The Best Blog Makers

1) Weebly

Weebly is one of the few site builders that allow you to add a blog to your website by creating it within its website builder. Simply select the Pages tab from the main menu, then Add Page and select Blog Page. Your blog will automatically be added to your list of web pages.

 

It’s very easy to add a blog as a page in your website using Weebly.
It’s very easy to add a blog as a page in your website using Weebly.

Weebly also gives you some flexibility with the look of your blog. You can choose to have a tall or short header, or none at all, or use a landing page layout. You can also give your blog a name separate from your website.

 

Weebly provides a sidebar that is preset with common blog headings.
Weebly provides a sidebar that is preset with common blog headings.

Intuitively, a sidebar has preset content that you can use or change, such as about the author, archived blog posts and categories. It’s also simple to add a new post by choosing the New Post button on the blog screen, or to monitor comments by choosing the Comments button.

When creating a new post, the content area conveniently includes a title and content area containing a paragraph element that you can either delete or edit by adding text, images, a video, or other content elements. With Weebly, creating a blog is done the same way as building a web page, dragging the applicable element onto the page and editing it with your own content.

 

With Weebly, you can create a new blog post the same way you create a web page by adding content elements.
With Weebly, you can create a new blog post the same way you create a web page by adding content elements.

A nice blogging tool is the Post Settings sidebar that allows you to choose up to 12 different categories for your blog posting to make it easier for visitors to find a particular topic. Also convenient is the option to publish your blog post immediately to your live website or save it as a draft to publish later.

Weebly also built in RSS and social sharing into every blog. Also available are a rich array of widgets to make a photo journal blog, a literary review, a video diary, or a combination of media presentations.

Read the full Weebly review here.

 

2) SquareSpace

Blogging with Squarespace involves a streamlined interface blogging module accessed directly from the Content Manager in the Site Manager. This blogging module is pretty sophisticated and rich with features, including a bounty of templates that accommodate enhanced features.

When creating a blog page, the item, options, location and social tab options make it quick and easy to add content blocks, organize posts, set commenting, add external links, automatically share posts with social media accounts, and import content from your other blogging websites, such as WordPress and Blogger.

The Edit Post window in Squarespace has all the functions you need to add content, images, tags, categories, etc., and publish it to social media or RSS syndication.
The Edit Post window in Squarespace has all the functions you need to add content, images, tags, categories, etc., and publish it to social media or RSS syndication.

 

Some really good capabilities are publishing podcasts within a blog post and syndicating them, adding tags and categories that link to similar content on your site, adding a sidebar within the blog page, adding a share button for visitors, and configuring for multiple authors.

Squarespace automatically assigns a customizable URL for each blog post and embeds RSS in every post for RSS syndication. The blogging module also handles scheduling of posts and posting by email, and has Google author rank built in. There’s also a blog app for managing, previewing and posting your blog from a mobile device.

Read the full SquareSpace review here.

 

3) Wix

Blogs come free for all plans on Wix, and couldn’t be simpler to implement and maintain. Just like the rest of it’s HTML editor, Wix’s blog editor has several options for customizing content, and comes with great standard options to create better readability and sharing, such as a tag cloud, RSS buttons, and archiving. Blog layouts are also totally customizable, with plenty of alignment options to choose from.

wix blog

When it comes to actually adding and editing blogs, meanwhile, Wix provides a familiar and painless interface with just enough options to add media and images. Social media icons and sharing opportunities too are made easily accessible, with options to add icons for Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Spotify, Google+, and more.

Read the full Wix review here.

 

4) Websitebuilder.com

Numerous site builders fail in allowing users to easily integrate a blog into their websites. This is not the case with WebsiteBuilder.com. As with creating a website, adding a blog to it involves only a quick and easy setup.

From the website editor, select the Add tab and choose Social from the drop-down menu; it’s that simple.

For those wanting to create a personal or business blog apart from their website, that option is available by adding another site to your account and choosing the blog template theme.

Read the full websitebuilder.com review.

