This introduction answers some common questionsamong aspiring bloggers. If you already have a blogand know the basics, feel free to skip to Chapter 1.
Do I Need a Domain and Hosting?
It is fine to get started on a hosted solution likeBlogger.comorWordPress.com. They will allow you
to learn the basics of blogging and web publishingwithout spending money. As soon as you nail downthese basics, however, it is vital to buy your owndomain name and to purchase a web hostingpackage with some company.Why? There are several reasons. First of all whenyou use those hosted services you don't really ownyour website, and they could shut it down if theybelieve you have violated one of their policies.Secondly, with your own domain and hosting