Google Blogger blogging platformBlogger is a blog publishing system. It was created by Pyra Labs, which was bought by Google in 2003. Before Google bought it, there were both paid and free versions. After the purchase, there is only free version. Recently, Google Blogger introduced a more robust system with features long requested by their bloggers, and the most interesting one is custom domain (click BACK button to get back to this page). With this, you can register your own domain and use it for your Blogger blog and Blogger will redirect traffic from your old blogspot sub-domain to your own domain. Not only that, Blogger will even host your custom domain blog for FREE!!!!
However, for reasons of their own, some bloggers prefer to host the blog on their own. Blogger is still free, but they will have to find a web host like Personal Website Hosting. You will of course have to pay hosting fees the quantum of which depend on the package you choose and other things like bandwidth needed, etc.
Google Blogger is one of the most user friendly blogging service around and a complete beginner will be able to get a blog going very fast. However, if he is more fussy and want extras, there are always sites like Blogger Tips and Tricks which gives very useful and easy to follow instruction to do various thing with your blog.
Wordpress blogging serviceWordpress offers both free and paid versions. I tried the free version and was not impressed. They are not as generous as Google Blogger. The paid version of WordPress is a blog publishing system written in PHP and backed by a MySQL database. The free version is very limited and does not attract me. Many says Wordpress has better and features, but that must be referring to the paid version. To use that you MUST host the blog yourself. However, business blogs may be attracted by the better features and may then opt for Business Website Hosting.
Other blogging servicesThere are many other blogging platforms including LiveJournal, TypePad, Movable Type, Vox, etc., all with different characteristics and features. I have no time to check them all out, but I am pretty sure they would not be as generous as Google Blogger which is owned by the Internet giant and cash rich Google who therefore can afford to be generous.
The above linked web host Burton Hosting offers website templates which I doubt can be used for blogs, but which offers interesting stuff like Flash templates, Flash Introductions, PHP-Nuke Themes, Logo templates and Corporate Identities, all of which may appeal to business websites.