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How to Set Up a Blog

This page highlights two ways to set up a blog and discusses the pros and cons of each.

1. Use a free service that provides software, hosting, and a domain name.

There are many free services available including Wordpress, Tumblr, LiveJournal, and Blogger. What follows is more information about Blogger.

Learn how to set up a blog in Blogger by watching this video or by following the instructions at Blogger.

Pros

  • The entire blog is free. There is no cost for the subdomain, hosting, or software.
  • It’s easy to set up the blog and to add new content.
  • Blogger offers pre-made additional features that can be easily added to the blog, for free.
  • Blogger blogs can be integrated into your existing congregational domain name or another domain name which you own.
  • Blogger blogs can be backed up. (For more information about what information is saved and how, please visit the relevant page at the Blogger Help Center).

Cons

  • Blogger limits administrators’ access to the hosting environment.
  • Blogger can be challenging to customize.

2. Use an open-source blogging software program, such as Wordpress.

Download the software from Wordpress (.org). Rent server space (via a hosting plan) and a domain name. Install Wordpress on your server. Configure your domain name settings to point to your server.

Learn how to set up a Wordpress blog on your server by following the instructions at Wordpress Please note that Wordpress.org differs from Wordpress.com.

Pros

  • The software is free.
  • It’s easy to add new content.
  • Open-source software allows for a high-degree of customization and some open-source software can be used for a wide range of functions other than blogging.
  • Open-source software can be installed on a hosting environment over which the blog administrator has a high degree of control.
  • Blogs driven by open-source software can be integrated into your existing congregational domain name or another domain name which you own.
  • Wordpress.org blogs can be backed up. (For more information about what information is saved and how, please visit the relevant page of the Wordpress Codex).

Cons

  • A domain name and hosting package need to be purchased.
  • Some technical skill is required to install the software and perform periodic updates.

Notes

  • You may also choose to modify your existing congregational website to support a blog. The pros and cons of doing so will vary, depending on your existing website.
  • If you are a Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) staff member contact blogs @ uua.org?subject=uua%20blogs%20inquiry to see if the UUA Blogs platform is a good match for your needs.

For more information contact web @ uua.org.

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Last updated on Tuesday, June 21, 2011.

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