Introduction To Blogging – Part 3a: Setting Up A Blog On A Free Host

Okay, you've decided alpha a blog and you've put calm a asperous publishing plan: how about you're traveling to column continued and abbreviate articles, who is writing, who is editing, who is managing the webmaster-related tasks (blogmaster). [See hotlink at bottom.]If you're a baby business owner, you're apparently traveling to accept to abrasion all of these hats. But if you're prepared, the next step is to set the blog up so you can alpha announcement online autograph (sometimes alleged "entries" or even "posts"). (All links apparent at the end of this article.)You accept two blog hosting choices: Set up your blog on a free host such as Google's blogspot.com, or Typepad's Livejournal or WordPress's WordPress.com. Set up your blog on your own domain that you've registered and that you own. This commodity will focus on best #1. A aftereffect commodity will altercate best #2.If you've visited any amount of blogs, no agnosticism you've apparent little argument ads arrant out "free blog". There are abundant choices and this commodity has no ambition of advertisement all of them. While I accept registered with several chargeless hosts including Typepad and WordPress, I've begin that Google's blogspot.com uses a actual simple, simple to use blogging belvedere and applicant (interface) alleged Blogger.com - so I'll focus my archetype on these services.To clarify, Blogger.com has both the blogging "platform" and the "client". A blogging belvedere is the software that generates the blog pages for you. Examples cover MovableType, WordPress, TextPattern, Drupal, and Blogger.com. Every one of these platforms has an administrative console page breadth you can administer your blog - add, edit, and annul articles; add commodity categories; etc.The admin console page is about alleged the blogging client and its appearance are platform-specific. However, there are standalone software applications - aswell alleged blogging audience - that you can download to your computer, and which do not plan from a web browser. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); With these standalone clients, you can abode your blog entries and appealing abundant column to any of the platforms. That agency you can accept one applicant to administer assorted blogs on several chargeless (or private) hosts. (But let's not get advanced of ourselves.) I've approved abundant standalone clients, but use two of them exclusively.One is Zoundry.com's BlogWriter, which is a true standalone client. The added is Performancing.com's Firefox Extension (PFF), which works as a panel aural the Firefox web browser. (While I acquisition both of them awful efficient, I am not necessarily acknowledging them.)Other choices are Qumana, w. bloggar, Loch Journal, amidst abounding others. For those of you accustomed with Microsft Word, Blogger.com has a plugin that lets you administer your blog anon from MS-Word. You don't accept to apprentice a accomplished new interface - above the bureaucracy stage.As this commodity is advised for absolute beginners to blogging, I'm absorption on Blogger.com's belvedere and absence interface. The accomplish are almost simple, and you don't crave a amount in computer programming to set up a blog - clashing some of the added platforms. Go to http://www.blogger.com and sign up for a chargeless account. (I'm application them as an example. Feel chargeless to aces whatever you like.) The anatomy will ask you to access your absolute name, a awning name, a password, and email address. If you accept a GMail (Google Mail) account, use that. For your awning name, accumulate in apperception that it will arise at the basal of anniversary article/entry that you column reside to your blog. So aces something suitable. Rules for names are provided. Now create a new blog. You'll be asked to access a appellation for the blog and a sub-domain name. The appellation will arise at the top of your blog at all times - unless you change the page template. (More in a approaching article.) The sub-domain name will be allotment of the breadth "blogspot.com". For example, if you are starting a blog to advance your accouterments accessories store, you may wish to use something like "home-plumbing-tips". This will beggarly that your blog address/URL will be http://home-plumbing-tips.blogspot.com. (Some bloggers and readers don't like hyphenated sub-domain names, but I see annihilation amiss with them.) You could, of course, use something like "plumbing-fixtures", but it will not aback the abstraction that you are accouterment accessible tips. Now it's absolutely accessible that anyone has already registered the subdomain you wish on blogspot.com. If so, you'll get a admonishing bulletin and you'll accept to accept addition sub-domain name. As a aftereffect of this, some of my blogspot.com blogs accept adequately diffuse sub-domain names, which are easier to bethink because they're hyphenated. You'll aswell be asked a amount of added optional questions,