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Review Of Top 5 Free Blog Platforms

15 Dec , 2015,
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Are you new to blogosphere? A free blogging platform is a great way to launch your blog. This is because it provides you with a ready-to-use platform and you don’t have to worry about various technical aspects such domains, web hosting and software for powering your blog such as content management systems (CMS).

That said, blogging is effective way generating new leads for both small and large businesses and convert them into customers. And, the beauty is anyone can have a blog site for free. There are a number of free blogging platforms, but all of them are not created equal. In this post, the top 5 free blog platforms that offer better opportunities for exposure, growth and monetization have been reviewed so as to help you make an informed decision.

BloggerBlogger

Blogger, formerly BlogSpot, is the first blogging platform and is owned by Google. It is more popular among casual bloggers who are interested in writing or sharing information online for fun. It can be set up quickly and is an extremely user friendly system.

Blogger, preferred by new and experienced bloggers, is also powered with other services of Google such as Google AdSense, native Android app and Google+. If you are person who loves Google and its services, you will definitely feel at home in Blogger.

WordPresswordpress logo

Worldwide, one in six websites run on WordPress. This makes it the most popular platform as far as blogging is concerned. It is a free publishing tool and a search-engine friendly (CMS). It works well for everyone from beginners in blogging to large businesses because it offers a wide array of custom themes as well as plugins, making it flexible, scalable, search engine optimized and user friendly. If you are looking to start blogging with a professional design, then WordPress is the best option as it offers a combination of tools, themes and customization plugins to help you achieve your goal.

MediumMedium

The blogging platform Medium was started by the co-founders of Twitter Evan Williams and Biz Stone in 2012. It does not offer a great deal of customization options as it is also a social media platform. Medium makes available the WYSIWYG text editor for you to write and post content online. Additionally, posts can be Favorited or up-votes as in the case of Digg and Reddit. The most appreciated features of Medium are cleanliness and minimalism as blogs are becoming more clutter free and readable so as to attract the attention of the readers. Individual bloggers wanting their content to be read by many people would find this platform extremely useful.

Tumblrtumblr

Tumblr is also a mix of blogging and social networking platforms. The informal micro-blogging platform is owned by Yahoo, which boasts of hosting over 221 million blogs. Tumblr’s popularity can be attributed to ease of use, multiple media and text format (photos, videos, music, GIFs, etc.) that it supports and its compatibility with native apps on Andorid, iOS and Windows phones. If you are planning to blog mostly using your smartphone, then you must consider Tumblr.

QuoraQuora

Quora, a question and answer website, is popular among experienced and knowledgeable industry professionals. It started a blogging platform in January 2012. This network may be best suited for professionals from various industries, but an average Quora writer witnesses more than 30,000 views in a month. The blogging platform offered by Quora does not allow a great deal of customization, but you can use your authority and expertise to establish an online audience.

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Acada Wordpress theme

Avada WordPress Theme Review

6 Nov , 2015,
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The most popular WordPress theme

Avada is by far the most popular WordPress theme after it was released in 2012. With sales of more than 175,000 licenses, it has quickly become an all-time hit. Actually, Avada cannot be classified as just a theme because it is a powerful design tool as well because you can build almost anything all by yourself without the help of a developer. Further, you are not required to have any coding skills to build sites. Avada’s multi-purpose feature helps you to create page templates and layouts that are unique and integrate them with third-party plugins.

Avada features

Key Features of Avada Theme

Fusion Page Builder

It helps you to build a page. You just have to drag and drop elements into the content area.

Fully Responsive

Avada is a very responsive theme. It adjusts to all sizes of screens. Irrespective of the number of containers or elements incorporated into the content space, the layout remains responsive.

Control Panel

You can customize a great deal of aspects using Avada control panel. The wide ranging options including general, background, typography, header, footer, styling, shortcodes styling, portfolio, blog, social share box and sharing links, slideshows, elastic slider, themefusion slider, contact, lightbox, sidebar, WooCommerce and custom CSS, backup and page options, among others.

Retina Ready

On Avada, images look great because of high-resolution, retina displays.

Shortcode Generator

You can generate shortcodes for anything using the Fusion shortcode generator.

Content Importer

This feature enables you to import content from various locations such as demo pages, posts, widgets, sliders and theme options.

WooCommerce and bbPress Compatible

Avada can be fully integrated with WooCommerce and bbPress.

E-commerce Compatible

This feature enables integration with WP Easy Cart and Easy Digital Downloads.

Unlimited Colors and Skins

It allows you to choose a dark or light skin and a range of colors when you design your website.

Slider Integration

Avada does not only come with the revolution slider, but also 2D/3D slider. In addition, it comes with a sleep slider. This enables your website to slide images along with captions.

Vector Font Icons

The theme icons such as social, slider and menu are all created using vector graphics so that they have a crispy appearance and load faster on devices.

Form Plugins

The theme comes with built-in contact form and supports premium Gravity Form and Contact Form 7.

Translation Ready

The built-in PO file enables Avada to be translated into a language of your choice. It is also compatible with qtranslate and WPML and supports RTL.

Pros Cons

Avada Pros

Fully customizable
Easy to use as you need to just drag and drop elements
Avada comes with a demo module
One-click installation
Comes with Slider Revolution and Layer Slider plugins
Powerful options
User friendly admin area
Video tutorials and large documentation
Excellent support

Avada Cons

The time required for the initial installation is higher
When installing a specific demo, dummy pictures and content also get added, which will have to be then removed manually

Final Thoughts

Overall, Avada is a value-for-money buy. The combination of simplicity and great functionalities accounts for its versatility. With the help of the documentation and video training material even beginners can create websites themselves. On the other hand, people with some amount of experience and serious website developers will greatly benefit from it.

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