What are the most popular blog platforms

Free blog platforms for blog beginners

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Almost all blogs are set up with the open source software WordPress, including this and other blogs that I run. For me, WordPress has no alternative solution in this regard.

But blog beginners in particular are often looking for other solutions, probably for the following reasons:

  • You don't feel particularly well-versed in terms of technology to set up a WordPress system, design the layout and install plugins.
  • Perhaps you are unsure how long your enthusiasm for blogging will last and therefore want to invest little or no money in web space and in website or blog design.
  • You want to start quickly and not invest too much time in technology and blog building.

There is a selection of free blog platforms for this target group, which I will present in more detail below.


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The two most important of these platforms are wor d press .com and blog ger .com, although WordPress is already back in the game. :-)

You can register quickly and easily on all of the platforms mentioned, password, email address and username are sufficient. At blog ger .com it's even easier if you already have a Google account. Then you will find the blog function in your Google profile.

Wor d Press .com

In contrast to Wor d Press .org, Wor d Press .com is a blog platform from WordPress, which makes it possible to create a blog on a WordPress basis for free; Wor d Press .com takes care of the hosting .

  • The domain you receive is a subdomain that is structured like this: www .blo gna me .wor d press .com.
  • There are many themes available for the layout; As far as plugins are concerned (i.e. the functional extensions of WordPress), the Jetpack package is preinstalled, you can only install additional plugins in the highest paid package from Wor d Press .com.
  • The number of included widgets is quite manageable, but you can use them to create a structured and informative sidebar.
  • The storage capacity is 3 GB.
  • Of course, you can also upload pictures and create galleries in your blog articles. Videos can also be integrated into a post.
  • Google Adsense ads cannot be included in the free WordPress.com edition.
  • com occasionally displays ads below the blog posts. If you want to share in the revenue, you have to register for WordAds, a special ad program from Wor d Press .com. The advertising network includes Google AdSense, Facebook Audience Network, Yahoo, Quantcast and others. However, I have read from other bloggers on the Internet that the registration for WordAds did not work properly.
  • You can install an app (for Android and iOS) for mobile writing on the go.
  • The administration interface of Wor d Press .com is the same as that available with the open source software WordPress. So if you should come up with the idea of ​​setting up your blog yourself with a hoster with WordPress, you don't need to get used to the operation.

These features, which Wor d Press .com offers, are sufficient to start the blog.

Blog ger .com

The blogger platform Blog ger .com has been owned by Google since 2003. It can also be used free of charge and is available to anyone with a Google account.

  • The domain of your blogger blog is also a subdomain, which is structured as follows: www .blo gna me .blog spot .com. The subdomain area can be removed from the URL for a surcharge.
  • There are many free blog design templates available.
  • The user interface is designed to be even more intuitive than that of WordPress.
  • What the widgets are with WordPress, the gadgets are with Blogger, with which a structured sidebar can be created. Blogger also offers third party gadgets.
  • The size of the uploaded images is limited to one GB, individual pages are also subject to a size limit of one MB.
  • Since blog ger .com belongs to Google, Google AdSense is already integrated in blog ger .com. All you have to do is activate the gadget. However, the blogs on Blog ger .com must meet certain requirements in order to qualify for the use of Google AdSense.
  • There is also an app for Android for blog ger .com.
  • The blogs created with Blog ger .com are listed in Google quite quickly.

Tumb lr .com

Tumblr is a microblogging platform on which you can post texts, pictures, videos and audio files. It was founded in 2007 by David Karp.

  • The minimalist use of Tumblr is very simple.
  • A special feature of Tumblr: There is no comment function, instead the focus here is on favoring and re-logging entries. Reblogging means adding someone else's Tumblr posts to your own Tumblr blog. Tumblr is especially popular with artists and creatives.
  • The focus of Tumblr is on the community, which should include around 180 million users. Since the re-logging of short media content is the focus of this platform, Tumblr can also be described as a social media network, a mixture of Twitter and Pinterest.
  • Various free templates are available for the layout, professional-looking premium themes are available for a fee.
  • Tumblr hardly has any widgets or plugins in its offer.
  • Tumblr is available as an app for Android and iOS.
  • If you want to post not only pictures, video and audio files, but also blog posts in detail, you should not use Tumblr.

Conclusion

If I compare the platforms Blog ger .com and Wor d Press .com with each other (Tumblr is dropped because of its limitations), then Wor d Press .com wins mainly because of its professional layout and the large community that the software is constantly developing and the more professional administration interface.

If you, as a user of Wor d Press .com or Blog ger .com, plan to get your own web space package and move your blog there, you can use your Blogger.com blog as well as with his WordPress.com blog manage this step quite well. You can find out how such a move works for Wor d Press .com in this post “How to switch to Wor d Press .com to Wor d Press .org” and for Blog ger. com in this post “Moving From Blogger To Wor d Press .org”.

My name is Susanne Braun and I am a freelance web designer and blogger.

Since mid-2009 I have been writing on my online money blog about all topics relating to being self-employed online, working successfully and making money on the Internet.