I made a mention of blogging platforms and website hosts at the end of my previous blog post “Why leverage internet?” If you are a beginner, you must be curious and the question “Where can I post a blog for free” would be coming to your mind. Let me try to walk you through starting with the very basics.
What is a blog?
Blog is short form for weblog (relating to web) and the two terms are used interchangeably. A blog is an on-line personal journal updated frequently. The updates (the new additions) are called blog posts or posts. The posts are in reverse chronological order, the latest one pushing the earlier ones down so that the latest is on the top.
A blogging platform is basically a Content Management System (CMS), an application software, allowing creation and modification of digital content. So the purpose of a CMS is to help in creating and maintaining websites and blogs.
Where can I post my blog for free?
There are many CMS systems and the most popular ones are: WordPress, Joomla and Drupal.
WordPress, Joomla and Drupal are all Free, open-source and community driven projects. They are distributed under General Public Licence (GPL). New to the concept of software user freedom? I must mention that though in these cases they are all free price-wise but the term Free doesn’t exactly mean that rather it stands for user freedom around the software rights as compared to freedom of speech and other freedoms we are entitled to. Read more from WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg in The Four Freedoms.
Principally, the user should have the freedom to run the software, share it, study it and modify it. This campaign is spearheaded by Richard Matthew Stallman (known by his initials RMS), the American software freedom activist. Thats an interesting topic in itself but it’s time to get back to answering our original question: “Where can I post a blog for free?”
The most popular CMS is WordPress used by more than 27% of the top 10 million websites and in all, supporting 60 million websites. It’s easy to use and doesn’t require technical skills (knowledge of web technologies or programming languages), so perfect for even absolute beginners. It’s suitable for blogs, small-to-medium sized websites and smaller e-commerce stores.
Joomla is a step ahead and requires basic understanding of technical stuff. Also the user-interface is not as simple and easy as WordPress. But it offers more features and flexibility so it’s more powerful tool. Supports excellently the social networking and e-commerce websites of fair complexity.
Drupal is the most powerful platform but the most difficult too. It requires technical knowhow (HTML, CSS and PHP) to be able to work and you may need to work with a developer familiar with Drupal to get things done. It supports not only CMS but can handle web-sites of any complexity.
Conclusion: The Best Free Blog
If you are a beginner, you just need CMS for blogging, you don’t want to struggle with the technology to build and publish your website or blog rather you want to see it growing fast. I am sure you understand by now that WordPress is the best choice.
While talking about the ease of creating and maintaining a blog, I certainly can’t forget to mention Blogger from Google which was my first publishing platform for my another techblog and is probably the easiest to work with. Still I have not included it alongside WordPress, Joomla and Drupal because of its limitations. Once you are done with creating your blog and start publishing, after some time you want to do more like adding some features, and that is when you hit the wall, if you are using Blogger.
When I wanted to start working on my second website (or blog, you may call it for now), I chose WordPress for the same reasons. We will deal with WordPress blogging in next posts starting with basics and moving onto advanced topics.