Xanga is a Blog Service for Web Publishers, Writers, Individuals, Businesses and maintained by Xanga, Inc.
Xanga is a free blog service that is good for creating journals and blogs. The basic features are free, but you can upgrade to have premium features and remove the company’s advertisement. It supports images, videos, and audios, supports various template designs, and allows simple alterations in the HTML coding. If you have been into blogging and have tried several platforms, you will find Xanga lacking in many features and functions. However, if what you are after is make a site for your close friends or for personal matters, a site that is not optimized in search engines, this blogging service will do.
When it comes to creating posts, Xanga has an application similar to Microsoft Word, although it does not allow you to change the font face and color. Emoticons are available, but you cannot alter the HTML coding of your post. Images can be inserted into posts, and there is a function that allows multi-upload to make the job easier. Xanga does not allow titles in posts, and it does not have categories for posts, but there is post archiving. You can edit the body content of posts, as well as delete and undelete them, or even change comment permissions after posting. The site does not have a search function for your blog, but it does have a site-wide search engine to find posts.
Other features available in Xanga are webring support, guestbook, display of photos, and user profile. Custom links are available for premium users, and the ad, which you cannot reposition, is automatically deleted once the account is upgraded. The comment boxes support HTML codes, but you can only delete a comment and not edit. The comment function in posts can be disabled, and users can be blocked or unblocked. Users can rate posts, but this function can be disabled together with the comments.
If you know CSS, you will not be able to use that skill because Xanga does not support CSS formatting. However, the background color and image can be customized, as well as the header’s background and font style. Also, you can change the font style for the blog, or add borders whenever you want. RSS and email syndication are available, but the feeds might not be compatible with some feed readers.
Xanga User Interface
Xanga’s appearance is clean and simple, if not too much. Advanced users may find this simplicity distasteful, but those who just want a way to plainly connect with people having the same interests with them will find it sufficient. There is no drag-and-drop, flash, or WYSIWIG, which you will find unappealing if you are used to those features found in other providers.
But what is good about the interface? It is easy to navigate and you do not even have to watch a tutorial to work through the site. Basic colors are used, but the header of your site can be fully customized to your liking and decorative fonts. If you are repulsed by advertisements on your blog, this is not for you, since ads appear even on the homepage of the site.
Here's what you should expect, if you are looking for a simple way to tell friends and your close social network about your thoughts and daily stuff about you, Xanga offers want you need plain and simple. There is not much fancy and extravagance to expect, so better keep out if you are the programmer type who wants to tweak everything to the tiniest detail or just wants to be in control.
Xanga also offers three types of accounts: Classic, Premium, and Plus. The second and third cost $4 and $7 monthly, respectively, which is similiar prices as other blog services providing better functionalities and features. The only difference between the Premium and Plus accounts is that Plus offers unlimited storage space for photos, and everything else is the same with the two. This does not appeal too much, and the offer is rather insufficient to make someone sign up and upgrade.