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Blogging Platforms

 


Blogging platforms are a great way to share your knowledge with the rest of the world. Early in 2002, when we only had print media to share our knowledge, sharing was only limited for commercial purposes. Giving ads in newspaper or advertising on television or on radio station really costs big bucks. But as the internet industry grown more and more content sharing platforms came, of which blogging platforms proved revolutionary and it just boomed the internet industry. A person can sit at his comfort from his PC and throw up content on the internet and big giants like Google will really make it possible for your contents to get delivered to the right audience. Blogging Platforms are the only reason for the growth of Internet. People would never spend their time online if there were no contents to be found. Blogging platforms have made people to blog on what ever topic they love and this had made internet industry a living place. I don't find a topic on internet where people have not blogged on.


As more and more people get interested in using blogging platforms, this had made internet a constantly refreshing and expanding place. One very often and most desirable reason for people getting interested in Blogging platforms, is the ability to earn money out of blogging. So people lets review every thing about blogging platforms in details.

 Top 5 Blogging Platforms for one to Blog

Since Internet is vast, not even Google can exactly say how many Blogging platforms are out there on the internet, but in this post I will be talking about the best top 10 blogging platforms.

1. Blogspot : 
Blogspot also known as the blogger, is the most popular and trusted blogging platform. It is easy to use and maintain and It is one of the products of "Google". Like you own and use free gmail for emailing similarly Blogger.com is free to use and supports 100 authors. If you use Gmail then your blog will automatically created if you are logged in to your Gmail and then type "blogger.com"on a new tab.

You can see that this post which you are reading now is powered by "blogger.com" and it is a sub domain of  "blogspot.com".

Why I prefer using Blogspot as my Blogging Platform?

  1. Blogspot is owned by manged by Industries most expert and experienced engineers. Yes Google engineers.
  2. If you can trust gmail for keeping your private files then you can definitely trust Blogger.com as well.
  3. When it comes to creating the blog, it's just as easy as abc. 
  4. Blogger is the Blogging platform which cares for both new and advanced users.
  5. The best of all is that Google has a separate "Google for blog" search engine which definitely helps new blogs to gain traffic much easily. Great huh!

2. WordPress:

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WordPress is a great Blogging Platform. Though it's not an easy blogging platform if you are a newbie but if  spend a little bit of your time you will definitely find WordPress great.
WordPress brings two blogging platform for a blogger. Either you go to "WordPress.com" or "WordPress.org".

WordPress.com : Here you can start your own blog or website for free or paid.
  1.  If you choose to go for a free blog, then you gonna get your desired WordPress sub domain and you can start blogging without paying anything.  
  2. If you choose to go for paid, then you gonna get features like no ad serving, domain mapping facility, 10 GB of disk space, custom designing option for editing css and video hosting services and much more.
Note: When you decide to go for free version WordPress is gonna server advertisement on your blog so it's always a good option to start with free and then switch over to paid if your blog starts getting traffic which you can monetize.

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Wordpress.org : This is the place for WordPress organization. WordPress team brings frequent updates on their Blogging platform and you can download it from here for completely free. The most important thing which I didn't tell you is that you can download their blogging platform script and upload it on your server and you are ready to start building your blog and your audience.

WordPress.org is like a showcase of their blogging platform. Here you learn about different plugins, their use, themes and much more.

3. HubPages:

Hubpages is not a designing platform but it is definitely a great blogging platform. At Hubpages you can blog almost about any topic. The blogging topic could be from any niche but it must be your own copyright.
You can either share an article, video or create a recipe. The best part about Hubpages that if you are a passionate blogger then you can also earn money from your posts. Ya, you are allowed to sign for different advertising and monetizing programs on your hub.
One of the most important thing to note here is that unlike blogger and WordPress, Hubpages has many active user and every time you post a page it gets viewed by most of the hubbers and it's easily found and indexed by Google and other popular search engines.

Copy and paste this in your browser to visit the Blogging platform:  www.hubpages.com

4. Squidoo :  

Squidoo is another blogging platform just similar to hubpages, but the only difference between hubpage and  Squidoo platform is that at hubpages you can sign up for monetizing programs like adsense and eBay but at Squidoo you do earn a part of earning which Squidoo ads earn on your pages.
Squidoo is again a very great free Blogging platform and  your content gets seen by search engines very easily.

Both  squidoo and hubpages are a great blogging platform indeed and you can earn money on both. I would recommend you to try both of them and see which one out of the two blogging platform works best for you.

