Changes at Edublogs… Alternatives?
For those of you that are unaware of or haven’t accessed your free Edublogs account since December, they’ve gone through some pretty interesting changes. Most of these changes hinge on the idea of needing to pay bills(understandable). It may be a hard pill to swallow if you had made lesson plans to use their free accounts to host a classroom blog since the switch happened mid-year around December. There are now ads, a huge cut in storage space, and several features that let you manage your users have been cut. In an email correspondance, I was told that the changes were adapted either to help with hosting costs or to entice customers to become paying supporters.
So what are the Alternatives? Recent Twitter posts have pointed out a strong liking for Class Blogmeister, boasting better class management, and no visable storage limits. (Correct me if that’s wrong). – thanks @debwhite and @klistar
Matt Dunlap has posted an nice self-hosted option in the comments.
21classes was also mentioned.
The bottom line though, is that the software that Edublogs is based on is Free (wordpress). So if you are a huge fan of their blogging platform but are looking for another option, you can always host it yourself. There are plenty of cheap web hosting sites for under $5 a month. Going this route would be about the same price as Edublogs, but you would have complete control of everything including themes, plugins, etc. I’ll see about posting a guide on going this direction.