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Xanga

Xanga helps you build your blog and publish your thoughts instantly to the web. This product offers two versions of blogging software: a free version and a paid, Premium version. Xanga is great for beginners, experts, or bloggers with a yen for that warm fuzzy community feeling. These features are included in the free version of Xanga:

  • The xTools Browser Button— Publish from anywhere, anytime, with a bookmarklet packed with most of the editing tools available when you are working at Xanga.com: hyperlinking, bold, italic, underline, HTML, and more.

  • Built-In Commenting— Expect feedback with eProps and comments from visitors. eProps are Xanga’s “currency of good will” used among members of the blogging community to give one another a kind of virtual pat on the back when they read a post they find interesting, entertaining, and so on.

  • Sites I Read Manager— This feature provides control of Xanga blogs you enjoy most. You can even have them automatically emailed to you (see Figure 3.10).

    Figure 3.10. Manage the blogs you read.

  • Custom Design— Xanga offers pre-designed templates, control over colors, fonts, links and the like, or complete template-level control with tags and variables. All comfort levels are represented.

  • Personal URL— Xanga will host your blog for free at xanga.com/you, but they also have a unique feature that lets you buy a web address for $30 and have it mapped onto your blog. This means that your blog is hosted at Xanga, but the address is www.yourname.com. It’s pretty tricky.

  • Blogrings— Blogrings are unique to Xanga. They connect a circle of blogs with a common focus or theme. Themes can be a group of friends, a support group, a hobby, anything.


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