Blogging Resources

Do you use wordpress? If you don’t you need to make the switch right now.

Go here and sign-up for a free account.

If you do use wordpress, check the resources below for great plug-ins and themes.

HOW TO HOST YOUR OWN PAGE
If having a free wordpress account is not enough and you want to host your own blog, here are a couple of easy steps to accomplish the switch from wordpress.com to wordpress.org

1. Buy a domain name
The first place to start when buying domain names is doma.nr. This allows you to check the availability of the URL you want to purchase. After finding that URL head on over to godaddy.com to purchase your domain. Once you have selected the domain and jumped through all their hoops move to step 2.

Another option  is to go through wordpress. It cost $15 and is very easy to do.
Go to TOOLS on your dashboard home and click the custom URL section.
Check the availability of your own custom URL and then click purchase.

2. Find a place to host it
There are several places to host your URL.
Here are two that I would highly recommend:
hostgator.com
Mediatemple.net

3) Find a Custom Theme
Whether you want to purchase a premium theme or find a free theme on google, you will want to find one that fits your needs.
I would highly recommend the Standard Theme. It is the best coded premium theme out there and has a great support forum for all your request.

Once you have found your theme you need to upload a theme to your site through an ftp client (I use fireftp) or through your wordpress dashboard.

4) Customize your Theme
Whether you change the header or add your own plug-ins, customization is what makes hosting your own wordpress page fun. You can spend hours messing around with different looks, colors, and customizations. If you are up for the challenge start googling different wordpress customization tutorials. Or if you want to save yourself tons of time contact me (kyle reed) for customization help and consulting.
Check the resources below for great plug-ins and themes.

5) Tell the World
Get the word out that you have your own blog page and let others know through twitter, facebook, or
advertisement on blogs.

CUSTOM THEMES
Themeforest.com
the Standard Theme
WPnow.com
Woothemes.com
wpthemeland.com*free
freewpthemes.net*free
100freethemes
wordpress.org*free

PLUG-INS
wordpress.org
wp-plugins.net
yoast.com

30 must have plugins
10 must have plugins
7 killer plugins
20 must have plugins
*These are all good places to start to see what you need for plugins

Blog Widgets

MyBlogLog’s Recent Readers – this widget can easily be called a hit amongst blog owners; its popularity even managed to convince Yahoo into buying MyBlogLog. The widget lets you see the avatars of recent visitors to your blog, provided they’re also members of MyBlogLog.
Mashable () – get the latest social networking news from this very site.
Flickr Flash Photo Stream Badge – display images from your Flickr () profile with a handy Flash photo stream.
Preview Anywhere – see a live preview of outgoing links in a small popup which activates on mouseover. Some find this annoying, while others might find it useful.
Twitter Badge – if your life is so interesting that everyone must know what you’re up to all the time, then a Twitter () badge is the ideal counterpart to your blog. It’ll proudly displays your recent tweets.
Digg News – display the latest Digg () links on your blog. Themeable and fully customizable.
FEEDJIT – real time traffic data directly in your blog’s sidebar.
LineBuzz – inline comments for your blog. Very handy for blogs with frequent lively discussions.
Flixn – display a stream directly from your webcam, so your blog visitors can always see what you’re up to.
3Jam – lets your visitors send messages to your mobile phone, without them knowing your phone number.
Jaxtr – with Jaxtr, your visitors can actually call you to your mobile phone; again, your number stays private.
LinkedInABox – show off your LinkedIn () profile. Perfect for personal blogs.
Box Widget – enable visitors to use box.net’s online storage directly on your web site.
Price of gas – displaying gas prices on your blog might seem unnecessary to some, but it’s cool if you have a traffic/travel related blog.
iBegin Weather Widget – Display weather information in your sidebar. Just like with Price of Gas, works great with travel-related blogs.
ClockLink – display time in various time zones with these nifty Flash clocks.
Film Loops – display the latest loops from your FilmLoops account.
Daily Painters – display paintings from famous painters on your blog.
WhoLinked – show your visitors which sites have recently linked to your web site. Works with all major blog platforms.
Criteo AutoRoll – displays links to blogs similar to your blog.
Bitty Browser – embed a cute, fully functional mini web browser to your blog.
Leafletter – create a mini website and embed it into your blog.
WikiSeek – search Wikipedia () with this simple widget.
FeedCount – show off the number of visitors to your blog with this handy little button.
Technorati Link Count – display the number of links your website has from one of the biggest blog authorities – Technorati.
MyPageRank – another good way to show how “big” your blog is is to show off your Google PageRank.
CheckPageRank – in addition to showing your PageRank, this widget also shows your Alexa ranking.
BlinkxIt – embed a link to related videos directly into your website.
Skype button – display your Skype () online/offline status on your blog.
RockYou Horoscope – not something I would personally use, but some people are into horoscope. Hell, most people are into horoscope. Anyway, this widget shows horoscope (doh!) and does it in a nicely designed colorful box.
del.icio.us Tagometer – display how many times have del.icio.us users saved your page.
del.icio.us Linkrolls – this badge shows your latest bookmarks from del.icio.us.
Timelines – need to create a timeline? Seek no further. This widget makes it really easy.

PollDaddy – PollDaddy lets you create beautiful polls in no time, and display them at your blog.
Vizu – another poll-making widget, compatible with all major blog platforms.
AnswerTips – display definitions from Answers.com for various terms on your blog. The definitions are shown in bubbles which are activated on doubleclick.
AnswerBoxes – give your visitors a chance to enter a term themselves, and get a definition from Answers.com
Now Playing – if you got to share your current playlist contents with the world, Sigamp will do the trick. Works with most popular music players, including Foobar, Winamp, iTunes and others.
BuzzBoost – display headlines from your RSS feed on any website.
LibraryThing () – show off the latest books you’ve been reading.
Plaxo Address Book – let your most faithful visitors access their address books direclty from your site.
AuctionAds – a widget that displays auctioned items on eBay, and gives you a percentage of the price paid when sometimes buys an item.
aStore – similar to AuctionAds, only for Amazon. Create a mini-store on your site and receive profit when someone buys an item through your store.
Plazes – show your current location on a Plazes map.
Stockalicious – track your portfolio with this widget, and share it with others. Let everyone know how much money you’ve lost.
Yahoo! For Good – create a charity badge and ask for donations for a worthy cause.
Giftspace – your friends never know what to buy you for birthday? Let them know what you really want with this nifty widget.
MixMap – see where are the visitors to your MySpace () profile from on a map.
Google Map Widget – display a searchable Google Map on your website.
Google Video Search – add a video search form and selected videos to your web site.
Odeo player – display an Odeo player for and podcast right there in your sidebar.

 

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