For some that includes blogging, which might explain many of the “how do I start a blog” questions that I receive, as well as all the costs associated with starting one (at least for those who choose to self host their own content).
While there are many excellent blog platforms out there that do not require a person to have a server, for some the price range might be beyond their budget (especially those with monthly plans).
After scouring the internet for more hours than I care to admit, here are four blogging platforms for aspiring probloggers that cost less than $25 a year.
Note: I based this list on 4 criteria: customization, cost (under $25 which is about $2/month), security and the ability to insert ads.
Backed by the muscle of Google, Blogger has become the most popular blogging platform in the world.
Users can easily customize the template (or import their own), as well as host the site upon their own custom domain.
Price: Free, although users can pay $5-$20/year for 20GB-80GB of image space.
While Live Journal does offer a basic account for those who embrace all things free, the platform really only begins to shine once users take advantage of its premium features.
OnSugar (to my knowledge) does not offer a premium feature of any kind, although that may change once the platform becomes more popular.
Sometimes seen as a cross between Twitter and a traditional blog, Tumblr embraces a “keep it simple” approach when it comes to blogging (or microblogging as the platform blurs the line here).
Despite its simple layout, Tumblr natively supports video, audio and imaging uploading, making it a full featured blog platform that (in some ways) rivals the previous three mentioned above.
If you know of any other sites, feel free to enlighten us in the comment section below.
As far as the sites above, all of them allow users to blog upon a custom domain, which should help users short on cash compete against those who choose to host their own content.
Author: Darnell Clayton
Darnell Clayton is a geek who discovered blogging long before he heard of the word “blog” (he called them “web journals” then). When he is not tweeting, Facebooking, or blogging about space and his beloved iPhone, he enjoys running, reading and describing himself in third person.