Blogger; the free website from Google
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.
- 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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
What host do you use for your blog?
Blogger template designer
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