I just uploaded a new version of the Hostel Marketing ebook. The only changes in the new version are the inclusion of several additional booking engines:
* Hostelz.com (affiliate)
Stay tuned for a new feature coming soon that will showcase all the different booking engines.
You can use free blog tools like blogger, but u have to set them up to upload the files to your own hosting... its easier that way, instead of installing WP on the server. One can also use WP own system and ask to upload to their own server...
Thanks for the suggestion. I'll add something about it in the next version of the ebook.
WordPress.com lets you host an externally-hosted blog with your own domain name. There are a couple of advantages of that way:
no need to update the software
everything is point-and-click
There are also a few disadvantages:
much less control over the site -- no plugins or fine control over the site
with externally-hosted WordPress.com you won't be able to put the blog in a directory like example.com/blog -- it would either have to be a separate domain name, or a subdomain like blog.example.com.
You can put Blogger.com blogs in a directory, but you can't run "new Blogger" templates when hosting on your own domain name.
WordPress.com charges money for certain extra features, like extra storage and custom CSS design...
It's definitely an option that might be ideal for some people though. Blogger is good for sites that are hosted on Microsoft hosting and want a blog. It's more difficult to get WordPress running on Microsoft IIS hosting because of the increased difficulty of getting clean URLs to work on IIS...
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