Start a blog without writing a single line of code

  • WordPress

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web Android ... iPhone Android Tablet iPad Self-Hosted PHP Cloudron Website

    It would be difficult to start an article about blogging without talking about the KING. WordPress has been around since 2003 (or 2001) and now powers almost 40% of the whole world wide web. It started as a blogging platform, but it's now much more than that; you can build nearly any website you want with it.
    There are two versions of WordPress: the self-hosted one at, and the hosted one at And since we're talking about no-code tools here, I'll suggest you try the second one. Just create an account, choose a theme, mess around, and start writing!


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  • Ghost

    Free Personal Web Self-Hosted Cloudron Node.JS Website

    WordPress is great, but it might be a bit too much if all you want to do is write some blog posts. But don't worry, I've got a tool for you: its name is Ghost. It's a simple and feature rich open source blogging software designed for publishing with speed and ease. Its admin interface is clean and beautiful while also being sure to get out of your way so you can focus on writing your next masterpiece. And if Ghost is a bit too expensive for you, you can also take a look at Ghost hosting platforms such as Small Midnight iconMidnight.


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    Commercial Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Chrome OS Android Tablet iPad Chrome Kindle Fire Website is a simple writing platform built on top of Small WriteFreely iconWriteFreely. It's a simple and distraction-free platform that supports Markdown. It's a great tool if you want to start a blog, journal, or newsletter. There's a free plan to get you started and two more feature-rich paid plans. is ad-free and open source.

  • Telescope

    Freemium Web Website

    Telescope is a minimal, simple, and fast publishing platform with a focus on privacy. In their words, “It's like Small Medium iconMedium, but without all the bullshit.” They released version 2.0 in October 2020, and their editor now supports Markdown and customization of the CSS of your Telescope blog (as well as other features). The platform offers a generous free tier, and you can always subscribe to their Pro plan if it's not enough for you.


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  • Bear Blog

    Free Web Website

    Bear Blog is a privacy-first, no-nonsense, super-fast blogging platform. There are no trackers, no JavaScript, and no stylesheets: just your words. If you're looking for something minimal and optimized to write your articles, then this might be the right tool for you. It's lightweight, fast, works on any device, and can even connect to your own domain name for free. In fact, Bear Blog is completely free (and open source).


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    Freemium Mac Web Android iPhone iPad Website

    More than a blogging platform, is a network of independent microblogs, with replies, conversations, and a timeline to follow friends while being backed by strong community guidelines. You can create your blog with your own custom domain name, and interact with others while your content is on your own blog that you control. offers a free tier, as well as several paid plans starting at $5 a month.

  • Blot

    Commercial Web Self-Hosted Website

    Blot is a blogging platform with no interface. Yes, you read that right. It can seem odd, but it actually turns a local folder on your computer into a website. When you put files inside your blog’s folder, Blot turns them into blog posts. You can synchronize your blog’s folder to Blot using Small Dropbox iconDropbox or Small Git iconGit. This way, you can use the tools you want to create whatever you publish. Blog doesn't offer a free plan and costs $4 per month per blog, but you might be able to self-host it for free in the future.


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    Free Web Website is an anonymous publishing platform by Small Telegram iconTelegram that lets anyone post stories without having to register an account. Simply visit the site and you'll be presented with a light form for posting. Enter your article's content along with a title and your name and press Publish to get a public URL to access it. It's that simple. You can use Markdown to format your content and also embed images from your computer alongside tweets and videos from YouTube and Vimeo.


Each of the platforms I've mentioned provides you with the tools you need to create a great blog, but some of them may be better suited to your purposes than others. Feel free to let me know in the comments what's your tool of choice for building a personal blog. 🙂

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