Okay, assuming now you have your domain set up that is hooked up with a hosting account, it is time to think about the platform where your blog will be placed. You can create your blog free using platforms like Blogger, Weebly or WordPress.Com. But your choices stretches far beyond that, some you pay for, some you don’t. Investing a bit is always good if you are serious about your goals.
Let’s look at this topic in detail.
Long time ago, the first blog we ever created was on Blogger. It was free, less risky when you are just a start up. Without investment and zero knowledge about blogging business, we thought that was the best way to go. And it was. Blogger was user friendly, self explanatory and owned by Google, a trusted name in the online world. Best of all, you can create your blog free, all day every day!
With one push of a button, you are in business. You can customize the layout of your blog using very many templates available on the Blogger platform and it is pretty cool!
Design your blog
Create a beautiful blog that fits your style. Choose from easy to use templates with flexible layouts and hundreds of background images, or edit your blog’s CSS and HTML to create something entirely unique. If you’re using your blog for a brand or business, you can create a custom domain that’s easy for people to find and follow.
Under a domain, your Blogger blog will look awesome but not as awesome as a Self Hosted Word Press site, like the one you are visiting. Yes, a WordPress.Org platform is not free, but it has scope and possibilities that stretches far beyond Blogger. Lots of Plugins to choose from, WordPress.Org gives you the freedom to poke around and play with your imagination. While Blogger will only allow you limited choices in working with Brands in placing their ads on your blog, WordPress gives you full authority to take your business to the next level!
WordPress is a state-of-the-art semantic personal publishing platform with a focus on aesthetics, web standards, and usability. WordPress is both free and priceless at the same time.
More simply, WordPress is what you use when you want to work with your blogging software, not fight it.
Like we said, freedom!Trust us when we say that.You will need freedom in doing what you are doing so that you can help your site flourish and be successful. Remember one thing though- there are two kinds of WordPress platforms. One is WordPress.Org and the other is WordPress.Com. Com is just like Blogger, you can create your blog free but restrictions of all kinds in working with third parties. .Org is what you need. Hope this clears up some of your questions.
Weebly is another platform where you can create your blog free.
Find out more about them here.
Next task is choosing the Theme. There are themes that comes free with both Blogger and WordPress. Knock yourself out testing them.
We have used most of the major themes (paid versions that are hugely popular with guaranteed results) in WordPress platform like Genesis and Thesis. Both are good and some of our sites currently run on Thesis. There are few other sites of ours that run on Socrates theme including this site, Money in Pajamas. The thing about Socrates is this- if you want to dabble in affiliate marketing and bring money on the table working in your Pajamas, Socrates is the way to go! Socrates is very responsive, flexible and unlimited opportunities to play with the layout and framework of your site.
With tons of ways to monetize your site, there is no chance you won’t like it if you are serious about monetization. Oh, and did we mention they offer incredible support to newbies?
Right now, we have three sites that run on Socrates theme and the experience with it so far is simply amazing!
If you are not sure how useful this theme is for you, no worries. You can try it free for a week and decide.
Below are some of the resources that will help you get started in the blogging world if you need more ideas.
Guess this post pretty much sums up everything you need to know about choosing a blogging platform, both that lets you create your blog free and the ones you need to pay for.
Next up, is choosing a Keyword Tool to ensure your site’s visibility in Search Engines.
To your Success,
Money in Pajamas Team!