If you want to go with free hosting and the quickest, easiest start to blogging, your two best options are Blogger and WordPress.com. Here are the main differences between a Blogger site and a WordPress.com site:
|Ads/selling:||Can sell ads on your site, using Google AdSense||no||yes|
|Can sell ad spots on your site, direct to advertiser||yes, w/ limits||yes|
|Can sell paid or sponsored posts or content||no||yes|
|Ad-free (ads that you don’t sell or control)||for fee: $30/year||yes|
|Design:||Number of free templates available||> 150||7|
|Design items you can alter on free template||2 to several*||dozens|
|Number of premium templates available||> 80||not available|
|Design items you can alter on premium template||2 to several*||not available|
|Mobile:||Built-in iPhone version||yes||yes|
|Built-in Android smart phone version||depends on theme||yes|
|Built-in notepad version||depends on theme||no|
|Other:||Built-in form maker||yes||no|
* On WP.com, different themes offer different options which can be easily edited without code. All themes let you change the header image. Most themes let you change the link color and one or two other items. All themes are open to limitless design options for a $30/year fee.
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