Chapter 3

Choosing and Hosting Blog Software

In This Chapter

arrow Choosing a domain name for your blog

arrow Identifying a good web host

arrow Deciding between hosted and non-hosted software

arrow Getting your blog software in place

If you’re serious about turning your blog into a visual masterpiece, you’re likely to choose a blog software package that you install on your own web server. Hosted solutions are great, but you run up against the limits of customization quite quickly.

In this chapter, you can find information about choosing the right software for your situation. If you pick blog software that you need to install, you also need to get yourself a domain name and web hosting where you can install your software.

Prepare yourself for strange new technology jargon while you explore what makes blogging exciting, frustrating, confusing, and rewarding — blogging software.

Having Your Own Domain Name

Of course, you want a blog — that’s why you’re reading this book, right? But before you get too much further, you need to deal with the single most important decision of your blogging career: the name of ...

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