Promote your creative work and build an audience, using the best free blogging platforms available today.
The best free blogging platforms allow creatives to share your work and ideas online in a way you can fully control. And so if you're sick of the strange way social media algorithms hide your posts from your followers, they're well worth investigating.
Unlike sharing your thoughts and artwork on Facebook and Instagram, publishing your own blog posts gives you full ownership over how your posts are presented online, where they appear and when. And best of all, your fans, followers and potential clients will be able to find whatever they're looking for, quickly and easily. (Ever tried to find a Facebook post you read a month ago, but didn't save? Exactly.
To get you started, we've compiled a list of the best free blogging platforms below. They're all great, but they each have something slightly different to offer, and target a specific audience. To help you choose the right one for you, we explain what's unique about each of them, and suggest where their individual strengths lie.
If you're completely new to blogging, though, read how to start a blog first. Or if you'd prefer to pay to have an all-singing, all-dancing website, check out our best website builder guide. Otherwise read on, to discover the best free blogging platforms available in 2022.
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Don't have time to mess around? Need to create a blog to promote your work, quickly and easily? Then Wix is the best free blogging platform for you.
This popular platform lets you build a blog (or indeed any other kind of website) using simple drag and drop. There are lots of good templates. And you get 500MB of online storage and 1GB of bandwidth, all for free. For these reasons, Wix attracts a lot of artists and designers, even if it isn't aimed at them specifically. You can see some examples of illustrators who use Wix here (opens in new tab).
Note, though, that the free account is quite limited. You'll also have an ad for Wix on your site and a Wix domain name. To remove those and unlock features like an online store and Google Analytics, the paid-for plans are very reasonably priced.
In other words, we suggest starting with the free plan, then upgrading once you attract visitors and want to make everything look more professional. You can find out more by reading our Wix review.
If you're a little intimidated by the process of building a blog, we recommend Weebly, as it's even easier to use than Wix (number one on our list).
The two platforms are both based on a drag-and-drop system, which lets you quickly create a website using a template. The main difference is that Weebly doesn't offers as many customisation options as Wix. But on the plus side, that makes the interface less cluttered and easier to use.
As with Wix, the free plan means a Weebly ad on your site and a branded domain name. You also get access to customisable layouts, several free themes, and social sharing features. With a paid plan, you'll lose the ads, get a custom domain, and have more customisation options. Learn more by reading our Weebly review.
More and more artists and designers are now promoting themselves with email newsletters. For many, this is an alternative to blogging... but it needn't be. Because with Substack, you get a web page to share all your past newsletters in one place. So it works as a free blogging platform too.
If you want a beautiful looking blog, this isn't the best choice, as Substack's main focus is on emails. You will get, though, a basic CMS (content management system) with text formatting tools and the ability to embed images, video and other web content. Plus, Substack is free as long as you make your posts/emails free for everyone to read. Only once you start charging people for subscriptions will Substack take a cut. See our full Substack review for more details.