Blog Software Options/Basics

Published May 31, 2007 by Dr. Tammy Powley

With the Read/Write web in full swing, there are a lot of options when it comes to the type of software that will operate your blog. Many blog networks provide free blogging software and storage for your blog. It’s sort of like having your own free web site, like at geocities.com, but along with storing your web files, the networks also provide WYSIWYG (what you see if what you get) software. Here are some of the more popular blog software networks:

  • Blogger.com
  • WordPress.com
  • LiveJournal.com

Most newbies start off with free blogs. However, you can also create a blog on your own using the same kind of blog software (such as Blogger, WordPress, Moveable Type, and Type Pad). The advantage to doing this is that you have more control and usually more power (bells and whistles). The disadvantage is that you usually need to be more technically savvy than if you used a freebie blog site. These blogging software platforms are just that, software, so normally, you need some kind of programming skills to really be able to use them well.

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