Creating Your First Blog or Website

 

Creating a blog or a website is a lot easier than you may think – here’s some advice on how to take your first steps to building your online presence.

Blog or Website?

Blog

Blogs work like a timeline. You create a “post” and this is displayed at the top of your blog. Most blogs gives you the option to search through your posts and create categories, enabling people to find specific posts. Tumblr is a very popular blogging platform.

Website

Websites have fixed “pages”. To get some new content on to your website, you have to either edit a page or create a new one. You can make menus to allow people to navigate your website. You can build very customised websites but this will often involve purchasing a domain name and paying for someone to host your website online.

Both?

In practice, a lot of platforms allow you to do a mixture of both – you can have a blog-like feed of your posts as well as fixed pages with set information. This versatility allows you to post regular updates as well as keeping your most important information there for everyone to see. A good example of a platform which works like this is WordPress.

We Recommend

WordPress.com is a great place to start if you are new to blogs and websites. It has a really easy to use, and you get elements of control such as customisable ‘themes’. Each year, WordPress develops a basic theme and I recommend using one of these. You can create ‘pages’ (static website pages with fixed information) or ‘posts’ (which will display on a feed, a bit like how Facebook works).

Once you’ve got the hang of making posts and pages, and you’ve selected a theme which works for you, the last thing you may like to know about are ‘plug-ins’. There are hundreds of thousands of plug-ins which hall have specific and different purposes. Some of the most useful ones can be set up to see how many people are visiting your website, will ask people to follow you on social media, and can be used so that visitors can easily share information from your website.

Not sure where to start?

Here’s an excellent guide to helping you get set up on WordPress – it takes you step-by-step through creating posts, making pages and selecting a theme.

Want to learn more about websites?

Have you got the hang of using your blog/website now?  Why not find out about optimising your website for google, or how to make the most of social media?