Friday, July 1, 2011

Hosted Blog Software Comparison

Blog Software can be super confusing.  First off, are you looking for a blog, or are you looking for a CMS that allows you to post like a blog, or are you really looking for a website, but you like the convenience and  features that some blog software can provide?  The comparison that we have here is for hosted blog software intended to use like a 'web log', and it doesn't get into all of the feature details for the more comprehensive packages.  

Hosted Blog Software

Setup



Skill level required
Low
Low
Intermediate
Includes Web hosting?
Yes
Yes
Yes
Self-installed?
No
No
No
Allows custom domain name?
Yes
Yes
Yes
Customer Support Options



Email Technical Support
Yes
No
Yes
User Forums
Yes
Yes
Yes
Online Document Library
Yes
Yes
Yes
Tutorials/Guides
Yes
Yes (includes videos)
Yes
Service Features



Pre-designed Templates
Hundreds
20
128; third-party templates accepted
Customizable Templates
Yes, with upgrade
Yes
Yes
Allows Static Pages
Yes
Yes
Yes
Multi-Media options
Yes
Yes
Yes, with upgrade
Advertising/Referrals/Affiliates allowed
Yes
Yes
No
Storage limits
Unlimited total; 150 MB/mo; upgrades available
1MB each page/
1 GB photos
3GB, photos & documents only; upgrades available
Additional Information
Also offers TypePad Micro, a free service with very limited features
Traffic monitoring options are limited
May put advertising on your blog in exchange for service
Cost
$8.95
Free
Free; paid upgrades
available

To see additional details on installed blog software, check out The Internet Plan's Online Resources

Mary Camacho is the author of The Internet Plan.  
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