Siteground.com now offers free websites/blogs for students and educators. The educator gets a free site regardless of whether their students blog or not but student accounts are also free. The URL for the accounts would be: http:// .siteground.net and there is no limit on the free accounts.
The accounts are fully featured accounts, integrate with various LMS’s and are not limited to bandwidth, size or number of users. If a student wants a website on his/her own without going through their teacher they can have a student full featured website account at only $1.99 per month! That is a very affordable way to allow students to create a website or blog at a minimal cost. I believe the intent was to reach out to professors and university students but I don’t see why students of any age, or at least 13 and over in the USA, wouldn’t be allowed to participate. The students would need an .edu email so that may be part of the limitations but according to Siteground.com,
We are still actively looking for partnerships with educators who can enroll their courses and get free hosting for their students. No matter whether you are teaching a course of 3 or 300, online or in a physical classroom, we would be happy to take away from you the hassle of finding good hosting for your students, so you can focus on teaching them how to excel in the digital world. Starting is really easy and quick – just give us some information about your course and we will get back to you with all details.
I have used Siteground for several years and their response time to my issues are IMMEDIATE and I mean that literally. They also have one step installation of Moodle and other offerings and have 24/7 support.
If you would like a blog not associated with an educational institution, you can get a domain and full year of hosting for only $9.95. Click here to access the link for the special 12 month hosting rate: http://www.siteground.com/friends.htm?referrer_id=6897561.