In the past I have shared what is the difference between a paid host and a free host. I always recommend using a paid web host for your online ventures. But there is no one size fits all approach in web publishing. So in this article I will be talking about 2 of the awesome web hosts around the internet, Tumblr and Blogger.
Now you must be thinking, isn’t these 2 platforms solely for blogs? Yes they are, but you can extend them to a semi-professional level. The best part is, both of these platforms are FREE forever.
Blogger (Blogspot) is owned by Google & Tumblr is recently acquired by Yahoo!
Since these 2 services are owned by these giants, there is a big chance that these 2 platforms will stay there forever (unless the parent company wishes to discontinue the service)
Now let us see why I think Tumblr and Blogger are the best web hosts for blogs,
Unlimited Storage & Bandwidth
With any of these platforms you will never have to worry about the storage and bandwidth issue. With a paid host you will have limited storage and bandwidth. Yes some web host claims they have unlimited storage but when you start using it, you will know that there is actually a limit. No matter how much traffic/visitor your website receives, you will never run out of the limit with either Tumblr or Blogger.
Custom Domain Name
You can have your own custom domain name, no longer you have to use that stupid tumblr.com or blogspot.com sub-domain. Domain mapping is an easy and free feature of these 2 platforms.
Built in Community
In Tumblr there is already a built in community that can discover your content. In blogger there is a section called blogs to note, where you may get featured and receive visitors.
You can have custom pages in your tumblr or blogger website. Pages are static pages that you can set like an about page, contact page etc.
In both Tumblr & Blogger, you can set custom templates & themes. You can also design your own if you are code savvy. You can also buy custom professional themes on the internet.
So if you want to have a personal blog, a website, a portfolio or even a simple business page, then setup a website with one of these 2 platforms. Buy yourself a custom domain name and point it to it and you are done, a semi-professional website that has its own address.
You heard the pros, and now here are the cons,
- No personal email address with tumblr/blogger ([email protected])
- No web server access
- No plugins/tools like WordPress
- Your website is owned by the service provider
- No such control on URLs, format or settings
- If your site is deleted, it’s nearly impossible to get it back
Blogger or Tumblr?
Blogger is a much more evolved platform with widgets, custom themes and functions. You can find a whole lot of tools and options you can use on blogger. For a semi-professional to a fully-professional site I recommend you use blogger(blogspot).
On the other hand Tumblr is much more of a casual platform. It is ideal for photo-blogging but not limited to photos. You can post text, audio & video as well.
So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and start your website on tumblr or blogger platform.
- WordPress.com – Free and most popular blogging platform, but needs a paid upgrade to use a custom domain name.
- Webs & Weebly – Free website builder, needs a paid upgrade to have more pages & custom domain name.
- Squidoo – Create a free one-page topic, no option to use a custom domain name.
- Dot TK & others here – Free domain name extensions.
Not Everyone is Looking for a Blog!
These 2 platforms are mainly for blogs, but if you want to make them look like a stand-alone website, you have to do some extra work. If you are a freelancer and want to present your work in a one page setup then try:
- About.me -Your one page website with all the social media profiles and bio.
- Behance -Create your free work portfolio + add it on linkedin.
- Flavors.me & Zerply are other players who offer similar services.
Not everyone is looking for a blog platform or have the time to maintain one, will share another post with details on how to setup your own one page professional website. Do you have any more recommendations? Let me know in the comments please!