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Monday, August 28, 2006

August 28 - The Blog Minefield

There are so many different blogging platforms to choose from. Wordpress, Blogger, TypePad, LiveJournal, Vox and many more are available, but which one is right for you? Let's start off. If you don't have your own host or domain, blogger and wordpress are probably the two most well known for giving you hosting and a domain. At the moment, if you want to customize or build your own layout, Blogger is the best for you. This is the reason I use it. But all this might change with the release of the next Blogger update if they do drop HTML editing support. Though unlikely, they may drop the 'Revert to HTML' from the final release, hence making it near-impossible to customize blogger. If you wanted to use wordpress, be prepared to shell out $15 on the ability to customize CSS, and more for other upcoming features. If you choose to download wordpress rather than just run the web-based version, you will see the advantages imidiately. I won't go into detail, but it lets you choose from a wider array of layouts and let you download ones pre-built by others. TypePad offers great service all round, and is a high-scorer. Infact, I'd be using it if it wasn't going to set me back $150 per year. During the trials, I saw it was in all sections superior to the others, except for price.

Blogger Pros: Great customization tools, ever expanding array of features.
Blogger Cons: Plenty of bugs, awful technical support, no categorization (though will be in next release).
Out of ten: 7.5

Wordpress Pros: Categorization, easy drag and drop layout editing, widgets.
Wordpress Cons: Only the downloadable version can match blogger.
Out of ten: 7.5

TypePad Pros: Great all round performance.
TypePad Cons: Unless you make masses from your blog, this is too expensive.
Out of ten: 7.0

LiveJournal Pros: More social aspects than the others,
LiveJournal Cons: Socializing is about the only good thing. Everything else falls apart.
Out of ten: 5.5

Vox: It somes out in October! I've not reviewed it yet!

As you can see, none of them exactly scored high. That's because I beleive each has features that the previous lacked, and in turn lacks something it had. Only if they could all combine, they would have scored alot higher. You may know I tried to switch from blogger to wordpress a while back. It wasn't sucsessful, but when/if I get my own server, I'll be trying again.


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