Friday, July 20, 2007

Free Blog Hosting & Resources.

A good starting point for this blog in collating the many freebies in the Web will be the free resources available for a popular past time of many - blogging. Besides hosting and setting up your blog for free, many of these platforms also offer free enhancements to help develop and promote your blog.

With the many choices available, certain "must-have" features like ease of use, easily accessible control panel, pre-made customizable templates and the absence or presence of advertisements can help you to decide which platform you choose to host your blog. The following are some of the popular and not-so-popular free blog hosting platforms:
Blogger, a popular service owned by Google, lets you quickly and easily set up a blog using the many available templates or a customised one. Its ease of use, user friendly interface and the many widgets or page elements available for add-in makes Blogger an attractive option for new bloggers. There is also a very active and helpful forum that you can turn to for any issues regarding your blog.
An extremely popular blog hosting platform with about 1.5 million bloggers so far and it's advertisement-free environment is attractive to bloggers who are adverse to advertisements on their blogs. Has very professional looking templates for your blogs.
Windows Live Spaces, part of Microsoft's social networking platform, has several features that allows for greater customisation of an individual's Space. The "Windows Media Player" gadget gives users the ability to play and display music and videos on their Live Space. The "Tweak UI" feature gives users the flexibility to alter the style, color and transparency of certain aspects of a Windows Live Space.
Around since 1999 with about 13 million journals and communities, LiveJournal is a free service for creating blogs and the most distinguishing feature of LiveJournal is the "friends list" which gives the site a strong social aspect in addition to the blog services. Other features include easily customizable templates and self-contained communities.
A relatively new platform, it has all the standard blog features like ease of use, uploading of photos and sufficient templates plus additional stuff like rating of members post.
An easy-to-use free blog and photo album service that offers many handy features, including a WYSIWYG entry editor, spell checker, multiple photo albums, blog search, stats, customized colors and more.
With it's focus on finance and business blogs, Tenner Blog offers hosting and features such as blog promotion help, writing tips and advice on making your blog profitable.
A relatively new free service, it lets you set up your own blog easily and get it up and running in minutes.
This is a free, easy-to-use blog hosting service that is powered by the advanced WordPress system. Blogghost offers instant activation and multiple template designs.

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