All about choosing, creating and hosting a blog on your website
Online blogging has become increasingly popular over the last few years, with the majority of sites on the web featuring dedicated blog sections, from small personal websites to large eCommerce or business sites. The growing popularity of online blogging has given rise to a plethora of blogging software and Content Management Systems (CMS), so the choice is yours. At Freeola, we've carefully selected the best CMS and blog softwares, so you get nothing less than a fully functional and professional blog - including WordPress, Drupal, Joomla and InstantPro.
To get set up and start blogging straight away, you'll need to find some . Don't worry, there's no difference between blog hosting and standard web hosting, but you will need MySQL functionality to use a Content Management System.
Installing a blog is incredibly simple. After you've purchased some nice, along with MySQL compatibility, just upload your files. A couple of mouse clicks and you're ready to go. If you don't fancy that, take a look at our zero-hassle, no expert knowledge required, with in-built blog functionality.
Our Top Free Blog Software & CMS
There's a vast array of choice when to comes to blogs, blog hosting and blogging platforms - whether you get them for free (WordPress, Joomla, Drupal and many more) and or choose to sign up to a paid service (Movable Type, Expression Engine), so making the right choice can be a little daunting.
Take a look below for some more info on some of our favorite popular, free blogging platforms, all of which can be easily used and work a treat for anything from a small personal blog to a full-scale business blog and website. If you're still confused at the prospect of CMS and full-blown web hosting and don't fancy the hassle, read a little more about our InstantPro service, complete with an Instant Blog, below.
WordPress Blog Hosting
WordPress is the most popular content management system around - in fact, it's already powering about 23% of the internet. With an easy-to-use interface, thousands of themes, plug-ins and widgets (free and paid), the ability to optimise your website at your own domain name and a great user and developer forum, it's no surprise that so many webmasters and businesses choose to create blogs and websites using WordPress.
Here's the best bit - A Wordpress blog is completely free and you can set up a WordPress blog or website effortlessly with with MySQL database and install WordPress on your own domain name (take a look at if need one of these) with a single-click using our option.
Joomla Blog Hosting
For those of you that aren't inclined to go with a WordPress blog, there is Joomla. Joomla provides a powerful and free CMS/blogging platform which can be used to create a simple, personal blog or a fully functional business website. Some of the well-established sites using Joomla for their websites and blogging needs include MTV, Peugeot and eBay.
With thousands of plugins and add-ons available for Joomla users, setting up a Joomla blog doesn't necessarily require any custom code but is fully customisable if you've got any knowledge of coding. Joomla is totally free and all you need to host your Joomla website or blog with Freeola is a subscription to our database. You can even use our option to install Joomla.
Drupal Blog Hosting
Third on our list of top CMS and blogging platforms (and the final third-party blogging solution on our list) is Drupal. With an active community of developers and users, a large number of themes, plugins and other modules, its no surprise that some big names (The New York Observer, Sony Music and Popular Science, to name just a few) use Drupal as their CMS and blogging platform.
InstantPro Website Builder
If you want to setup a blog (or an entire website) but you don't have any technical knowledge and you're a little intimidated with where to start, then our own, zero-hassle, no technical knowledge required CMS and blogging software - is the perfect place to start. With an incredibly easy to use blog page option, you can get your fully functional and customisable blog/website up and running in minutes.
With InstantPro, you can setup blogs, guestbooks, image galleries and more with a few clicks. A subscription to our includes web hosting and there's nothing to download or install, so all you need is an idea and a domain name (which you can register at ) to get blogging in no time!
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Which Is The Best Online Blog Hosting Option For Me?
With Freeola hosting there are two options for adding a blog to your website. If you just want to get blogging as quickly and easily as possible, with nothing to download or install, then we recommend our Instant Blog, a step-by-step blog hosting solution, available within our own content management system, .
If you want a fully customisable and widely recognised blog hosting solution we recommend using one of third-party CMS's discussed above. These options often requires some technical understanding to setup but is still relatively simple and will provide an advanced online blog hosting solution.
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Need Some Help?
If you get stuck setting up your online blog hosting solution, don't worry, we have guides for all of the recommended CMS's (WordPress, Joomla, Drupal), as well as guides for our own Instant Blog with InstantPro Website Builder. Just choose the relevant guide from below:
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