Written By: Robyn Shulman
Blogging: The Basics
This article is intended for those who would like to start a blog, but are not sure where to begin. The resources listed below will also be placed permanently as a page on this site (it will be up for reference).
Blogging Platform Choices:
There are a few different ways to set up a blog: via an online community host (WordPress.com, Blogger.com, and HubPages are a few examples), within a website as a page, or via a private hosting and domain name of your choice (a personally owned blogging site and domain). For the purpose of this article, I will be focusing on the tools required to set up a blog with a private domain name and a hosting service.
Blogging Platforms and Themes:
WordPress: This blogging platform is my favorite. I use WordPress for any/all sites I create. WordPress is user friendly, however, it does take time to learn. There are thousands of themes to choose from, both free and premium. The title link to WordPress goes directly to the download site (for personal domain holders). For those who would like to join the public WordPress site, please click here.
Blogger: Extremely simple and user friendly (Google is the host, therefore, it is not a personally owned site).
Edublogs: I began my blogging journey using this platform. This is great if one has an education niche (again, not personally owned). These are also run on WordPress.
Elegant Themes: Amazing themes that cover a wide range of niches, and there are over 70 themes to choose from for only $39.00. This is one of the best deals I have seen so far.
Headway Themes: Drag and drop; however, I found this blogging theme a bit complicated.
MOJO Themes: These are very unique themes with a great deal of flexibility. They offer themes at $5.00, and run some free ones as well. I like Mojo because they are unique.
The Thesis Theme for WordPress: This theme is known as the king of SEO. It is 100% customizable and is used by most of the famous bloggers. I love this theme due to the flexibility, control and absolute personalized customization. Thesis also provides excellent support.
Blogging Domain Name and Hosting:
Before choosing a domain name, it is important to research potential keywords that will be in the name (for SEO, or search engine optimization). Choose a keyword that has a decent ranking (not too high but not too low). Google keywords can provide this information. New bloggers should also check to ensure that the site name is available.
Find a domain name: My personal choice can be found at: www.GoDaddy.com Personally, I always use GoDaddy to search for my site name and to purchase. They have great customer support and I have never run into any issues.
Once you have purchased a domain name, you will need a hosting service that will provide the platform to keep your site live. The two hosting services that I like are: Ipage and myhosting.com. Ipage offers an unbelievable amount of free services, perks, great deals, and they provide live support chat 24/7. They have always solved any issues in the timeliest manner.
IPage also provides great tutorials to help you get started. Here is an example:
Depending upon personal needs, blogging can be a very simple task. If one chooses to create a site that generates income; the details, services, and affiliate programs are endless. Please stop by for those tools next week.