I loved this type of blog post on Gemma Louise’s blog and I thought it could be interesting to share my own. I started writing and couldn’t stop so I’ve split this over three posts because it was getting to be an insane amount of words. I’ve broken it into “Technical”, “Photography”, and “Day-To-Day Blogging and Social Media”. I would love to read a post of yours if you do one.
Technical Aspects of blogging
I’ve been converted to Apple computers for nearly five years now, and I can’t say I would ever go back. When I had my HP Pavillion in 2010, it was new to the market and I managed to have never ending problems with it losing items, deleting backups, wiping my harddrive, getting viruses even though I had an anti-virus software. One day the screen stopped working, so I had to buy a separate screen, keyboard and everything else so I could even still use it. The following year the battery died and I could only use it plugged in. This was all only in the space of fewer than three years, and it was a $1,500 computer, so not exactly cheap! When I purchased my MacBook in 2012 for my 21st birthday, it was lighter, more user-friendly, I didn’t need to purchase an anti-virus program, and just simply, it worked. I recently upgraded to a refurbished 2016 model, and I couldn’t be happier! My 2012 laptop is still working very well, and I am just going to sell it as it’ll benefit someone else who might not have been able to buy a Mac at full price (a refurb was the only way I could get another one, the new prices are insane!). I have just found Mac’s to be more reliable, lighter, more user-friendly, more portable for everyday use and handles programs like the Adobe suite really well.
When it came to starting a blog, there was really no other program that I considered. I had used WordPress in 2011 at uni for an assignment, and knew my way around slightly (it hadn’t changed much in four years), as well as knowing that the possibilities for customisability were just greater with WordPress. It is more expensive, as you have to pay for hosting ($50+ per year) plus a domain name ($20) whereas with Blogger you only have to pay for a domain.
WordPress is the CMS platform of most websites you would use on an everyday basis (not social media, but blogs, businesses etc). It is very user-friendly, and your site can be made to look more like a blog (The look I am going for), or more like an actual website. It can even be used to run a Membership website, or integrate a shopping facility if you have products to sell. You can’t go too wrong with it.
The themes are usually a little more expensive, but not by much, and it’s to make up for the HTML and another coding that might be required. If you’re currently with Blogger, and you want to change, I would recommend looking at themes you would like, such as from Pipdig or Bluchic, as they often offer a Blogger to WordPress migration for you, and a theme of your choice. It will save you stress as all you’ll be doing is logging into a different platform and getting going!
I used to host with a small UK host that my partner used and therefore I could use it for free, but I would get hacked fairly frequently, and the site was often slow or down so I decided to move over to Siteground after hearing good things about them. They moved my whole site over in a day or so, and the whole process was so easy. They have quite good rates for an Australian company, in comparison to companies like Blue Host in America which are not so great. They will either walk you through the process yourself or if you’d rather they handle it, they can move you over in a matter of days. I’m not getting paid by them, just genuinely think they did a great job. You can also take a free domain with them when you sign up, but I already pay through GoDaddy.
What are your technical must-haves?