In the early part of 2004 WordPress was just getting its feet wet in web development. Website strictly made with Frontpage etc, were dominate in the market. Most of the WordPress users were blogger and journalist who had no idea how to code a webpage and found WordPress to be an easy way to get their ideas into the internet.
Once you find a plugin you like, just click the install button and WordPress will take care of uploading the plugin for you. If you do this method, you do not even have to upload the files yourself. It is really that easy!
To make your first blog post, you will want to go to YOURDOMAINNAME/wp-admin (on WordPress). This will take you to the page called “Dashboard” where you can log in and do anything you want to your blog. This is where you will create new pages, add new blog posts, add new features like calendars or opt in boxes for collecting email addresses, adding photos or videos, and an incredible number and variety of other possible features. On the left side of the Dashboard, under “Posts”, click on “Add New” and you can enter in a title and content for your first post!
Blogger is another blog platform that is easy to use. It is simpler to use than WordPress and lacks its sophistication but still looks like a website. Both platforms have plenty of tools to enhance their appearance and anyone learn to can use them. Of the two, WordPress is by far the best option. It is the most versatile and the most widely used.
Some plugins will go with your blog files and content. But, for some blogs slight tweaking is necessary to make the new plugins to work. The tweaking should be done in content, files and data base. So, before tweaking and installing your new plugin, take the backup of your existing files and data base. Once you have installed the plugin and carried out the modifications, once again you should backup the files.
What you should bear in mind with Blogger.com is that it’s not owned by you, and is not a big fan of commercially based content. You do run the risk of having your blog pulled by Google if they view you as being spammy.
If you are blogging on wordpress platform, there is a free Editorial Calendar plugin available and I highly recommend using it. You can use that as a sort of a notebook for your blog posts, and also paste in all links related to your post. When you are ready to finish the post, you open a draft, edit it and schedule or publish right away.
You can then make any kind of personalized changes that you’d like, including choosing and installing a theme for your blog. For WordPress, there are tons of great looking and free themes out there if you just Google the term “WordPress theme”. Also, if you are willing to pay in the neighborhood of or for a particularly nice theme, you can find some great ones at sites like ThemeForest and iThemes. If you’re new to blogging, make sure you download a theme that has some instructions from the theme author. Ideally, they would even provide a support forum or an email address where you can ask questions if you get stuck. Most of the premium themes that you might pay or for have such a service, so you should be in good hands.