Where to Home your Blog

There are two main methods for blogging: hosted blog services and stand-alone blog platforms.

A hosted blog service is usually owned by a company and offers blogging solutions on its own server either for free or for a small fee. These services are great for new bloggers looking for instant gratification and are a way to try out blogging without making a financial commitment. Some of the best quick and easy hosted blogging services are and, primarily for their fast and simple set-up. With both, you could be blogging in under five minutes.

A stand-alone blog platform requires that you install a downloaded blog software program and then install that program on your own server space, usually rented through a hosting provider. You will need an FTP (File Transfer Protocol) program and a bit of your inner geek in order to accomplish this, but it is not that challenging if you are patient and pay attention to the details. Some examples of stand-alone blog platforms are Expression Engine Core, Movable Type, and

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