Why Bloggers Should Be Thankful to Blogging Platforms

August 2, 2013 | No Comments Yet

Blogging platforms like WordPress has made it incredibly easy for bloggers to do what they do. There are many things that bloggers should be thankful for. Let us look at some:

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For Being Able to Start a Blog

If blogging platforms didn’t make it as easy as it is today to start a blog, then the blogosphere will be monopolized by technologically-advanced people. This would have taken away the satisfaction from many bloggers who are not as technologically inclined from  experiencing  having a blog today. This has also saved the online users from having access only to views and opinions of a few.

For Being Able to Publish Posts Whenever Desired

Rather than forever waiting for the chance to be published writers using the traditional way, bloggers have all the opportunity to self-publish whenever they like. The publish button holds so much power and freedom and it is up to bloggers to regulate their own conduct. There is no one to reject a blogger’s publication unless of course there are violation of terms issues and copyright issues involved.

For the Chance to Be Heard

Not all people are given the chance like bloggers to be heard and heard loudly at that through their own blogs. While most people will be hard put in finding an avenue for rants and complaints, the blog is always an available option, However, care must be observed in using this advantage. There are still laws to be observed even in the online world.

For Encouraging Bloggers to Take Responsibility for the Blog

With freedom comes responsibility. As bloggers are pretty much given a free reign in the conduct of their blogs, they also have to learn to police their own practices. The failure to observe proper procedure may result to sanctions for the blog.

For Providing an Opportunity to Understand Technology a Little Better

Even under free domains, bloggers will still need to learn in time the technology behind blogging. This is especially so when bloggers graduate to their own domains. Even if problems can be very inconvenient, it is still a source of important learning.

Blogging is really a privilege. It has its challenges but always, being able to do it freely is something to be thankful for. Much of the credit goes to blogging platforms.

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The Move from WordPress.com to WordPress.org

June 26, 2013 | No Comments Yet

As blog owners shift their sights to monetizing their respective sites, those who are using free publishing platforms will most probably eye self-hosting. This is is not surprising as this is a common path taken by many. The move from WordPress.com to WordPress.org is a classic example.

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WordPress is a publishing platform that offers both the fully-hosted and self-hosted options. It is currently behind millions of websites and the number continue to grow. For purposes of determining which is the best option, it would be ideal to know what each one offers.

WordPress.com

WordPress.com as the fully-hosted option allows blog or site owners to concentrate on their content. The technical aspect has been fully covered by the platform including hosting, security, and back-up. Ready-made themes are available with a wide variety of choices. Sites are easily integrated into various social network such as Facebook Twitter, and Tumblr. Support and assistance are always made available. Publishing in a WordPress.com website is free and upgrades are also available.

WordPress.org

WordPress.org as the self-hosted option will require more technical know-how from site owners who will definitely get their hands on the actual building of a site. Self-hosted sites need paid hosting services and regular maintenance as well as backup tasks performed by owners. Site owners would need to install custom themes and plugins to provide better functionality to the site. Assistance can be obtained from participation in forums. Although expenses are incurred with this option, it allows for more flexibility in relation to how site owners would want their sites to appear.

Why Transfer from WordPress.com to WordPress.org

Since the use of WordPress.com is free and convenient, why would anyone for that matter think of transferring to WordPress.org where payment and more work is required from site owners? The most common reason has to do with monetizing the blog. Direct advertisers tend not to favor blogs or sites hosted in free platforms. It is also the more suitable platform for sites into affiliate sales.

How to Transfer from WordPress.com to WordPress.org

Once a site determines that it is in its best interest to transfer to self-hosting, it would be required to go through some steps for smooth transition. Site owners must purchase a domain name and obtain hosting services. After installing and configuring the WordPress.org software, owners will have to import contents from the WordPress.com site. It has to be noted that the move will mean starting all over again in connection with PageRank and authority.

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Teresa is a researcher-writer who covers a wide range of topics in search of useful information to offer to her readers. She currently maintains four personal blogs.

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Going Mobile with WordPress

March 31, 2013 | No Comments Yet

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What makes blogging more exciting is the fact that there are more ways to go about it especially when one is not in the usual work area for blogging.  The mobile options provided by blogging platforms such as WordPress give bloggers the ultimate freedom to continue their work while not preventing mobility.  These options will ensure writers that they can upload, edit their posts or manage comments while on the go.

