Blogger is a blog-publishing service that allows Multi-user blogs with time-stamped entries. It is one of the most efficient platforms for publishing your blog. Generally, the blogs are hosted by Google itself, at a subdomain of blogspot.com. You can have up to 100 blogs per account.
In the beginning all the Blogs were allowed to be published on various other hosting services, but later moved to Google’s own servers, with domains other than blogspot.com allowed via custom domain URLs. In layman’s language, we can simple say, Blogger.com is a free platform owned by Google where you can create blogs and share whatever you want to. It may be personal blog or a professional blog on a particular topic. Blogger, which stands for Web Logger, has increased in popularity over the past three years.
History And Stats of Blogger
- On August 23, 1999, Blogger was launched by Pyra Labs. In February 2003, Pyra Labs was acquired by Google under undisclosed terms. This made many features in Blogger.com free!
- In 2004, when Google purchased Picasa, it made users to post photos to their blogs.
- On May 9, 2004, Blogger introduced a major redesign, adding features such as web standards-compliant templates, individual archive pages for posts, comments, and posting by email.
- On August 14, 2006, Blogger launched its latest version in beta, codenamed “Invader”, alongside the gold release. This migrated users to Google servers and had some new features, including interface language in French, Italian, German and Spanish.
- By May 2007, Blogger had completely moved to Google operated servers.
- Blogger was ranked 16 on the list of top 50 domains in terms of number of unique visitors in 2007.
Why Blogger? Features of Blogger
Now you know what Blogger.com is. But let me tell you why you should choose Blogger as your platform for building a wonderful and professional blog or website. Here are few features of Blogger which are definitely going to amaze you.
Integrated Login with Your Google Account
Blogger.com is directly linked to your Google account, so you can simply log in with that. You just need to create a new blog with a particular Title and Address. The address of your free blog is created with an extension “.blogspot.com”.
Many Blogging services like Adwords, Adsense and Webmaster tools for indexing are provided by Google. So instead of adding code into your template you can simply click a button and integrate Adsense banners into your site.
Creating a blog on Blogger allows a newbie to easily understand and edit the blog. Just basics about html are enough to work efficiently, which is pretty easy. Users of any background (non-technical) can get into Blogger; no high technical knowledge on coding or any language is required.
Change Appearance and Code of Templates
In Blogger, there are a number of pre-built templates as well as thousands more available from any number of websites. You can just download the template and upload it on your Blogger blog. Changing the colours can be done by editing the HTML and CSS coding. Make the website your own even in terms of the way it looks.
Create Pages, Forums and Discussion groups
You can create pages, write articles and perform many other operations and directly publish them into the internet world. You can see all the users who have published blogs and even comment or enter information on their blogs. Discussion groups and personal files are housed all within this environment making it a fun place to surf about and learn about different people and things.
You can even make your readers subscribe to your blog and contact them directly when you post new content or when you make changes on your blog.
Backed Up by Google
Blogger has the backing of the largest and most powerful Internet Company in the world. As Blogger is hosted directly under Google servers, it is the most secure platform to build a website or blog. Hacking a Blogger blog is next to impossible!
Also, Blogger never crashes. It can handle huge amounts of traffic at a particular point of time i.e. current visitors to your blog.
Blogger has integrated all its blogs with multiple user specific URL addresses i.e. “yourtitlename.blogspot.com” will automatically redirect to yourtitlename.blogspot.in in India, yourtitlename.blogspot.us in USA etc.
Blogger explained that by doing this they could manage the blog content more locally so if there was any objectionable material that violated a particular country’s laws they could remove and block access to that blog for that country through the assigned ccTLD while retaining access through other ccTLD addresses and the default BlogSpot.com url.
Integration of Multiple Accounts
Blogger makes it easy to view all of your blogs via a dashboard feature that links directly to your Google login. When you login, all of your blogs will display, with one-click options to post, edit, or alter posts. The number of blogs and accounts available is nearly endless and makes blogging on multiple topics easier than ever.
When you compile and publish a post on blogger, its interface is designed in such a way that it prompts you to share your new post with your Google+ followers, creating more audience for your blog. Blogger also have in-built share button, which means, you don’t have to worry about editing share button code into your blog template.
Blogger on Mobile Devices
Blogger has also launched mobile applications for users with mobile devices. You can edit or post articles on your blog directly from your mobiles. Not only advanced mobile devices, such as smartphones, are being considered, since users can also post blogs via traditional cell phones by SMS and MMS.
Finally, I would say Blogger is the best platform for anyone who is starting his first blog. Go for Blogger if you are serious about blogging and don’t want to hire an expert to design your blog and make regular adjustments. It is free, easy to use, quick to start, offers unlimited hosting bandwidth.