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There are two main free blog hosting companies. Google hosts a free blog called blogger. Another free blog is offered with WordPress. This article will compare both of these free blog hosting companies and what they have to offer you.
Blogger, a service of Google, offers free blog hosting at blogspot.com. WordPress offers free blog hosting at wordpress.com. How do they compare? This article examines the two choices.
Terms of Service
• Space—At wordpress.com you get 3 gigabytes (GB) of storage for a free blog. At blogspot.com, the amount of space you can use is not disclosed.
• Termination—Blogger has the right to terminate and suspend your account or service for any reason, at any time. Wordpress.com may also terminate your access to the website with or without cause at any time, unless you have a paid account, in which case your account may only be terminated if you have a) breached the terms of agreement; b) been informed of the breach; and c) failed to address the problem. In addition, if the company shuts down their services, the service necessarily terminates.
• Your License to the Blog Site—Blogger belongs to Google, and the Google terms of service give Google license to your material (perpetual license). The TOS states: "By submitting, posting or displaying the content you give Google a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive licence to reproduce, adapt, modify, translate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute any Content which you submit, post or display on or through, the Services."
The TOS for wordpress.com is similar to that of Google in claiming a license for your work: "By submitting Content to Automattic for inclusion on your Website, you grant Automattic a world-wide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to reproduce, modify, adapt and publish the Content solely for the purpose of displaying, distributing and promoting your blog."
What Are the Features of the Blog?
What Are Your Upgrade Options?
All of Blogger's features are free, but you are also limited to the free service: there's no place to go. At wordpress.com, for a yearly fee, you can:
Who's Using the Service?
On the Blogger home page, there's a feed that flashes the names of updated blogs as links. Clicking on three of those, I randomly got blogs with absolute nonsense as their content.
There is no comparable option for wordpress.com, which lists top blogs only, but clicking one of those, I found an up-to-the-minute report on the terrorist attacks in Mumbai. There may be nonsense blogs on wordpress.com, too, but if so, they're not advertising the fact, and the result of this and the upgrade service is that wordpress.com feels like a more respectable place to situate one's blog.
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