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Five Best Blogging Platforms

It’s not difficult to argue that blogging has done more to spread knowledge and ideas than any other publishing innovation since the printing press. Here’s a look at the most popular blogging platforms to help you get your ideas out there.

Printer and photocopier salesmen of the late 20th century frequently peddled their wares with the pitch that a personal printing device could turn anyone—schools, neighborhood associations, churches, individuals with a message to get out—into small time publishers. The revolution they hinted at didn’t come about on their watch, however. The personal printer simply didn’t have the volume and the reach that a later innovation, the internet—and more specifically, blogging—would have. Blogs give anyone an inexpensive platform to promote their ideas to a potential audience of the entire world, not just a county in Idaho or a street corner in Manhattan.

Earlier this week we asked you to share your favorite blogging platform. We tallied the votes, and now we’re back to highlight the five most popular blogging platforms for your perusal.

Blogger (Web-Based, Free)

Five Best Blogging PlatformsBlogger is a popular and free blogging service owned by Google. Blogger’s big draw is ease of use and nearly instant setup. You can go from blog-less to publishing your first post in under 15 minutes thanks to its extremely easy setup process. Blogger supports drag-and-drop template editing, dynamic updating, geo-tagging for location-based blogging, and easy publication from editing tools like Google Docs, Microsoft Word, and Windows Live Writer. Blogger supports up to 100 users, so if you grow your blog beyond single editorship you can expand without any hassle.

Tumblr (Web-Based, Free)

Five Best Blogging PlatformsWhile Blogger is an easy way to set up a full-fledged blog, Tumblr is an interesting fusion between a full-fledged blog and a Twitter feed. Known as short-form or micro blogging, the style of blogging on a Tumblr blog is focused on short and frequent posts that are normally longer (or more focused on media like images or video) than Twitter updates but not as involved and formal as a regular blog post. It’s a style that appeals to a lot of people and the ease of setup coupled with the informality of Tumblr is a winning combination for people who aren’t looking to commit to a blog as an involved and time-consuming project. If this is the first time you’ve come across the concept of micro blogging, make sure to check out Tumblr’s About Us which provides an interesting picture of micro blogging.

WordPress (Web-Based, Free)

Five Best Blogging PlatformsWordPress is a popular open source blogging platform along the lines of the venerable Swiss Army knife. As a WordPress user, you have the option of setting up a WordPress blog on your own server (for free) or creating a WordPress-hosted blog at WordPress.com. Thanks to an absolutely enormous community of followers and developers, WordPress has themes, plug-ins, and gadgets of all stripes. It isn’t as simple to set up and configure as some of the other entries in this week’s Hive, but once you get it up and running you’re rewarded with a nearly limitless array of options, configurations, and plug-ins. Finding a customization tool or trick for WordPress is almost never more effort than a cursory Google search. WordPress is a scalable solution that allows you to do everything from maintain a single blog with a single user to an entire stable of blogs with multiple users all overseen by a primary administrator.

SquareSpace (Web-Based, From $8 per month)

Five Best Blogging PlatformsSquareSpace is a commercial blogging platform with packages ranging from $8-50 per month. One of the nice things about their pricing schedule is that it’s based almost entirely on volume and not on the idea that the lower tier members don’t deserve all the cool toys the premium members get. Aside from a few features, mostly focused on volume and big site management, the user experience from the smallest users to the biggest power users is consistent. SquareSpace’s strongest focus is on making good blog design easy for design/coding newbies. They’ve built their system around a modular design so building a brand new blog is as easy as snapping the pieces you want together.

Posterous (Web-Based, Free)

Five Best Blogging PlatformsPosterous aims to be an absolutely no-fuss and zero-stress way to blog. You don’t need to sign up, you don’t need to know any code, you don’t need to know how to do anything but send an email to set up your own Posterous blog and start sharing your ideas and media. Simply email post@posterous.com from any email account and Posterous will create a YourName.Posterous.com blog for you. They’re quick to point out that they aren’t a short-form or micro blogging service because there isn’t anything short or micro about your Posterous blog. You can write posts and long as you want, attaching photos and media files. (You can use the site’s rich text editor to create or edit posts, but its by-email updating is what its best known for.) The only micro part about Posterous is the amount of time you’ll spend setting it up. While email-based blogging might not be for everyone, it’s impressive how much you can do through the Posterous system with a single email. Check out their FAQ file to see how you can do everything from multimedia posts to tagging your entries right from your email subject line.

Now that you’ve had a chance to look over the five most popular blogging platforms as voted on by Lifehacker readers, it’s time to cast a vote for your favorite:

Have a favorite blogging platform that wasn’t highlighted here? A tip or trick for setting up a blogging platform that was? Let’s hear all about it in the comments. If you have a great idea for the next Hive Five shoot as an email at tips@lifehacker.com and we’ll do our best to give you idea the limelight it deserves.

 

 

 

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ZARA Phillips made history yesterday as the first Royal to win an Olympic medal — going one better than her proud horse-woman mother Princess Anne.

Medal joy ... Zara and Team GB riders win silver

Medal joy ... Zara and Team GB riders win silver

The Queen’s 31-year-old granddaughter burst into tears and flung herself into her husband’s arms after helping Team GB strike silver in the eventing competition after a thrilling three days.

Then, as the theme from Chariots Of Fire played in the background, she stood on the podium to receive her gong from her mum, who rode in the 1976 Montreal Games, but failed to land a medal.

Beaming Zara kissed 61-year-old Anne on both cheeks before standing in silence with the third-placed New Zealand team as flags were raised and the anthem of winners Germany boomed out.