 

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6) Webs

Webs treats blogs as specialty pages and provides preset structured web pages for blogs. This doesn’t make it easy to add a blog to your website for several reasons. First, you have to select a preset blog page in the Webs App store. Second, the blog application uses a different interface than the Webs site builder for posting text and images, which means no drag and drop interface.

 

Add a blog by visiting the Webs App store.
Add a blog by visiting the Webs App store.

 

You get to the Webs App store from the Pages tab on the Main Navigation screen and selecting My Pages and clicking the Apps tab at the bottom. From there, you can select from three tabs: Webs apps, which are applications created by Webs; all apps, which are applications from Webs and third-party providers; and installed apps, which are applications already installed on your website. Click the Install app button to add the blog application to your website.

From there, you can manage your blog and post new entries the same way you add pages to your site. While some might find this process more tedious than say using a widget, the blog app does integrate nicely into the site builder.

Read the full Webs review here.

 

7) Moonfruit

Although not available with its free website builder or Lite plan, Moonfruit offers a blog option with its fee-based plans where you can post, edit and manage a blog in an HTML5 environment. The feature is located under the Pages icon on the main toolbar. After selecting Add New Page, choose Blog from the menu.

Adding a blog to a Moonfruit do-it-yourself website is as easy as adding a web page.
Adding a blog to a Moonfruit do-it-yourself website is as easy as adding a web page.

The site builder is intuitive, so adding a blog is a quick and easy step-by-step process. You are prompted to add a page name for your blog, choose to display or hide the page in the menu and determine where to add the page in the menu’s running order.

The blog’s dashboard has sub-menus that make is simple to perform all sorts of blog functions, such as create a post, set how many posts to display on a single page, add the author’s name, choose the position of images and enable comments. Moonfruit gives three options for comments: comment moderation, e-mail notification and disable comments.

Moonfruit’s blog tool is quite adequate and is nicely arranged. As such, adding a blog to a website takes very little time and effort.

Read the full Moonfruit review.

 

8) Godaddy

Adding a blog to your GoDaddy website is done effortlessly by using the blog page option under the Design Your Pages tab. Click Pages andAdd Pages to see it on the list of page types. The blog page is already optimized for a blog, providing a nice time-saving feature.

You also have the option to import a blog you already have on WordPress, Tumblr, Blogger, or TypePad. However, you have to publish your blog to the Internet through the applicable blog service in order for it to display on your GoDaddy website.

Read the full Godaddy review.

 

9) Web.com

Among the 9,600 design template offerings are ones that are well suited for blogs. The site builder is designed to help you create a blog with basic features and publish it in very little time.

In addition, the Social Media button under the Edit Page tab effortless allows you to add your blog to an existing website.

If you choose Web.com as your hosting company (separate pricing packages are available), its Shared 1-Click Install makes setting up and maintaining a business blog a three-step process.

The hosting plan also gives you access to numerous open source applications, including the blog tools WordPress Blogs and B2evolution.

Read the full Web.com review.

 

10) 1&1

A blog can be incorporated directly into your website by selecting the page on your site where you want the blog to appear, clicking on the Insert Elements tool under the Website main menu and selectingContact & Communication.

1&1 couldn’t have made it any faster or easier to add a blog to a website. Simply click and hold the Blog icon, drag it to the spot on the page for the blog to be located and drop it in.

The blog element automatically prompts you to name your blog and a title for your first blog post and insert your content. You are also prompted to select a setting for blog comments and your preferred time zone.

 

With its fill-in prompts, the 1&1 Blog element makes adding a blog to your website fast and easy.
With its fill-in prompts, the 1&1 Blog element makes adding a blog to your website fast and easy.

With the 1&1 Blog Web app, you can write blogs that are all text, or enhance the text by embedding images and integrating videos from Vimeo or YouTube. You also have a choice on how your images are displayed.

In demonstrating its deep understanding of the needs of businesses, 1&1 provides a mobile blog app for iOS and Android for accessing, updating and keeping in touch with blog conversations while on the go.

Read the full 1&1 review.

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