Mobility is an important consideration in blogging.  With the demands of blog publishing at its highest ever, bloggers can really benefit from this feature. WordPress for iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone, Nokia, and WebOS provide all the possible choices for bloggers in constant move.

Mobile Blogging

A blogger is doing mobile blogging when he or she uses a handheld device such as a mobile phone to publish a blog post or a website article. This advantage has been made possible by the evolution of various technological systems to facilitate performance of similar tasks.

The trend towards  the use of devices that can perform all required functions is continuously expanding. More and more people realize that less and less limitations are preventing the performance of tasks that used to be only possible when in the usual work place.  This eliminates the need for bringing heavier gadgets especially when attending events that need to be blogged about immediately.

Mobile-Friendly Blogs

Blogs have to be made mobile-friendly for bloggers to take advantage of the advances in technology.  Many readers are already accessing blogs through their mobile devices so it helps to be ready for the demand. The one who gets left behind in technology stands a chance to be left behind in viewership as well.

Google Analytics for example is able to provide data about traffic obtained from mobile devices. It can even supply the information about the specific mobile device used. For those whose blogs can already be accessed through mobile devices, studies show that the percentage of viewers from mobile device is quite considerable to ignore.

Blog owners should check how their sites appear through mobile devices to see if there is anything that needs to be tweaked for better viewing.  It is highly possible that websites are not easily readable in mobile devices.  There are steps that can be taken to address this. A few options can be added for the mobile version of blogs and websites.

Teresa is a researcher-writer who covers a wide range of topics in search of useful information.

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WordPress and Blogger

March 1, 2013 | No Comments Yet

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If people were to judge based on online reading of which blogging platform holds the most attention of users, it could actually be a toss-up between WordPress and Blogger.  With each having its own advantages and disadvantages, the choice depends on the purpose by which the blogging platform is to be used.  Each has its own loyal fan-base for varying reasons.

Blogger is said to be easier to use and understand  than WordPress.  Many are in the belief that bloggers who use the Blogger platform are practically spoon-fed in every aspect.  The only issues being raised is the lack of options for better control of the blog.

WordPress is the preferred platform of many especially those who would like to have more say about how their blogs would look like.  It also works well with various plug-ins thus providing more options for customization.  The issue raised by some is that it takes more effort to understand the workings of the platform.

Again, like in most comparisons between available platforms, the choice all boils down to personal preference.  If a blogger feels comfortable using one than the other, then no amount of words can convince them to change.  It is necessary though to study the other option since a choice has to be made with awareness of the options that are available on the other but not found on the chosen one.  If a blogger thinks missing out on some features is acceptable by sticking to one  than the other, that is his or her call.

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Teresa is a researcher-writer who covers a wide range of topics in search of useful information.

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WordPress Themes – Paid or Free?

January 31, 2013 | No Comments Yet

There is a reason why users have to pay for some while being allowed to have access to others for free.  The general logic is that there is something that can be gained from the paid versions which cannot be offered by the free version.  In the subject of WordPress themes, this might just be debatable.

Determining the most suitable theme for a blog would really depend on the purpose and contents of the blog.  It is possible to find the exact theme for a blog among the free versions and that would be just fine.  It is likewise possible to find the right theme among the paid versions, pay for its use and that would be just as fine.  It all boils down to how fit the chosen theme is and how willing a blog owner is to spend on the development of the blog.

The main opposition towards free themes is the higher possibility of having similar themes with other blogs precisely because they are free and can be used by anyone.  Although this is essentially true, blog owners can still make free themes work for them by putting appropriate widgets and including unique images that would differentiate them from the others.  Free themes comes highly recommended for blog owners who are just trying to get the feel of it.  This avoids paying for something that will only turn out as a passing fancy.

Many paid themes are admittedly superior in looks not by being overly garish but more so because of their understated simplicity and naturalism.  In the same manner that that naturally-looking make-up is the most difficult to achieve in women, an unforced elegance in blogs also require more work from designers thus the price.   So which is better between free and paid WordPress themes?  The best answer lies in the intent of the blog owner.

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Teresa is a professional researcher-writer in a wide range of topics.

