Choose Wordpress for your Blog start.

If you already have a blog, you are either using the Wordpress format, or you have heard of it. If you are currently using it, a few of this week’s blogs might be useful to you. If you are using another platform or just looking to get your blog started, check out some of these tips and tricks.

My purpose is not to sell you on Wordpress as your platform, as there are multiple choices out there. You might want to look at Joomla, or Drupal, but if your new website is intended only for blogging I would suggest Wordpress. It has some functions that you won’t get with the other two, but the other two can say the same. Weigh your options before you make a choice.

What is Wordpress and what does it have to offer to my blog? Wordpress is a CMS (Content Management System) intended to create your blog in a format where you don’t need to know any programming languages or html. It lets you manage your blog website with a simple wysiwyg (What you see is what you get) administration.  Basically, you write your blogs in a word style form, and when you are done you post your blog directly to your website. You can also manage your basic SEO without knowledge of complicated SEO tools.

One of the things I really like about Wordpress is the community of support. Nowhere else will you find a

I don’t want to make things complicated so a few great resources you can use are:

Images for your Blog

www.123rf.com

This is a great website where you can purchase images for as low as $1 a piece. You will need to set up an account and purchase points, but if you write a daily blog and need pictures for each blog, you can purchase $40 worth of images for $38 and have enough to cover the whole month plus some.

www.gimp.org

If you can’t afford Adobe Photoshop, and Illustrator to add simple text to your pictures, Gimp is a great free program you can download onto your computer. It’s acts just like photoshop without being complicated or expensive.

 Wordpress Hosting

If you haven’t set up your Wordpress hosting yet, refer back to The Best Website Hosting for your Blog for some valuable information on picking a website host. The things you need to watch for when creating a blog is that your images will take up space quickly. If you plan for this before you start, it can and will save you some stress in the future.

You will find plenty of companies that offer Wordpress hosting. You would do better to look past this marketing ploy and just look at website hosting. Most host offer Cpanel with one click set up, so you won’t need any special hosting for this. Find the best price, with the best storage capacity.

My preference is HostGator.com they have some great plans and when the times comes that you need more space, they have a simple and quick upgrade process that won’t disrupt your blog.

Wordpress Themes

Once your wordpress website is set up and you are ready to give it your own personal personality you are going to need to create your brand. This sounds more complicated than it is, but it may the most important step that you take.

Your brand is how consumers perceive you and your business. If you are writing a blog with the intention of creating income, you are going to need to define your brand before you ever get started.

Choose brand colors and styles that reflect the persona you want your readers to see. When choosing your style, you will need to find a Wordpress theme that fits your style. There are websites that specialize in creating only templates for Wordpress. These can get very expensive, but if you are particular about your style, you might want to consider this a necessary expense.

www.templatemonster.com

This is a great place to find well designed and functional themes for your Wordpress blog.

www.darktwin-marketing.com

If you are looking for a Wordpress theme that is designed specifically for you, with a researched brand turn to the experts at Dark Twin.

This information is intended to be very general. To become a master blogger, you need to think outside the box. Go beyond the blog to a digital publication that how the SEO power of a blog, but the income generating possibilities of a digital magazine.

You need to be a publishing powerhouse. Learn how to go beyond the blog at www.darktwin-marketing.com.

Happy Blogging.

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