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Are you thinking of starting a blog? The domain name and platform you choose are just two elements of many that go into making a blog successful.

The most common reasons why blogs die out is inertia and loss of interest. People either are or aren’t bloggers. The best thing to do initially is to figure out whether blogging is for you or not. If you discover that you are a compulsive blogger, you can then take your blog to the next level. This article suggests how you can go about setting up your blog.

Hosted Blog Platforms

Moreover, known as free blog platforms, you can consider starting off with these. Blogger and Word Press are the most popular ready to use blog platforms. Both are simple to use and offer a number of designs and layouts for your blog. You can also customize the blog to a great extent. What’s more, these blogs can be set up rather quickly so most bloggers start with these. With hosted blog platforms, your blog is hosted on the domain name and server of your free blog platform provider. This means that instead of getting a name like yourblog.com; you will have a name like yourblog.hostingcompany.com or hostingcompany.com/yourblog.

Advantages of Hosted Blog Platforms

  • Free hosting for your blog
  • Easy to set up
  • Simple to run, add posts to and maintain
  • Updated automatically whenever features are added to the platform
  • Indexed in search engines quickly making it easy to start getting traffic

Disadvantages Hosted Blog Platforms

  • Limited customization
  • Less control
  • You don’t own your domain name nor do you get to choose what it is
  • Migrating to a standalone blog can be painful

Stand Alone Blog Platforms

These are the blog platforms that you can host on your own domain. You can register your domain name and take a web hosting solution from a reliable web hosting company. Most web hosting companies support blogging platforms and will help you set up your blog.

Advantages Stand Alone Blog Platforms

  • Full Control of Design
  • Open source platforms like Word Press offer adaptability with new plug-ins being added regularly
  • Even these are free platforms other than the cost of the domain name and hosting
  • Your own domain name looks far more professional and is easier to recall for your visitors

Limitations of Stand Alone Blog Platforms

  • Complicated set up: While this is true, your web hosting company may be willing to help you set up your blog.
  • It isn’t entirely free since you have to pay for the domain name and the hosting
  • You need to upgrade to the latest version of the platform manually and this can be complicated

Depending on whether you are a first time blogger or a regular blogger, and your budgets, you can decide which type of blogging platform is ideal for you to get your blog set up and running.

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