Blogging Platforms

Barbara J. Feldman

This roundup of free blogging platforms features sites that offer both free hosting, and the software tools to create and maintain a blog without having to know a thing about HTML, CSS, or FTP. All allow the use of your own domain name (such as example.com instead of example.bloggingplatform.com) but some only include this feature in their premium or paid offerings.

  • Blogger5 stars

    The free Blogger/BlogSpot platform, owned by Google, is very easy to use, has great analytics, and excellent photo gallery integration with Picasa. Blogger is probably the easiest to set up and use of these platforms, which leads to the flip side, its lack of options for advanced users. But Blogger is a solid choice for beginners, with easy integration with a variety of Google products.

  • LiveJournal5 stars

    "LiveJournal is a community publishing platform, willfully blurring the lines between blogging and social networking." The social aspect of LiveJournal is its strongest feature, because it is very easy to keep up with recent posts from your LiveJournal friends. With a directory of schools listed by country and state, classrooms can reach out to each other via this blogging tool. But my usual note of caution is still applicable, as many blogs that are listed by school are still not child-friendly.

  • Tumblr5 stars

    Tumblr is a visual social platform that encourages "reblogging" as a way to build community. About half of the posts at Tumblr are photos. The other half are a mix of text, links, music, quotes, and video. Tumblr has good integration with Facebook and Twitter, supports hi-res photos, and has great tools for mobile and email posting.

  • Weebly5 stars

    Weebly is a drag-and-drop website builder, which although it does not limit itself to blogging, can be used to build a blog. Weebly fans extol its ease-of-use and the broad range of available templates (which correspond to WordPress themes.)

  • WordPress5 stars

    "We like to say that WordPress is both free and priceless at the same time." Wordpress.com is a free online hosting service for blogs, while its sister site (Wordpress.org) provides a downloadable open-source software package for hosting elsewhere. I like their free hosted version for students and other beginner bloggers because WordPress skills learned here can later be applied to any blog running WordPress software. And because WordPress is the world's leading blogging platform, there are millions of them!

  • Honorable Mentions

    The following links are either new discoveries or sites that didn't make it into my newspaper column because of space constraints. Enjoy!


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  • Feldman, Barbara. "Blogging Platforms." Surfnetkids. Feldman Publishing. 8 Apr. 2014. Web. 1 Aug. 2014. <http://www.surfnetkids.com/resources/blogging-platforms/ >.


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  • http://www.RequiredReading.com Joe Chapuis

    Hi Barbara -

    I recently launched a new web site which teaches people the basics of how to create a blog using the WordPress platform:
    http://createablognow.com/

    It’s kid-friendly, and incorporates fun images and cartoons to deliver the message. Please consider adding it to your list of resources if you feel your audience would find it useful. Thank you!

    My best,
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