Spread Your Message
I design custom blogs that can provide you with a platform to showcase your ideas, demonstrate your expertise or simply to provide an outlet for your creativity.
I can also customize a WordPress or Blogger blog although the options there are more limited.
Blogs are NOT websites, although they can be customized to perform that function.
There are various methods of hosting a blog. Which one works best depends upon you, your goals and the skills at your disposal.
I provide the following blog services:
- Blog setup
- Blog customization
- Posting blog content
- Troubleshooting issues with your blog
Is Blogging Right for You?
WordPress and similar CMS technologies have exploded in recent years, mostly because of the concept that you can “do it yourself.”
Not Everyone Can!
Good content presented enticingly is what draws readers.
Your ability to successfully manage your own blog depends upon a number of factors.
- How comfortable are you with computer and Internet technologies?
- Do you understand the technology behind the blog enough to work with it?
- What if something goes wrong?
- Are you a good writer or do you need an editor?
- Can you source photo or other images from legitimate sources? See Copyright — Who Owns the Content?
The modern word processing software is essentially an electronic desktop publishing system that allows you to format your work much more professionally than any typewriter ever could.
However, that software still needs a skilled writer to create marketable copy. That person (you or your staff) need to understand the rules of writing, grammar, punctuation.
In the same manner, you need to have someone with layout and usability skills like knowing how people read online, what draws their attention, how to format a link correctly and much more.
Having challenges with doing it yourself? I can help.
Blog Hosting Options
There are several options for hosting blogs, each with their own strengths and weaknesses:
- A blog can be hosted on a dedicated blogging service like WordPress or Blogger.
- WordPress can also be installed into your regular hosting site.
- Custom blogging software like Joomla or Drupal can be used to create a blog.
- A custom HTML-based blog can be created using the same technology used to build the majority of websites.
Lets have a look at each in turn.
WordPress is the best known blogging site, even though Blogger was around first.
There is a huge number of WordPress themes, both free to use and commercial versions. In some cases you'll have to pay an annual fee to unlock the ability to customize the layout, fonts or other elements.
WordPress can be installed on your site or it can be hosted on WordPress.com. There are advantages and disadvantages to both.
Hosting on WordPress.com
If you hosting on WordPress.com, your blog address will be your user name before wordpress.com (e.g. someone with the user name widgets will be hosted at
You can upgrade to a unique WordPress-hosted domain (e.g.
widgets.com) for an annual fee.
WordPress on Your Website
By downloading WordPress from WordPress.org and installing it into your own hosting site, your blog will be running alongside your main website (e.g.
WordPress's popularity can be a problem with security. It is much more profitable to see the vulnerabilities of a blogging platform like WordPress than a custom designed site or blog.
- Blogs hosted on WordPress.com have are updated automatically for the most part, including security fixes and theme updates.
- Where WordPress is installed on your own hosting service (ISP) you need to be vigilant about upgrading both WordPress and the installed templates or plugins to avoid a vulnerability.
Custom software designed to create, edit and maintain blogs is also available.
For the most part this software is used by larger organizations where several individuals manage different portions of the blog (such as the various Microsoft blogs).
Requirements are Different
This software runs independently of the requirements of sites like WordPress or Blogger which add their own overhead.
Big Learning Curve
This software is seldom a good choice for individuals or small businesses.
Like with most CMSs, there can be a large learning curve and support can disappear if the software vendor fails.
However, it may be a viable option if you're hosting several blogs under your domain.
A Custom Designed Blog
The third option is to have a custom blog built using the same techniques as a custom website.
The blog can be built with the same general layout as the main site. Changes to accommodate the needs of the blog format are not dependent upon any existing platform as they are with WordPress or Blogger.
Flexible but Depends Upon Professional Help
Postings to the blog aren't limited to a pre-determined format and new concepts can be incorporated by the blog/site designer much easier than modifying a free or purchased blog template.
Unless you incorporate a content management systems (CMS) — which has its own issues — you'll need professional help building and posting to your blog.
I have created and maintained custom blogs like this for clients. Postings are provided by email (usually in MS Word format) and I create the post from that file, adding necessary links, images and formatting.