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Blogger; the free website from Google

Updated on March 04, 2017
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Many people desire to have a website of their own, but turn back when they come to know about the cost involved in designing and hosting a website. Google has helped such people with its more flexible product, 'Blogger'. Blogger lets you design your website or a blog, free, with its own hassle-free templates, allowing customized settings for normal and advanced users. A blog is a set of posts made by a user in different pages. The templates range from ‘Simple’ to ‘Ethereal’ that can be chosen for your particular niche. The posts you make in your blog are displayed one by one date-wise, with the latest post on top. Blogs are placed in its sub-domain Blogspot.

Features

The HTML editor is user-friendly and you can include images, videos and links in your posts. The 'Design' option enables the user to edit and insert the right gadget in the right place. Each gadget is a page element that has its own purpose. There are several gadgets available currently and Blogger is adding one by one to improve the functionality of the blog. Page status, followers, images, slideshow of images and profile views are some of them. Customized template and customized page elements give the user total flexibility of creating a blog that is in his imagination. For including ‘Privacy policy’ or ‘About me’ details, you can create static pages that won’t pop up while viewing a blog. They are treated as third-party elements that contain links to other websites, images or videos.

Advantages


  • The Google Toolbar has a feature called 'BlogThis!' which allows users with Blogger accounts to link posts directly to their blogs.
  • Blogger supports Google's Adsense product as a means to generate revenue for the user from running a blog.
  • Blogger also started integration of Amazon Associates as a service to generate revenue.
  • Group blogs are established by way of multiple author support.
  • Customization of Blogger templates is another added feature.
  • The standalone app Windows Live Writer of the Windows Live Suite, publishes directly to Blogger.

Types of blogs


There are many different types of blogs, differing not only in the particular niche, but also in the way posts are made.

Personal blogs

Personal blogs cater to a single user’s personal experiences. It can be sometimes an online diary or online commentary. Your expertise in a specific bailiwick can be showcased with the help of a blog. This does bring in expressing your opinions as well as passing information to the whole world. Blogging can have a sentimental quality. One type of personal blog, referred to as micro-blog is extremely detailed and seeks to capture a moment in time.

Business blogs

Business blogs are intended for communicating to business clients. Large corporations and enterprises make commentary about their updates and events by means of corporate blogs. Emailing each single employee and customer is time-consuming, but by blogging everyone is invited to make aware of the current affairs and activities. Blogs for clubs and societies are called club blogs and group blogs.

Niche blogs

Each one of us would be an expert in some niches. Niches can be weight loss, travels, music, art & craft, education, fashion, politics, economics or anything that you’ve acquired knowledge about. For example, a blog that has posts from a mom and her family is called a mom blog. These kinds of blogs can help run small home-based businesses.

Media blogs

A blog feauring videos is called a vlog, one featuring links is called a linkblog, a site containing a portfolio of sketches is called a sketchblog or one featuring photos is called a photoblog.

Device blogs

Blogs can also be defined by the device from which they are created. A blog written from a mobile device like a mobile phone or personal digital assistant could be called a Moblog.

Blogger templates

Templates of various color combinations that echo the topic of your blog can be chosen from the ‘template designer. Each template has got different page layout and design. The fonts and colors of Blog title, post title, page text, tabs text all can be customized by going to 'advanced' option according to your choice.

1. Simple

These are templates with few graphic elements and a simple composition. With a variety of color combinations, Simple blogger templates are apt for featuring an artist’s accomplishments and awards.

Layout of a Simple Template

'Simple' blogger template
'Simple' blogger template | Source

2. Watermark

These templates contain several graphic designs of varied colors. If you’ve knowledge in coding HTML, you can include images of your choice and make it more lively.

Layout of Watermark template

'Watermark' blogger template
'Watermark' blogger template | Source

3. Dynamic views

This designer allows posts to view in different ways which you can choose. This kind of design makes it easier for the reader to navigate through your blog.

Layout of Dynamic Views template

'Dynamic views' blogger template
'Dynamic views' blogger template | Source


4. Awesome Inc.

In this kind of template, major area of the background is plain that comes in ranging colors. You can choose the right color of your choice.

Layout of Awesome Inc. template

'Awesome Inc.' blogger template
'Awesome Inc.' blogger template | Source

5. Ethereal

This is another designer template that looks ethereal really. With simple backgrounds and page layouts, Ethereal designer template is suitable for niche blogs.

