If you are wondering how to set up a blog and what the best way to create a blog is-then you have come to the right document! I’ll give you advice on which method(s) to use to create your blog depending on what kind of blog you want, whether you desire to make income from it, and how long you want to dedicate to setting up your blog.
1. When to make a blog using a hosted blog site (like blogger.com or WordPress.com) or to create a blog using a blog platform (like WordPress.org, Typepad, Blogsmith, Movable Type).
2. Comparing hosted blog websites–Blogger vs. WordPress.com.
3. Comparing the WordPress.org blog platform to additional blog platforms.
4. Whether you should learn HTML, CSS, or some Programming.
5. What’s the best option to make money with your blog.
So read on if you desire to learn about making a kick butt blog!
A shared domain blog is a type of blog costs nothing to host. You can set these up at https://www.blogger.com/start, http://wordpress.com/, etc. If you want to use this option, you’ll be creating what is called a “shared domain blog” because there will be a .blogspot or .wordpress after your blog’s domain name like http://nameofyourblog.blogspot.com or http://nameofyourblog.wordpress.com. Making a blog with a hosted blog is very simple to make and free. You can actually have a blog up and running within a couple minutes if you use blogger.com or wordpress.com!
If you are trying to figure out which to use– I’ll tell you that both are very simple to use and set up. In my opinion, blogger is a little more user friendly while WordPress is a little more pleasant to look at. Also, Blogger.com has nice ways to simply use Google AdSense Ads within your blog so you can earn money but WordPress is a little more customizable.
If you decide to use this option you would use a blog platform (like WordPress–*from WordPress.org and not WordPress.com) and you pay a web host to place your blog on their servers. So then why would you want to pay and use a host you have to pay for you could use at blogger.com or worpress.com and host your blog for free? Actually, there’s several reasons:
1. You have more control over how your blog is designed.
2. You can monetize your site much better (more monetization options = more money for you!)
3. You’re blog will look more original-giving you more credibility.
If you are thinking about setting up a blog using this way the good news is it is pretty simple to do. Blog platforms can be uploaded to a server and created in a matter of minutes. There’s instructions on how to do this at all of the blog platform’s sites (ex. wordpress.org).
1. Go to the host’s website and sign up for a hosting plan.
2. The majority of good hosts will place a one click installation button on their site for different blog platforms (like WordPress, Typepad, Blogsmith, Movable Type)-so just click that and you’re ready to start blogging (it’s that easy)!
*If the host you choose does not let you use a one click installation option for the blog platform you want to have, just follow these instructions:
1. Download a blogging platform (like WordPress (from WordPress.org), Typepad, Blogsmith, Movable Type, etc) from their different websites.
2. Start an account with a host.
3. Upload your blog platform to the host you choose.
4. Start blogging!
I have tried out many blogging platforms and Content Management Systems (CMS) over the years and I have determined that the best blog platform is WordPress. It is very user friendly, it has a huge network of people using it (and updating it and pointing out any problems it has to developers), there are tons of helpful websites and forums to assist you if are having problems, and there are a lot of ways to easily customize your blog. Also, WordPress is venturing out and creating more complex features that other blog platforms don’t have. So, if you may want to make your blog to look more like a website that includes things like forums, shopping carts, or other advanced aspects–Wordpress is the blog platform for you. Also, WordPress one of the most easy blog platforms to put together.
If your blog’s at blogger or WordPress you do not need to learn these skills. Learning a couple basic codes for HTML will help customize your blog sometimes but you can always look for a certain code online when you want to do something on your blog. But, Set up your blog using a blog platform (like WordPress from WordPress.org) teaching yourself some HTML will definitely go a long way. I wouldn’t suggest spend a lot of time learning it however if you have a very basic skill set you can do a lot with your blog. *note-you can still set up a great blog without ever teaching yourself HTML, CSS, or Programming.
Some bloggers can make a great living from just one blog! However, if you just want to blog about your life, a subject, or to get a reader base for an issue–than setting up a blog using a hosted blog site (like wordpess.com or blogger.com) is probably your best bet. Hosted blog sites are very easy to use and you don’t have to pay for hosting. That way you can just blog and not waste time with administrative things. However, if you want to create a blog to make money than creating a blog with a blog platform (like WordPress.org) is your best option because blog platforms give you many more ways to customize your blog, all the ways you can use ads on your blog, and what types of features you can use with the blog.
I’m hoping that this article has helped you figure out the ways to make a blog. Blogging is a very fulfilling hobby but the best thing about this hobby is that it makes me a lot of money! Surprisingly there are many easy methods to earn money with your blog that will make you income for many years. If you are interested in learning how to blog and earn money, about the five major pitfalls bloggers get themselves into, and how to decide on a niche for your blog then check out this free report at my website! This has got to be the best free report out there and it is made by Jason Gazaway- a 26 year old blogging legend who earns tens of thousands of dollars a month from blogging.
–article by Steve Sick from “How To Set Up A Blog“
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