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Blogging: Service or Self-Hosted by Mind Map: Blogging: Service or
Self-Hosted
4.0 stars - 1 reviews range from 0 to 5

Blogging: Service or Self-Hosted

Self hosted

Pros

Tons of flexibility, Code highlighting, My choice of editors, My choice of commenting engines

Many more themes than available on hosted services, Potentially documented theme engines, Unfortunately, I've never bothered to make a custom blog theme and likely won't for the foreseeable future

Control over my own data, This is only sort-of true; importing and exporting between platforms can be a bear even if you have the tables

Almost definitely gives an incentive to participate in an OpenSource project, Unfortunately, this did not work when I tried to use drupal; instead I just fought with it and had occasional problems that I couldn't explain

Cons

Requires setup

Requires updates, Failure to update becomes a security risk

Linked to whatever hosting I pick for other projects

Favorite option would require more than a little work to get up to par of most hosted solutions

Blogging software

Zine

WordPress

Drupal

Build my own

Hosted Service

Pros

No trouble to administer, Less likely to randomly disappear because I wasn't paying attention

Likely more secure (someone else is looking after updates)

Not tied to hosting, so migrating hosting for other needs is simpler

Easier to focus on writing instead of fooling with blog software

potentially an automatic community, I think vox provides this

Cons

Potentially looks bad for a web developer to not host his own

Reduces incentives to contribute to an open source project

Removing ads costs money that could be put toward better hosting

Migrating text away is easy; migrating images and other files away is not so easy

At the mercy of a vendor

Locked into features the vendor has decided to provide

Blogging Services

Wordpress

Typepad, Crufty feeling WYSIWYG Editor, Has image hosting but not an interesting media browser, Ugly admin interface, Honestly, this isn't even fair. I think I just don't like typepad, Works with Zemanta

Blogger, Always ad supported

SquareSpace, Nice theme editor, Nice WYSIWYG for content, No meaningful interaction with outside media

Posterous

vox

What I'm looking for

Must have

Security

Data portability, Post import and export

Ability to use fully custom CSS and header images

Spam control for comments

Easy embedding or arbitrary HTML (like mindmaps)

Feeds filterable by tag

No ads

Nice to have

Media handling, Blog should have more images, Browsing for media should be very easy, Embedding shouldn't require a ton of thought on my part, Ideally would work with services I already use

Nice looking out-of-the-box themes, A theme with a complicated footer

Simple interface, WYSIWYG, Easy flash embeds, Ideally, I don't have to deal much with the embed codes themselves

Valid markup, I'm not sure how much I care about this in general

Auto-submission to mixx, digg, reddit

Likely unreasonably to want

Easy map and photo gallery embedding that works with flickr, I'd like to blog about events from time to time

Integrated amazon store and bibliography manager, I'd like to blog about books I read

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