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Blogger vs. WordPress – Who’s the Beginner’s Champion?

Blogger vs. WordPress - Who's the Beginner's Champion?

There are several free and paid hosting services available, but the most popular two platforms are Blogger and WordPress. Both are free hosts, but the features they offer vary considerably depending on the type of blog you want to create. If you aren’t sure which platform would be right for your purposes, here is a breakdown of how each host differs on some of the more popular features:

Domain Name

Both Blogger and WordPress.com provide generic blog names in the form of yourblog.blogspot.com or yourblog.wordpress.com. However, both provide options to point your blog at a unique domain name, such as yourblog.com. With Blogger, you have to redirect the Blogger url to your registered domain. The site offers directions on how to do this, but beginners may have a hard time navigating the directions. WordPress.com requires a fee to redirect your blog to another url. However, WordPress provides free software that you can upload to your own host for free and which will publish directly to your own url, without any redirection. The WordPress installation is notoriously simple, and self-hosting streamlines the process.

Design

Blogger offers a very user-friendly dashboard that allows for simple customization through selecting changes for different page elements. While the options may be limited, the easy interface allows users to make changes more simply. WordPress offers many more customization options for a more unique and professional look; however, users will be required to make changes directly to the code in html or css. Many tutorials are available for navigating these changes, but some users may find it too advanced.

Templates are also available for both blog hosts, but WordPress has a greater variety of themes available. Templates for both hosts are available in free and paid options, but many bloggers will find more options in WordPress.

Finally, WordPress has many more plugins and widgets available to customize the features on the blog, including ways to organize ads, comments, categories and pages, sharing options, and much, much more. Blogger has much more limited options for plugins, as there is not as much support for these features as there is in the WordPress community.

SEO

Because Blogger is affiliated with Google, the host allows for easy insertion of Google AdSense and blogs are indexed more quickly, making them available to search engines right away. Blogs started through WordPress.com are unable to host AdSense or any other ads, and WordPress may even display its own ads on the blog. However, blogs started with the WordPress software can be fully customized to display any type of advertising.

WordPress also allows for easier creation of categories, automatic recording of trackbacks, and other SEO customization, which are not available in Blogger.

Blogger’s features are typically more easily navigable for beginners and those blog hosts who want a simple interface with which to share a more direct, journal-type blog, whereas WordPress offers more advanced features that may appeal to those who want to create a professional-looking blog and to create an income stream from it. Determining the superior blog host will be dependent upon the goals you have for the blog.

 Which blog host do you prefer and why? Tell us in the comments!

About the Author:

Heather Green is a freelance writer for several regional magazines in North Carolina as well as a resident blogger for OnlineNursingDegrees.org. Her writing experience includes fashion, business, health, agriculture and a wide range of other topics. Heather has just completed research on medical transcription programs and the steps needed to earn a physical therapy assistant degree.

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10 iPhone Apps to Help You Stay Healthy in the Kitchen

Unless you have a television, a computer, and a full library set up in your kitchen, it can be difficult to access all the recipes, healthy cooking tips, and nutrition information that you need to make tasty and nutritious meals for you and your family. With the rise in popularity of smart phones, accessing this information has become much easier. Not only can you look up articles and videos directly from your phone, but you can also choose from thousands of apps to install on your phone for everything from fresh ideas to cooking lists to nutritional information. Here is our list of 10 great apps that will help you stay healthy in the kitchen by offering up healthy recipes, useful tools, or fat and calorie information:

 

Simply Organic http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/simply-organic/id325214872?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

 

Simply-Organic-app

 

Find hundreds of recipes with healthy, organic ingredients with this free app. You can also find stores that carry the ingredients listed, and get access to coupons for those products. Create an easy shopping list by tapping on ingredients in the recipes. Recipes promote the Simply Organic line of products.

 

Don’t Eat That  http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dont-eat-that/id343897026?mt=8#

 

Dont Eat That App

 

Learning how to eat healthy isn’t just about recognizing beneficial ingredients. Sometimes you have to learn how to spot what not to eat, as well. This app, which costs $1.99, can let you know if ingredients are carcinogenic, are banned in other countries, are bad for children or pregnant women, are genetically modified, or are known to cause allergies. You don’t have to be connected to the Internet to access the list.

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Find The Fastest Growing Business Pages on Google+ using Zoomsphere

Find The Fastest Growing Business Pages on Google+ using ZoomsphereGoogle+ has still not yet reached the level of Facebook in terms of Social Networking Users, but it has rapidly added new features eg Google Hangouts which definately make Google+ a must for every user especially a Business owner who is seeking to reach the Google+ traffic for marketing his venture through the use of Google+ Business Pages.

I came across a new online utility called Zoomsphere which lets you view  the total number of fans across various social networks including Google+.

Top Google+ Business Pages
When looking at the details page for each of these Google+ Business Pages, you will access  all kinds of other information as well like Top Commented, which is the top commented activity; Top Plussed, which is the comment or entry with the most plusses; and recent activity, which is the most recent activity on the page.

Do give Zoomsphere a try and find out the Fastest Growing Top Google+ Business Pages Now!

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How To Disable and Remove Chat From Gmail

If you prefer using Google Talk (GTalk) to chat online with your friends and only use Gmail to check emails and not for chatting. This tips will prove useful to you – This Tech Tip will help you to completely remove (and not just hide) the chat box from your Gmail mailbox.

Log on to your  Gmail Settings page, switch to the Chat tab, choose “Chat Off” and click on the “Save Changes” button. Alternatively, you may use this link to directly access your Gmail Chat settings page. You can re-enable chat in your Gmail by using the “Chat On” option.

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3 Computer Security Tips to Stay Safe Online

3 Computer Security Tips to Stay Safe OnlineAlthough Internet is growing really fast this century with a whole lot of things to do; some use it for business, some for dating, some for advertise etc. so also the dangers that are associated with the internet grows. If you don’t really know how to handle this entire problem, you might end up been a victim of internet and its problem as the sayings goes, “everything has its own problem”. Experience they say is the best teacher but most you fall a victim of something bad before you learn how to avoid that situation and how can you avoid something you do not know anything about. That why amgoing to share with you my awful experience as an internet user and this will surely help you stay safe and not be affected the same I was.

Mind the Site You Visit

My first time on the internet was an experience that I will never forget because it so much caused me a lot of trauma. Then like I said I was a novice and so I just open any website that Google and other search engine directs me to not knowing that am hurting both my system and myself.
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