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Beginners Guides: Creating a Weblog / Blog

Beginners Guides: Creating a Weblog / Blog - PCSTATS
Abstract: In the 90's Grunge was in. Now in the 06's Blogging is the next biggest thing.
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External Mfg. Website: PCstats Jan 04 2006   Mike Dowler  
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Creating a weblog with Blogger

For our first blogging tutorial, let's look at what is probably the easiest and fastest method of getting a blog up and running, using the built in tools and free (ad-supported) hosting available at www.blogger.com. You can use whichever service you prefer, but as they are all pretty much the same, we're going to concentrate on Blogger for the sake of simplicity.

Go to the site and click the 'start now' button. Enter your information and continue.

You will be asked to enter a title and description for your blog. These will appear at the top of the page when your finished site is visited. The public\private option box allows you to choose whether your blog will be listed on blogger.com's website.

The next page allows you to choose whether to allow blogspot.com to host your weblog (ad-supported) or to enter your own webserver's information. If you already have web hosting available to you, skip down to the 'FTP to your own server' section below.

Otherwise, choose the first option 'host it at Blogspot' and continue on to 'choosing a URL and template.'

Using the 'FTP to your own server' option

If you are already paying a company for web hosting, or have your own web server, you can use blogger.com to create and update your page there. You will need information about your web-hosting service to complete this.

First you need to enter the FTP server name and path, which is the location that Blogger.com will send your blog data to.

For most service providers, this should be the same as your site, minus the 'http://,' (like 'mysite.onthenet.org') but check with them first for the proper location.

You will also need to enter the URL of your site, which is the complete path to its location on the internet (for example, http://mysite.onthenet.org ) and the name of the HTML file you wish your blog to be saved as.

If the blog is to be the only contents of your website, this should be set to 'index.html' If you already have a web page up and running at the site, you will know what you want this set to.

Choosing a URL and template for your weblog

If you chose to use blogspot.com as the host for your blog, you will be prompted to type in an Internet address for it. This uses the format www.(whateveryoutype).blogspot.com.
Entering this address in a web-browser will take you straight to your own Blog.

The final step is choosing a beginning template, or appearance, for your blog. Pick whichever one appeals to you for now. You can change the template completely later on if you wish. After choosing the template, your blog will be created and you will be transported to the 'posting' screen to make your first post.

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Contents of Article: PCstats
 Pg 1.  Beginners Guides: Creating a Weblog / Blog
 Pg 2.  — Creating a weblog with Blogger
 Pg 3.  Making your first Blog post
 Pg 4.  Blog add-ons, and what not to type about

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