So i want to start a blog and this is what i want out of my experience:
1. a customized domain (www.mydomain.com)
2. a blog that supports a photo gallery
3. drag and drop design.. existing templates to work off of
4. free to get the domain name and host.. at least for a trial period
I would suggest Wordpress for a blog. It is easy to work with and customize. There are also hundreds of thousands of free design templates you can get, along with many plug-ins and addons for galleries and more...
Last edited by MichelleH; 11-03-2009 at 03:09 PM.
WordPress is by far the best choice for most people. It is eay-to-use, updated regularly, there are lots of easily customizable themes and plenty of useful plug-ins. I use wordPress on my blog at: http://www.radianceroadmarketing.com...tmarketingblog
and keep it simple. A simple theme with a customized header photo, six plug-ins, including one to optinmize the post titles and one for pinging. I'm real happy with the results and I can change it quickly!
Most people don't think of Joomla! for blogs, but if you're looking to set up a blog with any extended capabilities, it's a very good choice. Out of the box, just add one of the many comments extensions, and you've got a full-featured blog site. With hundreds of other extensions to handle things from image galleries to shopping carts, it's an excellent base on which to expand your online offerings.
You must know that wordpress with many plugins enabled is very demanding, I think about hardware resources. This is the case when you have 20k+ visitors daily. I know you are starting now, but you never know how fast your site will grow, so you have this on mind.