If you like to communicate with others, one of your main passions is writing and you love the world of technology, then it’s time to start a blogging. It is one of the easiest things in the world, and it is also possible to do it totally free. In today’s guide I will guide you in choosing one of the many blogging platforms currently available on the web. So, you can start building your own website. It is no longer necessary to have technical or IT knowledge. So if you are willing to create a blog, my advice is to get comfortable and take a few minutes to read this in-depth article in complete tranquillity. So, How to create a blog?
I will tell you in detail about which are the best free services to blog. Specifically, I will explain how to create a blog using a CMS, software for creating a blog and for its configuration ( CMS is the acronym for Content Management System), but also how you can create it using proprietary web platforms of companies such as Google and Twitter, which will allow you to customize blogs in an extremely immediate way. Each blogging platform has its own peculiarities, its pros and cons. If you want more information about it and you want to find out which one best suits your needs, keep reading, you will find everything explained below. I bet you will be amazed by the simplicity with which you will be able to create a blog and thus be able to communicate your thoughts to the public. But now enough chatter and let’s take action!
Create a blog with CMS
If you want to create a blog, one of the most complete and used platforms that you can use is WordPress. It is a free and very functional CMS (Content Management System) that can be customized thanks to the use of plugins developed by third parties as well as thanks to the numerous themes available.
If you want to create a blog with WordPress completely free of charge, you can take advantage of the free hosting space offered by the WordPress.com. Clearly, since this is free space at no cost, there are some limitations (such as the impossibility of inserting advertising in the blog). In any case, if you have no special needs and it is the first time you open a blog, creating a blog with WordPress is one of the best choices. Your blog domain created with WordPress.com will be [your chosen name].wordpress.com .
If, on the other hand, you already know the basics of WordPress and want to have your own domain, you can buy a wordpress.com hosting space. The prices for the purchase of a hosting with domain included vary according to your needs: starting from € 2.99 per month up to € 24.99 per month, with annual billing.
In addition to wordpress.com there are many other web portals that offer hosting with paid plans for all budgets and needs, to host a blog in WordPress. It is also possible to purchase a domain and hosting space on sites other than wordpress.com.
How to create a blog with a proprietary service
If you want to create a blog and you have extremely basic needs, instead of using a CMS, you can choose to contact a proprietary service. One of the most famous and simple is Google’s Blogger. The main feature of Blogger is in fact its simplicity of use, but its direct integration with all the services of the Mountain View giant is also noteworthy. It is in fact a free space where everyone can create their blog and publish it in an extremely easy and fast way, without having to know programming languages or having to buy hosting on the Web.
Unlike WordPress, Blogger cannot be used in self-hosted mode (so it cannot be installed on a web space purchased separately, even if it is possible to purchase a custom domain and use it as a “bridge” to your blog created with Blogger). Furthermore, it is not possible to use plugins for advanced blog personalization. On the other hand, Blogger allows users to monetize their content and therefore to earn money with a blog, thanks to the use of banners from AdSense, Google’s online advertising service.
To create a blog on Blogger you need to go to the official website and create or connect a Google account that will be associated with your blog from now on. You can then create your blog on Blogger completely free of charge, you can insert advertising banners and customize the aesthetics by installing themes.
At this point, if you have performed all the steps I have indicated correctly, you should be in the Blogger administration panel. Then press the New blog button, type the title and address you want to assign to your site (the final address will be
[nome].blogspot.com), choose the graphic theme you want to use on its pages and click the Create blog button to complete the operation.
Mission accomplished! You now have a blog on Blogger and can start posting your content online. Such as? Simply by entering the administration panel of the service and clicking on the New post button located at the top of the left sidebar. The other options in the same menu are those that allow you to manage pages, comments, advertising campaigns, page layouts, etc.
One of the proprietary services that I recommend you use to create your blog is Tumblr, a service owned by Yahoo which, as far as creating a blog is concerned, is configured as an online space halfway between a blogging platform and a social network.
In fact, Tumblr was born as a social network for sharing images, videos and GIFs. But then extended to the possibility of creating a real space for sharing personal textual content. As a blogging platform, Tumblr allows you to post short articles, photos, videos or quotes. These contents can also used by other users subscribed to the service. Everyone can see and share them on their blogs (called tumblelog) or add them to favourites.
The blog created on Tumblr will be an “atypical” blog. It has designed mainly to share your thoughts with the social network community. Since Tumblr started out primarily as a social network, there will be no excessive aesthetic customizations on your Tumblr blog. All you have to do is write your articles, perhaps in a more concise way, but on the other hand your article will be richer in multimedia elements such as photos and videos.
To register for free on Tumblr and create your blog, all you have to do is connect to the main page of the service and click on the Get started button. Then fill out the form in the centre of the screen with the email, username and password you intend to use and click on the Register button to go on.
Tumblr does not allow you to monetize your content directly and cannot install on an external web space, however you can purchase a custom domain and use it as a “bridge” to your tumblelog.
Other proprietary blogging platforms:
The ones I told you about are the most used proprietary blogging platforms. For completeness of information, however, I want to dedicate further lines to talk to you about other platforms similar to those previously indicated that will allow you to create a blog for free. I’m sure you will find the right one for your blog.
- Medium : a blogging platform born from the same authors of Twitter. It has many social components, but stands as a more “refined” solution than Tumblr. In fact, its designed to highlight very long content and has a unique, very elegant style. Its also designed to make your blog more professional. It does not provide for the monetization of content and cannot install on an external web space (there are also many mono themes for WordPress that perfectly match its style).
Other popular CMS:
If you already have some IT skills and want to create a blog independently, use a CMS. As an alternative to WordPress, I want to show you a list of other popular CMSs below:
- Joomla!: is one of the most popular content management system (CMS) software platforms for building websites. Joomla is a platform written entirely in PHP computer language that allows numerous customization options thanks to the installation of themes, extensions and plugins.
- Drupal: among the content management platforms there is also Drupal which allows the creation and distribution of dynamic websites ; a platform aimed at users with greater needs.
- Microsoft SharePoint: a software platform developed by Microsoft , a CMS used primarily for the creation and distribution of corporate Internet sites. The main feature of Microsoft SharePoint is clearly the integration with Microsoft services, including the Office package.
- OpenCms: it is an open source Content Management System (CMS) based on the Java platform and XML technology.
- Mezzanine: a CMS platform for the creation of websites that is written entirely in Python computer language.