Creating a Free WordPress Blog

Creating a Free WordPress Blog

When WordPress began in 2003, enabling free blogs to appear online, it changed the face of the web as we know it. Blogging is now one of the most popular ways to communicate and share anything from opinions and information to recipes and photographs.

Blogs now range from small, personal sites hosted for free to profitable business endeavors that make real money. There are many resources online that allow you to blog for free in a variety of capacities but WordPress is one of the best and is renowned for providing user-friendly tools. In this article we’ll look at how to set up a WordPress blog and when you might benefit from free hosting.

Setting Up Your Free WordPress Blog:

  • Register with WordPress: this is really easy. The registration is a simple step-by-step process. You’ll need to use an email address (you can either set one up that’s specifically for the blog or you can use your usual email address) and choose a username and password as your login details.

  • Domain name: When you’re using the free blog option from WordPress, your domain will look like “Domain.wordpress.com”. Once you’ve decided on your domain name, hit the “create blog” button and confirm it via the link you’ll be sent in an email.

  • Theme: There are plenty of free themes available. Just choose one and use the one-click installation that WordPress provides. You can preview it on your blog or you can try it out and if you don’t like it, install another. There are so many themes, and each is so customizable, that you’re bound to find something suitable quickly.

  • Extras: You can add widgets that give you statistical information about your site, change the appearance of the theme’s color scheme and add pages to the site if you want to have different sections. Each theme has its own settings, so it’s worth investing time in getting to know all the different options available to you and decided how you want the site to look.

  • Go live and get posting!

Free blogs: Pros and Cons

Free blogs are a great way for beginners to learn how to blog. It’s a cost-free option for those just starting out and, particularly with WordPress, you get a lot for your (no) money! Obviously the service isn’t equal to a paid service and there some drawbacks to free hosting – your domain extension has to have “WordPress” in it and that makes it less elegant and neat. A longer domain name means more for people to remember, it makes it less catchy and snappy and means you have to work harder to get people there. You’ll also have WordPress branded on the bottom of the site, but this is true for any site that is hosted by WordPress, paid for or free and for any site that is hosted elsewhere but powered by WordPress. In fact most website builders have the same style of free option.

If you want to keep the experience completely free there are the free templates provided for you to browse and enjoy, but ultimately they’re not as intricate as the more unique templates you can pay for. With a free blog you’re also limited on the content you can post. You’ll have a space and bandwidth limitation, so if your blog receives a high number of hits, you may find your site can’t support it and crashes. Similarly, you won’t be able to post a lot of multimedia content. Photographs will have a size limit imposed, as will any video footage. Considering the fact that many free blogs are used for recipes or travel writing (both often requiring photographs) this can be quite limiting.

So When Is It Best For Me To Use A Free Blog?

A free blog is ideal when you are just starting out. If you want to test an idea, or you’re totally new to the blogosphere, a free WordPress blog is the way to go. You’ll be able to try out the dashboard, browse different designs and also learn ways to promote your blog. You’ve got lots of room to experiment because you’re not spending money for the privilege of having a blog.

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