All blog platforms have their pros and cons, but how do you know which one is right for you? Should you go for a free solution like Blogger and WordPress, or pay a little extra and get a Typepad blog?
Owned by Google, Blogger is the world´s most popular blogging platform. Many bloggers start their journey on this site since it´s so easy to get up and running: you don´t need to buy a domain name or hosting package. Google takes care of that! Users can change the look and feel of the site by editing the template files, but if you´re looking to do a little bit more advanced customizations, you´ll quickly notice the limitations of this network.
WorPress comes in two versions: the hosted, done-for-you version is available at wordpress.com, while a version to host yourself can be downloaded from wordpress.org - as you can imagine, this causes quite a bit confusion for newbees. The hosted version on wordpress.com is similar to blogger.com´s free blog service. The downside of wordpress.com is that it inserts small ads on your blog, but these can be easily removed by paying a small fee. In all, wordpress.com is a great way to familairize yourself with the WordPress blogging software without having to deal with the technical side of managing your own install.
If you go for one of the free options, at some point you´ll probably decide it´s time to have full control over your blog or website. WordPress is the world´s most popular CMS to host blogs and websites. There´s a bit of a learning curve as you´ll have to register a domain name sign up for WordPress hosting. Expect to pay around $100 per your for decent hosting, the investment is worth it.
Typepad is a paid hosted blog service, similar to wordpress.com but without the ads. The interface is clean and intuitive, but as with all hosted versions if you need full control this is probably not the right solution for you. However, if you´re a business professional in need of a robust blog platform, Typepad might just be right for you.
So, which blog platform is right for you? If you don´t have any experience with managing a website I´d recommend starting with wordpress.com. This allows you to get used to the features and functionality while you don´t have to worry about the technical details. However, if you have owned a blog for a while and are ready to make the next step, by all means go for WordPress.