How to Set-up Your Own Blog post

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On February 24th 2009 I was privileged with the opportunity to speak in a session at the Educating for Careers Conference. This post is a list of some of the resources I shared in this session titled "How to Set-up Your Own Blog"

I chose to show the attendees how to use WordPress.com to set up their blog. It is important to note that Wordpress is not only a great blogging platform but is also a great CMS (Content Management System). It can be used for a site that is not a blog such as a school or business web site.

I used WordPress for several years before moving over to Drupal which is a different CMS. I do not recommend Drupal to most people unless they are web designers or developers since it is quite a bit for complex to set-up. WordPress.com is fine for most people that want a blog. I have listed my demo outline and several lists of links to resources I mentioned in my talk.

  1. Go to WordPress.com and sign-up for a free account
  2. Check your email for your verification message and password
  3. Log in at WordPress.com
  4. Edit the About page
  5. Make your first post
  6. Change the sites theme

WordPress Resources

Here is a short list of a few WordPress resources. A simple Google search will turn up countless more.

Blogging Services/Software

WordPress.com is not the only blogging platform and may not be the best option for you. I have used WordPress.com and it is definitely one of the best. I also love Tumblr.com which is very easy to use. It is simple and clean. Not as versatile as WordPress.com but very easy to post to. Blogger is also a good option that is owned by Google. EDUblogs uses WordPress.com software, but is designed for educators.

Social Networking

List is another short list of social networks I mentioned in my talk. Using these services is a good way to let people know about your web site.

Domain Names

If you get serious about this blogging thing you want to invest in your own domain name. It isn't expensive at all and is fairly straight forward to do. Lately I've been using 1and1.com but there are countless other options. 1and1.com also offer web hosting but I Do Not recommend their hosting service.

Web Hosting

While you can host your blog/web site with WordPress.com for free, if you register your own domain and want to customize your site more, you may want to look into using a web host to host your site. I recommend using A2hosting.com. They have excellent support and are very inexpensive. They also offer easy installation of a long list of web applications like WordPress. As with most web hosting companies, they offer domain name registration but it is a better idea to use a domain registrar in case you are not happy with the web host. It is much easier to move your site if you have a separate domain registrar and web host.

If this all seems too confusing or you need a more advanced/custom site, please contact me. Take a look at our services page to see a short list of what we can do for you.