Blog.com lets users create a unique, personalized blog. The user can write about anything they like. Blog.com provides the hosting, template and other features. The site offers users a diverse collection of stylish templates to choose from. Users can also manage multiple authors on one blog, which allows a single blog to provide more points of view. The application supports many popular widgets, including those for Twitter, Flickr and Delicious. Users can connect with social networks, including Facebook. Mobile posting features are also supported by Blog.com. User blogs support different types of media, from photo galleries to video and audio clips. Premium members can also utilize a personal domain name. Blog.com provides support as well as privacy settings for users who prefer to write for a smaller crowd rather than a public forum. Users can earn income through advertising and search engine optimize their blog with Blog.com’s SEO features.
Blog.com was created in 2004. The application was designed to give users a better way to create and manage a blog. The current version provides the user with a long list of templates to choose from as well as integration tools ad widgets that work with popular social networks.
Blog.com has combined many features to give users a list of options when designing and managing a blog. After selecting the look of the blog, the user can choose which widgets to add and add other media-related items such as a photo gallery or video clip. The features also let users earn cash for advertising.
The Blog.com website has a very pleasant, subdued design that gives it an overall pleasant appearance. The homepage features a wide header with a green, textured bubble design that seems to flow with the wavy shape of the green and black Blog.com logo. Below, users can learn more about the application or log in using the bar at the very top, center of the page. Blog.com uses the WordPress platform for the hosted blogs. Users who are familiar with WordPress will recognize the dashboard and the features of Blog.com.
A new user can register for a blog on Blog.com can do so by clicking the rounded gold “Sign Up, It’s Free!” button along the right hand side of the homepage. Doing so takes the user to the registration form which asks for an email address, password and Captcha code entry. The user can click one of two radio buttons at the bottom of the form as well. The top button lets the user sign up and start a Blog.com blog and the bottom button just gives the user an account without a blog.
Blog.com offers users many billing options when signing up. All users are given a free account and can manage a blog for free. Those who prefer to remove advertisements on their blog by paying approximately $30 per year. Users who need more space for their blog can purchase extra space for around $20 per year. The user can utilize their own domain name for just under $20 per year and purchase a custom CSS for around $15 per year. Unlimited authors on a blog costs around $30 per year. Private blogs can have up to 35 authors.
Blog.com is an interesting resource for anyone who would like to start their own blog. The basic service is free and the user can purchase extras as they want or need them. The application is easy to use and provides numerous customization options.