This post was last updated on July 28th, 2017 at 11:00 pm
Create a free professional blog and show it off to your friends.
Ever thought of having your own blog? but did not know where to start? Great! Today I bring to you a few sites you can use to create your own blog without spending a single penny. A free blog has the same functionalities as a paid one but with few or less features.
These includes a professional domain, Bandwidth, disk space and
you can’t make money from it since Affiliate programs don’t allow free websites or blogs). Update: There are affiliate programs that allow sub-domains; For instance having a blog at blogger allows you use Google’s Adsense to earn money. There’s more to that later on the post, anyway let’s get started.
There are four websites to use to create a free professional blog namely WordPress, HostKing and Blogger. All the above mentioned sites (excluding WordPress) have a simple dashboard that allows you to ‘Drag and Drop’ the features you want on your blog.
WordPress is a free and open-source content management system. “WordPress was used by more than 27.5% of the top 10 million websites as of February 2017” – Wikipedia.
At WordPress you will get a blog with a URL like
yoursitename.wordpress.com and upgrading to a paid one is simple. To create one at WordPress follow the instructions below.
WordPress.com Sub domain
Hundreds of free themes
Basic Design Customization and 3GB Storage Space
Use This Simple Step To Create Your Free Professional Blog
Write the blog URL you want on your web browser like
msquaredblogpost.wordpress.com. You will get an error message (picture below) when the URL you want is not yet registered. To register it click on the blue link “Do you want to register
blogurl.wordpress.com“. If the URL you want is registered (or deleted), Rename the URL or another one.
After clicking on the link. Complete step 1 by selecting the category of your blog and for step 2 choose how you want your homepage to appear. Step 3 choose your theme and select your free blogurl.wordpress.com domain URL. Step 5 select the free plan and complete the details on step 6 (Email address and password).
You can start editing your blog by visiting your
blogurl.wordpress.com/wp-admin. For ease of posting and adding of categories, I urge you to download the WordPress application from your App Store or Google play.
HostKing Provides the most affordable world class hosting in South Africa.
At HostKing you will get a blog URL like yoursitename.mysite.web.za and upgrading to a paid one is also simple. To create one at HostKing visit this link. Update: The HostKIng company has recently updated their website, but it is not a big deal in terms of checking out.
Free Blog Features at HostKing
- 500 MB Diskspace
- 500 MB Bandwidth
- Eleven plugins
- Sixty-six templates
To create a blog at Hostking click on this link and scroll down after landing on their website. After scrolling down look for the Free option and click on the Get Started Now button. On the next screen enter your blog’s URL and select Check now. You will then see your Review and Checkout screen (with Order summary on the right. Make sure the cost is R0.00 as it is for free). Now you can click Checkout and login (or register your new account).
Free Professional Website At Wix
Wix.com is a cloud-based web development platform that was first developed and popularized by the Israeli company also called Wix.
Sign up or Log in using your Facebook or Google plus account by clicking here. After signing up you will taken to a new screen, whereby you can choose the kind of website you want (In this case: a blog). Next choose the DIY you want and then choose the blog type and click next.
N.B The Wix ADI will offer you “Optional Features’, so choose what you want or need and click next.
Step By Step Guide At Wix
- Name your website and click next
- Add your business’s location or click skip.
- If your business is registered (official) – Allow the Wix ADI to learn more about your business. If your business isn’t registered you will get an error message, so on the error screen click Skip and add the details (about your business).
After completing step 3 you will see the screen (picture above) – so click Start. On the next, choose your website’s design (template) then click continue. Wix ADI will then start preparing your Homepage (this will take a couple of minutes). When it preparing your Homepage click Create Homepage.
You can start customizing and designing your website on the next screen.
At Blogger you will get a blog URL like yoursitename.blogspot.com. To sign up for a blog on this website you will need a Gmail account. First login on your Gmail account (if you don’t have one register at Gmail.com) and visit the blogger’s website. On the homepage (dashboard) Click New blog and a pop up window will show up.
Enter your blog’s details(Title aka Site’s name, Blog URL and Template or theme) and click the Create button. After clicking the ‘Create Button’ you will see your dashboard. You can then start editing and customizing your site.
That’s all you need to know. If you encounter problems please Contact Us.