Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Custom Domain vs FTP Publishing - A New Direction In Blogger

I've been writing about the joys and tribulations of both custom domain publishing, and FTP publishing, for many months. I've provided a rough comparison about the two hosting options, as well as my opinion about the future of FTP publishing.

Now Blogger has provided a live forum, where you can make your concerns and questions heard.
A Q&A forum for comments and any questions you may have about the hosting options on Blogger (FTP vs. Custom Domains vs. BlogSpot)


The forum is a worthy complement to a possible shift by Blogger regarding the future of FTP Publishing. Rick Klau, the new Blogger Product Manager, offers a comprehensive analysis of the future.
If you use FTP today, I'd like to start a conversation about whether this is the right approach for your blog. I've been talking with bloggers over the last couple weeks on this subject, and have found most users, when presented with the option of hosting their blog using Blogger's Custom Domain option instead of FTP, find Custom Domains to be a far superior option.


And a second change was later made, as part of the new blog setup, "Name your blog" wizard.

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3 comments:

Kris Nelson said...

Thanks for the link to the new forum.

I left a note there that I thought was worth posting here as well. For me, I use the FTP option to host my blog on the same server as my website, allowing for seamless navigation and a unified user experience (cookies, templates, etc.). In that scenario, you don't really have an option to use anything BUT the FTP option.

Chuck said...

Kris,

I bet if you tried, you could integrate your blog and your web site, to some degree of usefulness.

Hezbollah And Andrea Sites. said...

I do not see a real advantage to hosting on your own domain. As blogger is easy to use and I have had no problems posting or accesing my sites so far.But I have heard that people who have switched to custom doain from blogger have had difficulties and have switched back to blogger again.Andrea.