OverBlog is a blog hosting service that lets users share their thoughts and ideas while earning revenue. The user begins by creating a blog. The site gives the user access to a list of templates to begin. Users can also start with a blank template to come up with their own blog design. After creating the blog, the user begins attracting users. The site incorporates functions to help maximize the blog’s popularity. The user will be able to earn revenue on advertisements placed on their blog. This feature has not been officially implemented yet, but is planned for the near future. The OverBlog homepage provides users with a large directory of blogs sorted by category, including popular topics like religion, books, business, philosophy, movies, teens, travel, poetry, economy, love and many more.Show more screenshots »
OverBlog was founded by Gilles Moncaubeig, Julien Romanetto and Fredaric Montagnon. The application has been mentioned all over the web, although it has not received any notable media attention. OverBlog provides a convenient service, but it is one that is offered in many other places already. The addition of a simple revenue generating tool might make OverBlog more appealing compared to some of its competitors. For now, users can only create and manage blogs with their OverBlog account.
OverBlog’s features list is not much different from other blog hosting solutions. Just like many competitors, OverBlog lets users create a free blog by choosing a template or building their own. The site uses categories to help users sort their blogs into the right areas. The only unique element hasn’t yet been implemented. OverBlog plans to add a way for users to include ads on their blogs to generate revenue. Until this has been added, there is little that makes OverBlog unique or original.
OverBlog welcomes users with a colorful design that stays firmly within the boundaries of professional style. Orange, blue and green are used sparingly to highlight buttons, logo and links. Of course each blog will look unique based on how the user chooses to design it or which templates they use. Template options are varied and include a number of eye-catching layouts. OverBlog’s design isn’t remarkable, but it gets the job done with a hint of personality.
New bloggers can get started by clicking the “Create now your blog for free on OverBlog” or the orange “Start My Blog” button in the upper, right hand corner of the homepage. The next page asks the user for an email address, password and desired blog address. The user is automatically directed to their new account dashboard. An alert at the top of the dashboard advises the user that they must confirm their email address before their blog is listed in the OverBlog portal.
OverBlog is available to all users for free. This is a good thing considering the many free blog resources that are already widely popular. Every user is automatically given a free account that includes unlimited articles, up to 50 categories, partial content in RSS feeds, 30 pages, eight free text modules, 20 to 100 photo albums, up to 4 GBs of storage space, comments management, detailed stats and forum support. The Premium subscription costs 29.94 € for six months or 49.90 € for one year. Premium users receive 200 categories, 200 pages, 20 free text modules, unlimited photo albums, up to 30 GBs of storage space, domain name, five email addresses, 15 forwarding addresses, custom newsletter design options, personalized favicons, improved SEO, exclusive design access and dedicated forum support.
OverBlog is a simple blog creation and management tool that works for almost anyone. Users can create a blog on any topic or for any purpose and begin posting and growing their audience. The service works much like other blog hosting applications, so there isn’t really anything to make OverBlog stand out. Users who are already using sites like WordPress may find nothing to entice them to switch.