Tuesday, January 03, 2006
Paylog by Telenet
Before I set up this blog, I compared different possibilities to set up a weblog. I wasn’t too enthusiast about free services such as Blogger, because I read a lot of complaints on different blogs from people who couldn’t get access anymore, who lost parts or even their whole weblog and so on. At the time, blogger often was just dead slow. So I preferred the idea of setting up a blog on the webspace I already had at my disposal with my ISP Telenet, using an application – preferably a free one – to design and manage it. This would cost me a bit more time and study, but at least it wouldn’t look like 5.633 other blogs based on the same template.
A couple of days ago, after my return from the Heart of Darkness (in Africa), I noticed that Telenet had a new button on their brand new opening page. ‘Blogs’ it read, and I quickly took a curious peep. Would Telenet have changed it security policy? Would I too be able to work with PHP and CGI? Not at all! Forget it! Get real! Telenet stays firmly in control over their servers. What they do provide is ‘their proper tool’, better known as TypePad, just slightly adapted. And since TypePad is not a freeware application, you have to pay to make a blog on Telenet: € 4.95 per month to be precise, on top of your monthly fee for the internet connection. If you want different weblogs or a photo album, you can add another € 4 to that price and another € 10 to the price of the Basic service if you want a groupblog.
Why, if I wasn’t as lazy as I am, I would change immediately!