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Best blog host/software?

carswell May 26, 2008 12:47 PM

Seeking recommendations as to the best host and software for a novice's food and wine blog. Would prefer a free service. So far, Wordpress and Blogger look appealing, but what do I know? Any tips about getting started would be much appreciated. Thanks!

  1. The Dairy Queen Jul 5, 2008 06:01 PM

    Question--do any of these blog softwares allow you to make only certain entries public and/or require password access for viewing?


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    1. re: The Dairy Queen
      Jacquilynne Jul 16, 2008 10:07 PM

      WordPress does that, as does LiveJournal, I'm not sure about Blogger.

    2. John Manzo Jun 1, 2008 10:00 PM


      1. lulubelle May 31, 2008 03:35 AM

        I guess I am the lone Blogger fan. I've had my blog there for several years and have never had any problems with it. I'm not very techie, and it has been really easy to modify and customize.


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          swissfoodie May 29, 2008 07:43 AM

          I realize that no one has mentioned it, but I love my blog with Squarespace. It's inexpensive and really easy to use. There is a lot of flexibility in terms of options and the stats are great. Looking forward to reading your rants carswell...

          1. lynnlato May 29, 2008 04:37 AM

            I'm so glad you started this thread. I have been entertaining the idea of starting a blog for a while now. Well, yesterday I finally did it on Wordpress, thanks to this thread and the feedback.

            I'm just getting my feet wet with it but so far so good.

            1. Freida May 28, 2008 01:47 PM

              I started with Blogger but then shifted everything to Wordpress - I much prefer the style options and the comment structure, and I like to schedule my posts. I find the tech support to be decent as well. The downside is, free Wordpress blogs do not allow advertising, so if you are hoping to use it for any sort of marketing it's not the way to go.

              1. ms. clicquot May 28, 2008 09:12 AM

                I recently started a small blog on wordpress and so far I like it. It seems pretty user-friendly which is good for me since I'm not much of a techno expert.

                1. Jacquilynne May 28, 2008 08:38 AM

                  I've got various and sundry blogs all over the internet -- my own blog, hosted on my own domain is MovableType (the software behind TypePad), I've had blogs on Blogger. I've got a Livejournal. I've got a WordPress blog hosted on Wordpress.

                  I like the WordPress blog the best of all of them, though they all meet slightly different needs. The main deciding factor between Blogger and WordPress for me was that WordPress allows me to schedule posts and Blogger does not. If you're trying to do a regularly updated blog, you're going to want to post things on a schedule, and Blogger doesn't allow that.

                  Still, they all pretty much work. You won't likely have huge problems with any of them.

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                  1. re: Jacquilynne
                    Aimi Jun 13, 2008 10:07 AM

                    Blogger does have a scheduler - under Post Options when creating a draft post, you can choose a different post date and/or time.

                    1. re: Aimi
                      Jacquilynne Jun 13, 2008 10:27 AM

                      Ah -- that's a very recent update to their software. It didn't do that (except, apparently in the beta version) when I was looking at blog software again in April. It appears to have changed in early May.

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                    Panini Guy May 26, 2008 08:05 PM

                    If you're going to run a serious blog, Blogger is not really an option. It's kind of what AOL is to serious web users. So your choices are more or less Wordpress or TypePad. TypePad has a low monthly fee and is self-contained regarding help and support. Many top bloggers use it. Wordpress is free and open source but is more decentralized as far as support goes. It used to be that TypePad was more aesthetically appealing, but that's changed as there are a lot more templates and flexibility options from third parties for Wordpress. A lot of top bloggers use it as well. There are other options, but really those two are pretty much where you want to be.

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                    1. re: Panini Guy
                      carswell May 26, 2008 08:43 PM

                      Don't know how serious a blog I intend to run. Mainly I'm looking for a place to park my wine-tasting notes and rants, not to compete in the big leagues. And, not to be contrarian, but several serious bloggers use Blogger (cf. Eschaton, ...an endless banquet, etc.). That said, I'm leaning toward Wordpress. Thanks for the advice.

                      1. re: carswell
                        purple goddess May 26, 2008 09:02 PM

                        I run on Blogger, but I wish I'd chosen WordPress for the better aesthetics options.

                        Having said that, I have got around some Blogger glitches myself, to "personalize" my blog more.

                      2. re: Panini Guy
                        Janet from Richmond May 27, 2008 05:58 AM

                        I recently started a blog on Blogger, but I wouldn't say mine is a "serious" blog.

                        1. re: Janet from Richmond
                          alkapal May 28, 2008 07:43 AM

                          glad you started a blog. we're down richmond way pretty often. however, i just attempted to link to the site and got this message (maybe it is my computer/browser issue, but fyi):

                          "Safari can’t open the page “http://%20richmondfoodforthought.blogspot.com”. The error was: “Cannot show URL” (WebKitErrorDomain:101) Please choose Report Bugs to Apple from the Safari menu, note the error number, and describe what you did before you saw this message."

                          1. re: alkapal
                            Janet from Richmond May 28, 2008 07:46 AM

                            The link worked for me....the URL is richmondfoodforthought.blogspot.com <- try cutting and pasting that (I suck at this kind of thing).

                            1. re: alkapal
                              carswell May 28, 2008 07:54 AM

                              There's a stray space between the "http://" and the "richmondfoodforthought". Delete it and the link will work.


                              1. re: carswell
                                Janet from Richmond May 28, 2008 08:17 AM

                                Thanks!!! Going off to fix!

                                1. re: Janet from Richmond
                                  alkapal May 28, 2008 08:33 AM

                                  yay! thanks for a nice blog. good photo of the skyline at top, btw! best wishes to you, janet!

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                          emerilcantcook May 26, 2008 02:00 PM

                          I like Wordpress better than Blogger. I used to have a blogger blog, but had to switch due to too many glitches with my blogger account. The aesthetics of Wordpress is also much more pleasant to my eye, but that depends on your preferences. If you are going to use lots of photos, getting a flickr account might also come in handy because it has a direct "blog this" button on every photo uploaded.

                          Here is some technical comparison between the two: http://pulsed.blogspot.com/2007/07/bl...

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                          1. re: emerilcantcook
                            Miss Needle May 26, 2008 03:17 PM

                            My sister has a blog and she says that wordpress is way superior to blogspot. I think wordpress is very user-friendly as well. So my vote would be for wordpress.

                            1. re: Miss Needle
                              Miss Needle May 26, 2008 08:29 PM

                              This chart may also be handy.


                              1. re: Miss Needle
                                carswell May 26, 2008 08:45 PM

                                Thanks, Miss N. The chart is two years old, though, and badly in need of updating (e.g. says Wordpress has two skins when it now has 60+).

                            2. re: emerilcantcook
                              carswell May 26, 2008 08:46 PM

                              Very useful link, ECC. Thanks muchly.

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