Initially, I tried BlogSpot.com, as it was free and I thought at the time the easiest way to go. Turns out I was wrong. Now don’t get me wrong, it was free and it was extremely easy to setup, but it wasn’t the easiest way to go.
I use a hosting system called CPanel on a number of my website solutions (when I want more control of the website, but don’t want to be calling the hosting company all the time). I was just browsing through my control panel options one day and discovered that it could install a blog for me in less than 3 minutes! It actually came with four different blogs, but I went with Word Press since Tom mentioned it on his CD. The installation script for my Blog and a lot of other cool applications were hidden in an option of the Cpanel called Fantastico, and it is!
Here is how it worked:
- Logged into control panel
- Clicked on Fantastico
- Selected Word Press from the menu on the left
- Clicked new installation
- Choose Username, Password, selected the directory to install to, and a few additional items
- Clicked Finish Setup
That was all she wrote, My CPanel built the database and installed the files into my website. It didn’t customize the blog for me, which is why it is green and not my typical Orange/Blue combo, but I have time to do that later.
Why would I want the Blog in my website instead of on Blog Spot?
This is a tricky one, as I can see a positive reason to use both WordPress on my website and BlogSpot hosted on the Blog Spot servers. The reason I decided to place the Blog on my website, is that I want my website to get credit for the content and not Blog Spot. If I had the blog hosted on the Blog Spot servers, the search engines would view the content as belonging to the Blog Spot domain name and not mine. On the other hand, if I used the Blog Spot servers, my blog would get established quicker, because of the Blog Spot domain and the linking to from other sources related to Blog Spot.
Here is a simple example:
Possible URL for Blog Spot – myblog.blogspot.com
Actual URL for my Website – your-propeller-head.org/seblog
Note how blog spot adds a sub-domain for your blog but is still part of Blog Spot. Then look at the global Presence URL where the Blog is an actual directory.
In the finial evaluation, I decided it would be better in the long run, to build traffic to the Blog manually, and let all that extra content add to the content of my own domain name and help my rankings in the search engines.
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