Website and Blog Hosting – some questions.

Technoracle has been on Blogger now for over 4 years and feel I may be missing out on some of the new features of blog platforms. While investigating these, I also started thinking about just using another company’s Website hosting and build my own blog and condense all my other websites on to one provider. The reasons are pretty obvious. No waiting on third party sites for widgets, auxiliary items to load, full control over look and feel, etc. On the downside, WordPress, Blogger and others give you a lot our of the box and the server hosting from various third party suppliers is actually pretty cheap.

I already have my web collateral pretty spread out too. Web2open.org (where I place a lot of tutorials) is hosted on a Dedicated server hosting. www.duanesworldtv.org is on yet another provider and nickull.net and 22ndcenturyofficial.com are on two different providers. This is before we ver get into myspace, facebook etc. Here are some things running through my mind though:

1. Will condensing all of them into one IP address affect search engine results. While they are not interlinked much, there are some links. My gut tells me yes but I am looking for anyone with actual experience.

2. Staying on blogger seems to result in blog posts being indexed much quicker than using non-Google owned blog platforms. Anyone have some experience here?

3. I haven’t migrated to the new templates. Has anyone experience with this old Technoracle Blogger template moving to a newer one? I heard it is lossy?

Any other advice on my contemplated consolidation would be appreciated.

Have a great weekend everyone!