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Start Your Own Blog Network or Community with Blogs.mu

blogs.mu.pngIf you’ve ever dreamed of running your own blog network but have been put off by the idea of setting it up and managing it you you’re not alone. As someone who has co-founded blog networks I understand the challenges.

It is for that reason that I’m really excited about a brand new service that has just launched – Blogs.mu.

Blogs.mu is essentially your own blog network in a box. It allows you to set up your own WordPress.com type community using the powerful WordPress Multi User platform – this opens up many possibilities both for existing and new bloggers.

There’s a lot to be said about Blogs.mu so I’ll let you peruse their site to learn whether it fits with your needs but a few highlights include:

  • Let your readers start blogs or just limit it to starting your own on sub domains
  • Run advertising on it
  • Using it on your own domain
  • Lots of Themes built in
  • Plugins pre installed
  • Import previous blogs into Blogs.mu
  • Support forums

The service is free with loads of features but you get extra capabilities and unlock some of the above features (and others) by becoming a Blogs.mu supporter. Support packs start out at $9 a month for a 10 blog pack.

Blogs.mu has been developed by Inscub – a team with a heap of experience using WordPress MU who have helped set up and run some massive WPMU blog networks. I’ll have an interview with James Farmer from Inscub later today to talk more about Blogs.mu – but in the mean time it might be well worth your time to sign up and reserve your Blogs.mu community name and preferred url before someone else does.


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Comments

  1. Spark says:

    Oh, I have quite two blogs I want to move over from Blogger.com, and I’m wondering how this transition will help me. I’m getting more traffic from those two, than my self-hosted blog—hmm.

  2. Paritosh says:

    Seems to be a nice idea but it wont be easy to maintain one. The blogger first needs to equip himself with the basic knowledge of blogging and then after some experience think of operating his own network !

  3. Cool.

    Just did mine – EzyBlogger Blog Networks – http://ezyblogger.blogs.mu/

  4. Writer Dad says:

    Wow. This sounds really really cool. I’m already reeling from the possibilities.

  5. Andy says:

    Oh thats gread. Thanks for the Tip

  6. Kate says:

    I have been thinking of taking my three existing blogs and using these as the starting point for a blog network with WP MU but the tasks seemed a bit daunting. This is certainly something I’m going to look into. Thanks for the tip.

  7. Jackie Chia says:

    That’s great ,I just signed up!

    Jackie Chia

  8. venkat says:

    why there is no such services for blogger.

  9. Interesting! We have a network for roleplaying games bloggers, but it’s more of a hub that posts snippets of all our posts so people can scan through everything. It’s gotten me some really good traffic on the days I post about RPGs. :)

  10. krissy knox says:

    Awesome!

  11. Asswass says:

    Trying it right now.

  12. Hi Darren,

    Can you educate us more on blog network and communities, please?

    Why? For whom? For what kind of blogs? Why are people attracted to them? etc. etc.

    Anette

  13. This sounds like a great idea!

    Although WordPress MU (Multi User) has tried simplify the process of creating a multi-user blog, creating a blog network using WordPress MU still remains an intense task!

    If this functionality comes out of the box, it is definitely worth exploring. I would definitely have a look at their site.

    However, we need to remember that any “out of the box” system comes with limitations related to customization, extension, etc. So, this might not be a good choice for advanced users.

    All in all, sounds like a great concept for most bloggers! Thanks for the info!

  14. (Sorry, posting again as I do not see my previous comment not do I see a “moderation” message!)

    This sounds like a great idea!

    Although WordPress MU (Multi User) has tried simplify the process of creating a multi-user blog, creating a blog network using WordPress MU still remains an intense task!

    If this functionality comes out of the box, it is definitely worth exploring. I would definitely have a look at their site.

    However, we need to remember that any “out of the box” system comes with limitations related to customization, extension, etc. So, this might not be a good choice for advanced users.

    All in all, sounds like a great concept for most bloggers!

  15. Faye says:

    This is exactly what I was looking for. I’m going to try it out now. I knew I needed to work with WordPress MU for the types of web sites I want to put up, but it seemed difficult to get started and to get the files set up on my end. Fingers crossed. Thanks Darren!

  16. Andrea_R says:

    For anyone looking to explore WordPressMU even further, or do their own site, I’ve written a lot of tutorials for it.

  17. I created http://bacon.blogs.mu/ so far so good. I never used WordPress MU before but this is making it easy!

    I could see this being a great tool to build blogging communities around niches like BACON!.

  18. As always Darren, you rock! Thanks for the help with this… will have to check it out to help with my Freebies Blog.

  19. Fiona says:

    Thanks Darren; sounds like a great concept. We used WordPress MU and Buddypress for flokka.com – our blog network and community for women in business, and appreciate how much hard work it is to get a blog network up and running…
    cheers
    Fiona

  20. Tasha says:

    Kevin, your bacon site is amazing. Wow this is so cool I must try it.

    I am off to go try it.

    Thank you Darren I don’t get it 100% but I willing to dive right in.

    Tasha
    http://www.theeangels.com

  21. Keule says:

    Sounds interesting, but every cool feature needs the 7USD+ option, so I’m out of there.

  22. Dean Saliba says:

    I’ve tried letting people create blogs before and I find they abandon them after a couple of entries.

  23. Sounds like a pretty good deal there. The design of their site is top notch. Nothing to loose to give it a try.

  24. Hip Opinion says:

    Hmmm? I played with ning.com for awhile… I built up a little social network of people talking about stuff…Then it died…It’s still running but I plan on taking it down.

