How to Set Up a Blog
This page highlights two ways to set up a blog and discusses the pros and cons of each.
1. Use a free service that provides software, hosting, and a domain name.
- The entire blog is free. There is no cost for the subdomain, hosting, or software.
- It’s easy to set up the blog and to add new content.
- Blogger offers pre-made additional features that can be easily added to the blog, for free.
- Blogger blogs can be integrated into your existing congregational domain name or another domain name which you own.
- Blogger blogs can be backed up. (For more information about what information is saved and how, please visit the relevant page at the Blogger Help Center).
- Blogger limits administrators’ access to the hosting environment.
- Blogger can be challenging to customize.
2. Use an open-source blogging software program, such as Wordpress.
Download the software from Wordpress (.org). Rent server space (via a hosting plan) and a domain name. Install Wordpress on your server. Configure your domain name settings to point to your server.
Learn how to set up a Wordpress blog on your server by following the instructions at Wordpress Please note that Wordpress.org differs from Wordpress.com.
- The software is free.
- It’s easy to add new content.
- Open-source software allows for a high-degree of customization and some open-source software can be used for a wide range of functions other than blogging.
- Open-source software can be installed on a hosting environment over which the blog administrator has a high degree of control.
- Blogs driven by open-source software can be integrated into your existing congregational domain name or another domain name which you own.
- Wordpress.org blogs can be backed up. (For more information about what information is saved and how, please visit the relevant page of the Wordpress Codex).
- A domain name and hosting package need to be purchased.
- Some technical skill is required to install the software and perform periodic updates.
- You may also choose to modify your existing congregational website to support a blog. The pros and cons of doing so will vary, depending on your existing website.
- If you are a Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) staff member contact blogs @ uua.org?subject=uua%20blogs%20inquiry to see if the UUA Blogs platform is a good match for your needs.
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Last updated on Tuesday, June 21, 2011.