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Saturday, December 08, 2007

Blogging services and web hosts

There are many blogging services, also referred to as blogging platforms, which can enable anyone to quickly start a blog. Some are free, some you have to pay, some have both free and paid versions. Also, blogs are used for different purposes of which I will be writing about later, but I just want to mention one of them - business blogs.

Google Blogger blogging platform

Blogger 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 service

Wordpress 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 services

There 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.

8 comments:

  1. DArn! I posted a question to you (about search features), but now I can't find where I posted it (to look for your answer.) So sorry!!! Can you lead me back??? Please.

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  2. Hi mrs4444,

    Hope you are not Chinese because 4 is a unlucky number. It rymths with "death" and everyone wants to be immortal.

    Regarding about search, I am afraid I may not be able to help you there because there are just too many comments to search through. Normally, if I can afford the time, I will comment in the commentator's blog if the blogger has made the profile and the blog public to let them know I have responded.

    In this case, perhaps I can just post links to any posts that may be related to search:

    How to get indexed by Google and other search engines

    Search box in blog Header or above posts in the main column

    How to prevent your blog from being search by search engines

    Technorati, a blog search engine

    Centering search box, etc (Got to check this post to see if updating needed because of XHTML}

    Expandable post summary and search engines

    Centering search box (may need checking)

    Are static or dynamic websites better for search engines?

    Fastest way to get indexed by search engines

    How to put site search box in blog

    Add Google search box to your blog (this may need updating)

    Add working Google search box to blog Header (this may need updating)

    Peter Blog*Star
    The easiest way to earn something for your blogging efforts

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  3. Forgot these:

    Generating Google search box, adjusting width, etc.

    Blending color of your Google search box to colors of website

    Peter Blog*Star
    What a grateful blogger did for me
    (no one should feel obligated. Everything completely voluntary. However, by doing so, you may also help your visitors find helpful information and help. You may even pick up various ways of linking sites there too)

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  4. Terrfic! I found exactly what I needed at "How to put site search box in blog." You were very sweet to help. Thank you.

    P.S. Nope. Not Chinese. Thanks for the LOL :)

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  5. I agree with you. I find Wordpress too difficult for me to understand and use.Blogger is better for me as you feel that you have your own domain. Also there is even a spell check facility in the post editor. Useful for me as my spelling is not so good. Andrea.

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  6. I think Wordpress is over rated. A few weeks ago I commented that this service is too much of a hassle to use. I tried Wordpress again and found out that if I want to change my page background color I must upgrade(pay for it)Also if I want a custom domain I must map it and pay and organise the hosting myself.I have used Blogger since my first website and now have a custom domain for all of my blogs. And they,Blogger and Google set it all up for me. The only thing I have to do is renew my domain every year. And I can have what colors I want on my webpage and template.I will not be going back to Wordpress again. Andrea.

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  7. This is really informative explanation you have shared here about this concept and i get it clear about this topic..

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  8. For hezbollahandrea1.biz, you obviously used the free wordpress.com which have lots and lots of restriction and expensive upgrades. A better option for you will be wordpress.org but you will need to register your own domain plus subscribe to a webhost. However, there are things you can do with wordpress.org which cannot be done with Blogger.com

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