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Choosing Between WordPress.com and WordPress.org

January 26, 2013 | No Comments Yet

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Just like in any other choices that have to be made regarding online presence, the choice between WordPress.com and WordPress.org is decided by the purpose for which a blog was created.  The two options have their respective advantages and disadvantages.  It is really up to the owner to decide which one works best for his purpose.

The use of WordPress.com is quite attractive for those who do not like complicated procedures.  It is easy to set up, the blog’s technical maintenance work is adequately covered, the blog maintains availability in spite of high traffic as it can be found in different servers, and blog contents are automatically backed up.  These and some extra traffic can be obtained from being part of the WordPress.com community.

With these benefits however come certain limitations such as the inability to upload a custom theme and plug-ins as well as inability to modify the PHP code.  These WordPress.com disadvantages are the very advantages of using WordPress.org.  Technically-minded bloggers specifically prefer these very benefits.

Opting for WordPress.org presents several disadvantages including the need to pay for a good web host, need for more technical knowledge for setting up and maintaining, and the responsibilities that come with self-hosting.  Self-hosted blogs need to address concerns about stopping spam, creating and maintaining back-up, and updating to the newer versions of WordPress as they get released.  Bloggers who opt to choose the self-hosted way must take care to avoid mismanaging the web server that may lead to losing the blog itself.  Security, control, and choices are just some of the many considerations before making a decision.

 

 

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Why Install WordPress

January 2, 2013 | No Comments Yet

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Installing WordPress is not as complicated as most would want to believe but does one really need to do it?  Are there other options that one can take to get the same benefit?  Can one do without it?

To answer these very practical questions:  No, it is not absolutely needed.  Yes, there are other options.  Yes, one can do without it.  Given these answers , why would one still want to install WordPress?  Simple.  If a blogger wants to have the freedom to take his blog where he wants to, WordPress offers the most opportunities of doing so.  There are other options so it would be advisable to look into them as well to determine which will work best.

WordPress is probably the most popular blogging platform and is widely preferred by bloggers who intend or are already monetizing their blogs.  Before installing WordPress, beginners are advised to read and gather information first to be better understand the platform before starting.  Steps to be taken are found online and can be followed easily.  Determine also what needs to be accomplished first before installing WordPress to enable a swift start.

There will be many options to choose from in terms of appearance, moderation, control, and other aspects important to having a good blog.  The platform of course cannot single-handedly catapult a blog to success since bloggers will have to provide the contents themselves.  WordPress offers adequate support for bloggers but it cannot do anything about poor content.  Before starting a blog, a would-be blogger must know what direction he intends to take and how he intends to go about it.

 

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Is WordPress Spam-free?

December 31, 2012 | No Comments Yet

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WordPress offers the Spam-free option through a plugin that actively fights comment spam.  It is said to be able to to block 100% of automated spam with zero percent false  positives.  It became a necessity at the thick of huge spam attacks that usually came with huge visitor traffic.

WordPress provides an anti-spam plug-in.  It is actually a comment spam blocking plug-in that is able to block automated spam while promising to eliminate false positives.  It came out in the year 2007 due to a recognized need as brought upon by the onslaught of huge spam attacks that came with huge visitor traffic.  It is able to handle unlimited amount of comment spam encountered by blogs having the highest traffic.

What makes this spam-free plug-in more beneficial is the ability to remove HTML that comes with comments and the absence of CAPTCHA which usually discourages even legitimate commenters from commenting.  There is also a blacklist for local IP address in cases of manual spam.

Spam comments can severely affect a blog’s SEO efforts and subsequently its rankings.  The use of this plug-in makes it possible to preserve a blog’s SEO.  The offered spam protection is not noticeable to readers and will not present any hindrances whatsoever that would prevent them from commenting.  Spam comments are however automatically filtered out.

There are still many anti-spam plug-ins that can be suitably used by WordPress such as Akismet, Bad Behaviour, Anti-SpamBees AVH First Defense Against Spam, Defensive Anti-Spam, WP-Hashcash, Spam-Stopper, Cookie for Comments, CloudFlare, and Solve Media.  With all these options available, has WordPress been made spam-free?  Unfortunately, this isn’t so although the right anti-spam plug-in can reduce spamming considerably.  Users will find out that some plug-ins may be too restrictive for their own use which can actually work against it.  It is therefore inherent on blog owners to find the most suitable plug-in for their use.

