Hi! During the course of testing many different blog engines, I ended up with 3 different ones that all had the same posts. Now I am trying to consolidate so I am moving to new blog at Clear.bluedei.com. I just finished a 3-part series on which blog engine I liked the best. You can see the third and final post at my Clear Bluedei blog, (along with some new, fun posts). Clear Blue Dei has all the posts on this blog and will have all new posts from now on.
The results were that I liked Google Blogger best for ease of use, functionality and for when you don’t have your own web host that you can install your blog on. And if you have your own web host and are technically inclined and enjoy playing around with ftp and html and unix and all, I like wordpress.org using your own self-hosted blog for the greatest functionality and control.
So I have set up my own wordpress.org blog on my domain clear.bluedei.com and I plan to consolidate my blogs into one and it will be that one. Both other blogs (this one and alongthepathto20.blogspot.com) will still be there along with all the posts to date, but only clear.bluedei.com will contain new posts. Actually, I will most likely set up another blog so I can separate my personal and/or fun posts from my Web 2.0 posts since it makes more sense to separate them.
I’d love to use this blog for my personal blog but since it is called allthingsweb20, it doesn’t work well for a personal blog. And unfortunately, wordpress.com charges $10 / year (I think that is the charge, it was hard to figure out and they call it 10 ‘credits’ a year) to redirect a blog to your own domain. Which would seriously pain me to pay since most all other blog engines allow you to redirect for free. And the only reason to use this blog would be because there are old links pointing to the posts and it has a higher technorati rating. But WordPress.com doesn’t make it easy to understand all the nuances of redirecting. Here is a description from their blog. Ok, now do you understand? I don’t and I had no trouble whatsoever redirecting my Google Blogger blog.
Actually, I don’t care for the whole pricing structure at wordpress.com period. Here are some of the other charges for ‘extras':
Custom CSS – 15 credits per year ($0.04/day)
Unlimited Private Users – 30 credits per year ($0.08/day)
1 GB space upgrade (add to upload directory) 20 credits per year ($0.05/day)
5 GB space upgrade (add to upload directory) 50 credits per year ($0.14/day)
10 GB space upgrade (add to upload directory) 90 credits per year ($0.25/day)
(not to mention their VIP Hosting Service that costs $600 to setup and $300/month hosting fee)
So please go to my clear.bluedei.com blog for my new posts. I will keep this blog with all the posts thus far, but from now on will be posting only on my main blog unless I find some way to use this one again and/or set up a new personal blog.
Thank you for visiting and please come check out my All Things Web 2.0 blog at clear.bluedei.com.