Friday, August 04, 2006

Three Different Ways Of Getting A WordPress Blog Up And Running

Three Different Ways Of Getting A WordPress Blog Up And Running
Copyright 2006 Roger Loh

The purpose of this article is to outline three different
ways of getting a WordPress blog up and running. WordPress
is a free blogging software, has many benefits and is
supported by a large community of users and developers.

A "blog" is abbreviated from the term, "web log" which is a
form of online diary or journal.

Since its advent a few short years ago, blogs have found
numerous uses. Just to name a few, these include:

- teenagers putting their thoughts and ramblings online

- hobbyists giving updates about their interests and passion

- people staying updated with friends overseas

- professional bloggers updating specific niche products

- multinational corporations (MNC's) such as Microsoft &
General Motors using blogs as marketing tool

Like a web site, a blog has global reach. However, it's
far cheaper, quicker and definitely easier to maintain a
blog than a traditional web site. A blog's contents can be
easily updated by submitting short or long articles
(commonly known as blog posts) through an easy-to-use
graphical interface. As a blog's content is updated
regularly, they naturally attract both human readers as
well as search engines hungry for fresh content.

To set up a blog, we need some form of blogging software or
platform. There are free software like Blogger and
WordPress and there are paid platforms like Moveable Type
and Typepad.

Blogger is owned by Google. It's free and perhaps the
easiest way to create a blog and your first post, literally
within minutes! Howeer, its features are somewhat limited.

Thus, WordPress is a good alternative if you are looking
for free blogging software. As it is an open source
software, it is literally supported by a huge community of
users and developers that assists both new and experienced
bloggers. Not only feature rich - it supports categories,
pages and trackbacks, just to name a few - it is constantly
being updated through its core software as well as through
software plugin's which are bonus software components that
extend the basic functionality of WordPress. For more
information, visit WordPress.org

Here are 3 different ways to get a WordPress blog up and
running:

1) Via WordPress.com

2) Via WordPress.org

3) Via CPANEL's Fantastico

VIA WORDPRESS.COM

Like Blogger, you can get your WordPress blog and first
post up and running within several minutes through
WordPress.com! This site is meant for people to get a taste
of WordPress without having to go through the somewhat
involved procedure via WordPress.org (see the section
below). If this is the first time you are getting your
WordPress blog up and running, you should definitely give
this a shot.

It's as easy as going to WordPress.com, clicking the button
that says "Get a WordPress Blog Now>>" or something like
that and following the directions there. And then, you
start posting!

In this case, your WordPress blog will be hosted on
WordPress.com totally free. Therefore, you do not need
your own web host. The only drawback is that there are
limitations such as you can't install your own themes or
plugin's.

VIA WORDPRESS.ORG

Instead of having your blog hosted on WordPress.com, you
can install WordPress on your own web host. (Of course, in
this case, you need to have your own web hosting account
which preferably comes with a version of "CPANEL" - a an
easy-to-use graphical control panel to manage your web
host.)

Setting up of the WordPress blog comprises the 3 main steps
below.

Step 1: Visit WordPress.org and download the WordPress
installation files which are free (since it is open source
software as mentioned before). As the files are in a
compressed format, run your compression utility (such as
Winzip) to expand the files to your hard disk..

Step 2: Run your File Transfer Protocol (FTP) program and
connect to your web hosting account. Then upload the
installation files to the domain (if you have multiple
domains hosted) and folder that you want your WordPress
blog installed.

Step 3: This step is going to be challenging for the
non-techie type if they managed to survive Step 2! You log
into the CPANEL of your web host and create and configure
your MYSQL database. After this is done, you need to
configure some files to complete your installation.

Next, launch your browser to access your blog and start
making your 1st post by running the "wp-admin.php" script
that has been installed.

As you can see, this is the "normal" but very tedious way
of setting up of your WordPress blog.

However, the effort you expend is worthwhile as you can
configure all aspects of WordPress like installing the
theme you like and adding HTML codes to include Google
AdSense on your blog to earn some profit, etc.

VIA FANTASTICO

Again, you install WordPress on your own web host but this
time through FANTASTICO. In this case, not only would you
need to have your own web hosting account, it MUST come
with a version of "CPANEL" that includes "FANTASTICO" - an
advanced script installer that automates a 1-click
WordPress installation! (Actually a few clicks are needed.)

With FANTASTICO, all the 3 steps above are automated for
you. All you need to do is to log into the CPANEL of your
web host and then click the FANTASTICO icon, which is a
smiley face.

In the next screen, click on "WordPress" and then click on
"New Installation". FANTASTICO will open a form and you
fill in a few things like which domain (if you have
multiple domains hosted) and which folder to install to.
Once you have typed in the information and pushed a button,
FANTASTICO will install WordPress in a few seconds!

How is that possible? That's because the installation
files are already at your web host. This saves you time as
you don't have to download them from WordPress.org, expand
them and upload to your web host. Likewise, the databas is
also automatically created and configured for you.

Next, launch your browser to access your blog and start
making your 1st post by running the "wp-admin.php" script
that has been installed.

As you can see, this is the "preferred" method of getting a
WordPress blog up and running, also within minutes.and yet
you can have all the benefits of configuring all aspects of
WordPress, such as adding Affiliate Programs easily
(including Amazon.com) and Google AdSense to make a
handsome profit month after month!

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Roger Loh spent many years setting up computer networks and
is an Internet marketer who focuses on Affiliate Marketing,
Blogging and eBook Creation, among other business models.
To get started with your Internet Marketing business, visit
his BLOG:
http://www.rogerloh.com
To get started with WordPress Blogging, visit:
http://www.WordPressBloggingVideo.com

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