How to Start a Blog

July 29, 2008

There are many FREE websites that offer the ability to start a basic blog, be it for personal use to let friends and family know what you’re up to, or for professional use, to help get your company coverage online.

Here are a few websites that are very easy to use, and require no knowledge of programming or coding…

MULTIPLY.COM-Multiply makes it easy to create, share and discuss your blog, photos, and videos with more of the people you know, and fewer of the people you don’t.

VOX.COM. Done by TypePad, but free. Has three levels of privacy – public, friends, and family. Take the tours of all the new ones and see which one you like.

BLOGGER – A blog is your easy-to-use web site, where you can quickly post thoughts, interact with people, and more. All for FREE.

WORDPRESS (the gold standard). And all of these are template driven so all you need to concentrate on is content.

WINDOWS LIVE SPACES – Microsoft’s blogging and Social Networking platform. The site was originally released in early 2004 under the MSN Spaces name to compete with other social networking sites. Windows Live Spaces received an estimated 27 million (27,000,000) unique visitors per month as of August 2007.

Content Management Systems

June 26, 2008

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Leo Laporte uses Drupal for He also uses WordPress for his blog.

Joomla is a very good CMS. Joomla is a spin off of Mambo. Drupal is very very flexible.

Rocket Theme is a great source for Joomla templates.

PHP and MySQL are the standard and most Content Management systems rely on them.

However there are alternatives like PostgreSQL. Most CMS do deal with a few different web services like PostgreSQL, Microsoft SQL and IIS.