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Blogging Tips: Evaluating Blog Platforms

By Edited Aug 23, 2016 0 1

In our technically-oriented world, blogging can be a great way to make money online. Blogs are usually extremely easy to setup and maintain - even for non-technically-oriented folks.

If you want to set up a blog, you have several options available to you. We will explore the three big options.


Blogger.com

Blogger is Google's blog platform. This presents both a great benefit and a great disadvantage.

Because Blogger is owned by Google, new blog posts are nearly instantly listed in Google.com's search engine. This will get you traffic faster.

The downside is that Blogger is owned by Google. Google has, in the past, been rather borderline in the area of respecting user privacy and user rights. Because Blogger blogs are hosted by Google, they have the power to disable any blog they don't like.

Blogs on Blogger have a URL similar to http://(blogname).blogspot.com


WordPress.com Hosted

WordPress is an alternative to Blogger. Like blogs on Blogger, the user does not host his or her own blog. The blog is hosted by the WordPress team.

In my opinion, Wordpress.com is a far superior option to Blogger. Wordpress.com offers users instant visitor stats, customizable website widgets for Flickr, Twitter,

WordPress (free account) offers users 3GB of storage for uploaded content. You also get 75+ beautiful themes with fully customizable CSS code.

Premium users get up to 25GB of storage, no ads, unlimited users and more cool stuff.

WordPress also offers users the ability to move a blog to or out of the WordPress.com system at any time.

Blogs on WordPress.com have a URL similar to http://(blogname).wordpress.com


WordPress Self-Hosted

Self-hosted WordPress accounts are, in my view, the best option if you have your own domain (.com address) and hosting account. Hosting your own installation eliminates the need to pay for premium WordPress.com features. WordPress and your use of it are limited only by your hosting account (bandwidth, storage space, etc).

You control every aspect of the blog - right down to the site's PHP code.

Self-hosted WordPress installations offer the user unlimited storage, a completely customizable appearance, the ability to use third party plugins, and much much more.

These WordPress blogs can be found at any domain. You choose the domain. This a great advantage over the WordPress.com and Blogger.com options.

I can create a blog at www.(blogname).com and rank better in search engines than I could at http://(blogname).blogger.com

In order to host your own WordPress blog, you will need to download the WordPress files in ZIP or TAR.GZ format from WordPress.org (not .com) and follow the instructions.



The Verdict

The platform you choose will depend largely on your needs. Do you need a blog with a lot of expandability and the ability to use plugins? Host your own WordPress installation.

Do you just like options but don't have a need for plugins or tons of space? Use WordPress.com and join over 300,000 bloggers who use the platform every day.

For users who don't need much customization or plugins and don't mind Google, Blogger is the other option. Personally, I'm not a fan of Blogger. It doesn't give me the tools I need. But I know many people use it and love it.

The key is to examine the options for yourself. See what fits your needs.

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Sep 28, 2010 8:53pm
mcimicata
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