Dana has been using Weebly for storing documents and she's discovered that it isn't very secure. What options are there? Leo says that there's often educational software that she can get to run on her own servers.
Karen has a blog through Google's Blogspot and she's worried that Google might kill it since it seems to be killing a lot of its services. Leo says that while Google does kill apps from time to time, as long as she owns her own domain name, she can use Google's Data Liberation capability and just open a new blog somewhere else. It would be a hassle, but Google usually gives plenty of warning before killing a product.
Janet has a blog on Blogger and the URL is really long. She'd like to change the URL (strollerqueenreviews.blogspot.com), but she's worried she'll lose views by changing the name. Leo says that Janet should go into the domain management settings in blogger and have a custom domain name forward to the Blogspot site. It's called domain redirection and it shouldn't affect her Google ranking.
How can she make money on her site? Leo suggests using Google AdSense right away. Check out the book "Google AdSense Secrets" too.
Matthew has a blog and he's planning to switch his webhost from blog.com. The servers are down at blog.com sometimes and he wants a reliable host.
Leo says that Tumblr is a good, free choice with a lot of templates. Good for a free blogger. Google has Blogger. There's also WordPress.com. All are free options, but he's limited to the templates they offer.
Josh wrote a book and sold it through a third party. For his second book, he’s going to publish it himself, but he needs a webpage and is thinking of using iWeb. Like Microsoft's Frontpage, Apple's iWeb is a proprietary technology that requires you continue to use iWeb forever, I don't like that lock in. Furthermore, Apple shows every sign of discontinuing the program. So let's find a better choice.