Free and Easy Blogging

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Blogger, Wordpress, Xanga, Livejournal, TypePad … The list of blogging platforms extends beyond imagination. Each of the blogging platforms has their own advantages and disadvantages. It is up to the user to choose the blogging platform that suits his/ her requirements and fits into the budget.

Thoughts.com
In this discussion, I am going to introduce a new service called Thoughts.com that is still in its beta testing phase. Thoughts.com is a 100% free online blogging community.

What can you do at Thoughts?
  • You can Create Blog and express yourself online
  • You can upload high quality photos and organize them into categories/ folders
  • You can upload and host videos on your blog
  • You can upload, download, play and share your desired podcasts
  • Other members are able to leave comments on your blog post, photo, video or podcast
  • The user rating system allows you to rate each blog post, photo, video or podcast from 1 to 5 stars
Advantages of Thoughts
Sign-up Process: It is very simple. The sign-up process took less than a minute.

Posting: Within five minutes, I could publish my first post. The blog editor is very easy to use. The editor provides you with features like font, font size, font color, bold, italics, underline, left/ center/ right/ justified alignment, ordered/ unordered list and links.

E-mail: Thoughts.com has an in-built e-mail so that you need not clutter your personal e-mail.

Disadvantages of Thoughts
The disadvantage again is its simplicity. If you are an advanced user, it doesn’t provide many options. There are about 7 different themes for your blog and it doesn’t allow any further customization. You cannot add any third-party widgets. You do not have access to the HTML code behind your blog posting.

Conclusion
As a whole, I find that Thoughts.com is very simple and easy to use. Thoughts.com might help you to build your own community as it is strongly built as an online blogging community. It doesn’t require any knowledge of HTML, CSS or XML. It is a very good service for users who wants just pure blogging experience and does not want their feet dragged into the technical know-how behind.

4 comments:

Free Money Maker May 5, 2008 at 8:47 PM  

Hi manick how are you? Actually I got a template /theme which I want to implement into my new wordpress blog.But I cant as I dont know how to do this.Do you have some idea about this,then help me.Wordpress has its own theme but I want to implement some other like yours.Please help me if you are familiar with wordpress.I also want some advice on domain rent provided by wordpress at $15 per year.Is it be enough for own domain? What is own dedicated server,need I too purchase this?Please help me to shoot out lack of wordpress familiarity.Thanks.

Manick May 5, 2008 at 10:23 PM  

Hi Free Money Maker,

I am fine. Hope you are doing well.

You cannot edit/ change the wordpress themes if you are using the free version of the Wordpress. Whatever is provided by default, you have to choose one from them.

Domain rent at $15 per year is expensive. You can buy your domain less than that from other players like Godaddy, eNom or names.com. I purchased a domain name through Blogger for $10, which is a bit expensive, but I had less problems in configuring the name to my blogspot blog.

Own dedicated server is a dedicated space for you online. You can use it to upload anything you like. You can use Wordpress software for blogging, you can use php for widgets or you can create a web site. Depending on the bandwidth and the features available, you have to pay a monthly hosting fee.

Free Money Maker May 7, 2008 at 11:53 AM  

This mean $15 is some expensive.Ok.Hey If I owns a domain then is it must to aquire a host also? What hosting package should be appropriate for me? I dont have enough knowldege on such thing,php,file uploading etc.Should they back up me after purchase.I mean if got any problem then what should I do?Please tell me in details.Thanks.

Manick May 7, 2008 at 5:31 PM  

Hi Free Money Maker,

It is not necessary for you to acquire a host if you own a domain. You can still use Blogger for free, only your address will change. It will not include the .blogspot any more. It will be your own preferred address.

I understand that there will be backup and most of the host providers support you through e-mail/ phone line. I have not hosted any blog on my own. So, I cannot provide any personal advice here.

For a start, do a research on the good host services. Go with popular services like Godaddy, HostGator or similar.

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