    I too have set up many self hosted blogs for friends.. I’ll tell them about blogging and how fun it is..They post a few times and then they let it go… I have about 4 dead blogs running on my server now…

    But, It sounds fun none the less… I’ll probably sign up and try it out… I ALWAYS gotta try out new stuff to see what happens! I’m addicted to new free online tools… :)

  25. Bill Masson says:

    Your spam system didn’t let my last comment in, do us a favour and dig it out.

    There are still a few little changes i would like to see with Blogs.mu like control over permalinks and the ability to import themes and get control over the editing. A few more plugins like commentluv and dofollow would improve networking.

    Keep up the great work

  26. richu says:

    Well, I don’t think that we can own a blog network like WP – and provide the same service like them. That’s because we ourselves are getting just a sub-domain under blogs.mu – and so, it would be a site like blogger and WP. And it won’t allow us to have a site like blogger, or WP.

    Cheers

  27. Dot Com Dud says:

    I like the idea of creating a blog network but I really do wonder how hard it would be to actually get other bloggers to join up, especially with so many large blogging networks already in existence. A case study of creating a blog network from the ground up would be great to read (hint hint) :D

  28. Haris says:

    Thanks Darren. excellent.

    i just tried it and was able to sign up.
    http://bloggerindonesia.blogs.mu/

    i am not sure yet how it will work.

  29. Chris Ducker says:

    Another great, and uniquely brilliant post. Thanks for the continued hard work you put in, Darren. Its always appreciated.

  30. Thanks for posting this! Can you do the same on blogspot?

  31. It’s look great,
    But, I am still on my process to build my new baby blog…

    I ll try it later..

    But, I want to know more what is the benefits and comparing with wordpress ?

  32. Rice Blogger says:

    thanks..will give it a try…but is a bit confusing…for $9/month for 10 blogs pack…meaning if I have 11 subscribers on my blog network….1 will not receives the benefit?

  33. “Support packs start out at $9 a month for a 10 blog pack” is something which can create a little indigestion for the blogging newbies. No doubt, as the features Blogs.mu is fascinating, but the site should provide a platform for the newcomers too, to create their own blogging sphere with quite ease.

  34. Nice idea. It seems like a lot of work; but could certainly pay off if done right.

  35. LayupDrill says:

    Very nice idea. I will try it out, though I dont like the .blogs.mu extension. How could I use my existing domain name I own to mask that ?

  36. Potentially useful, have been thinking about something like this for a while. Will investigate.

  37. With time and the right social media marketing you could potentially have a very lucrative business – great advice!

  38. Nicely said…building a network is more important…yes !!

    -Ven

  39. This is worth a thought, why have a Blog when you can have a Blog network. it’s more work, done properly, quality, it could work out.

  40. tashfeen says:

    This seems Ning-ish. Likewise, tried it, didn’t like it. My ‘blog’ looked like it required too much work, and they have ads running of their own – unless someone is really busy and is completely technically inconfident, I don’t think this works. But thanks for letting us know of its existence anyway! :)

  41. Those guys have really done a great job . Now with user friendly enhancements they’ve made building blog networks as easy as blogger has already done with blogs and all these CMSs .

  42. dev says:

    Seem great, will try it out

  43. Adam says:

    I signed up for the free package and was fairly underwhelmed. No access — at all — to plugins, which is one of the big sellings points of the WordPress platform. Tiny choice of themes, although the available themes look pretty good. The free package offers a pretty bare-bones WordPress MU installation, but the big advantage is that you can avoid the fairly labor-intensive and technical process of setting up a WordPress MU installation. It’s a great entry point into a blogging network setup.

    The paid packages are a nice step up in functionality, but I could see it getting expensive since it’s pay per month PER 10 blogs, etc.

    I could see this being really great for niche and non-profit blog networks. I’ll be interested to see how the service grows.

  44. Shawn says:

    My question is can you create a community as seemless as one of the large social networks where people can just create their own blog like they create a MySpace or Facebook profile. I think it’s this capability of instantly signing up and beginning publishing that really holds potential for blog communities in the future. The idea of having to contact the community administrator, ask him/her if you may have a blog, getting him/her to send you a guest sign-in etc. etc. thrills community administrators seeking to maintain control of their networks but doesn’t do much to encourage the kind of runaway viral expansion the big social networks have enjoyed.

  45. blackzero85 says:

    Agree with Shawn.

    It’s easy to make a blog nowadays, even for a complete newbie. wordpress.com and blogger give you administrator capability once you sign in and create your blog, so why bother to ask yet another administrator just to make a blog/administer your OWN blog.

    Nevertheless, the idea is fresh, and we will see the result, be it success or failure, soon. :)

    And I think I’m gonna make another review of this blogging service.

  46. This will make things much easier now to start a network of blogs. WordPress does lay it out nicely to get things done with a blog.

  47. bizOmundo says:

    blogs.mu is all that. after a year of learning how WPMU works, blog.mu is an excellent choice for all newbies. inscub offers excellent value and stellar products and services – heck, i want to be them when i grow up :D

  48. I actually prefer WordPress myself. I have a lot of blogs I maintain with them, but if you say this is a good service, I guess I will give it a try. Thanks for the great tip, I’ll definitely subscribe so I can get more in the future!

  49. Nextil says:

    ya i haveeen blogs.mu and i think this article would help me starting with it

  50. Mike Linton says:

    I tried Word Press MU and had trouble with the installation – hope this is easier