Up to this point, we have taken advantage of Blogger's hosting service, called BlogSpot, for making your blog available to the Internet. BlogSpot is well designed, easy, and free. However, BlogSpot has three principal disadvantages. First, while BlogSpot lets you choose part of your blog address, the URL must always end with blogspot.com instead of your own domain name. Second, blogs hosted on BlogSpot must display Blogger's navigation bar across the top of the page. Finally, BlogSpot does not currently allow you to store images or other non-blog files and so you must keep these at a separate Web host.
Fortunately, if those limitations prove burdensome, Blogger gives you the option of hosting your blog yourself, with your own Web host. This chapter will show you how.