The days of the bloggers have now started to bloom. Day after day blogging is becoming as the faster and more interactive mechanism to put updated information to the web. Now people across the globe seek constantly updated information from the bloggers blogs than resorting to websites or reading magazines. This has in turn provided an incentive to the bloggers themselves as an added advantage. This not only gives continuous feedbacks from the readers but also helps them earn their living solely by the blogs themselves. Yet another advantage is that organizations come forward to the bloggers to get their products reviewed and evaluated or in terms of sponsoring the blogging activity. You may be well aware of Microsoft’s strategy of giving away free Acer Ferrari Vista powered laptops to the popular well known tech bloggers to evaluate their latest offering – Vista. There has been much hue and cry about the ethics of the bloggers opinions after this but the fact remains that blogging has taken a high leap.
Bloggers often have quandaries to make blogging effective by being creative in the presentation of the posts or creating templates which might attract more readers towards their blog. Till this time bloggers have done this by reaching the web hosts and domain providers to get their blog uploaded and then go about doing the tweaking. This was good for the ones who had some amount of knowledge of web technology. But for the ones who craved to blog but were not knowledgeable about tweaking aspects were reluctant to go for a hosted blog and stuck to the freely available ones. I have heard some of my blogger friends cursing about having to compromise the domain name with a http://blogname.hostname.com type where they have to tie the blog name with the host name.
WordPress came with a relief to this misery of the bloggers by providing them an option to have a http://blogname.com name. It has started to provide the same free hosting feature with a paid service of having a personal domain name. This was an element of surprise to me when I logged into my administration dashboard and checkout out the advanced option which said
The main part of your blog URL is its domain. An example of a domain is “wordpress.com”. You can have your blog at any domain you control, such as example.com, or set up a domain to automatically redirect visitors to your blog URL. Read more about it or just enter a domain name below and follow the prompts.
Blogger too has now come up with a similar strategy of providing a domain name which can be mapped to your existing free blog.
The first thing you’ll need to do is to choose a domain name, like mysite.com and register it. You can register domain names from any of a number of different registrars, and you can use .com, .org, .net or any other valid addresses. Remember: you only need to get the domain name; you don’t have to pay extra for hosting service.
This is a very good news indeed for the blogging community. Blogging will continue to rise and the bloggers will continue to shine even more in the coming years. And to have a personal domain name is like an icing on the cake of fame!
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