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What Are Your Blogging Options?-For the Comparison Chart Contest

This chart was submitted by Blogging Betty Boomer.

What Blogging Options Exist?

Blogging options are divided into four categories.
1. Social Networks with blogging.
As many of you already know, social networks are communities online. This particular type of community will link folks together by using personal profiles of members in the community. Along with the many things you can do like share photos and friend lists they also include blogging. It must be noted; however, that blogging in a social network site is usually not business related sites.
Social networks can be the easiest and the cheapest (often free) platform to do a blog for the first time. They include sites like Myspace.com and Xanga.com.
2. Hosted BLOG ONLY platforms
This blogging option is a step above social networks that include blogs. The focus is just on blogging. Well known blog platforms that fall into this category include Blogger.com and WordPress.com.

3. Self-Installed blogging platforms
This is a serious and powerful initiative. Whereas, you can learn to install the software yourself on your computer many folks hire out this task for the f first time unless they are the technically savvy. BUT IT CAN BE DONE!
Common programs include Moveable Type and WordPress.org.

4. Web hosts with preinstalled blog platforms
Many very good web hosting companies now provide preinstalled blog programs for their customers. That means programs like Moveable Type and WordPress.org are made real easy to launch if you are using that particular hosting company.
I personally use two hosting companies that make it easy for me to install my WordPress.org blogs. You can visit them here.

Brief Review of the Four Blogging Options

Brief Review of the Four Blogging Options

Possibilities

Social Networks

Hosted Blog Platforms

Self Installed Blogging

Web Hosts

Photos

Yes or limited

Yes

Yes

Yes

Mobloggging

Yes or No

Yes

Yes or No

Yes

Cost

Free or under $10 per month

FREE

Free or small one-time license fee

Small monthly fee

Ease of use

Easy

Easy /moderate

Challenging

Moderate to challenging

Business Focused Features

Very little

Sometimes

Yes

Yes

Can add revenue ads

No

Yes and no

Yes

Yes and no

Add Audio/Video

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Design template/theme

Choices and features

Basic

Basic to moderate

High level of sophistication

High level of sophistication

Server Space

Limited

Limited

Depends on web host

Depends on Web host

2 comments to What Are Your Blogging Options?-For the Comparison Chart Contest

  • This is fantastic and a wonderful way to display all the quick info on blogging, Rosie! I’m a visual person,so charts like these make a lot of sense to me. I think you’ve done such a great job and I (quite frankly) am too lazy to try doing one of my own!

  • Actually, Lazy is the last word I would put in your vocabulary. You are awesome.

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