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Choosing your blog platform and hosting

By on March 28, 2008 in Blogging with 49 Comments

wordpress blog platformThe first and foremost step while building a blog is choosing the best CMS or platform for your blog. There are many blogging platforms at this era of developing blogosphere. Some of the best blogging platforms are wordpress, blogger, live journal, joomla, nucleus, PMachine, Greymatter, B2Evolution, TextPattern etc. There are a few pros and cons for each of the platform which normally leaves the new blogger into a confused land who finds it very much difficult to find the best CMS for blogging.
I have tried each of the above and a few other blogging platforms and also read in many other places, that wordpress is the best and satisfactory platform used by bloggers. Most of the large bloggers in the blogosphere have been blogging at wordpress.

Now coming to things like hosting and domain, blogs can be self-hosted or free- hosted.

blogger blog platformAdvantages and disadvantages of having a free hosted blog
Advantages are –

Easy setup – You just have to choose the name for sub domain and the rest of the process of setting up the blog is done by the blog host. And posting is also easy, just write and publish it.
No investment – For blogging starters who find it difficult to invest money, it is a free option for them and they can start blogging for free anytime.
Getting easily indexed in Search Engines – Search engine indexing speed depends on many factors like the age and quality of the domain, and the free blog hosts main domain is always old and of good quality, giving the ease of indexing of the content of the new free blogs.

Disadvantages are –

Limited to sub-domains – You don’t have a choice to choose a good domain name such as myblog.com but you get a sub domain like myblog.blogspot.com which doesn’t always look good.
Branding not possible – Having your own domain always increases your branding levels in the web world, but in the free hosted blogs you have no branding options as the first impression i.e. domain name would not be proper. This is not a problem if you are a personal blogger.
Limited design options – The themes in free hosted blogs have many limitations provided by the script provided, and also you don’t have a wide range of themes to choose from. The themes can not be well customized.

Advantages and disadvantages of having a self hosted blog
Advantages are –

Right to choose – You are left to your own decision in choosing a good brandable and meaningful domain name, and you can choose the correct levels of hosting that you desire for your blog.
Playing with design – The theme that you use in self hosted blogs have the option of edit in any part of it, and so it is in total control of the user.
– SEO friendliness – The URL structure and other SEO friendly options can be adjusted in such a way which will be liked by the Search engines, and helps in better rankings in SERPs.

Disadvantages are –

Investment needed – Investment for the domain registration and hosting for the blog is a must if you are choosing to have a self hosted blog. Customization of templates can also make you spend more.

Conclusion – After i read many other blogs, i decided to have a self hosted blog and suggest you all to have the same as the self hosted blogs are more successful, can be easily monetized and you can have complete branding with it.
Remember “Spending a few bucks to start off is not bad if you need a bright future.”

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  1. david cheong says:

    I agree on the part self-host your own domain. You can have more freedom to do whatever for your own blog-domain. No limitation but of course you need to pay for the hosting fees, as chetan mentioned, you’ll gain back if you keep updating your blog. 🙂

    david cheong’s last blog post..Lucky Winner in Contest (March 2008)

  2. david cheong says:

    I agree on the part self-host your own domain. You can have more freedom to do whatever for your own blog-domain. No limitation but of course you need to pay for the hosting fees, as chetan mentioned, you’ll gain back if you keep updating your blog. 🙂

    david cheong’s last blog post..Lucky Winner in Contest (March 2008)

  3. Jim says:

    Sounds like a great article to me! 🙂
    I am just fortunate enough to have stumbled across WordPress before Blogger, because I think the general sentiment is that WP is a lot better in terms of functionality, but hey, you be the judge eh?

    Jim’s last blog post..Stop Losing Money! – The Importance of Masking Affiliate Links & How to do it Right

  4. Jim says:

    Sounds like a great article to me! 🙂
    I am just fortunate enough to have stumbled across WordPress before Blogger, because I think the general sentiment is that WP is a lot better in terms of functionality, but hey, you be the judge eh?

    Jim’s last blog post..Stop Losing Money! – The Importance of Masking Affiliate Links & How to do it Right

  5. Hussein says:

    guys, no need to choose 🙂 WordPress is the best. All you need and want is in WordPress 🙂

    Hussein’s last blog post..MYX Music Awards 2008 WINNERS

  6. Hussein says:

    guys, no need to choose 🙂 WordPress is the best. All you need and want is in WordPress 🙂

    Hussein’s last blog post..MYX Music Awards 2008 WINNERS

  7. Meethere says:

    I suggest everybody to go for a self hosted domain and a cheap webhosting plans. They will be beneficial in future. 🙂

    Meethere’s last blog post..How to build an Ecommerce website

  8. Meethere says:

    I suggest everybody to go for a self hosted domain and a cheap webhosting plans. They will be beneficial in future. 🙂

    Meethere’s last blog post..How to build an Ecommerce website

  9. Syed Balkhi says:

    You are giving blogger even a mention lol. It is all the way WordPress in my list.

    Syed Balkhi’s last blog post..Why Do I Blog?

  10. Syed Balkhi says:

    You are giving blogger even a mention lol. It is all the way WordPress in my list.

    Syed Balkhi’s last blog post..Why Do I Blog?

