9 Free Blog Alternatives to WordPress

by Devesh on April 24, 2010 · 28 comments

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WordPress is one of the most commonly used blog hosts, however, it isn’t necessarily the best blog host for everybody. There are many alternative sites to host your blogs. Whether you’re looking for a site to post goofy photos and daily thoughts or you’re looking for a platform for some serious money making blogging, the following list will provide you with a blog host that will meet your needs and simplify the blogging process.

  1. TextPattern – This is an excellent tool for bloggers because it is easy to use, but provides a wide variety of useful features. TextPattern is a flexible platform that provides users with complete control over all aspects of their blog.
  2. Posterous – This is an excellent site for casual bloggers or those just starting out. It provides a large level of customization, but maintains incredible simplicity. The comment section is built into the blog. It also allows images, videos, sounds, and documents to be attached to blog posts.
  3. Tumblr – This is an extremely customizable blog host. Users can control the HTML code of their blog and choose from a large number of themes and colors. Tumblr is focused on quickly conveying information and is designed to be fun rather than serious.
  4. LiveJournal – This is an extremely popular blog host. It allows a number of user options, including paid and ad-supported blogs. LiveJournal is fully customizable with hundreds of unique layouts. It allows photos, videos, and widgets to be embedded into blog posts. While some may view LiveJournal as too mainstream, the blog host is popular for a reason. It provides an excellent array of options and a ton of user control.
  5. Blogger – This is an excellent site for beginners. It does not have many options, but it does provide several unique templates. When you sign up to Blogger, it will walk you through a very simple set of directions, allowing you to have a fully functioning blog in no time. It’s a simple and easy to use blog host, which makes it a perfect blog for starters.
  6. Blogetery – This blog host allows for a number of unique layouts and has anti-spam features that can keep your blog clean and spam free. An additional feature that makes Blogetery a great blogging site is the availability of free sub-domains. This will allow you to create pages within your blog and increase your organization.
  7. Blogster – In addition to free blog hosting, this site provides free image hosting. This can be beneficial to bloggers who may want to link to photos or albums.
  8. Blog – This site provides unlimited bandwidth to their non-paying members. There are additional enhancements with paid memberships, but the free membership provides enough options to keep most bloggers happy.
  9. Multiply – This site is a combination of blogging and social networking. It is designed to be fun and promote connectivity. It is not for serious bloggers, but is a great resource for bloggers who just want to have fun.

There are many reasons to want to get away from WordPress blogs, the blog hosts listed above should provide a host that suits the needs of every blogger. The most important factor to consider when choosing a blog host is what you intend to do with the blog. If you just want to have fun than choose a host that reflects that. If you want to post serious topics, choose a host that has a serious blogging community. Whatever you choose, you always have the option of changing hosts if a site isn’t suiting your needs.
This guest post was written by Tom Walker, a writer who works for an online supplier of printer ink in the UK. He posts about print media design, advertising and art on their design blog.

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Selurus April 24, 2010 at 6:16 pm

I’ve used blogetery before and I can say it was good when it worked. I faced too much downtime unfortunately.
On the upside it allows free domain hosting. So its a free alternative to paying for the upgrade with Wordpress.com

fansbook April 24, 2010 at 6:46 pm

apparently a lot of free service providers. with the convenience provided
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Mardo April 24, 2010 at 7:32 pm

Wordpress is the best blog platform and Blogger is also one of the best blog platforms, but i recommend to use Wordpress!
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Art DeGuzman April 25, 2010 at 12:17 am

Thanks for this list. I thought WordPress and Blogger only offers free blogging online.
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blognseo.com April 25, 2010 at 4:38 am

good list there mang! used typepaf,blogger and wordpress and none of them is as good as wordpress
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Anup April 25, 2010 at 5:16 am

Thanks for sharing :)

Anne April 25, 2010 at 5:40 am

If you’re serious about blogging, just invest in a domain name and hosting. Free hosts are always a risk. Remember Geocities? even reliable sites can go down – why lose your content?
.-= Anne´s last blog ..How to Overcome Web Publishing Burnout =-.

DEV April 25, 2010 at 6:29 am

Hey Anne
I had that situation happen one time right before a launch of this blog and their servers went down for two days. That day after it came back up, I swapped everything and went for quality.. over price and never looked back. :)
Thanks for commenting !!

Tech Sputter April 25, 2010 at 7:21 am

WordPress is one of the most commonly used blog hosts, however, it isn’t necessarily the best blog host for everybody. There are many alternative sites to host your blogs. Whether you’re looking for a site to post goofy photos and daily thoughts or you’re looking for a platform for some serious money making blogging, the following list will provide you with a blog host that will meet your needs and simplify the blogging process. :-) :-) :-)
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kenwooi April 25, 2010 at 4:25 pm

although i have yet to try the blog services listed (except Blogger) above, I’m currently happy with Wordpress.. it’s good and organized.. =)

Pubudu Kodikara April 25, 2010 at 4:33 pm

:D Cool list mate! But honestly… i can’t think about anything except for wordpress! :D
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abhi April 25, 2010 at 4:36 pm

Wow so many. Thanks for sharing :)

Ed April 27, 2010 at 11:51 am

Bloggers great I use it for my website
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Genite April 27, 2010 at 1:03 pm

All are great but is any buddy try Hubpages? i think this is very popular in blogging and making money perspective.

TechChunks April 27, 2010 at 1:26 pm

The alternatives look promising but I don’t think I’m leaving Wordpress soon :P
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fareed April 30, 2010 at 3:28 pm

nice collection,wordpress platform is best
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Eric May 3, 2010 at 5:20 pm

Hey that sounds great, but i prever to use wordpress it works quit well fore me, and i love how wit ranks

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Mike Beener October 3, 2010 at 4:34 am

I had my word press blog delted, guess we really to have your own hosting when using a diferent software for bloggin.

D Baker October 13, 2010 at 6:13 pm

I really don’t think any other service come close to what Wordpress has to offer. This platform is simply genius and just ask yourself how did people blog before? I really don’t know.
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Mike December 27, 2010 at 10:12 pm

There are 2 styles of wordpress.
1-There is the wordpress.com, which is a free version, which does not allow any affilate marketing. Limited to themes that you may use, and plug-ins.
2-Wordpress.org, is a self hosted hosted version and you can anything on it. You need to get your own domain and hosting. It is very easy to set up.
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Jenny December 31, 2010 at 5:54 am

Very interesting read, I am using wordpess and blogspot from starting because I am very use too with this blogger sites and I know about every useful functions of this blogs. That’s why i feel very easy to use.
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Online Information Technology Blogger February 7, 2011 at 2:10 pm

I use Blogger! :)
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Ricardus August 5, 2011 at 4:38 am

Very interesting.. I kinda like posterous and tumblr too..
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