In my previous article where I wrote about blogging for newbies and introduced Maxie, I have covered the very basics for stepping a foot in blogging world.
So Maxie came back with all the answers. As a web designer, he has to face lot’s of challenges, get to Google a lot when the lead is not around to get help from. It is true, he who asks a question is a fool for five minutes; he who does not ask a question remains a fool forever and Maxie is a temporary fool.
While having previous conversation with him, I could see that fool in him and was hoping to see him soon, and he came.
As a designer he is very well trained and gaining expertise in modern day designing technologies like HTML5, Node JS, Bootstrap 3.0. Since his journey as a designer till now, he has faced lots of challenges and “Right thing to do” experience.
Being a generous person, he wants to share those experience with his community and blogging is the only platform which can help his generous gesture.
For starting Blogging, one requires a blogging platform.
What is a Blogging Platform and why do I need one?
What is a Blogging Platform?
A blogging platform is the software or service that one uses to publish his/her content on internet in the form of a blog. It is a type of CMS(Content management System). Blogs can be a dedicated website or a small section in an website, example a company’s blog or service provider’s blog where they post about updates related to their industry and their company or product.
Why do I need a Blogging Platform?
Remember? A blogging platform is a CMS too. CMS is a web software which helps in managing digital content. No coding is required to install or make a change to CMS.
That’s 1-0 for a blogging platform.
Maxi as a designer is expert but developer is a 404. Dev skills not found !
What Blogging Platform Should I use?
…there are so many, I wish Icould dive in at once ..! Hold on diver, you have to learn a few things before you start.
We have got it figured out. Most commonly used blogging platform are WordPress and Blogger. There are other competitors too but they are the one with Jetpacks.
They both offer eye catching features and designs and are perfect for a newbie to start with.
Comparing WordPress with Blogger: Which one to opt?
Blogger is an ownership of Google. Blogger has built-in features like Adwords, Adsense and Analytics to make site more powerful. Blogger is free to use and one of the most important factor to attract novice bloggers. It has user friendly interface with user friendly widgets to apply.
As it is a part of Google’s services, it can be accessed using Google id.
- Can customize to look like a website or blog.
- SAAS based service so dashboard updates automatically.
- Maximum of 10 Pages can be created.
- Supports Widgets.
- Blog created in Subdomain (myblog.blogspot.com)
- Can be migrated to a main domain.
- Multiple authors supported.
Owned by WordPress itself, it has 2 options to opt from, a self hosted WordPress (commonly referred as wordpress.org) or as a subdomain to wordpress (mysite wordpress.com).
Yes, they both are different. (I hope it isn’t confusing anymore)
Let’s discuss WordPress.com and WordPress.org, which one is benificial for Maxie.
WordPress.com vs WordPress.org
WordPress.com is free platform. It is free to register and blog. Register using any email provider, confirm email and you are ready to blog. Though it is free, it comes with some limitations.
First limitation is same as blogger’s. Blog will be created in subdomain instead of a main domain. Plugins cannot be installed so as to increase functionality. Storage is limited to 3GB, that means 3GB space to store every type of media.
It also offers premium features with a domain name on monthly charges. Additionally, Themes can be purchased for a one time fee.
The features in paid versions depends on type of plan you choose.
On opting for WordPress’s VIP Program, user can get full control over plugins, themes, custom coding etc along with a main domain name. Fore more on WordPress’s VIP follow this link .
WordPress.org is usually used for selfhosted WordPress site.
What is a self hosted website?
A self hosted website is a website which user hosts by additionally purchasing web-hosting and domain. Generally it’s the same provider which provides both like hostgator but users can purchase it from different providers also.
What are the requirements for a Self Hosted WordPress Site?
First and foremost requirement after a domain name is a Web Hosting. There are certain hosting providers which provide dedicated WordPress hosting (yes it’s a beast !).
After WordPress is done installing, it’s time to dive in.
The benefit of a self hosted WordPress is that you have access to lots of themes and plugins from WordPress directory. For premium version, one can buy directly from developer’s website or from marketplaces like themeforest etc. Benefit of purchasing a theme or plugin is you have lifetime free upgrade to those plugins.
Choice of platform depends upon your requirement and for maxie, I prefer a self hosted wordpress. It will be convenient for him to add extra features using plugins. Choice is your’s now Maxie!!
For visitors reading this post, if you are ready to shed some bucks, you can opt for a Self Hosted site else there is always a free option to blog.