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Published 09/06/2010 and rated Ratingstars5 5 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
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What can you use the app for?

Vox is a blogging service.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Blogs started out as a way for people to publish their thoughts online, in a dairy or op-ed format, without needing to undertake the effort of putting a website together. Vox, launched late in 2006 is one of many such automated blogging services on the market, and you can start a blog in no time at all without any knowledge of internet coding such as HTML and Javascript. If you can use a word processor, then you can publish online through Vox. Your blog can then be accessed through an easily remembered address: Other features include the ability to embed Web 2.0 features such as widgets, with a specific facility that allows you to place videos from the popular YouTube directly in your blog, with no need for you to even visit the YouTube site. Vox has closed its doors on September 30, 2010.

What are the differences to other apps?

Vox seems to offer pretty much the standard package of blogging services, combined with a social networking feature, which is becoming more and more common on websites looking to cash in on the social network boom. Being one of the smaller blogging sites, it isn’t backed up by a major internet player such as Google or Microsoft, and that can show sometimes – not in the quality of the product, but the speed of the website. They just don’t have as many servers and bandwidth at their disposal as the larger internet companies. A feature that seems to be unique to VOX is the ability to restrict your blog entries to only certain viewers. This can include people on your contact list or all viewers of the site, allowing you to discern between private and public entries.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

Vox allows you to choose from a multitude of preset themes for your blog. All are very slickly designed and there is a color palette to suit every taste. Despite the different visual themes, all the blogs seem to have the same layout however, but fortunately it’s a well conceived layout with well placed links and navigation toolbars.

How does the registration process work?

Vox asks standard questions during the registration process, and won’t unnecessarily ask you for private details. You will, however, have to check your e-mail inbox to verify your e-mail before being allowed to use the site. This can be a pit of an annoyance if you just want to try the service out. Impatient people beware.

What does it cost to use the application?

Vox is a free service funded by advertising. The advertising on your actual blog itself is quite limited, which is pleasing, as you don’t want you or your visitors to be bombarded with advertising. There are larger ads on the pages where you update and edit your blog, but your visitors won’t be viewing these pages.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Vox is a decent blogging service and an alternative to the major blogging services. It is well built and does what it needs to do while implementing some Web 2.0 features.

  • Fully featured and dedicated free blogging service.
  • Only a limited amount of advertising.

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