It’s Go Time: 11 of Our Favorite Low-Cost (and Free!) Blog Sites

Kristen Bousquet
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It’s Go Time: 11 of Our Favorite Low-Cost (and Free!) Blog Sites
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So you love fashion. Like really, really love fashion. But shelling out the dough for FIDM doesn’t seem like it’s in the cards, and starting a clothing line from scratch is a pretty tall order. So what’re you supposed to do? Start a blog, that’s what.

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Yes, we know. It’s a lot easier said than done. But once you’ve got your content picked out, your aesthetic polished and have brushed up on your photography skills, what it really comes down to is picking the best blog site. And not all sites are created equal.

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We’re giving you a leg up by pointing you in the direction of some of the best low-cost and free blog sites out there. Because 2017 over halfway through, and it’s finally time to get to work.

Updated 8/22/2017.

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Blogger

Perhaps one of the most well-known platforms, Blogger is backed by Google, so it's trustworthy and reliable. It's incredibly simple to start using Blogger as the site takes you step-by-step through creating your site. There are a lot of customization options and you can purchase templates through outside website as well.

Medium

Founded in 2012 by Evan Williams (Twitter, Blogger) and Biz Stone (Twitter), this platform offers a distinct story-telling feel.

Penzu

Penzu is loved because of it's versatility: There are three different types of journals you can start when you sign up for the site: Daily Diary (public), Expressive Journal (private), and Travel Journal (great if you're going on a trip). You can also try the site out before you sign up for it as well.

Squarespace

Defintiely the most creative, modern and professional of the 10 platforms, SquareSpace is the only pricey option but will surely deliver the best results. Amazing for photographers, store owners, bloggers, musicians and business owners, this platform features tons of templates that will keep your blog looking polished and professional.

Squarespace is free for 14-day free trial, then you can purchase affordable monthly packages to meet your needs after.

Svbtle

A super-slick and modern platform, Svbtle feels more like a doodle pad.

Tumblr

By now you've obviously heard of Tumblr.

Tumblr is easily the best of the 10 platforms when it comes to visuals. Images, videos, music—it's all really easy to display on your tumblr profile. And, there are tons of creative ways that you can showcase them. People can also "reblog" your posts leaving you with more followers and a larger fanbase.

Webs

This is a great platform to use if you're looking to create more of a professional environment for your readers. You can drag and drop elements around your site for the ultimate customized page. The site also featured an ecommerce feature—great if you're trying to sell a product.

Weebly

Weebly features tons of unique and modern themes to start you blog off looking fresh. It also offers ecommerce, an iPhone app for posting on the go, and easy linking to your social media. This site is surely dummy-free and makes it as easy as possible for you to dive right into the blogging scene.

Wix

Wix features hundreds of unique and very professional-looking  templates that can easily be customized to keep your blog unique and different from everyone else's. You can also add apps onto your site as well as an online store and your links to your social media accounts.

Wordpress

Another hugely popular platform, Wordpress is super-flexible for anyone whether you're a blogger who writes or a photographer who wants to show their portfolio. You can also upgrade and get your own domain name. Like Tumblr, other Wordpress users can like, see, and reblog your posts leaving you with the potential for more followers and readers.

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