Blog Services

Photo courtesy Annie Mole on Flickr
Photo courtesy Annie Mole on Flickr
Blogs have become popular among educators recently. A whole community called the edublogosphere has developed around education blogs. Blogs can enable you to do everything from manage the content on your website to updating your site easily. After you have decided which blog service to use, click to the next page.

Blog services have different features. The purpose of this segment of the module is not to advertise blog services, but to enable you to quickly compare various blog services' features so you can decide which blog service is for you. The table below breaks down various features important to educators. Privacy means you are able to password protect your blog if you wish, enabling only those with whom you share your password to see the content. Domain hosting refers to whether you have the option of converting the blog to your own domain later if you wish; note: domain hosting will not be free—no matter which blog service you use, you will have to pay for it to be hosted on your own domain. Storage space is given in gigabytes (GB) or megabytes (MB). A gigabyte is 1,000 megabytes.

Scale for ease of use:


5
4
3
2
1
Very easy
Somewhat easy
Moderate
Somewhat difficult
Very difficult
Adding multimedia is easy without consulting help files.
Adding multimedia is fairly easy; you may need to consult help files.
You will probably need to consult help files to add multimedia.
You cannot add multimedia without consulting help files.
You cannot add multimedia without consulting help files.
No HTML knowledge required. Drag-and- drop or automatic editors do most of the work for you.
No HTML knowledge required. Intuitive WYSIWYG editor.
You might need to know some HTML. Somewhat intuitive WYSIWYG editor.
You might need to know some HTML. WYSIWYG editor.
You need to know HTML.

Blog Service Name
URL/Example
Cost
Ads
Multimedia Options
Features
School or Campus Level Controls
Privacy
Domain Hosting
Storage Space
Ease of Use
Edublogs

edublogs_logo.png
http://edublogs.org/

http://klabonte.edublogs.org/
Free
Yes*
Images and audio. No javascript or video embedding.
Large variety of templates. Education-friendly. Upgrades allow you to create student blogs easily.
Yes*
Yes*
Yes*
20 MB
4
Blogger
blogger.png
http://www.blogger.com/

http://coolcatteacher.blogspot.com/
Free
No
Images, video, audio.
Group blogging, integration with Google AdSense and Amazon Affiliate programs, post photos and videos, variety of templates, template customization, multi-author blogs.
No
Yes
Yes
1 GB†
4
WordPress.com

wordpress-logo.png
http://www.wordpress.com/

http://steveshann.wordpress.com/
Free
Yes
Images, video, audio.§
Integrated statistics system, multi-author blogs, comment tracking, integration with Twitter, Flickr, and Delicious, easy import of blogs created using other services.
No
Yes
Yes
3 GB
4
Posterous

posterous_logo1.png
http://posterous.com/

http://techtips4teachers.posterous.com/
Free
No
Images, video, audio.
E-mail posting, supports wide variety of file types, auto-resizing of images to web-friendly sizes, flash audio player created automatically for sound and video files, YouTube links automatically create embedded videos, group sites
No
Yes
Yes
1 GB
5
Typepad

typepad-logo.png
http://www.typepad.com/

http://21stcenturylearning.typepad.com/blog/
$8.95/month
No
Images, video, audio.
Professional support, built-in statistics, blog widgets, complete design control, CSS Design Assistant, free trial.
No
Yes
Yes
Unlimited
4
Weebly

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http://education.weebly.com/

http://ksuanth.weebly.com/
Free
No
Images, video, audio, maps.
Drag-and-drop editor, easy privacy controls, easy student blog manager.
Yes
Yes
Yes
Unlimited
5

*If you upgrade to Edublogs Pro, you can have an ad-free blog with more storage space, the ability to embed video and javascript, and many more features.

†Sources differ on this account, but Google's official documentation states that you have 1 GB of storage space free for Picasa web albums, which is where images uploaded to Blogger are stored.

§You may need to upload the audio to another source or upgrade your account in order to add audio.

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