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TGerritsen Supporting Member of TMP10 Dec 2012 7:37 a.m. PST

I'm wanting to start up a blog and am asking for recommendations from folks who have gone through this. Looking at the options, I'm somewhat interested in both WordPress and Blogger for different reasons.

I'm computer literate, but not a coder and don't want to spend a lot of time recoding things to make them work. I'm also looking for a turnkey solution for getting it going on a site (since I don't have my own url at present). Which is best for that and can I use my own url later on?

Personal logo Dale Hurtt Supporting Member of TMP10 Dec 2012 7:57 a.m. PST

I use Blogger and like it very much. I use Blogsy on my iPad to knock out some text and post pictures taken with my iPad, but I always end up doing the final on the PC.

The only downside of Blogger is the lack of easy tables. You have to get in and do them with HTML. I have been looking for a widget or some such to do them for me, but have found nothing. I may have to learn how to make a widget myself …

Personal logo Bob in Edmonton Supporting Member of TMP10 Dec 2012 8:35 a.m. PST

I use blogger and it seems pretty idiot proof (me being the idiot and thus the proof) and reasonably stable. Decent stats, relatively easy upload functions and the option to do pages as well as blog posts.

6sided Inactive Member10 Dec 2012 8:59 a.m. PST

Could I humbly suggest 6sided?

We are a wargaming bloghost. Just like blogger or wordpress.com, you signup and get access to a blog admin panel in just the same way.

The difference is we only host gaming blogs, so you get more traffic. We send traffic to our bloggers from our front page. Our blog network is on target to receive over a million unique visits in 2012.

We use wordpress, so you get to use the most powerful blogging software in the world, and we supply the best plugin, addons and themes for you to use.

We already have more than 250 active blogs in the network AND we support our bloggers through an email helpdek link in their accounts something neiter blogger or wordpress.com do.

Join us via the link below, once authorised, you just choose your theme, activate any plugins you want (contact form for example) and start blogging.

Cheers

Jaz
6sided.net/wargaming-blogs

Personal logo Meiczyslaw Supporting Member of TMP10 Dec 2012 10:32 a.m. PST

I use WordPress as the engine behind my self-hosted blogs. There are lots of various plug-ins that can change the experience, depending on what you want.

I haven't updated mine in a while, but here's the link to the one lonely minis article.

(I'm thinking there will be more of those in the future.)

Personal logo Dale Hurtt Supporting Member of TMP10 Dec 2012 10:32 a.m. PST

Considering 6sided uses Wordpress, then Blogsy should support it.

How does it handle tables? Do you have a Word-like feature for quickly creating tables?

Personal logo Meiczyslaw Supporting Member of TMP10 Dec 2012 10:34 a.m. PST

Oh, and something about WordPress: if you're an iPad user, they do have an app for posting from your tablet. (I think they've got an Android one, as well.)

TMPWargamerabbit10 Dec 2012 11:31 a.m. PST

Gone with Wordpress myself. Tough to call between Wordpress and Blogger but I viewed the Wordpress themes looking more professional by a thin margin. WP is updating their systems and freely have assistance in the background.

WR

AlastairJ10 Dec 2012 4:10 p.m. PST

I found Blogger pretty idiot-proof and managed to get my blog up and running pretty easily

[shameless plug… link ]

Putting it together seemed pretty intuitive although I suspect there's more it could do if I tinkered a bit longer [the HTML stuff for example… I'm sure there are pretty things I could do with that if I knew what I was doing]

I've only tried updating it from the laptop but the acquisition of an iPad at xmas is going to be an interesting experiment.

Personal logo Shaun Travers Supporting Member of TMP11 Dec 2012 3:39 a.m. PST

I chose Blogger, but only as i was using another google product (gmail for claendar sync). But it could have just as easily been Wordpress. They both seem to be very easy. I have never had problems with Blogger. I am with Dale, tables are not easy to do in blogger, but then I looked up how to do HTML tables and then coded them myself (I seem to remember took a shortcut and copied an HTML table form somewhere else and then modified the code). But a widget would be better!

Penarth Wargames Inactive Member21 Dec 2012 7:06 a.m. PST

Wordpress hands done. Easy to install set up and customise. Tons of plug-ins and themes and can make mobile compatible as well if want to. Can add galleries events and forums, member only areas easily and as Meiczyslaw says got app for mobile and tablets so post from anywhere to your blog

Used it on new club site penarthwargames.co.uk (Shameless plug as Alistairs J says :))

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