Category Archives: Software Review: A Hosted WordPress

Overview was added to provide a service to those without the technical knowledge and understanding needed to run PHP software. It provided WordPress functionality to those that were stuck on other hosted blog platforms. also allowed the Automattic team to test new features while controlling the environment of those tests. This has lead to some great features coming out in the self-hosted software.


One of the biggest advantages is that you don’t have to find hosting, deal with server specifications, or even upgrade your blog. It is all dealt with by Automattic. They pre-install many great themes, as well as give you some great statistic software to track what is going on with your blog. is also the test bed for new features for WordPress, meaning users get cool features that the self-hosted users have to wait a few versions for.

They also have a community feel which is separate from the community, making it feel smaller, though with more than one million blogs, it is still amazingly diverse and interesting.


Unfortunately, is not without its issues, but many bloggers just starting out, won’t see the problem here, and honestly, neither will some higher level bloggers.

You can’t edit themes directly. You can change the cascading style sheets for a yearly fee. Cascading style sheets are a way to control things like what color your headlines are and how your content is displayed. Having this ability is great, but it can still leave you somewhat limited in how your blog can look, and function.

You also can’t have any form of advertising on your blog, meaning no way to monetize the hard work you put into it.

Lastly, if you need more than 100 megabytes of hosting space, a real domain, rather than being hosted on a sub-domain, custom cascading style sheets, for a custom design, or more than thirty-five private users, you will have to pay a fee. If you want all of these things, that fee can be a fair bit higher than you’d pay for hosting and a domain from a third party.


It really comes down to what you need, what your expertise is, and what you are willing to pay. For the starting blogger, a free blog has more than enough features. Never needing to go through the upgrade process, while fairly simple on blogs, is also provides some great peace of mind.

I can’t say that power users won’t like, as I have seen many happy with the service, but I think that most power users that know how to FTP, and want more flexibility with their blog will want to stick with the hugely expandable software.

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Originally posted on August 19, 2007 @ 7:14 pm

Things to Consider When Selecting Business Software

There are many things to think about, consider, and settle upon in the business world. Every decision matters, as every decision is part of an overall domino effect within a company. One wrong move and you risk the entire operation coming down in rapid motion. If you’re in the beginning stages of opening a business, you have more than a few things on your mind and there will never be a more important time as this. Most businesses fail in 5 years and you don’t want to be on that list.

One decision that must bear a lot of weight is the decision on what software you’re going to use for your company. You must do comparisons on product to ensure that you select the software that is going to be best for your specific operation. What’s good for one individual and company might not be good for you, so consider these things as you take the necessary steps to select your business software: Continue reading

Originally posted on June 22, 2016 @ 4:06 am

How Are You Protecting Your Business Computers?

Protecting your business computers is about more than just protecting your business and your money, it’s also about protecting your client’s information. If you don’t have the right software and the right security measures set into place, you risk your information and your clients information. Hackers love to steal things, from credit card information to Social Security numbers, and the only way to protect this information is to make sure you have the right security measures in place, safe shopping for your customers, and of course using encryption software.

This may seem like a lot of work, especially for a business that’s already busy, but it is extremely important and there are plenty of companies out there that are willing to help. It’s just a matter of finding the right software for you and for your clients in order to protect everyone’s interests. Continue reading

Originally posted on April 21, 2016 @ 9:46 am

6 Reliable Anti-Plagiarism Tools for Publishers

It’s amazing how the internet has helped people all over the world easily find the information they need in just a few clicks. Everything you need to know regardless of the topic you can now find it online.

Thanks to the prolific writers who have contributed to providing useful information on the internet. Unfortunately, not all writers are true to their work. Some simply copy what they read online and claim that it’s their own. But this habit of copying somebody else’s work is definitely not helpful to both students and professionals as it can only adversely affect your standing in school and in your the organization you’re working for. For freelance writers, plagiarism could mean the end of your writing career.

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Plagiarism may not be considered a criminal or civil offense but it is an illegal act, explained a San Diego criminal lawyer from SevensLegal. This is because the act violates a person’s intellectual property rights and the person guilty of this can be sued in court for copyright violation. Continue reading

Originally posted on January 31, 2015 @ 6:08 am

12 Million People Play These Games – What About You?

Online gaming is a huge and growing trend. Kids, adults, and everyone in between love the idea of going online to play games. is one of the biggest gaming sites on the Web. On this site you can obtain games that interest you, challenge friends to a little friendly competition, and relieve a little stress by stepping out of reality for a while.

The ability to download free games onto your computer should appeal to just about everyone. After all, most of us love to play games, and the only thing better than playing them is getting to play them free of charge. That’s what makes so popular. Continue reading

Originally posted on August 27, 2013 @ 7:35 am