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WordPress as an Area of Expertise

November 2, 2012 | No Comments Yet

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Are there any opportunities presented by being a WordPress expert?  Based on the number of users of the WordPress platform who are not experts themselves, there is reason to believe that there are indeed potentials in gaining expertise of this area.  Not too many people are keen on being WordPress experts and would rather avail of the services of professionals.

WordPress experts offer their services in creating highly customized blogs using the WordPress platform.  These service providers have purposely studied the intricacies of optimizing the use of the platform that can benefit many.  Some even offer free consultations to clients.

Blog owners can choose to learn about the WordPress platform as they go along although experts’ advice can expedite the learning process.  The earlier the blog is placed in order, the sooner blog owners can pursue their objectives for putting up the blog.  Personal, business, and corporate blogs can all benefit from availing of the services of a WordPress expert.

All blog owners would like to see the potentials of their blogs maximized but not everyone will be able to do it on their own.  There are some things better left to the experts because it will save time and effort while allowing blog owners to channel their attention on matters which they can tackle with authority.  Better results are obtained when a task is performed by someone who has the ability to do it.

WordPress offers much possibility for a blog.  Advantages are optimized when the right people are doing what they do best.  Indeed, there are great opportunities in being a WordPress expert.

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Is WordPress Use Advisable for Small Business Sites?

October 24, 2012 | No Comments Yet

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WordPress is one of the most preferred blogging tools used by bloggers but is it advisable for use in small business sites when there is no intention of establishing a blog?  Many believe that it is .  The advantage lies in the fact that WordPress is a blogging platform which makes it easy to publish and change content.

WordPress can be used for a site, a blog, or both.   Putting up a blog is not necessary although a business owner can be depriving himself  of a wonderful opportunity to   further establish online presence from just having an official site.  The system provided for web content management can be obtained for free but users should be know that it still packs considerable power when it comes to serving small to medium-sized businesses. It is the platform to beat in terms of flexibility and support.

WordPress is said to be quite fit for optimization efforts.  The varied themes and plugins that can be used  have allowed for unlimited possibilities to web developers to makes sites as responsive as can be to the requirements of the business.  WordPress developers are many and they are able to provide assistance and support to those encountering problems  with the use of the blogging tool.  It is also easily installed and is compatible with different hosting sites.

WordPress also makes it easy to add content without  requiring any knowledge or specific expertise to be possessed.  Nothing can dampen writers’ interest more than a site that is very difficult to handle since most of the time will have to be given to understanding how everything works.  The creative initiative is often disturbed by technical concerns.

So, is WordPress advisable for use in small business sites ?  The answer is a resounding yes.  It removes the guesswork especially while starting a site and can be configured to perform as it is required.

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Moderating Comments Through WordPress

September 1, 2012 | No Comments Yet

Blog owners using the WordPress platform are provided several options to effectively manage the comments received by their site.  This is done through moderation of incoming comments.  This allows the site administrator to decide what for him or her constitutes spam and what are allowed to be accepted as legitimate comments.

There used to be a time when all sorts of comments are accepted and welcomed but that was a long time ago when spammers still have their sights set on other venues.  With the advent of spam and abusive comments, the need for site administrators to have the tools to moderate incoming comments more strictly arose.  WordPress has beefed up its services to address this issue more effectively.

The basic commenting features provided by WordPress include the options to unapprove, delete, designate as spam, edit, and reply.  The edit feature is quite handy for removing specific parts of what appears to be a legitimate comment that may be offensive or appear spammy.  There is also an option to disallow commenting for specific posts or all posts.

A number of plug-ins have also been made available to further improve the commenting experience through WordPress.  There are several anti-spam plug-ins such as Akismet, Bad Behavior, and Comment Timeout.  Commenting can also be encouraged through BlogFollow or Show Top Commentators. The appearance of comments can be improved through plug-ins that can filter bad words, number the comments, or highlight comments of the blog author.  Commenting features can also be expanded to include emoticons and by allowing commentators to preview and edit their own comments.

There a a lot of other options such as enabling gravatar so that an image accompanies every comment.  If the blog author wishes to emphasize a post that has received numerous comments, this can also be done.  Conversation between blogs can also be improved by quoting previous comments or having the option to make a comment visible only to the author.

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Having Fun Creating Blogs

August 2, 2012 | No Comments Yet

Creating something is much more fun when there are available resources to make it happen.  There is nothing more frustrating than having the will to make it and having nothing at hand to make it happen.  This is especially true with creating blogs.