Layout of Ethereal template

'Ethereal' blogger template
'Ethereal' blogger template | Source

6. Travel

This template goes well with travel blogs. Photos, videos that are captured from natural spots would cherish the memories of the reader when blogged in this kind of template.

Layout of Travel template

'Travel' blogger template
'Travel' blogger template | Source

7. Picture Window

This is another designer template that has a picture in its backdrop. Pictures may vary and you can select the design of your choice. I’ve selected this template for my blog “kaatriniley”.

Layout of Picture template

'Picture windows' blogger template
'Picture windows' blogger template | Source

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      Radhika Sreekanth 2 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Thanks MG Singh for the engaging comment.

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      MG Singh 2 years ago from Singapore

      Yes, Google is a great help and everyone can use it.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 4 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Thanks LindaSmith for reiterating the facts. Take care and have a nice day!

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      Radhika Sreekanth 4 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Thanks joanveronica for stopping by and adding to the discussion. Best wishes for your blogging ventures!

      Take care!

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      LindaSmith1 4 years ago from USA

      Blogger is a free blog site. But Google also has free websites. Personally, I played with the Google free website, and really did not see much difference than in using blogger.

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      Joan Veronica Robertson 4 years ago from Concepcion, Chile

      Very informative, thanks for publishing! I have a Blogger blog, but haven't started to write yet, still planning! Have a good day!

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      Radhika Sreekanth 4 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Thanks tami fite for the kind comment.

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      Tami Fite 4 years ago

      thanks! very good information!

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      Radhika Sreekanth 4 years ago from Mumbai,India

      @Sunga

      Thanks Sunga for reinforcing the points.

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      Sunganani L. Manjolo 4 years ago from Lilongwe, Malawi

      I once started at blogger and I am thankful for all I learned there. However, for those who may want to move on to a self hosted Wordpress and are not technically astute, there is a great community which is ever ready to help. That is how I learned to set up my wordpress site.

      That said: I recommend blogger for starters.

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      Blognizend 5 years ago

      Yes blogger is user friendly I used it like blogspot.com

      you can change Template too like a webpage

      try to check my little blogspot ^^

      http://blognizend.blogspot.com/

      but I want to move now on wordpress

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      Radhika Sreekanth 5 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Yes Vinaya, blogger helps those to have a website of their own at zero cost. Thanks for the visit and am glad that you agree to this fact.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      Blooger is very interesting platform to showcase our works. It is not only free but easy to use and navigate. I have used this and agree that it is handy. Thanks for sharing your views.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 5 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Glad that you learned something from this hub. Thanks for the compliment and for the vote.

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      Prasanna Marlin 5 years ago from Sri lanka

      Very interesting hub. I learned something new today.

      thanks for sharing this! Voted up

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      Radhika Sreekanth 5 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Welcome LindaSmith to my hub and thanks for giving your frank opinion. Blogger helps those who want to share their opinions or achievements to the world free of cost. To some extent, it can be helpful for starting a small home-based business also. Appearance, may be, sometimes not up-to that designed by a self-hosted website. Still it's used by many as it's free.

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      LindaSmith1 5 years ago from USA

      I am not crazy about blogger. Everything on your sidebar appears on all of the other pages. I have yet to figure out how to use those long HTML codes in posts. The widgets are only good for the sidebar as far as I know. There was an older version which showed each post separately with the appearance of a separate page, which cannot be done now. Posts are continuous which I do not like.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 5 years ago from Mumbai,India

      For small home-based businesses, I think blogger alone is enough. It never takes much time to load even when there is high traffic. Thanks jasmith1 for opening up your mind.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 5 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Thanks Sunga for stopping by and passing a comment. Yes, wordpress may be more flexible than blogger, but only for advanced users.

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      Adrian Smith 5 years ago from UK

      I have just started using blogger after two years self hosting and have been so impressed with all it can do. It is very easy to customize. I actually prefer using it to self hosted via wordpress and it is free, compared to $10 a month I was paying.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 5 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Welcome Emma to my hub. Yes, blogger is easy to use and you get so many built-in designer templates. Thanks for the comment.

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      Sunganani L. Manjolo 5 years ago from Lilongwe, Malawi

      Blogger is great for starters and testing markets. However, I find that as soon as you are able to, move on to the self-hosted wordpress.

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      Emma Harvey 5 years ago from Berkshire, UK

      I have used Blogger in the past and have a new blogging site with them. I think it is an easy site to use and you can customized it accordingly.

      Great information.

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