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Why have a blog? October 27, 2006

Posted by Joanne KY Teoh in News.

Some uses for blogs include:

Personal: an individual may want a blog to help keep family and friends informed of what’s going on in their lives.

Topical: some blogs focus on specific topics, such as politics or computer hardware. These read more like magazines than blogs.

Marketing: blogs can be a great for corporate communications, creating excitement about products and services.

There are two types of hosting packages:

Hosted Services : Hosted services let you start publishing on the Web if you don’t have any Web hosting. They include TypePad, Blogger, LiveJournal.

All are managed for you, so you don’t worry about technical maintenance and can focus on your blog’s content and appearance. Services like Blogger are free while some may charge a nominal monthly fee. Their websites explain their offerings in detail.

Self-Hosted: If you have Web hosting available (or are willing to purchase hosting) and feel that the benefits outweigh the drawbacks of maintaining your own blog installation, you’ll want to consider a self-hosted package. These include WordPress, Movable Type and Textpattern.

These packages require you to perform installation and maintenance tasks. Some hosting companies have made the installation process easier, allowing one-click installation from a browser-based control panel.


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