC, ABC, BBC, Sky News use the

service for their weblogs.


The

product was made for non-technical users with essential features like the

ability to add photo albums, mobile blogging support, and multiple author

support.


Other

essential features include amazing customer support, easy tools to design,

several design templates to choose from, easy to upload photos and manipulate

sidebar with widgets.


You

can’t upload your website’s banner or change the colors of the blog unless you

have a plus account. For further customization, you are given access to the CSS

code, but for that, you will require a pro account.


#16. Jimdo


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Jimdo’s

website building service is targeted toward personal use and small business

owners. These types of people aren’t interested in getting into the

complexities of running a website from the ground up.


As

such, Jimdo has tried to make its website building service as smooth as it can.

You can either make it through the Jimdo Creator, which is an interface based

on drag-and-drop format. You can click on sections, and replace the content

with your content.


It

also offers you another option:‌ Jimdo Dolphin. It is an artificial design

intelligence solution. You need to answer some questions, and the AI will build

a website for you.


Best

features include the ability to tweak your website’s overall SEO, one of the

simplest website builders, ability to create a blog on the mobile app.


But

like some of the other services on this website, it compromises its easy to use

nature with a lack of templates. You also don’t get a preview option; changes

once made will automatically be applied to the live blog.


#17. Angelfire


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Angelfire

is the godfather of all website building services. It predates most of them

present in the list. It is so old that when Mark Zuckerberg was 15, created one

of his first blog on the website.


On

the front, they offer you over 200 templates to choose from, drag and drop

builder interface, and a free plan to choose.


Although

the sad part is that quite a lot of things are going against it. Themes are not

responsive and also not up to standard to what websites use these say. This

shortcoming means there is no mobile version of your website.


If

you were to see their social media presence, their last tweets and posts were

from 2012, and after that, it feels like an abandoned place.


The

bottom line is this: Angelfire would have appealed to people in 1996 when there

were not a lot of options to tweak. But they have failed to keep up with the

progress in web development.


#18. Diigo


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Diigo

is quite different in its approach.


You

don’t create content. You instead collect links from the internet and store it

on a single page. You can bookmark and tag web pages for future access.


Once

you bookmark links, you can annotate certain parts of the webpage and highlight

webpages. You can attach sticky notes to these highlighted areas or the entire

webpage.


After

you create your bookmarks, you can choose to share them with other people; they

have aimed to make Diigo a social-networking website. So it can do a great job

when collaborating with other people to research on certain topics.


One

of the best features included in the premium section, where pages once

annotated, will be with you forever — no matter whether that specific webpage

exists at the source or not.


Diigo

can come in handy for you when searching for topics and content for your next

blog.


#19. Splash


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Splash

is an event management service. It won’t appeal to users looking to build

personal blogs and websites, but if you are planning to have a platform for

your event, this can do a good job.


A

good number of Fortune 500 companies use Splash. And Splash’s approach is to

maximize user conversion. It achieves this by providing users with analytics at

each stage. It can also be incorporated with 3rd party applications like Slack

and Salesforce for better hold on your marketing process.


You

can also track your events’ progress through the dashboard present in the

Splash.


Developing

web pages is easy with Splash, and it provides you with a drag and drop builder

and beautiful looking responsive designs so that your brand credibility stays

put without compromising on putting in too much effort.


It

also gives you responsive themes to choose from that work amazing across all

platforms, especially mobile platforms.


#20. LiveJournal


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As

the name suggests, with this website, you can create your own journal. The

company claims that the service is the middle ground between blogging and

social networking.


It

allows users to create journals that can then be shared with other people based

on the restriction level. You can also keep your journal entirely private,

making it work as a diary as well.


You

also get the option to join communities where you can share your journals among

like-minded people. It has a friends page as well, which broadcasts other

people’s journals. Kind of like how facebook’s social feed works. You also get

the ability to change the user’s profile picture for each blog post.


LiveJournal

might not be that popular in 2019, but some of the communities have other

100,000 users in it and can be used to socialize with other people.


#21. Hatena


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Hatena

is a Japanese owned company, and its blog service is targeted to personal use.

They want users to share the daily experiences for others and themselves as

well, as they can check their blog in the future, in which case it will act as

a journal.


You

can easily write and incorporate data such as images, videos, and even

additional information like restaurant information to your blog post. You can

also import tweets and bookmarks. It also gives you the ability to revert the

changes you made while writing.


It

provides you with a set of good looking themes which you can edit from your

desktop computer and your phone. Plus, you also get to set a restriction on who

can read your blog post.


The

only drawback here is that since it is made by a Japanese company, you might

have to face some issues to move around. Although, it claims that the service

keeps in touch with all the latest developments, and constant updates are

there.


Conclusion


Phew!

So that was a massive list of free blogging platforms you can choose in 2020.

You have to sort out your priorities and select the one platform that provides

you with more benefits than the negatives it provides you.


Happy

blogging!


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