  11. Chetan says:

    Yea had to give the mention as many would consider going with it still.
    Anyways this explains all for my choice – http://www.thewwwblog.com/why-wordpress-is-better-than-blogger.html

  12. Chetan says:

    Yea had to give the mention as many would consider going with it still.
    Anyways this explains all for my choice – http://www.thewwwblog.com/why-wordpress-is-better-than-blogger.html

  13. david cheong says:

    Hmm…something is missing in this post title… not sure whether is myself wrong or is it the english on purpose .. it say “Choosing you blog”, the you <– ?? Chetan.. am i wrong on this one?

    david cheong’s last blog post..Lucky Winner in Contest (March 2008)

  14. david cheong says:

    Hmm…something is missing in this post title… not sure whether is myself wrong or is it the english on purpose .. it say “Choosing you blog”, the you <– ?? Chetan.. am i wrong on this one?

    david cheong’s last blog post..Lucky Winner in Contest (March 2008)

  15. Chetan says:

    Thanks david for the catch..
    Didn’t at all realize that.

  16. Chetan says:

    Thanks david for the catch..
    Didn’t at all realize that.

  17. david cheong says:

    Glad it went ok. All the best chetan. Some times when we type so fast, we might actually some times have typo. I always have typo always. 🙂

    david cheong’s last blog post..Lucky Winner in Contest (March 2008)

  18. david cheong says:

    Glad it went ok. All the best chetan. Some times when we type so fast, we might actually some times have typo. I always have typo always. 🙂

    david cheong’s last blog post..Lucky Winner in Contest (March 2008)

  19. Phil Benwell says:

    Set up isn’t always an issue if you want your own domain. Only today did I register a domain with Yahoo and setting up a wordpress blog with full access to everything I have on my current one was a simple 1, 2, 3 click process and done in under 2 minutes.

    Phil Benwell’s last blog post..Internet Student is a contest winner!

  20. Phil Benwell says:

    Set up isn’t always an issue if you want your own domain. Only today did I register a domain with Yahoo and setting up a wordpress blog with full access to everything I have on my current one was a simple 1, 2, 3 click process and done in under 2 minutes.

    Phil Benwell’s last blog post..Internet Student is a contest winner!

  21. Varun says:

    having only one site and it is WordPress. . . so my votes go to wordpress

    Varun’s last blog post..Dental Pain

  22. Varun says:

    having only one site and it is WordPress. . . so my votes go to wordpress

    Varun’s last blog post..Dental Pain

  23. matt says:

    Unless something has just changed, you CAN actually have a custom domain name at blogger 😛

  24. matt says:

    Unless something has just changed, you CAN actually have a custom domain name at blogger 😛

  25. Dale says:

    Try out Moguling.com..has built in SEO and automatically adds labels for you

  26. Dale says:

    Try out Moguling.com..has built in SEO and automatically adds labels for you

  27. Jamie says:

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  29. Sherry says:

    great info which I always been wanting to know.

  30. Sherry says:

    great info which I always been wanting to know.

  31. I prefer self-hosted version — wordpress.org.

    the best in my experience. Test it and let us know how it works!

  32. I prefer self-hosted version — wordpress.org.

    the best in my experience. Test it and let us know how it works!

  33. Chetan says:

    @ Codrut Turcanu,

    The one that this blog uses is Self hosted wordpress platform from wordpress.org!

  34. Chetan says:

    @ Codrut Turcanu,

    The one that this blog uses is Self hosted wordpress platform from wordpress.org!

  35. Varun says:

    i prefer wordpress as it has many designs available and a hell lot of plugins to play around with. . . . . .

  36. Varun says:

    i prefer wordpress as it has many designs available and a hell lot of plugins to play around with. . . . . .

  37. Sherry says:

    I just know about changing template for wp. Hope I am able to learn everything soon… surely takes time.

  38. Sherry says:

    I just know about changing template for wp. Hope I am able to learn everything soon… surely takes time.

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  41. Sherry says:

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  43. BeingPadBlog says:

    Another big disadvantage of a free hosted blog is that the service provider can shut down your blog for TOS based on their judgement and you will have no blog and little recourse. Also, you are contributing content to a site owned by someone else. That’s allot of hard work to hand over to a company for free.

  44. BeingPadBlog says:

    Another big disadvantage of a free hosted blog is that the service provider can shut down your blog for TOS based on their judgement and you will have no blog and little recourse. Also, you are contributing content to a site owned by someone else. That’s allot of hard work to hand over to a company for free.

  45. Natalie says:

    Thank you for this! I am currently using blogger and am shopping around!

  46. Natalie says:

    Thank you for this! I am currently using blogger and am shopping around!

  47. Cdoney77 says:

    Thanks for that post mate,

    I have a wordpress blog but want to add some widgets etc.

    How do I go about hosting them elsewere (e.g. mobile me)

    Any tips would be great!

    Thanks

  48. Cdoney77 says:

    Thanks for that post mate,

    I have a wordpress blog but want to add some widgets etc.

    How do I go about hosting them elsewere (e.g. mobile me)

    Any tips would be great!

    Thanks

  49. Choosing a web hosting needs more research but with what you wrote about the blog platform, I agree very much that the wordpress blogging platform is way better than the blogger and other platforms.

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