Blogging on a Budget: Low-Cost Ways to Blog

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Some business owners and entrepreneurs are reluctant to blog, assuming it will cost a fortune. While it typically does require some initial investment up front, there are ways to minimize these costs. So if you're looking to start a blog without breaking into your savings account, keep reading for some essential tips. Choose a Free Content Management System There are dozens of content management system (CMS) platforms available, but many charge a flat fee per month, which can cost you several hundred dollars over the course of a year. Consider using a free CMS, such as WordPress, Joomla a...

Report: WordPress Now Powers 25% of the Web

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You don't have to search very far to find a website powered by the WordPress content management system. From TechCrunch and The New Yorker, to the Variety and eBay, there are literally millions of popular websites running this platform. According to a new report, a jaw-dropping 25% (1 in 4) of all websites are powered by WordPress, making it the world's largest CMS by a landslide. W3 Techs published the data on its website, revealing that WordPress is used by 58.7% of all websites "whose content management systems we know," which is "25% of all websites." A Little WordPress History WordPre...

Easy WordPress Optimizations Tips

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One of the reasons why so many bloggers and webmasters choose WordPress for their content management system (CMS) is its ease of use. Whether you are experienced in web design or not, you should have no problem launching a WordPress site. Using the platform's signature 5-minute installation, you can have a site up and running in minutes. But if you really want to take advantage of WordPress and everything it has to offer, you should optimize your site using the following techniques.   Limit Your Plugins There's nothing wrong with using plugins on a WordPress blog or website. In fact, ...

Are You Using Tags and Categories Correctly?

One of the perks of using WordPress as your website's content management system (CMS) is the ability to place new posts and pages within tags and archives. The next time you create a new post or page, look to the right-hand menu and you'll see a widget-like box for "Categories" and "Tags." Using these elements can prove useful in boosting your site's search engine visibility while attracting new visitors in the processors -- but only if it's done correctly. Tags vs Categories: What's The Difference? Some bloggers assume that tags and categories are the same, so they tend to use them intercha...

5 Reasons to Blog with WordPress

Thinking about launching a new blog? One of the first steps in blogging is to choose your content management system (CMS). From Blogger and Tumblr to WordPress and Joomla, there are dozens of possibilities available. However, WordPress remains the world's most popular blogging software. Here are some of the reasons why: It's Free Did I mention WordPress is completely free to download and use? Whether you choose the hosted or self-hosted version, you can launch a WordPress blog for virtually nothing. Granted, there are some premium themes and templates for sale, but these are optional and not...

5 Blogging Tips I Wish I Knew as a Beginner

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#1) Choose Your Domain Name Wisely Many beginners rush through the process of registering a domain name simply because they want to get started NOW. But the domain name is the heart and soul of your blog, which is why it's important to choose a meaningful and appropriate name. Think about what you hope to accomplish with your blog, the niche, and your target audience. Choose a domain name that's relevant to all of these elements. Ideally, it should be a brandable dot com name with no hyphens or numbers. #2) Your Content Management System Matters Yes, you can technically build a blog using N...

How to Use WordPress More Effectively

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Do you use WordPress to blog? There's no denying the fact that WordPress is a powerful blogging platform. It features a massive directory of plugins and themes while preserving a clean and user-friendly interface. Backup Your Files Don't forget to backup your files. Many first-time WordPress users make the mistake of only downloading their core files via a File Transfer Protocol (FTP) program. But WordPress isn't static, and most of its data is stored in the form of a database. Therefore, you'll need to download both your core files, as well as the database associated with your site. If all ...

I Want to Start a Blog. What Now?

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So, you've made the decision to start blogging, but now you're faced with the task of actually turning your vision into a reality. If this is your first time attempting to blog, you may feel overwhelmed at the technical complexity of it. Don't worry, because we're going to walk you through the steps to creating your first blog. Choose a Niche What do you want your blog to be about? Some people choose general topics like "health," or "automobiles." While there's nothing wrong with blogging about these topics, you should choose a more narrow niche for your blog. General topics like health or a...

Report: WordPress Remains The #1 CMS

There are dozens of content management systems (CMS) available, some of which include Drupal, Jooma, Business Catalyst, BigCommerce, Blogger and Tumblr just to name a few. However, WordPress remains the single most popular and widely used CMS for content-driven websites, according to a new report published by CodeGuard. The cloud-based data backup and monitoring service provider claims that approximately 79% of all content websites are powered by WordPress, with Drupal coming in at a distant second with just 72.%, and Drupal with 5.3%. This begs the question, why do so many webmasters and b...