So proud ... Zara Phillips receives silver medal from her mum, Princess Anne

So proud ... Zara Phillips receives silver medal from her mum, Princess Anne

Afterwards, delighted Zara said: “We wanted the gold, but to get an Olympic medal is incredible anyway.

“We’ve had an amazing week. It’s been great, an unreal competition. And when you get one of these put round your neck, it brings it back to you and you realise everything was worth it.”She added: “Whatever you do don’t ask me what it’s like to have my mother present me with a medal. It’s amazing, obviously.

“Last year I never thought I would be here. It is huge to get an Olympic medal, it is a great thing and we were against some really tough competition.”

Zara, who could be seen mouthing the words “Man oh man” as her mother presented the medals, earlier picked up four penalty points for knocking over a fence during the final showjumping stages at Greenwich Park, South East London.

She said: “I made a mistake. He (her horse High Kingdom) put one down, which was my fault. It punished me and us.”

But England rugby star hubby Mike Tindall flew to her defence. He said: “She felt she let the team down, she hasn’t in any way and if anyone said that they’ll have me to answer to.

“She did a really good job for the team. You have to balance it out — at the end of the day it was a silver medal and she played her part.”

Talking about Zara getting the medal from Princess Anne, he added: “It’s great that her mum is an IOC member so it was always a possibility she’d present a medal. It makes it even more special.”
Later he tweeted: “Team GB silver medal get in you beauty.”

Zara with proud husband Mike Tindall

Princess Anne said: “Zara did very well.” And Anne’s husband Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence said: “We’re very proud — a fantastic silver medal.”

Prince William and wife Kate had looked on anxiously as Zara steered her horse round the tricky showjumping arena in front of 20,000 spectators.

Prince Harry sat nervously beside them and joined in the rapturous applause as the Royal regained her composure after her early mishap to finish the rest of the round without fault.

Sheer joy ... Prince William, Kate and Prince Harry celebrate medal with other Royals

Her score was enough to retain silver medal position. It meant Britain’s oldest female athlete Mary King, 51, needed a perfect score to keep GB in contention for gold. She cleared the course without fault, drawing huge applause.

But Britain’s hopes of top spot were dashed by German rider Michael Jung who also notched a perfect score — finally putting his team out of reach.

That left Britain battling Sweden and New Zealand for the silver medal.
William Fox-Pitt had earlier gone round without hitting a fence, meaning Tina Cook had to finish without fault to cement Britain’s second place.

The whole stadium erupted when 41-year-old Tina clinched the coveted spot with a superb clear round.

Zara, whose dad Capt Mark Phillips won gold the year before he wed Anne in 1973, was also watched by her brother Peter and his wife Autumn.

Alongside them were Zara’s cousins Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, Camilla Duchess of Cornwall, and former Prime Minister John Major.

Zara, who completed a clear round in the individual eventing, was one of only nine competitors to collect a perfect score in Monday’s cross-country event.

Olympic genes ... Princess Anne riding in the 1976 Olympics Rex

Last night celebrities and athletes took to the internet to praise the team.

Gary Lineker said: “Silver for team GB in 3-day eventing. TALLY HO!!” TV presenter Natalie Pinkham said: “Huge congratulations. Stunning to watch.” And Team GB boss Andy Hunt tweeted: “Huge congratulations to William Fox-Pitt, Kristina Cook, Mary King, Nicola Wilson and Zara Phillips winning silver in Team Eventing.”

Prince William, wife Kate and brother Harry wowed Team GB last night with a surprise visit to the Athletes’ Village.

Jessica Ennis, Victoria Pendleton and Rebecca Adlington were among the Olympians who welcomed them into their living quarters.

The Duchess of Cambridge, dressed in a navy blazer, navy jeans and navy wedges, congratulated swimmer Rebecca on her bronze medal in the pool.

Rebecca, known for her fondness for footwear, told her: “I love your shoes.”

But hockey player Adam Smith was clearly caught unawares. He tweeted: “Obviously made an impression on Queeny Saturday. Today Kate, Harry & William came to have a look at my exposed buttock in physio.”

Is it a bird? Is it a plane?

No, it’s Boris Johnson’s latest publicity stunt gone slightly wrong.The Mayor of London was left hanging twenty foot above Victoria Park in east London this afternoon when he got stuck halfway down a zip wire at a Games event.

Mr Johnson was the first person to use the 45-metre high, 320-metre long zip wire zip wire which offers views towards the Olympic stadium.

But as he descended, clutching union jack flags in each hand, the wire appeared to get stuck leaving the Mayor dangling in mid-air.

As ground teams moved in to pull the mayor back to terra-firma he was heard shouting “Get me a rope, get me a ladder… I think the brakes got stuck”.

As onlookers snapped photos on their mobile phones, he added: “This is great fun but it needs to go faster.”

Within minutes pictures of the rather bedraggled Mr Johnson hanging precariously next to the park’s observation wheel were being posted over the internet – and were trending on Twitter.

Shortly afterwards they were parodied with cut-out images of the hanging Mr Johnson in other unlikely spots – including above the mace in House of Commons.

Mr Johnson was in the park to promote free Olympic events – some of which had been suffering from people’s reluctance to travel during the games.

Mr Johnson today played down suggestions that his warnings over transport chaos had prompted an Olympics-related mini recession in the capital.

He insisted businesses which had engaged with the Games were prospering.

“What’s happening is people are having a great time and those who are looking to engage with the Games are doing great business,” he said.

Asked what his message to struggling businesses would be, he added: “The message is, London is the place to be and I hope as many people as possible get involved with everything that’s on offer from attractions at Stratford to those in central London.”

Boris Johnson caught on zip wire (2012-08-01)

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Nightwish – Sleeping Sun

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