How to choose blogging software?

WordPress.com (Free, Hosted by WordPress):

WordPress.com is a free blogging software that provides a limited amount of customization by way of free templates you can download for your blog. It is very easy to learn and provides automatic features such as a spam blocking plug-in (Akismet), automatic pinging and more. On the negative side, WordPress.com does not allow ads of any kind on blogs, so monetizing your free WordPress blog through advertising is not an option.
Wordpress.org (Paid, Third-Party Host Required):

WordPress.org offers free blogging software, but users have to pay to host their blogs through a third-party website host such as GatorHost or 1and1 . For bloggers with some technical skills who need advanced customization, WordPress.org is a great choice. The software, itself, is the same as WordPress.com, but the customization options make it very popular among power bloggers, business bloggers and more.

Follow the link to read a complete overview of WordPress from About Web Logs.
Blogger:

Blogger equals easy. Many novice bloggers choose to start their first blogs with Blogger because it’s free, very easy to use, and it allows ads to help monetize blogs. The downside of Blogger is it’s prone to outages, so you may not always be able to access your blog when you want to.
TypePad:

TypePad is very easy to use, but it’s not free. Even though it doesn’t require a third-party host, it does have a cost associated with it. With that said, TypePad does provide great features and a high level of customization without the technical knowledge of some other customizable blogging software options.
Moveable Type:

Moveable Type is a great blogging software, but it requires users to obtain pricey licenses. The installation process is cumbersome and the features are not as rich as other blogging software programs provide. Many people like Moveable Type because it supports multiple blogs without having to install the software again and again.
LiveJournal:

LiveJournal requires users to pay a monthly fee, and it provides a limited amount of features and customization.
Suggestions from About Web Logs:

For bloggers who are looking for a free blogging software that allows monetization, you may want to try Blogger. If monetization is not important to you, then WordPress.com might be a better choice.

For bloggers who want full customization and advanced feature capability (and aren’t afraid of technical challenges and out-of-pocket expenses), WordPress.org and TypePad are excellent choices.
More Information to Help You Choose a Blogging Software:

Bottom-line, decide what your goals are for your blog upfront to help you choose the best blogging software for you from the start. Take a look at these six questions bloggers should ask themselves when choosing a blogging software to help you decide which blogging software is right for you.

10 benefits on blogging

Blogging is becoming more and more popular everyday. Should you join the blogosphere? Take a look at this list to help you make your decision about blogging.
1. To Express Your Thoughts and Opinions

You have something to say, and blogs provide a place to say it and be heard.
2. To Market or Promote Something

Blogging is a great way to help market or promote yourself or your business, product or service.
3. To Help People

Many blogs are written to help people who may be going through similar situations that the blogger has experienced. Many parenting and health-related blogs are written for this purpose.
4. To Establish Yourself as an Expert

Blogs are wonderful tools to help bloggers establish themselves as experts in a field or topic. For example, if you’re trying to get a job in a specific field or hoping to publish a book on a specific topic, blogging can help legitimize your expertise and expand your online presence and platform.
5. To Connect with People Like You

Blogging brings like-minded people together. Starting a blog can help you find those people and share your opinions and thoughts.
6. To Make a Difference

Many blogs are issue-based meaning the blogger is trying to provide information to sway people’s thinking in a certain direction. Many political blogs and social issues blogs are written by bloggers who are trying to make a difference in their own ways.
7. To Stay Active or Knowledgeable in a Field or Topic

Since successful blogging is partially dependent on posting frequency and providing updated, fresh information, it’s a perfect way to help a blogger stay abreast of the events in a specific field or topic.
8. To Stay Connected with Friends and Family

The world has shrunk since the Internet has become more accessible. Blogs provide a simple way for family and friends to stay connected from different parts of the world by sharing stories, photos, videos and more.
9. To Make Money

It’s important to point out that most bloggers don’t make a lot of money blogging, but the potential does exist to generate revenue from your blog with hard work and commitment. There are many bloggers who bring in big bucks. With patience and practice, you can make money through advertising and other income-generating activities on your blog .
10. To Have Fun and Be Creative

Many people start a blog simply for fun. Perhaps a blogger is a fan of a particular actor or loves knitting and wants to share that passion through a blog. One of the most important keys to successful blogging is having a passion about your blog’s topic, so you can write prolifically about it. Some of the best and most interesting blogs started out as blogs that were written just for fun and to give the blogger a creative outlet.

Easiest way to built a blog for newbies

If you want to start a Blogger blog for free there are some very simple steps. Step one is going to http://www.blogger.com. From there it is all pretty simple so I will just walk you through the screens with the aid of the following screen captures.

When you arrive at blogger, you see that there are three steps: 1.) create an account, 2.) name your blog, and 3.) choose a template. It’s that simple and easy. Your blog address will end up in the http://yourchosenblog.blogspot.com format.

If you want to have more intuitive guidance, see blogger.com’s official website in youtube, there are very good videos of teaching material,I found them out yesterday,enjoy them:

http://www.youtube.com/user/BloggerHelp?ob=0&feature=results_main

 

 

 

11 top blogging app from Forbes.com

 

Blog Tools

Are you feeling the lure of Weblogging? Publishing your ideas and opinions for all the World Wide Web to read? If you are, you will need to know which sites offer the best tools for setting up and managing your fledgling Web publishing operation. For most of us, using a hosted blog Web site like Google-owned Blogger.com or Yahoo’s360 or MSN Spaces will be the best option because these sites give you everything you need and walk you through the process at no cost. Setting up a blog at one of these sites takes about five minutes. However, if you want to create a more customized feature-rich Weblog with your own domain name and the ability to track and manage user interaction, you will want to subscribe to a Web hosting space (check http://www.webhostingtalk.com for good suggestions) and use non-hosted blog software. Below you will find our picks for the best Web sites for those in need of the tools to set up hosted or non-hosted Weblogs. Don’t worry if you want to start with a simpler, hosted blog alternative, it’s easy to up grade and most sites will let you import from other services. — Matt Rand


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WordPress Forbes Favorite www.wordpress.org
Blogger Forbes Best of The Web pick www.blogger.com
Blogsome Forbes Best of The Web pick blogsome.com
Movable Type Forbes Best of The Web pick www.movabletype.org
Textpattern Forbes Best of The Web pick textpattern.com
B2evolution b2evolution.net
LiveJournal livejournal.com
MSN Spaces spaces.msn.com
Squarespace squarespace.com
TypePad www.typepad.com
Yahoo 360 360.yahoo.com

 

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