We’re going to look at three of the best blogging platforms – WordPress, Blogger and Weebly – all of which have their own special features and options. Roughly speaking, Weebly is the most straightforward of the three, letting you drag and drop images and text into place, whereas WordPress and Blogger require a little more effort, but provide more
advanced features (including scheduling, tagging and more). None of these tools will cost you a penny though, and you’ll be ready to make your first blog post in just a few minutes. You’ve got something to say, so here’s how to say it!
Step 1: Get started with WordPress
First, let’s try blogging with WordPress. Go to www.wordpress.com and click ‘Create website’ to get started. Choose a
topic (we’ve selected ‘Family, Home and Lifestyle’ > ‘Travel’ ) and you’ll be presented with a selection of templates for your new blog. You can always pick a different one later, but think about the type of content you’re going to be posting when you choose one.
Step 2: Pick a domain and plan
You now need to choose a domain for your blog. You can pay for a ‘.com’ web address, or use WordPress’s free option, which ends in ‘.wordpress.com’. Type in the address you’d like, to see which options are available (with variations if your chosen name is taken). Next, select the plan and create an account using the form provided, then verify your email address.
Step 3: Make your first post
You can now see your new blog! To get started, select ‘Add’ beside ‘Blog posts’ from the menu on the left. Type a title, then enter the text for your post. To include photos in your post, click the ‘Add media’ button on the left, then click ‘Upload media’, choose the pictures from your PC, decide how to arrange them and click ‘Insert’. Once you’re happy, click ‘Publish’.
Step 4: Begin with Blogger
Blogger is owned by Google, so if you already have a Google account then you won’t need to register again – simply go
to www.blogger.com and sign in. Confirm that you want to post using your Google account, then click the ‘New blog’ button. As with WordPress, you’ll need to enter suitable a title and domain, and choose a template from the selection provided.
Step 5: Write a Blogger post
Select ‘Posts’ from the menu on the left, then click ‘Create a new post’. The page you’ll see next looks and works much like a document in Microsoft Word. Enter a title for your post, then type your text in. Adding pictures is simpler in Blogger than WordPress – you can drag each file straight from your desktop into the editing window, then use the options to resize and position it.
Step 6: Labels, places and scheduling
Adding labels will make it possible for readers to find posts by topic once your blog has plenty of content. Select ‘Labels’ from the left-hand menu and enter a few topics, separated by commas. You can also use this menu to set a location for your post (ideal if you’re starting a travel blog) and to schedule when your post should be published. Once you’ve finished, click ‘Publish’.
Step 7: Work with Weebly
Getting started with Weebly only takes a moment – go to www.weebly.com, click ‘Sign up’ and log in with either your
Facebook or Google account. Now pick a theme from the list of blog templates. As before, bear in mind the type of posts you’ll be making – will they mostly feature pictures or text? Choose a domain and you’re ready to get creative.
Step 8: Drag, drop and publish
Enter a title for your blog, then type a little bit about yourself in the ‘Author’ box. Weebly uses a drag-and-drop
interface for creating posts. Click the ‘New post’ button, type a title, then drag the ‘Text’ element underneath and type your content. Images, maps and other elements are also added by dragging them into place. Once you’re happy, click ‘Post’.
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