In This Chapter
Figuring out how to pick blog software
Deciding between hosted and nonhosted software
Knowing what you absolutely have to have
Looking at the software available today
The first three chapters covered what blogs are, why people blog, how bloggers choose their topics, and how to set up a basic blog. In this chapter, you move on to the gritty details. Prepare yourself for strange new technology jargon as you take the next step towards what makes blogging exciting, frustrating, confusing, and rewarding — blogging software.
No matter where you take your blog, it all starts with one crucial decision: what blog software you'll use. Choose wisely, grasshopper, and watch your blog software grow as you add more bells and whistles. Pick poorly, and be faced with the ultimate chore: migrating your blog from one blog software package to a better one. It can be done, but it isn't pretty. Spend the time finding out about the available blogging tools and the functionality they provide now so you can save yourself a lot of headaches later.
In this chapter, you take a look at what the blogging software market has to offer. Making these decisions carefully is important if you want to retain your sanity. You find out about the differences between some of the most popular software packages and touch on the benefits and disadvantages of the major blogging platforms.
The first thing to recognize about blogging platforms is ...