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I only entered the blogosphere in late 2005 after realizing that I was missing out on an
important part of the whole “online communication” genre. As I had been busy managing
forums, web sites, and writing articles, I soon realized that I could firm up my two
niches – aviation and article writing – by blogging on these topics regularly. With t
hat in mind, I soon launched a pair of blogs and I am very happy with my decision. I
selected Word Press as I believe that they offer one of the best blogging communities
out there. Are you a blogger? If not, why not?
My decision to go with Word Press and not
with one of the other big blogging entities such as Blogger, had everything to do with
my having complete control over the site. Since I host with Powweb, I discovered that
my web hosting company offers over thirty different software downloads for its members.
Word Press and a few other blogging entities are represented, but I selected Word Press
due to the recommendation of a friend.
Within two or three minutes of my download, I had
Word Press up and running. In less than thirty minutes, I had the layout I wanted,
although I kept the traditional template in place as I knew I wanted to work on my
content first and on the design later. Next, I updated the links on my two related sites
to reflect a “Blog” tab. In addition, I picked a few places within each site to announce
the new blogs and I emailed everyone on my members list to inform them of my entrance
into the world of blogs.
If you select Word Press as your blogging platform, you will
soon discover that Version 2.0 was recently released. Because I am new to blogging,
I haven’t yet updated from my downloaded version, 1.5. I want to first make certain
that Word Press has worked out any kinks that may be in the updated version. In
addition, not all the plug-ins you can use [there are plenty of them] with 1.5 are
compatible with 2.0 just yet. Most are, but some still are not.
Beyond the update issues,
I enjoy using the administrative “dashboard” which allows me to create each blog. Because
I include pictures with one of my blogs, Jet Movements, I also have to make certain that
the HTML I use to put each picture in its place [alignment] is exact. Word Press allows
for you to do that.
In addition, I like the fact that Word Press allows administrators to
schedule their entries. You can blog today, but schedule your submission to appear online
at an appointed time several days away. Since much of my writing inspiration comes in
bunches, I often will tackle several days worth of entries at once and spread them out
over the coming week. If I want to later change the timing of an entry or squeeze in a
separate one, I can do that too.
Word Press is current with today’s web standards and
looks much cleaner and professional than some of its competitors. You can change the
template over to one that is in the Word Press arsenal or design a template yourself
and upload it to your site instead.
Yes, Word Press is designed to be set up through your
own web host, but if you do not have a web site, you can get a free account through Web
Press and they will host it for you.
Although Word Press is an “open source” community,
meaning it is derived from and driven by volunteers, they have an active forum and many
helpful links to assist you with building and maintaining your own blog.
Obviously, I am a
very satisfied Word Press customer. You can be a satisfied blogger too whether you select
Word Press through your web host or host your blog directly with them.
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