Copy and paste this in your browser to visit the Blogging platform:  www.Squidoo.com

5. Weebly

Weebly is just an amazing and very simple to use blogging as well as designer platforms on Internet.
For designers weebly offers a highly professional looking templates which are all drag and drop and it supports html5 and Css3.
For bloggers, weebly can help you share your contents with the world in just minutes. Even if you do not know the ABC of programming but still  you can develop your own professional looking blog with contact us and form filling features.
Weebly also offers you to earn money online just by applying for adsense program from your blog.
Weebly like other Blogging platforms display advertisement on your free blog and if you upgrade to their premium, then their ad displaying on your blog.


Copy and paste this in your browser to visit the Blogging platform:  www.weebly.com


Blogging platforms reviews- blogging platforms comparison

Here i am going to review the blogging platforms and give you a good comparison between different blogging platforms so that it can help you decide the right blogging platform which suits your needs.


www.Blogger.comwww.wordpress.comwww.Squidoo.comwww.weebly.com
1. Best blogging platform for both simple and advanced bloggers1. Best blogging platform for experienced bloggers and best for designers1.Best blogging platform only1. Best blogging and designer platform for both fresh and experienced users
2. Custom domain can be added1. Custom domain can only be added for premium users2.No Custom domain can be added2. Custom domain can be added only when you go premium
3.Look and feel of the blog can be fully optimized 3. There are some limitations and need upgrades.3. Though it Can be optimized but it does not look very professional3. Look and feel can be optimized to sum degree but for full optimization requires to be premkum
4.Absolutely free4. Free but in some cases the services are chargible.4. No body knows when their privacy policy changes4. Chargible in most of the cases.


Blogging platforms market share


Lets review, how much the market share a blogging platform occupies? and what is the most important reason for holding that market share. This market share reviews of blogging platforms is only for blogging not for designing

1. Blogger:  holds 30% of blogging share in the internet industry.

Reasons:
  • Better SEO standing
  • Absolutely free
  • Can be monetized
 2. Wordpress: holds 10% of blogging share

Reasons:
  • Better SEO standing
  • Free
3. Weebly: holds 1% of blogging share

Reasons:
  • Free 
  • Designing and look aspect
4. Others including Squidoo and many more not known and unspecified : holds the rest of  the blogging market share

Best blogging platforms to make money:

No doubt blogger is the best blogging platform to make money. If you wanna make money by blogging then Google Adsense ad inventory is best for you and since Blogger is the property of Google, it becomes much easier to get approved for Adsense program.


Best blogging platforms for photographers:

For photographers I wold recommend to give WordPress a try. Though blogger and weebly can also be your best option but since for weebly you need to go premium for photographing website and blogger look and feel is not that great.
So ya, WordPress should be your best blogging platform as a photographer.

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ipage web hosting reviews

ipage reviews

  

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ipage's above banner clearly says "Hosting since 1998" but this is not believed by most of the webmasters. Though the domain got registered first time in  1998 but it's DNS record says that the domain got registered again in October 2009. Though the company claims to be 15 years old but it's DNS record and it's inactivity often raises question in the mind of webmasters. By the way company got recognized as an IT company in 2009 and it's fame has grown like bush fire in just two short years of time. It's is even believed by most of the people that it's success is credited to Endurance International Group which is a well known domain registrar in the world.

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Features of ipage hosting

ipage has many things to offer to it's clients. With every web hosting plan which you take from ipage, you are offered $500 worth of valuable services for free. These $500 worth of features are offered to you in four different suits, which are:

  1. Security Suite for $100 worth
  2. Marketing Suite for $300 worth
  3. Support Suite for $50 worth
  4. Design Suite for $50 worth         

  1. ipage Security Suite features: This suite offered by ipage, ensures clients site from hacks and cracks. Hacks are very painful and ipage security suite fights backs. ipage within this suite limit will first verify your business either through phone or postal messages to your address for business verification. Verifying your business through phone of postal messages helps ipage secure your domain name from being hacked. They also ensure that website from malware and viruses by scanning your email and server on regular basis. ipage also posses a highly secure data center which constantly scan their entire server to remove hack loop holes. ipage security suite gives your website a cert security. awesome!







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Fatcow web hosting reviews

fatcow reviews

 

Fatcow reviews phase 1:

Energy:  Fatcow energy consumption comes from wind energy. 100% green energy makes it very eco friendlily.

