How to Get Blogging With WordPress
WordPress is a “gift from the gods”. It has fast become the blogging platform of choice. WordPress comes in two different forms. The WordPress hosted version, which is completely free to use, but however does come with some restrictions. Make sure to read the terms of service before using it. It also comes as a self hosted version. This means that you can have your very own domain name and also your own hosting service in which to host your WordPress blog.
There are some exciting ways to enhance your blogging experience with the self hosted version. There are 1000’s of free and paid themes all over the internet. You can really put your own mark on your blog. There are also whats known as plug-ins. These enable you to add a whole host of different options to your blog. There are also comments on your blog, this enables your readers to interact with you and your blog, that is if you want them to. Comments can easily be turned off, if you didn’t want any interaction from your audience. There are a whole host of customization methods in the dashboard of your blog. Easily helping you to make your blog very user friendly.
Themes: There is literally no end to the amount of themes available to you on the internet. It doesn’t matter what niche you are in, there will be a theme to suit you and your blog.
There are also whats known as premium themes. These are professionally designed themes that you will have to pay for. The personality you can give your blog with these themes is often unlimited. You could have 30 blogs all using the same theme, yet not one of them would look the same.
If you have some technical skills such as HTML or css knowledge then this opens up another whole new world to the more adventurous out there. Really the sky is the limit.
Plug-ins: These are basically pieces of additional software that can be added to your user interface to enhance the blogging experience with your readers.
As with themes there are endless opportunities you can achieve using plug-ins for WordPress. If Seo is your thing then there are plug-ins to help boost your rankings in the search engines.
Social media, there is a never ending supply of Facebook, Twitter and You tube plug-ins. Your reader really has no excuse to not tweet or like your blog posts.
There are plug-ins to help you structure your site for the search engines, create sitemaps, contact forms, disclaimers and privacy policies. All needed to help keep your blog above the law.
There are many plug-ins available to help you catch spam, and to stop spammers from appearing on your blog. You can add captcha forms, simple questions and much more. There is nothing worse than waking up to a blog that has been hit by thousands of auto comments overnight.
WordPress Dashboard: Here you can control all aspects of your blog. From adding new pages and posts to tracking links and how many visitors you have received. Very simple to use. You can access your media library where you can store all your blogs media, such as images, audio and video.
Start blogging, there really has not been a better time. Have your voice, tell the world what you are up to and gives your talents an arena.