The situation may be this: you are passionate about travel and photography and have started thinking about opening your own portal to collect them. You know or you have the conviction that all this will not bring you any profit and then you decide that a blog a bit ‘less professional can be the way that suits you. If instead your future purpose is to become a travel blogger or invest in your business and then have a return, this is the way that I discourage (open a free travel blog)
Because it will be much harder in the future to invest time and money to move your content on a new platform and go to re-arrange your template, spend money to buy the redirect on your site etc. This I tell you from experience as I also started with a free blog on the WordPress platform dot com and I found myself later to buy the redirect of the links on WordPress to my new domain and having to redo the entire graphic structure because of course what WordPress offers dot com is very limited.
To have a service . With only 30-40 euro per year you can have a domain and your web space with the ability to install hundreds of free WordPress themes that provides (and wordpress . Com no, or at least a very small number) or for the simple fact that in this way you can go to install all the plugins you want without limitations (the language change of the blog, newsletter subscription etc)
Now that you know you can expect to pay a little more for more server space, user-friendly functionality, faster speed and real-time support, you can prioritize which of the factors you want to spend most of your monthly costs . Here are some of the platforms for creating a blog for free and not.
Altervista is a very famous provider for creating a blog. The beauty is to have the same interface as wordpress.org with all its features! You can then create your site and install all the plugins you need. The only obstacle, if we want to call it, of Altervista is that you can have your own personalized address “your site” but once you land on your site you will always see “www dot your site dot other web dot com” The platform is free apart from obviously the choice of the domain (which you can still buy on any provider at a price of 1 euro and then redirect Altervista (Italian platform) directly from the management panel of your url and keep the address blocked in the address bar to not display altervista.org)
Earnings : the platform allows integration with Adsense but retains 30% of earnings.
There is a lot to be said of WordPress, the largest blogging community on the web. The basic version, WordPress . com , is hosted on the WordPress server. It’s easy enough for a beginner to set up a blog and it’s free . It’s perfect if you do not care to make a lot of personalization. It offers a limited number of themes and it is not possible to upload any. If you want to customize your site you must necessarily switch to a paid wordpress plan dot com (and we are not talking about a wordpress.org yet) with the disadvantage of not being able to insert plugins. Result? it is useless if you want to have a professional blog.
Earnings : the service does not provide a revenue feature in its basic version.
WordPress.org is the big brother of WordPress . com . It’s easy enough to install, and you will not need to know any code to set up a catchy website, but you must have your own host and domain. This platform is highly customizable and offers many free and paid options. In fact it is one of the most used cms on the web, totally professional and easy to manage.
Cost : the cms is free. The cost is that of the hosting where you will install it. There are some that cost less than others but that obviously have lesser performance. It will be up to you to choose the best one according to your needs and go to change it when you feel ready for a bigger investment (we still talk about very low figures, about 20-60 euros per year)
Earnings : here the profit is maximum as it is customizable with all the methods of earning online, including Adsense.
Which hosting to choose?
Hostgator is one of the best web blog hosts that keeps costs down and it’s easy to get started. You can get a WordPress site with a one-click installation. Hostgator has a high quality server that is as fast as it is secure. If technology and encryption are not your subject, you’ll like 24/7 support.
Bluehost is just as convenient and professional as with about 3 dollars a month offers a service suitable for all bloggers.
Some of the first bloggers who appeared on the web fell in love with the Blogger platform. The content is easy to publish and manage. Blogger has some nice little widgets, but you have to get to know a code to customize your site to get it out of the stone age. It is owned by Google, which means it is easy to integrate all Google applications. It is not a very professional method and does not allow too many graphic customizations, but if you do not have any claim either now or in the future (eg switch to a more professional blog) this is perhaps the fastest choice.
Tumblr is another site that is free and unusually easy to install, even for a beginner. The features of Tumblr are rivals of WordPress .com and Blogger. Tumblr is owned by Yahoo, so bloggers who love the culture and the Yahoo community will favor it as a web host. Reblog is a unique feature to Tumblr. Reblog makes it easy to reassemble content from other sites. Obviously we talk about a free web space (with url also customizable) but that will never be comparable to a real blog.
Squarespace is growing in popularity because bloggers do not have to sacrifice elegance for coding skills. It is one of the few sites that allows bloggers to create an attractive and high quality website without knowing anything about code. The service is subject to charges .
Squarespace is software as a content management system with an integrated website generator, a blogging platform, a hosting service, a trading platform and a domain register. The system allows individuals and companies to create and manage websites, blogs and online stores. The services are only available in bundles; they are not available separately. The hosting of Squarespace is mandatory: individuals and companies can not host their Squarespace sites.
Since its launch in 2004, Squarespace has become a team of 700 employees from December 2017 with around two million paying subscribers.
Bloggers looking for a website that maximize SEO potential love Weebly, where SEO features are linked directly to the site. Weebly has drag-and-drop functionality that makes it easy to build sites in some aspects, but editing can be a little less easy to use. The good news is that it’s free to get started and you can pay for updates as desired.
Clearly it is not recommended for those who intend to create a comprehensive blog.
If you are looking for a fun and attractive site, you will certainly find it at Wix. The builder of the drag and drop website basically builds on something that seems incredible. The main problem with Wix is that they pay for everything. A website of great interest could cost a lot. The text editor, fonts and templates are free, but many of the features that make an optimal site can put you in the poor home.
Joomla is the old soul of blogging platforms. It’s not nice to be easy to use, but if you have a little coding knowledge, you can just love it. Joomla offers over 6000 free extensions. Beginners watch – this web platform is not for you. The first month is free, but after that it can become expensive. Link it to a site that creates money to get your money from Joomla. This platform works best for developers and managers of Joomla websites.
No wonder there’s no room for customizing with Medium because it’s owned by Twitter. Consider the tweet version of the world of the blog. The appearance is simple, but long experience for writers who want a simplified platform in which their words take center stage is ideal. When you want to give nothing but the facts, Medium is your platform.
We talked about many platforms, even those that are not proper for managing a blog. It can be summarized in this brief outline:
You want or you want to have a professional blog in the future: start with altervista
Want a medium-professional blog: start with wordpress.org and a free hosting or 10-30 euros a year
You want to start immediately without giving importance to the appearance or technicalities : started by Blogger
You want a cool blog but without too many claims, you just need a nice theme and put photos and some text: started by Tumbrl
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