+$The best free blogging sites

Man using free blogging platform in coffee shop

+$The rise of free blogging platforms in recent years suggests the saying that everyone has a book in them, or a blog post at least, is very true. While Twitter's 140 character count is a thing of the past, plenty of people have quite a bit more to say these days, which is where free blogging platforms come in very handy.

+$Having your own space of the world wide web, that's potentially free from the distractions of a billion adverts and countless competing status updates, is an attractive prospect. Blogging is also still a great, organic method of self-promo online, and the best thing is, there are a load of free blogging platforms out there to get you started.

+$Here you'll find the best the web has to offer, including details to help you decide which free blogging site is right for you. Once you've chosen, head to our如何开始博客+$post, which will get you up and running in no time. Need to do some basic image editing? Our guide to the best免费的图形设计软件+$will help you there.



+$In this round-up, we explore the best free blogging platforms for newcomers who want to get a blog up and running.

+$01. Wix

Best blogging platforms: Wix


+$If you want to get started with your free blog,维克斯+$is well worth a look. This drag-and-drop网站建设者+$offers over 500 designer-made templates as well as plenty of additional features and apps, along with top-grade hosting so you can rest assured your site will be there when you need it.

+$You get 500MB storage and 1GB bandwidth with a free Wix account. If you need more – plus other features like your own domain, and online store and Google Analytics – then take a look at its premium plans.

+$02. Joomla

Screenshot of Joomla homepage


+$Open source software content management system Joomla is a popular choice among the blogging community. Powerful and flexible,的Joomla+$can be used to build any kind of website or blog, with design features including the ability to create your own template and render HTML for objects/arrays of data. It also uses引导完美的响应式设计。

与WordPress.org类似,Joomla是一个自托管解决方案,这意味着您将需要一个域名和虚拟主机使用它(虽然有一个选项来创建一个网站Launch.joomla.org+$). The Joomla community is much smaller than WordPress community, so there are fewer themes and add-ons than for WordPress. But there are still hundreds of templates to choose from, and extensions to add more features, to fully customise your free blog's design.

+$03. Yola

Best blogging platforms: Yola


约拉+$limits you a bit if you have grand plans for your blog – you can only have two sites and three web pages with its free plan – but the upside is a healthy 1GB of storage and bandwidth, and your site won't be littered with unsightly third-party ads.


+$04. Hubpages

Best blogging platforms: Hubpages


HubPages的+$is a network of sites that enable bloggers (or Hubbers) to share their story with a vast open community. It has an Arts and Design section, which will be a happy home for creative bloggers, and Hubpages majors on its ability to connect its users with a wide audience and earn revenue from ads and affiliates.

+$05. Contentful

Contentful website screenshot

使用Contentful API将您的内容调用到任何设计中

+$Nobody knows how they're going to want to display their articles a few years down the line, soContentful+$provides a way to separate your content from your design. It calls this an 'API-first' approach, so your content is stored on its servers and you can call it into any design or platform as you like. So if you want to build a completely different site in a few years time, it's easy to bring everything in as it's set up to be portable from the start.

+$06. Jekyll

Jekyll website screenshot


杰奇+$takes your raw text files, which may be written in markdown, if you like, and turns them into a robust static site to host wherever you want. It's the engine behind GitHub Pages, which means you can host your blog on there for free.


07. WordPress



+$If the folks over atWordPress的+$are to be believed (and they seem suitably trustworthy sorts), the platform now 'powers' almost a third of the internet. It's easy to see why: on WordPress.com, you can rapidly create an entirely free blog, with a reasonable amount of customisation. Alternatively, most web hosts provide WordPress as a free single-click install, and more information on what's possible there can be found at WordPress.org.


+$08. Tumblr

Screenshot of Tumblr website


+$To Some Extent,Tumblr+$feels a bit like a halfway house between WordPress and Twitter. It offers more scope than the latter, but tends to favour rather more succinct output than the former. 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.

Tumblr也有强烈的社交暗流,通过以下模型结合笔记和收藏。 Tumblr最近还宣布了一项有争议的成人内容禁令,这意味着过去在网站上笨拙的色情机器人应该不再是问题。

+$09. Blogger

Blogger site screenshot


+$You'd hope with a name like 'Blogger' that博客+$would be a decent free blogging service. Fortunately, it is. Sign in with your Google ID, and you can have a blog up and running in seconds, which can then be customised with new themes. It is, however, a Google service, so be a touch wary, given how abruptly that company sometimes shuts things down that millions of people were happily using.


Screenshot of the Medium website


介质+$is the brainchild of Twitter's founders, and appears to be their attempt to do for 'longreads' what they once did for microblogging. The result is a socially-oriented place that emphasises writing, although within an extremely locked-down set-up. It's a place to blog if you want your words to be taken seriously, and if you favour a polished, streamlined experience. But if you're big on customisation and control, look elsewhere.

+$11. Svbtle

Screenshot of the Svbtle site says 'A blogging platform designed to help you think'


+$Describing itself as a "blogging platform designed to help you think",Svbtle+$is fairly similar to Medium in approach. Like Medium, it strips everything right back, resulting in a bold, stylish experience that pushes words to the fore. It could easily become your favourite free blogging platform for the act of writing, but it again relies on you also wanting something extremely simple and not caring a jot about customisation.

+$12. Subrion

Free blog: Subrion's homepage

+$Subrion is extremely user friendly and comes packed with features to meet a magnitude of needs

+$Subrion+$open source CMS is a stand-alone PHP/MySQL-based content management system and framework. Very user-friendly, it comes with a ton of great features including full source editing, per-page permissions, user activity monitoring, to name a few. And its capabilities extend to the needs of bloggers right through to corporate mega portal.

+$The programme is not encrypted in any way, making it fully customisable, which is handy considering various plugins and templates are available directly from the admin dashboard with a one-click installation process.

+$13. Weebly

Free blog: Weebly homepage says 'A beautiful website starts here'


Weebly+$bills itself more as a website-creation system than something for solely creating a blog. It's based around drag-and-drop components, which enable you to quickly create new pages. However, blogging is also part of the system, and you get access to customisable layouts, a bunch of free themes, and the usual sharing features you'd expect, to spread your words far and wide.

+$14. Postach.io

Screenshot of the Postach.io site says 'The easiest way to blog'


+$This free blogging site claims it's the "easiest way to blog". It's from the people behind Evernote, and, naturally, is deeply integrated into their system. Essentially, you just connect a notebook toPostach.io+$and then tag notes as 'published' to make them public. 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.

+$15. Pen.io

Pen.io screenshot says 'Publish a beautiful page in seconds and share it with the world'


+$Pen.io's approach is also rather different from its contemporaries. Unusually, it doesn't require a login – instead, you define a URL for a post and set a password. Images can be dragged into place, and you can create multi-page posts using a tag. And that's about it. Really, it's a stretch to callPen.io+$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.

+$16. SilverStripe

Screenshot of SmallStripe homepage

+$SmallStripe is a small CMS with lots of potential

+$A small CMS with lots of potential,+$SmallStripe+$is a free blogging platform you might not have heard of. But it may well be worth looking into. This open source content management system and flexible framework is, as you would expect, used for creating and maintaining websites and web applications. So why choose this one? Depending on how you like to work, key features include an out of the box web-based administration panel that enables users to make modifications to parts of the website, which includes a WYSIWYG website editor, rich-text editing, quick embedding of videos and a drag-and-drop tree-based navigation structure.