Thursday, March 27, 2008
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2037244,00.asp It's another home run from the folks at Six Apart. First, husband and wife team Ben and Mena Trott gave us Moveable Type, a blog publisher that businesses and hard-core Net freaks can run from their own Web servers. Then came TypePad, a hosted publisher that bloggers can run from a browser. And now they've unveiled Vox, a hosted blogging site for people who, well, wouldn't ordinarily be bloggers. Vox makes it wonderfully easy to post a (very good-looking) blog, and it gives you complete control over who can read it and who can't.Traditionally, blogs are meant to be read by the world at large. But not everyone wants their personal lives scattered to the four winds. Vox is for those more interested in sharing their thoughts—not to mention photos, videos, and songs—with friends and family. And with Six Apart pulling the strings, you know it's a clever service. In fact, it's more clever even than TypePad. Vox started out as an update to TypePad, but then it morphed into something for a very different kind of audience.
Vox This is a solid, attractive blogging tool for people who wouldn't ordinarily blog. It's simple, and if you don't want to broadcast to the world, you don't have to. Price: Free http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1759,2037242,00.asp Editor's Note: Now that our recent reviews of Blogger and LiveJournal have given us a sense of how the consumer blogging tools stack up, we've decided to award earlier reviewee Vox an Editors' Choice. Six Apart's newest blogging software combines the ease-of-use of Blogger and the best of the social networking features of LiveJournal, with a super-slick interface that easily trumps both other programs.
LiveJournal isn't as user-friendly as the competition, but an extremely active community and a good amount of customization options for Web-savvy users make this blogging service worth a look. Price: Plus/Basic: free; paid: $19.95 a year, $15 for six months, $5 for two months, $3 a month http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1759,2082807,00.asp