FAQ

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Blogging
What is a blog?
What are some popular blogging platforms?
What is the difference between a hosted and non-hosted blog platform?

What is a blog?
‘A blog is basically a journal that is available on the web. The activity of updating a blog is “blogging” and someone who keeps a blog is a “blogger.” Blogs are typically updated daily using software that allows people with little or no technical background to update and maintain the blog. Postings on a blog are almost always arranged in cronological order with the most recent additions featured most prominantly.’   source

Ok so there you have it. In a nutshell a blog is usually written by one person and updated on a fairly regular basis. There is such a wide variety of blogs and the subjects vary greatly, for instance from blogs about gardening, to blogs about recipes, to a personal diary. The blogging platforms also vary greatly and there are many to choose from – even if you’re a beginner there are dozens of sites that will host your blog and you can set it up in a matter of minutes. Yes, even if you are not computer savvy!

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What are some popular blogging platforms?
The top three blogging platforms are Blogger, Typepad and WordPress.com – these are all hosted blog platforms, free and easy to use.  Blogger is highly recommended for those new to the blogging world.  The top non-hosted platform is definitely WordPress.org.

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What is the difference between a hosted and non-hosted blog platform?
A hosted blog platform is a blog that is housed on the platform’s server – for instance, a Blogger blog is hosted on the Blogger server, a WordPress.com blog is hosted on the WordPress.com server.

Whereas a non-hosted blog is where you pay a host to house your blog.  For example you could use WordPress.org as your platform, however, they don’t host it for you – you use your own host.  So, you’re probably wondering why would you pay for hosting when you can get it hosted free?  Read on…  🙂

Well, whilst having a blog with Blogger and WordPress.com is free, and they are fairly easy for the newbie to use, there are some downsides to having it hosted on the platform’s server.  A couple of those are that it can look less professional, there are also a couple of platform limitations (such as people not finding your blog via search engines so easily due to difficult search engine optimization).   Finally, you have less control over the HTML and CSS (the look) of your blog.

So if you’re serious and want to get straight down to business, look professional and start your own blog – a great host for your blog platform is Web Hosting by ICDSoft.  I have used this company for over 5 years and they are brilliant.  If you have any problems installing WordPress.org they will help you out – their support is online 24 hours, you flick them a message and they have never taken longer than 15 minutes to get back to me.  Just great service!

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