Maybe you’ve just been itching for a new way to start expressing yourself and connecting with more people. No matter what your interests may be, chances are you can find someone else on the internet who wants to read what you think about it. Sure, people are interested in what famous celebrities are wearing or where they’re shopping, but a lot of folks really like reading and sharing opinions and thoughts with others. Maybe you’re interested in making some new friends or business contacts, or you want to share your opinions about the latest books you’ve read or products you’ve tried.
Starting a blog is a great way to start doing this, but you might feel a little hesitant, or maybe a bit intimidated because you just don’t know where to start. You can put your worries aside thanks to the many advantages of website content management systems, which are provided by free, open source software.
If you’ve been researching your options for starting up your blog, you may have heard about two popular content management systems: WordPress, an old favorite, and the more recently created TypePad. Though it boils to down to personal preference in the end, they are both are quite effective. Although they each have unique qualities that make them different both in regard to interface and functionality, consider your needs, pick one and start getting comfortable with using it.
Beginners might prefer TypePad because it is known for its incredibly user-friendly interface. With just a few clicks here and there you can change up the colors and other settings on your stylesheet, without having to know CSS or HTML. TypePad allows you to host content within a cloud, which some people find easier than having to find their own website storage services. One thing that stands out about TypePad is that the site gives you a URL that is something like “thisismyblognow.typepad.com”, and you will need to get a domain name and register it on a site like GoDaddy.com, to map over the TypePad URL (meaning you have two “web addresses”). You may want to select a domain name relevant to the type of content you’re writing about or the type of business you have.
This makes it memorable, so people can easily find you on the Web. Just make sure to register that domain name right away, it doesn’t cost anything extra and will be beneficial for retaining your links even if you decide to move off of TypePad in lieu of something else one day. If you’re completely unfamiliar with any type of coding whatsoever, you might prefer working with TypePad. It is definitely designed so that literally anyone could use it, very easily. In addition to high user-friendliness, the support staff is very responsive and will assist your specific request within one day; while WordPress relies on forums to connect users with each other and developers to solve problems.
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WordPress is a popular choice for bloggers but don’t forget that this versatile content system can also be used for standard sites as well. To get all the different bells and whistles found on TypePad, you have to download plugins for various features and enhancements. Some people might not like this, while others find that this makes it more customizable. While it’s not required to know HTML or CSS when using WordPress, if you’re not familiar with them at all you may find it a little more challenging.
As we mentioned earlier, WordPress relies on a friendly community of people and developers who volunteer their time to help resolve issues and provide support. There’s quite a nice community on here, however you might find yourself wading through a few pages on the forums or waiting a little longer to get the answers to very specific questions sometimes. WordPress also has a lot of valuable resources for search engine optimization, and makes it easy to get your site listed on Google at lightning speed. This can usually be accomplished in less than 3 days, where a standard HTML site alone might take weeks. Having good search engine results is an essential part of drawing the right kind of traffic and attention from your target audience to your blog.
Whichever content management system you decide to use, you are going to need to spend a bit of time learning and getting comfortable with it, especially if you’re going to try your hand at developing it yourself. Don’t be worry though, both sites have a lot of community interaction and helpful people who will talk to you. You might find that the WordPress templates are perfectly suitable and there is no need to change the structure at all. Or you might like working with TypePad better, because it doesn’t require use of plugins. Whichever you choose, you can preview unpublished blog pages and see how they look before unleashing them into the wild Web at large.
Bottom line is that it really all comes down to personal choice. It’s a decision entirely up to you and this is the reason there will always be some debate over TypePad and WordPress. Each system has many options and benefits; and a few little flaws here and there, and there is no such thing as “perfect”. But both have a lot to offer, and can kick off a fun and interesting new experience for beginners or provide an outlet of creative expression for a developer with a lot of ideas. Choose which system seems more appealing to you, get really familiar with it, and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Before you know it you’ll be blogging away in no time.