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Best place to set up a blog please

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belgo Mon 25-Jul-11 15:07:49

just looking for advice on where to set up a private blog, mainly for photos.

Any ideas?

DirtyMartini Mon 25-Jul-11 19:42:57

The two main ones people use seem to be Blogger and WordPress.com (not WordPress.org, although some folk do use that - it is more involved, you have to self-host).

I use WordPress and I'm very pleased with it. There are probably advantages to Blogger I don't know about though - I have never used Blogger.

I like the range of themes (designs) that WP makes available free; there are some great ones for photo blogs.

DirtyMartini Mon 25-Jul-11 19:43:33

Sorry, meant to say "the two main ones people use here"

Tee2072 Mon 25-Jul-11 20:22:16

Bloggers is, apparently, slightly easier to use but Wordpress is more customizable.

I use Wordpress.com and Wordpress.org.

belgo Mon 25-Jul-11 20:38:37

thank you! I have discovered wordpress.com, recommended by a friend.

Typecast Wed 27-Jul-11 17:09:05

Tumblr is great for photos, Blogger is really simple to use for newbies, Wordpress is better for SEO and if you eventually want to go self-hosted. Each have their pros and cons.

I personally use Blogger and I'm loathe to change but if I was starting up afresh I'd probably choose Wordpress with the knowledge I have now as it's "cleaner" to use.

seachange Fri 29-Jul-11 14:38:24

Wordpress (and other platforms as well) have themes that are specifically set up for photography:

wordpress.org/extend/themes/search.php?q=photography

seachange Fri 29-Jul-11 14:39:35

oops, this link is better:

wordpress.org/extend/themes/tags/photoblogging

belgo Fri 29-Jul-11 15:31:58

Thank you!

FlamingoBingo Fri 29-Jul-11 19:18:12

Blogger keeps breaking. Use wordpress.com!

JennySense Fri 29-Jul-11 22:23:12

wordpress.org, buy your own domain name, and hosting for just a few quid. You can install wordpress on your domain with just a couple of clicks these days (youtube has tons of videos showing how to do it.)
If you use blogger or wordpress.com you don't own your content and could lose it (speaking from experience here) - not much fun a few hundred posts down the road sad

seachange Fri 29-Jul-11 22:59:49

I know sad

I had a today.com blog a couple of years ago that literally just disappeared when they sold the company or went bust or whatever. gutted.

I have a wordpress.com blog but your post has made me worried - will look at self hosting confused

MmeLindor. Fri 29-Jul-11 23:07:21

I changed from blogger to wordpress (now self-hosting) a couple of months ago as I was fed up with blogger being down for days at a time, so that I could self-host and because I liked the cleaner look of WP.

Blogger is good for beginners bit WP is IMO better and more reliable for serious blogging.

Typecast
It was very easy to import blogger blog into WP. I lost a few followers at first but have built up again.

Old blog is www.ladouceviesuisse.blogspot.com

New

Www.ladouceviesuisse.com

If you want to compare the two directly.

FlamingoBingo Sat 30-Jul-11 12:58:24

Don't you all back up your blog posts anyway?

seachange Sat 30-Jul-11 13:28:18

blush

seachange Sat 30-Jul-11 13:29:47

What's the best way to do that?

FlamingoBingo Sat 30-Jul-11 13:38:30

Well, you can export them to a file that you keep on your own hard drive, or you can write them all in word, save them and then copy and paste across to your blog.

The internet isn't infallible so if there's anything important I put online, I would always have a back up copy.

seachange Sat 30-Jul-11 14:12:37

Thanks FB. I write most of my posts on the iPad native notes app, maybe I could just get into the habit of emailing them to myself... But then of course email accounts aren't infallible either. Nor is anything electronic, if you carry on. I'll be writing out all my posts with pen and paper next! (I do love a gorgeous notebook though...)

FlamingoBingo Sat 30-Jul-11 14:27:26

Then you'll lose your notebook :D

seachange Sat 30-Jul-11 14:41:27

grin

MmeLindor. Sat 30-Jul-11 15:18:48

I tried writing in word and importing but sometimes the formatting gets muddled and it takes longer to sort it than it would to write anew.

FlamingoBingo Sat 30-Jul-11 17:07:45

Are you using WP, MmeLindor? You need to click on the 'html' tab instead of 'visual', then it strips the formatting for you.

Or you can click 'paste as plain text' in 'visual' (the one that looks like a folder with a 'T' on it).

Or you can paste it, select it all, and then click the little eraser, which strips the formatting for you.

Then it's just a case of putting the paras where you want them.

MmeLindor. Sat 30-Jul-11 17:12:25

FB
Oh, thanks. Will have a tinker with that next week.

FlamingoBingo Sat 30-Jul-11 17:14:15

if you use the 'html' tab, just remember to click back to visual when you come to formatting it.

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