A budding blogger after much thought about his/her intended niche will naturally want to create a blog .  The creation of a blog appears fairly easy if we are to base it on the big number of blogs existing today.  However, this would not have been possible if the required procedure is tedious and difficult.  One of the reasons why making a blog is easy  is the availability of blogging software made widely accesible either for free or for a fee.  Among the software options available today, WordPress has managed to come out on the lead.

Aside from being compatible for use with many hosting sites, WordPress also offers the option of web hosting.   No matter the choice of the blogger, WordPress offers access to its features which makes creating a blog not only easy but fun.  The process itself is like spoonfeeding where almost everything can be done at the click of the mouse.

Those who are limited by budgetary constraints can always opt for the free options just to start.  There is always an option to upgrade using one’s own domain or one’s own designs once the blogger thinks it is time.  In the mean time, bloggers can explore all the features offered by WordPress and choose which ones to apply to their blogs.

Exploring the offerings of WordPress is like going through a wonderland of designs and themes.  The wide range of ready-to-use templates with certain options for personalization can still produce unique results that will never be exactly the same as any other blog.  With the mere addition of personally-owned photos, a blog will not come out looking like an assembly line product.  But of course, bloggers should remember that the one thing that can make a blog truly unique is its contents.

 

 

 

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Self-Publishing Through Blogs

June 27, 2012 | No Comments Yet

Writers never had it as easy as now to convert their thoughts and words into written compositions.  With the ready accessibility of platforms for instant and self-publishing, every wannabe writer gets his crack in forming his own audience.  In the blogging world specifically, no one asks for educational credentials or journalism experience except perhaps for particular topics that beg expertise to be a requirement.  We have to remember that blogging is a form of self-publishing.

The freedom provided by the blogging arena however has produced blogs that are fit for personal rather than public consumption.  It is not much the topic but the way it is presented that usually makes the difference.  Unless incorrect grammar and spelling are means for a specific purpose in articles, bloggers can derive benefits from having their work proof-read by others before publishing.

The whole idea of written posts tends to get lost when writing is done too carelessly.  It can be very difficult to believe a writer who does not even know how to spell the topic he is talking about.  Though blogging on a topic does not require absolute expertise, it requires basic respect in tackling any topic.  This simply means doing one’s homework through reasonable research before coming up with articles to be published. 

Blogging tools such as WordPress should be used responsibly.  The chance of self-publishing should not be wasted on senseless rants and egocentric promotions.  This is the chance to put forward lofty ideas and thoughts that possibly may not be accepted by mainstream publishing companies.  We might as well put it to good use since there are admittedly many self-published writers already inhabiting the blogosphere.  Access to self-publishing should be used to promote the cause of genuinely good writers who have very limited options in traditional publishing.

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A Worthy Blogging Tool

May 30, 2012 | No Comments Yet

WordPress has been making it possible for bloggers to go about their business of providing articles of great interest to online readers.  Being a free and open source blogging tool, it offers many features that allow easy management of the contents being offered.  The number of times its various versions have been downloaded since its introduction in 2003 up to the present is a testament to its ability to address and provide for the varied needs of bloggers worldwide.

Blogging became much easier to venture into with the availability of tools such as WordPress.  Even the most technologically challenged writers can publish articles with ease and confidence with the use of its features.  These features are meant to make the whole exercise enjoyable and fulfilling rather than a laborious task to be faced as often as the need to blog arises.  Everything is practically spoon-fed except of course for quality content which is the expected contribution of all writers to their blog.

WordPress offers various themes which bloggers can choose to install or change at any time they see fit.  Its plugin architecture addresses the other aspects that are now considered part-and-parcel of blogging activity such as search engine optimization.  Bloggers are given every opportunity to increase the functionality of their sites through the addition of widgets which emanate from the extended abilities of thousands of plugins offered by the platform.  Web developers are likewise given a chance to create their own blogging community as WordPress made it possible for multiple blogs to operate in a single installation.

The blogging tool likewise offers a link management structure that can assist website owners in their bid to have their sites found by search engines and related sites.  It has released a number of versions since its introduction, providing more features that beginners would find user-friendly while responding to the growing needs of more experienced bloggers.  It has become evident that WordPress is a worthy blogging tool.

 

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