Launching a blog today is easier than ever. No matter if you write about blogging, technology, health, or whatever else you might choose, you can start from scratch and be online in a matter of hours. Domains and web hosting packages are very accessible today, and there are promotions over promotions and special offers over sales that can make them even cheaper. But what if you have no funds to start with? What if you want to make your free steps in the world of online publishing with literally no money in your pocket? There are solutions for that situation, too – even though they might not be ideal, they are a good way to start.
Free top level domains
Choosing the right TLD for your blog can be a tricky business – and sometimes costly, too. But there is a completely free alternative that offers beginners a completely free top level domain for one whole year – a domain registrar known as Freenom. Over at Freenom.com, you can register domain names with the extensions .tk, .cf, .ga., and several others – these are country code top level domains (ccTLDs) for countries like Tokelau, Gabon, Central African Republic, and so on.
The best thing about Freenom is that it offers its free users control over the domains’ DNS, meaning that they can be pointed to web hosting providers to build a website.
A few years ago, the number of free hosting providers was enormous. Today, in turn, since web hosting became a lot cheaper, their numbers have diminished. There are still quite a few of them, though, that can take care the basic needs of a weblog with no investment whatsoever – a quick Google search will return quite a few of them. Some of the best-known such service providers are byethost, 000webhost, hostinger, awardspace, and 5gbfree, but there are many others to choose from.
Another alternative would be to point your free domain name to Blogger. This way, you will be able to make use of the power of the Blogger platform and still have a blog with its own top level domain – something that does wonders to its credibility and rankings.
Make no mistake – you will have to write your articles yourself. But you’ll be able to find loads of free images to emphasize on what you want to say – and we all know that a picture is worth a thousand words, right?
There are many places where you can find royalty-free images with a Creative Commons Zero license (aka No Right Reserved). One of them, Pixabay, has a collection of community-contributed pictures, but you can find them at websites like Unsplash, Death to Stock Photo, and many others. Or, you can simply do a Google image search and select “Labeled for reuse with modification” under “Tools/Usage rights”.
Free Content Management Systems (CMS)
There are lots of open sources free content management systems are available such WordPress, Joomla, Drupal and more. It all depends upon the requirement of your blog or website. The most popular and easy to use along lots of plugin and themes database is WordPress. You can start your blog with no knowledge of coding. If your concern is more about security the Drupal and Joomla are much better than WordPress. Also, both have good amount database of themes and plugins which are available online in their database as well as on the third party’s websites.
Free E-commerce software on blog
If you want to add e-commerce on your blog or website to sell some self-developed or third part then there are lots plugin available for above given CMS such Wocommerce. Apart from content management systems, if you want to start your own e-commerce portal then there are free open source eCommerce software available too such as PrestaShop, Magento, Xcart etc.
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