The purpose of this post is to share with you some handy platforms where you can set up a website or blog for your class. These are websites that simple and easy to use. No coding knowledge is required either. You can simply register your account, registration is free, select a template from the gallery, edit the look and feel of your website/blog and add your personal touch, and click on publish to make it live.
1- Google Sites
I have written a detailed guide on how to use Google Sites to create a class website. Check it out to learn more.
To learn more about how to set up a blog using blogger, check out this visual guide.
WordPress.com is probably what you need as a teacher to build a class website or blog. It is simple and easy and everything is hosted on the cloud. You only need to pick a theme, customize it, and start producing content. WordPress.com takes care of technical maintenance, security issues, updates to themes and plugins, backups, and more.
Downsides to WordPress.con is that it offers limited storage space (3GB for free plan) and it runs ads and branding, among others.
WordPress.org, on the other hand, allows you to host your own site. It is a software that you need to download and install in your own web server. You will need at least basic technical knowledge to operate WordPress.org effectively. Also, with WordPress.org you get to handle all technical issues yourself from ‘site hosting to maintenance’.
In a nutshell, “WordPress.org helps users build a site that’s “organically yours,” as you’re creating, managing, and maintaining everything on your own. WordPress.com helps you build a site in “combination with” the team at WordPress.com as they will support your site’s creation and will be manage and maintain the system for you.”
Difference between WordPress.org and WordPress.com
Building anything you want with Wix
The possibilities of students blogging
Edublogs blogging resources and guides for teachers
Blogger resources for teachers
Google Sites resources for teachers
Wix help center
WordPress.com resources for teachers