Fatcow's Udder Web hosting :  If you are looking for serious business in 2013, then fatcow's udderly Fantastic Web hosting is all set to equip your with all your online needs. Features:

1. Disk space : udder (unlimited disk space)

2. Web Designer pack: Fatcow brings you a professional web designer for weaving your website. Now there is no need for you to do the hard coding stuff. Fatcow's web builder takes care of all your coding stuff. Just point and click to create your professional looking website in minutes. It's cool.

3. Control panel: Fatcow has it's own custom build in control panel, which is tailor made by keeping in mind user friendly nature.

4. Analytic and reporting tools: Fatcow offers you to install Google analytic tools to your website in just a simple click through it's inbuilt analytic installing feature. Just amazing!, think of how hard it would be to go manually on every single pages of your site and install the analytic tracking code.

 5. Fatcow also provides you step by step instructions on how to install scripts like simple scripts installation for WordPress installation, photo gallery installation, blogging platform installation, phpbb for forums etc.

6. Fatcow also cares for commercial website. Fatcow offers simple PayPal installation for allowing payment gateway on your website. You also get custom built coupons, shopping carts and catalogs for driving in more sales.

7.Email support: Give you customers and clients emails, with your tailored email address on your business name. This just looks to professional. yourname@youdomain.com

8.SEO:  Fatcow has very exciting offers for you, when comes to search engine optimization. The web builder is built in such a way to give you full control on optimizing the layout of your website, in order to obtain maximum search engine visibility.

9.Free advertising: This feature is just amazing and It's like Fatcow is in full intention to help it's clients succeed in their online business. I mean $100 Google advertising credit, Yahoo+bing $25 search credit, $50 Facebook advertising credit, Business listing in premium directories for free which includes yp.com, free tool free number powered by nextiva.

10. Just read their support oath. The oath is just great. What a quality support service they have to offer. It's just great to host website at Fatcow.

Availing all these services for just $3.15/month is like boggling to me. I am really amazed by there services and plan they have to offer. It's just great to take services from them.

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Fatcow reviews phase 2


1. Fatcow website speed test: These are just the screen shorts for fatcow website speed test which I am sharing here. You can go and perform the speed test of Fatcow's website yourself at http://tools.pingdom.com

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2. Fatcow reliability test:  Pingdom reliability testing and monitoring service enables a user to check the server downtime, up-time reports and perform root cause analysis of a server. Applying Pingdom monitoring services on one of the Fatcow's shared hosting server enabled me to review their web server reliability.

Fatcow's Reliability data according to pingdom: Pingdom showed 99.9% server reliability of  fatcow's hosting with a 0.300 second server response time. Awesome!
We all know that, Fatcow operates it's two data center on Pooled server and clustering technology helps Fatcow insure such high up time guarantee.

3. Fatcow's Usability reviews:  Fatcow has it's own tailor made control panel which comes very handy when installing scripts, CMS, web builder etc and gives a very pleasing end user experience.
Though Fatcow control panel is customized by v Deck 4 and comes very handy when performing tasks like running ftp programs, email Id creation, managing sql databases and other server side tasks which is required but If you compare hostgator web weaver pack, with weebly or other designer packs available online, you might find fatcow's web weaver not as comparable as you might have thought. Even some of it's themes are not fully supported and compatible.

But since they are free, there is nothing harm in using them without you have to pay. This feature can be very awesome for those who have no designing knowledge and don't even wanna pay for development.

Another thing here which I would like to appreciate about fatcow's control panel is the ability to install popular CMS in just so ease. CMS like WordPress, Drupal and Joomla, Phpbb etc can be installed in just a click. simple scripts really make this very handy. 

5. Fatcow's technical/support team reviews:  Well, fatcow's has a very intelligent technical department. Awesome support department with quick response time usually within just 25 sec. Though Fatcow provides tool free no to it's support department but fatcow has availed many other support options to respond to it's clients which are online ticketing support system, integrated live chart support on the website, e-mail support system and step-by-step video guide and eBook.

6. Money back Guarantee: The most awesome thing about fatcow's web hosting services is their money back guarantee which they offer to their clients. If you encase, for any reason not happy with their services, you can simply ask for money refund from Fatcow support department. All you need is to message fatcow support team asking for your refund.

Note: Money back guarantee holds for the first 30 days only and this money back guarantee does not include the domain registration and seo services cost.






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