Most of us remember the days of Geocities and AngelFire: websites that allowed you to create free pages so you could fill the internet with your interests, your drawings, or whatever else you thought would make the internet a better place. Unfortunately, those sites have gone the way of the dodo, but if you’re still interested in making your mark on the web, then WordPress might be your best option.
WordPress.com offers free blog and site hosting, as well as optional paid account upgrades. The majority of the site is designed to help you customize one of their many templates, so you can create a blog or website as unique as your content.
The interface is really user friendly. Once you choose your template, you can easily customize your widgits and add ons by simply dragging and dropping them from the menu that sits on the left hand side of your screen. Deleting misplaced or incorrect widgits is as simple as a click of your mouse.
And WordPress has widgits for just about everything. You can add forums, polls, links to social media accounts, live feeds from your Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram accounts, and many more. If you need it, WordPress has probably already created it.
There are a few negatives to owning a free WordPress account. While the account is free for the life of your blog, you’re limited to 3 GB TOTAL of storage space. That’s not too bad if you’re only making texts posts, but you can easily reach that storage limit if you’re posting picture or videos. You’re also limited in your choice of blog or website URL, in that whatever you choose will have .wordpress.com after it. There is also no support offered for free blogs, and there will often be advertisements showing on your page.
By upgrading to a premium account, you can snag a custom domain name without the (.wordpress.com) addition on the end, as well as up to 13GB of storage space, no advertisements, and direct support from WordPress in the event of a problem. This upgrade costs $99/year. There is also a business upgrade, which runs $300 a year.
When it comes right down to it though, WordPress is the most popular blog and website hosting service for a reason. They offer the best tools, and the best infrastructure on the web for even the most casual blogger.