How to choose a blog platform? Free options
So, you finally decided to create your blog and don’t know where to start? This is not surprising, the popularity of blogs in Russia is quite large and, believe me, this is far from the limit. The Russian Internet, or, as it is also called, Runet, is literally replete with all sorts of proposals to create your own blog! This is where it is really easy to get lost in the world wide web. In order to alleviate your “sufferings” and direct you on the right path, I decided to write this article, where I will try to explain what platforms for blogs are, to identify their pros and cons. First of all, you need to decide for yourself what you need a blog for and what purpose you plan to achieve when using it. If you just want to communicate, join certain communities dedicated to the topic that interests you, this is one thing. If you have far-reaching plans and want to use your blog to grow your business, that is, to make money with a blog, this is completely different. There are two ways to create a blog: on a free blog service and on a paid hosting. Let’s consider both options. How to create a blog on a free blog service? This is the easiest and cheapest way. To open a blog here, it is enough to go through a simple registration procedure – and everything, the blog is ready, you can fill it. Below I will give a few examples of free blog services with a small description of their capabilities and audience. LiveJournal (LiveJournal) is the most numerous and authoritative blog service not only in RuNet, but throughout the world. LiveJournal is a networked community, social network. This is a place for self-expression. The audience is very different – from schoolchildren to famous, respected people. Among them, such as Medvedev Dmitry Anatolyevich – President of Russia, Nick Perumov – science fiction writer, Semak Sergey Bogdanovich – a football player, etc. Perhaps due to this popularity of the service, this is where your notes will be read much earlier than on other platforms. Blogi@Mail.ru – a blog service for blogging within the Mail.ru portal. Provides blogging capabilities to any user who has received a mailbox in domains mail.ru, list.ru, bk.ru, inbox.ru. The youngest in terms of the audience, intended only to kill time. Finding something useful here is extremely difficult. Diary.ru was originally conceived as a system of online diaries, which remains to this day. The most “vital” and “sincere” service. People say about him: “Dairy is the warmest place that can be found on the Web.” The main audience of women is 70%, men, respectively – 30%. The average age is from 16 to 25 years. If you want perfusive life stories, then you here. There are many other, slightly less popular free blog services. Here are some of them: – LiveInternet; – Ya.ru; – Love Planet; – Blogger.com; – Hello! RU; – 24open.ru; – BabyBlog.ru; – Blog ru; – Rambler Planet; – Blogs on Free-lance.ru. You can see the daily updated rating of blog services by clicking on the link blogs.yandex.ru/services. How to create a blog for free, we found out. Now about the pros and cons of free blog services. Pros: No cash investment required. As you already understood, creating such a blog is very easy and, importantly, free. Ease of blogging. To keep such a blog is not difficult. Fill out a small form, click the “Publish” button – and your entry is published. It is possible to insert images, view comments and some more elementary functions. Rapid blog promotion. Rapid indexing in search engines, that is, after the publication of a new record, it immediately falls into the field of vision of search engines. At the initial stage, this is a good help for promoting your blog. But do not forget that there are thousands of bloggers like you! Update without your participation. Software updates happen automatically without your participation. This is a service programmers care. Cons: Low functionality. The functionality of your blog is very limited. You get an average “castrated” blog, like everyone else, and you cannot change anything on your own. True, there is one way out – go to a paid account. This will partly untie your hands, but, you see, it will not be a free blog service anymore! Standard design. You can not count on the beautiful appearance of your blog. All that you can offer is a few simple design options, it will not give your blog solidity. Bulky domain name. When registering, you are given the opportunity to choose a domain name for yourself, but, first, it will be of the third level, for example, www.myblog.livejournal.com. Secondly, in connection with a large number of users of blog services, it will be difficult to find a suitable free name. No rights to your blog. Calling a blog created on a free blog service to be your own is extremely difficult, since formally your only content here is.