Vox is a blogging service.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.