Which Blog Host Should I Use?

Have you been wanting to start a blog for a while, but you don't know where to start? I was in that same boat about six months ago. I knew I didn't
have any money to pay for something fancy; I just needed something simple and free. So here are the top free blog hosts I've found:


WordPress

WordPress is the ultimate blogging tool. It features plugins and themes beyond all imagination. They make for a very nice-looking site with little effort. While it can be a little intimidating for beginners, WordPress can easily become your go-to tool for blogging. Basically, for style and ease of use, choose WordPress.


Blogger

It's traditional. It's owned by Google. And it has a ton of customizations. Quite literally, you can customize anything on it. It offers you themes to start with, but from there you're on your own. You can even change the code that it runs on if you want. The downside is that it takes quite a bit of work to get it exactly perfect, but if you're willing to do that, Blogger is for you!

Weebly

If by now you're thinking, "But I don't want to have to change the code to get a good site," then Weebly is for you. It is "By far, Weebly is the easiest website builder to use.  It’s very user-friendly and intuitive – you don’t have to know any code at all and you can still build a good looking website." Even though it is somewhat limited in the styles and layouts department, it could still work for a good starter blog.

Wix

Wix falls somewhere between Blogger and Weebly. It limits you in what you can do, but it provides a lot more customization than Weebly. In addition, their developers try proactively to stay "ahead of the crowd" in terms of options and cutting-edge technologies. For instance, they offer "Artificial Design Intelligence." Basically, it designs your website for you based on your preferences. This desire to advance is one area where Weebly steps ahead of all its competitors.

Medium

Medium is a revolutionary blog host in that it makes posting to your blog more like posting to a twitter page, except that the posts are longer. The real benefit lies in the fact that because it's more social, it's easier for people to find your content.The problem with it is that because it's more "twitter-like," it isn't so much a blog as it is separated articles. However, if you're fine with that, go right ahead!


Hopefully some of these will work for you. However, there's always the possibility that I missed one, so if you know of one I missed, let me know in the comments section below!

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  1. This is awesome James! I really love this :D

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  2. Thanks for this! I've always wondered about other blog-makers. This is great.

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  3. Thanks for sharing this!

    SO, I'm thinking of doing blogger simply because I have Google and it comes with it, but what would you say are the biggest pros and cons of Blogger?

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    1. Hey Gabrielle,

      Blogger is a very popular choice. In fact, it's what we use here at Elysian.

      So, here are some of it's biggest pros and cons:
      Pros:
      1. Run by Google - This is probably the biggest pro for most people. If you already have a Google account, it is super easy to get started.
      2. Easy user interface - Blogger was designed for beginners, so if you don't have a lot of experience setting up a blog, it makes it really easy for you.

      Cons:
      1. Made by Google - Even though this is also a pro, it could be a con. Google has a history of killing off some of its popular services, and you never know what's going to be next.
      2. Outdated themes - Of all the free blogging platforms, Blogger probably has the worst themes. On the other hand, if you enjoy tweaking your look just the way you want it, Blogger provides almost unlimited options for customization.

      Basically, Blogger is more suitable for small-scale, personal blogs. If that's what you're looking for, I'd highly recommend it.

      Hope this helps!
      James

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