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Blogs like blogspot , typepad and wordpress.com are examples of a hosted blog.
In this platform the blog is pre-hosted and is provided as a service.
A hosted site makes it extremely easy for you to start a blog and see if you like it without spending a lot of money up front.
Generally extremely user-friendly and fairly intuitive.
Hosted sites also offer WYSIWIG editors .
Customizing the Template : You will generally have less control of your HTML or CSS.
Ads : WordPress.com does not allow advertising on your blog.
SEO : There are platform limitations. For example, archiving can be less user-friendly; TypePad can have issues with comment spam and trackback spam.
Less professional : Blogger blogs can appear to be less professional. This is a bias in the blogging community.
You have control over all of your HTML and CSS .
You have control over permalinks . This means that instead of the platform choosing the name of a post, you choose a name. This will help not only with managing permalinks, but with managing your SEO (or search engine optimization).
There are many plug-ins for the WordPress.org platform that allow you to do everything from managing advertising to managing and responding to comments more efficiently.
You have control over how your archives are managed .
You need to be technical to get a blog started.
You should be more comfortable with HTML, CSS, and PHP in order to tweak your templates.
Will cost you money .( domain registration and hosting cost).
Now Having considered all the options,
we will concentrate on two main platforms
Blogger, i.e., blogspot (Hosted blog platform).
Wordpress( Self Hosted Blog Platform)
Set Up a Blogger Account http://www.blogger.com www.webreps.in try_blogging
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Post a Message www.webreps.in
Working With the Basic Settings www.webreps.in
Working With the Publishing Settings I need to remember this URL www.webreps.in
Working With the Formatting Settings How do you want the data to appear? www.webreps.in
The Blog’s URL http://prabhanjan-panigrahi.blogspot.com/ www.webreps.in
Choosing your domain and getting it registered (godaddy.com).
Choosing your hosting space provider.
PHP 4.3 or greater
MySQL 4.0 or greater
The mod_rewrite Apache module
Should have ftp or ssh access.
This is the simplest one.
Choose a hosting that provides Fantastico
in its cpanel, this is an application that automates the installation of web application.
And with few button clicks you will have your blog installed.
Download the wordpress package from wordpress .org.
Upload the files to your sites document root.
And then type your blogs url and follow the steps and you will have your blog installed.
The Plugin Functionality
The Theme Functionality
Auto Ping Functionality
The Overall Feeling of Simplicity
WordPress can become a very good content management with an very little tweaking.
You can create hundreds of pages and build a complete website and blog with the same installation.