While actually setting up a blog is easy, the process of starting one requires a few decisions that will impact the success of your online venture. For instance, what will be your niche? If you want to make money blogging, how will you monetize your blog? Should you use a free blogging platform or choose to self-host your site?
Although a self-hosted blog built on WordPress.org’s software will offer you maximum flexibility, control, and monetization opportunity, not every blogger is looking to turn their blog into a business and make money online. For hobbyists, a free blog from WordPress.com, Blogger, Tumblr, Wix, Weebly, or even SquareSpace can still provide the basic benefits of blogging.
Gary Dek of StartABlog123.com has put together a useful comparison chart where he compares the best blog sites. Check below the fold to see which free blogging platform fits your needs.
Java. You can’t beat the classic when it comes to development languages for an enterprise-level content management system (ECM). Compared to .NET, PHP, or C# Java is still the top development language for its reliability, stability and suitability for “building back-ends for modern enterprise-web applications. With Java and frameworks based on it, web developers can build scalable web apps for a variety of users.
A few months ago, I had a problem. After eight years of non-stop writing, I found myself exhausted of all enthusiasm to blog. Let me tell you, it's a sad day in Web City when an advocate for content management systems has no real desire to author new content. I was also questioning in this age of "always on" social media whether the traditional blog had lost value not only to me but my readers. If content is no longer king, why should I spend so much effort creating new content? So as summer approached, I decided to take a break from blogging.
At the beginning of my sabbatical I made a secret promise to myself. If at the end of three months I found no value in blogging, I would call Agility to say it's time to shutdown CMS Report. I was prepared to resign myself to writing only an occasional post on Google+ (which "experts" claim no one reads) or on my personal blog (which I know nobody reads). If I did this, would I really miss CMS Report? Would the readers miss me if I was no longer blogging? On more practical terms, do I really need to blog in an era where Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, or Twitter is available to me?
Honestly, three months ago I had hoped to find that blogging no longer has value. It would have been a revolutionary moment and raise the eyebrows of my peers. I was hoping to shock the world on my "discovery" that blogging didn't matter. Alas, after three months of not blogging, I've found that I will be given absolutely no opportunity to shock and awe. To my surprise, I've found that blogging still matters. Here is what I discovered...
"The irony of running a successful website is that as the site becomes more popular you're compelled and obligated to give the reader and the advertisers what they want. While always grateful for all that I have achieved and have been given, I have found that success also can box someone into a space that is often not big enough."
- Bryan Ruby, Breaking Out of the Box, BryanRuby.com, February 6, 2013.
I'm posting this video for the most obvious reason. Anyone with the last name of Beer deserves an opportunity to be highlighted on my blog. All kidding aside, we need more people like Lucy Beer in the world reminding us blogging is a business and you can't move your blog forward with a strategy. The only thing I would have changed in her talk is to focus less on advertisement and more on content.Source: WordPress.TV
Packt is pleased to announce Drupal Intranets With Open Atrium, a new book which introduces readers the power of Open Atrium using practical examples of an Open Atrium Intranet. Written by Tracy Smith, this book provides precise steps to set up a web server on a Windows or Macintosh computer and install Drupal with the Open Atrium distribution.
For a long time I’ve been really interested in performance aspects of content management systems and smarter blogging systems. This is the reason for my decision to test some of the popular systems on a workbench and to get some technical information about these systems. The test was quite simple. I installed the packages on my sandbox server and added a function (cip-bench()) to the installation. Then I ran the index page with the default template and configuration. The data I got from the…
In case you haven't heard, WordPress 3.0 was released last week. This is probably the first time I've been behind in blogging about the official release of a new major version of WordPress. However, since I told you all about WordPress 3.0 coming soon a couple weeks ago, I felt there wasn't a need to rush and tell you to go get WordPress 3.0 and try out all it's new features including taxonomy and multiuser integration. Instead, I spent this past week seeing how others reacted to WordPress…