Speed as a Feature
"Speed is the most important feature. If your application is slow, people won’t use it. I see this more with mainstream users than I do with power users. I think that power users sometimes have a bit of sympathetic eye to the challenges of building really fast web apps, and maybe they’re willing to live with it, but when I look at my wife and kids, they’re my mainstream view of the world. If something is slow, they’re just gone."
10 Golden Principles of Successful Web Apps
- Free to Extremely Cheap
- Most Stable
- Easiest to Export
- Must be comfortable editing HTML
- Updating a large site by hand gets complicated
- Templating System?
Blogs are a little different. When does a blog make sense?
- Ready for writers and frequent updates
- Readers can subscribe to updates
- Monetize relatively easily
- Easy to export
- Updates take moxie
- Popular un-monetized blogs can get expensive
New services like Tumblr get your stuff online quickly without as much friction as traditional blogging platforms. The downside is being more tied to their service.
- Fast and Dynamic
- Reliable and Easy to Use
- Use your own CSS
- Professional Support
- Fixed Pricing
Arguably, the most important decision you will make will be your domain name. A great domain will be short, memorable, and clever. It took me a few hours to come up with wiswanson.com Take your time and pick a good one.
Where to buy?
If your service doesn't support this or you want to do more advanced customization, you will have to buy your domain through a traditional registrar. Chris Shiflett has some great suggestions.
For more on Blogging, Tim Bray wrote a fantastic post. For more on Speed as a Feature, Stoyan Stefanov wrote a great little online book on "The business, psychology and technology of high-performance web apps".
Future study should include CSS typography, microformats, CSS 3, viewports, mobile first, media queries, dynamically hosted sites, and advanced markup.