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Best blog host/software?

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!

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  1. 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

      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

          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+).

      1. re: emerilcantcook

        Very useful link, ECC. Thanks muchly.

      2. 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

          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

            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

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

            1. re: Janet from Richmond

              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

                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

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

                  http://richmondfoodforthought.blogspo...

                    1. re: Janet from Richmond

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

            2. 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

                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

                  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.

              2. 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. 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.