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Is Blogetery A WordPress Blogger’s Best Friend?

When it comes to choosing a WordPress host, many users select freemium hosting companies like WordPress.com (by Automattic) or Blog.com due to low risk (at least financially speaking).

While WP.com and Blog.com are great ways to experience WordPress without putting a hole in your wallet, they are also very restrictive on what features (think plugins) you can install upon your site.

For those of you seeking a more flexible solution to WordPress blogging, they may want to check out Blogetery who provides users with the conviences of WP.com without sacrificing too many freedoms.

Plugins Galore

Although Blogetery does restrict which plugins users can install, the company offers a much larger inventory than either Blog.com or WP.com combined.

Users can install plugins to enhance their sidebar or insert social buttons upon their posts. As a bonus users can also activate Twitter Tools which will allow them to backup their tweets upon their blog in order to have a hard copy in the even that Twitter is subdued by the fail whale.

A few plugins (like the advanced Facebook like button) do require a premium upgrade, although Blogetery’s prices are competitive (as shown below).

The Price Is Right?

Instead of charging users various fees based upon features like space upgrades, removing ads (or inserting your own) and the ability to create custom themes via CSS, Blogetery only charges users a basic rate in order to unlock all of these features.

Users can pay an annual rate of $42/year or $5/month, making the site affordable for the aspiring blogging pro who wants to test out WordPress without breaking the bank.

As an added bonus, Blogetery allows users to setup a custom domain upon their site for free, which means users can setup a professional looking blog without having to become a professional when it comes to hosting lingo.

CDN And Backups FTW

For those of you worried about your blog disappearing again (note: it’s a long story), Blogetery has taken steps to ensure that every blog is backed up upon Amazon’s servers in real time, giving users a VaultPress like backup experience without paying an extra dime.

On top of the free backup, Blogetery also provides users with a free Content Delivery Network (aka CDN) courtesy of Amazon, helping to speed up your blog’s loading time, enabling you to focus more on content than blog optimization.

No Room For Big Blogs (Plus: AdSense Only?)

Despite offering the same features as their rivals without charging enormous fees, Blogetery does have one major disadvantage and that has to deal with space.

Unlike WP.com and Blog.com who offer users 3 GB and 2 GB of free space, respectively, Blogetery only offers users a paltry 250 mb of space for free.

Although users can upgrade to a pro account in order to receive an additional 5 GB of space, there doesn’t seem to be any way to expand beyond the 5 GB limit which may deter heavy media bloggers (i.e. those who use video, audio and lots of images) from signing up.

Blogetery also only allows users to use AdSense for advertising, which is great for most people although if you want to utilize other advertising networks you could be out of luck.

CAPTCHA Logins?!!

Although Blogetery wisely allows users to install Akismet upon their blogs (something Blog.com does not allow), for some strange reason users logging in from their computers have type in CAPTCHA’s in order to access your admin page.

While Blogetery’s use of CAPTCHA’s is understandable (as they do not want any spammers on their servers), the companies good intentions are in vain due to the fact that spammers are hiring people in third world companies to bypass automated defense systems.

Hopefully the company will consider switching to Login Lockdown (or another less obstructive measure) instead, as it’s not only a wiser solution but it would allow those who are visually disabled to log in as well.

Should You Blog On Blogetery?

While I would easily recommend Blogetery over Blog.com (mainly because they provide anti-spam defenses via Akismet), those of you with blogs over 5 GB should probably consider WP.com or self hosting.

Have you tried using Blogetery? If so, what are your thoughts using the service?

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  1. Bigot says: 1/19/2011

    ” the companies good intentions are in vain due to the fact that spammers are hiring people in third world companies to bypass automated defense systems”

    Though you do not understand that those sweatshops are all without exceptions legitimate business because human solvers do not directly interact with crackable web resources.
    It would not also have been possible to keep low prices, rapid response and outsourcing of captchas for humans solvers by bots through APIs otherwise.

    Akismet or Disqus dooms you either to peruse through spam or loose some real commentors.

    I do not need Alismet or Disqus because I use a bullet-proof captcha from KeyCAPTCHA.com which prevents both OCR and retransmission to sweatshops for human solvers. Absolute zero of spam. Nada. .

    It is also funny game attracting visitors instead of annoying and repelling them

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/keycaptcha/

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  2. KeyCAPTCHA ) says: 5/27/2011

    KeyCAPTCHA does not collect visitors’ private information.

    The author of the groundless accusations is a technically illiterate person.

    Everyone can be convinced of his illiteracy by using FireBug or any other tools which show all outgoing traffic from a browser. KeyCAPTCHA sends just data which are required for CAPTCHA validation process. And it will never be changed.

    By now our service doesn’t have any financial problems. That is why we are changing the TOS of our paid service “Personolized CAPTCHA” without rush. We are going to launch our “Personolized CAPTCHA” in June. And we won’t close our free standard KeyCAPTCHA service.

    Looks like that these groundless accusations are planned competitors’ action against KeyCAPTCHA because these groundless accusations have been submitted to a few other websites. They used just two nicknames and conducted their action in one day.

    If you find groundless accusations like these please contact us via KeyCAPTCHA website.

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  4. Micronichefinder says: 10/29/2011

    There are tools but the free ones will not do the job.

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  5. Micronichefinder says: 10/29/2011

    Get the tool that finds your niche and the keywords for

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