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Here is a small list of some of the most popular places where you can get a free blog without needing to have your own domain name, hosting or to even understand anything about web design or programming. The focus of these web services is just to give you the ability to quickly and easily make your own personal blog no matter who you are, what you do or where you live. Services such as WordPress, Blogger or LiveJournal and lots more offer you to start sharing your thoughts, ideas, knowledge or even daily life with your current friends and even make some new ones. Some of these services even give you the option to monetize your blog traffic the easy way… bu just writing good articles and not having to worry about anything else than the content you make. The following free services are a good start if you are still new at blogging and are learning how to do different things and than later on you can migrate to a better platform that is hosted on your own site with full control over anything…


1. WordPress

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WordPress is a great piece of free software that you can use to build your own blog or get a free web blog WordPress.com without the need to think about hosting, domain name and even additional features. The WordPress.com’s blogging community is probably not the biggest, but it is quickly growing and you can become a part of it quickly and easily. When you register your blog you are getting a quite well built installation of the WordPress script with some features such as visitor statistics already up and running. You can easily customize the blog to suit almost your every need and even add some paid additional features if the free ones are just not enough for you. You also can fill up to 3GB with your photos so that you have more than enough space to use for any type of blog, even making a personal photo blog with a big image portfolio will be just fine.

To get a free WordPress blog…


2. Blogger

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Blogger was started by a tiny company in San Francisco called Pyra Labs in August of 1999, but later on was aquired by Google, so now Blogger is a part of Google’s big happy family and you can also become some sort of like that by making a blog there. Blogger also provides a simple way for you to make money with your blog by using Google’s AdSense program. So basically Blogger now only allows you to share your thoughts, photos, and more with your friends and the world in a form of a blog that is very flexible to personalize with themes and gadgets but even to make some money while you are writing just about anything you want and are interested in.

To get a free Blogger blog…


3. LiveJournal

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LiveJournal was one of the first services offering their users to make a blog, journal or diary. At the moment there are more than 20 million journals and communities created since the start of the service in 1999. Did you know that even the Russian president Dmitry Medvedev has opened his own blog on the LiveJournal?
At LiveJournal there are few types of accounts some of wich are free and some are paid and for the paid services you just get more features and options. The Basic account type is a bit limited but is ad free, the Plus type of account is also free by is ad supported and it offers more featres. A Plus account should be ok for you should you decide to create an LJ (LiveJournal) blog, it comes with 1GB of space for uploading your images and it lacks just a few of the paid accounts extended features.

To get a free LiveJournal blog…


And a few more interesting free blog services you should take a look at:

Twitter – some sort of a short or micro blogging platform that is becoming quite popular.
Fotolog – is for making a photo blog for photographers to share their pictures online.
Blogabond – specially designed for making travel blogs with maps of your journeys.
Snapvine – gives you the opportunity for voice blogging instead of using text blogging.
Thumblogger – a specialized free adult blog hosting service, useful for adult webmasters.

DreamHost is one of the most popular web hosting companies for hosting your startup blog or even multiple blogs (wordpress or other blogging platform) and why not some other websites. The reason for that is quite simple – you get every feature you may require, including unlimited space and bandwidth at a very affordable monthly price. Here is a bit more information on what you get with each and every hosting account at DreamHost…


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The Disk Storage you get when signing up for hosting with DreamHost is unlimited as well as the Monthly Bandwidth you get, even the number of MySQL 5 databases is unlimited for your account. But the unlimited things don’t end up with just that, you also get unlimited number of: E-Mail Accounts (POP or IMAP), Full Shell and FTP Users, Domains and Subdomains Hosted and Forwarded/Mirrored domains. It would’ve been just perfect if you also didn’t have a limited CPU time you can use, but unfortunately you don’t get that and although it is normal for such low price if needed you can upgrade your account with more features. As your blog or multiple blogs become more and more popular and require more resources you can upgrade your hosting account to Virtual Private Server and get some reserved resources just for you. These include more CPU time and RAM just for your needs and you can even get an additional MySQL private server if your websites rely on too intensive database usage.


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With every DreamHost account you get support for the following programming languages and additional features: PHP5, Perl, Python, Full Unix Shell, Crontab Access, Full CGI Access, Ruby On Rails, Canned CGI Scripts, Server Side Includes (SSI) and even CVS or Subversion (SVN) Repository. There are also some advanced features that are available for you: SSL Secure Server (requires a unique IP address), WebDAV access, Daily Access Statistics, Access to raw log files, Password Protected Directories (.htaccess), RealAudio and Video streaming, QuickTime Streaming, Anonymous FTP Server (requires a unique IP address), Jabber Chat Server and even Snapshot Data Backups. There are even some One-Click Automatic Software Installers to help you quickly and easily install the following products: WordPress, Gallery, ZenCart, PhpGedView, Pligg, dotProject, Moodle, Joomla, phpBB, MediaWiki, WebCalendar, Advanced Poll. The one-click software installers are especially good, because they help you start your website very fast – you can have a running blog powered by WordPress along with a PHPBB forum in no time at all. The same goes if you want to make a Wiki similar to the one used by Wikipedia with the help of MediaWiki or a Digg-like website powered by Pligg. Of course there are no problems uploading and installing your own blog platform or forum software, but it would probably take more time to do…

And now for the price you’ll have to pay for a hosting account at DreamHost. Now here is something that you should always have in mind and that is you should not get a monthly account! I don’t recommend monthly payment, because then you’ll have to pay $10.95 every month along with $49.95 set up fee which makes the hosting a bit expensive at first. The best idea is to pay your hosting for a year in advance thus not having to pay any set up fees and your fee will go down to $9.95 per month or $119.4 for the whole year. You can also pay for 3 years in advance with $7.95 monthly, for 5 years of hosting with $6.95 monthly or even for 10 whole years with $5.95 a month.

For more information about DreamHost’s hosting services


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