Thursday, September 19, 2013
Learning about Wordpress - my new blog
Whenever I read about how to succeed in blogging, one thing is quite consistent in almost everything I read, and that is that you should have a self-hosted blog and use Wordpress.
Now, I've been with Blogger for several years now but when I first read this a couple of years ago, I looked up Wordpress and set up my own blog there intending to learn about 'the other option'. However, when I learned that I'd signed up with 'the wrong Wordpress' I kind of lost interest. I'd gone with the free hosting service of Wordpress.com, instead of the one that everyone was recommending which was Wordpress.org! Well - I think that's an easy mistake to make don't you?
Anyway, that idea was put on the back burner until a few months ago I saw a free blogging course that Blogelina was running, which gave you a year's free hosting for a website with GoDaddy, and help setting up your blog with Wordpress.org . So I decided to use this opportunity to finally set up a 'real' Wordpress blog and learn all about 'the other side'!
I followed the great instructions provided by Blogelina to set up my blog, choose my domain name and get up and running. It's taking a little while to get used to posting on Wordpress as against Blogger. So far Blogger is easier in terms of writing and editing posts - I'm still struggling with adding photos to my posts in Wordpress and getting them to stay where I want them!
Initially I've just used my new blog (Fit and Healthy Me) as a place to record my workout programmes, so I can get comfortable with the layout and workings. After a week of posting, but not telling anyone about my blog - I started to get hundreds of spam comments! I Googled this problem and found that I needed to install a spam filter plug-in. So I found "Akismet" and signed up for an account with them, activated it (all free) and instantly the spam comments stopped! Phew!
So far I've managed to post, add some things to my sidebar and add that one spam filter plug-in. Now I've got it up and running with the basics, it's time to start learning!
I'm going to keep using it as a record of my workouts and what I'm learning about fitness and health. Over the past few years I've been keeping fit and trying out different forms of exercise. Just recently I've focussed more and found that I want to take it all a bit further and not just 'keep fit' but get really fit and healthy and understand the hows and whys of it all! So this seemed to be a good theme for a new test blog!
I'm very comfortable and happy with Blogger, having used it for several years now. But it's always important to keep learning and expand your horizons!
If anyone has ANY hints, tips or recommendations of plug-ins etc for a Wordpress blog, I'd love to hear them, so please do leave me comments!
And if you want to check out my new blog, it's:
Fit and Healthy Me
I would love any and all feedback - good and bad. My aim is to learn!!