Due to the popularity of my tutorial on creating a website, I decided to create this tutorial on creating a blog.
Creating a blog is very similar to creating a website. You just need to be aware of a couple of things when creating a blog.
Here, I explain how to create a blog. I also explain some of the essential concepts such as hosting and domain names. If you need to create a blog, but don't know where to start, read on!
Blogs vs WebsitesThere's not much difference between blogs and websites. The main difference is in the way the content is presented. A blog post can be presented within the context of its tags, categories, and published date, as well as within search results. A website usually has its pages/articles displayed based on categories, as well as search results.
A blog requires a database and server-side scripting. Websites on the other hand, don't need these technologies (although many websites do actually use them).
Create a Blog... The Easy WayNow, just because a blog requires a database and server-side scripting, it doesn't mean that you need to learn these technologies. You can easily build a blog by using a hosting plan with a blog builder such as Quick Blogcast.
Quick Blogcast provides everything you need to start blogging. Hosting is provided. Blog is provided. And most importantly, you can have your own domain name (for example "myblog.com"). By using Quick Blogcast, you'll save yourself the hassle of having to install your own blog software onto your hosting provider's server.
Creating a blog like this is just as easy as creating a website with an online website builder. Using an online website builder, you simply log in, choose your favorite design, then add content.
It's the same thing with blogging. By using a hosting plan that includes a blog builder, you simply log in, choose your design, then start blogging. In a nutshell it goes like this:
- Create blog
- Add content!
Other OptionsI've just discussed the easiest way to set up a blog with hosting and domain name included. There are other ways of doing it if you're so inclined.
When it comes to setting up your own blog, you have three basic options. The option you choose will usually depend on how seriously you take your blog.
- Free Blogging Service such as Blogger, TypePad and LiveJournal. This option is popular with amateur bloggers. Although this is the easiest way to set up a blog, it can cause you problems in the future.
When you sign up for these free services, you don't get your own domain name. So, instead of having "myblog.com", you will have something like "myblog.blogspot.com". This will cause problems if you ever decide to get your own domain name. This is because all your old links won't work once you change to your domain name. Users finding your blog from a search engine will encounter a "Page not found" error.
Another problem with these free blogging accounts is that the blogging service has the power to completely destroy your blog. For example, if the blogging service went out of business, you'd lose your whole blog. You'd then have to start all over again.
If you really want a free blogging account, at least get your own domain name. This is the best piece of advice I can give you. Register a domain name with ZappyHost, and you'll get a free blogging account.
- Self-installation: Sign up with a hosting provider (such as ZappyHost), download blogging software (also known as "blogware") such as Wordpress (downloadable version) or Movable Type, then install the software onto the server. You will also need to register your own domain name with your hosting account.
- Pre-installed (no installation needed): As mentioned, this is a hosting account that already includes a blog. Similar to the "self-installation" option, however, there is no need for the blogger to download any software. Example of a pre-installed service is Quick Blogcast.
And, if you change hosting providers later, your previous blog posts will still work. Web hosting is very cheap these days and completely tax deductable in most countries. If you're looking for a hosting provider you may as well find one that includes a blog builder.