It seems I’ve come to a cross in the road and I need your advice on which path to take. And to make the deal a bit sweeter I will award the best solution with a $25 eBay gift certificate.
I’ve reached the root of Blogger/blogspot. I need features that I have not found to be available. I am going to describe what I am missing here and hope you can provide me with some advice on which solution, hosted or otherwise, that I should investigate. I have no preference for free or paid services but I need a free, full-featured trial at least.
First of all, and what actually got me started on this track, is the lack of control over HTML. Specifically I wanted to remove some adsense ads and customize them to better blend into the site. Turns out, blogger messes up comments in HTML, effectively removing any chance of controlling the adsense ads. A sub-feature here is that Blogger ads their own adsense ad at the end of the first article, a horrible image ad that I hope no-one will miss.
Second I want more interaction with you guys. I want better comments options, preferably anonymous with some captcha or similar to prevent spam. I want ping backs or something similar so I can keep in touch. Perhaps a forum of some sorts. Could be extremely simple, I don’t need anything fancy.
Third I want hosting on my own domain. I’ve registered a domain name to host content already. I would like to add some non-blog pages, such as a better index of my SharePoint articles. Better means better than tag clouds, keyword search and Google search. I know blogger supports this.
So my feature list is as follows:
– Better control over HTML content, essentially more adsense-friendly markup
– Better visitor interaction
– Custom pages and custom domain
So, which solution do you think I should choose? Write to me at furuknap<[at]>gmail.com or post a comment in this blog. The author of the solution with which I end up will receive a $25 eBay gift certificate as described on http://giftcard.ebay.com/ns/giftcert.html. Solution needs to be submitted by August 31, 2008 and a winner will be announced by September 30, 2008.
EDIT: Seems the image ad was placed there by Feedburner at my own request. I feel really stupid for not noticing this. Its gone now.
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