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Choose the right blog hosting service and create your own blog

July 2015


Choose the right blog hosting service and create your own blog




What is a Blog?


Blog comes from the term "Web Log", and refers to a website that includes entries created in a journal style format. The journal entries usually contain text, images and links to websites, webpages or multimedia files that are displayed in a reverse chronological order. The blogs also have a comments section after each journal entry that creates an interactive environment within the blog by allow visitors to leave their impressions about the different themes and subjects at hand.

How to create your own blog

Step 1: Choose your Blog Hosting service


Compared to a website, the creation of a blog is very simple and does not require any prior knowledge in web design. The first thing that you should do though is to find a web hosting service that will allow you to create an account and publish your blog online.

You can choose among some of the most common and blog hosting services used on the internet today from the list below:

Step 2: Sign up for an account


Upon the creation of a blog, you will be asked to sign up (create an account) to that blog service. This will hence allow you to sign in to your account to make regular updates or changes to the blog display. Some blog hosting services require a payment and others are free. You can choose the one that will better suite your needs by comparing the facilities that are offered for each.

Step 3: The layout


Your blog's layout will depend on the theme of your website and from the blog hosting service on which you will register. Depending on the features available, you can combine text, images, videos, podcasts and even surveys and polls. Some of these services require a payment and others are free. You can alter the display, the colors and the number of features present on the blog.

Step 4: Promote your blog


Online websies can propose you either for a fee or for free to promote your blog in effective ways. Some of them are listed below:

Conduit.com
Link: http://buildtoolbar.conduit.com/...

Blogskinny
Link: http://www.blogskinny.com/

Blogengage
Link: http://www.blogengage.com

Bloggeries
Link: http://www.bloggeries.com

Blog engines


There are many blog engines on the web. The most popular Dotclear and WordPress, but recently other have emerged

Here are a few:

The list is non-exhaustive. The communities for Dotclear and Wordpress are very active and you will find help for all your issues. In addition, numerous additional plugins are available to add functionality to your blog.

How to choose the right one?


Throughout this list, it's quite difficult to determine which one will meet your expectations?

The easiest way is to run a test (without any download or installation). This would probably be a waste of time. You can do this online site http://php.opensourcecms.com/

You can test the blog engine as a visitor or administrator. The most common options are available, only those that compromise the security have been disabled. But you'll have a good vision of how different the blog engines are.

For unlimited offline reading, you can download this article for free in PDF format:
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