Blog Info and Configuration
Subjects of Interest
Due to an overwhelming interest in this blogs configuration, potential viability for moving a Blogger blog to a WordPress self-hosted site, advice for aspiring authors, and how to start a blog from scratch, I created this dedicated page. I finish this section of informative thoughts with advice on Copyright Protection and Protection against hackers!
These are, by far, the most requested answers that I receive and are my opinions only. I have no affiliation to any business or other commercial enterprise – other than my own.
I host with Go Daddy, use a WordPress.org self-hosted blog, running the Thesis theme (http://diythemes.com/ ), with really good graphics, and about 17 plugins. I had the site built with my and http://www.smartauthorsites.com/designs. They did the coding for me, the graphics are mine (taken while we lived in Germany). For an in depth discussion on this topic, please see our article The Story behind Our Theme .
A shift from Blogger is not only possible, but rather easy. WordPress has two blog platforms. The easiest but less customizable is WordPress.com. I built my second site on this platform at FlaAuthor.Wordpress.com . I hosted it on WordPress’s own platform.
I built this site Views from Sandhausen.com on the most customizable offering from WordPress.org. I host with Go Daddy, use a WordPress.org self-hosted blog, running the Thesis theme (http://diythemes.com/ ), with really good graphics, and about 17 plugins. I had the site built with my and http://www.smartauthorsites.com/ designs. For your site I would recommend you go the route of this site from WordPress.org.
ADVICE FOR ASPIRING AUTHORS
As far as advice for aspiring writers, my best advice is to read a lot. From the time when I was 8 years old, I have averaged one book every two weeks. Read in all genres, read while observing the structure and organization of the story or the topical dissertation – read for more that the enjoyment of reading. For an in depth discussion on this topic, please see our article Advice for Aspiring Authors.
START A BLOG FROM SCRATCH
How to start? Pick your *SUBJECT or topic on what you wish to write. Get all the *SUBJECT* magazines you can and look for items that you want to talk about and write that down on a big yellow pad. Then look for SUBJECT* blogs, through the magazine ads. Visit them. Look at their style and content. Next, search Google for “SUBJECT* blogs’. Read the comments. Write your ideas down on the yellow pad.
Start with the navigation tabs. Decide on 6-8. Write those tab names down. Constantly look at blogs on the internet, *SUBJECT* or otherwise, write the good ones down. IF you can afford it, find someone who has a record of designing good *SUBJECT* blogs and talk to them. If you can’t afford it, Go to Go Daddy and take out your blog name, register it, and buy one of their ‘Website Tonight’ packages. Take your time. Keep it simple, but start building your site using the ideas on your yellow pad. Include the functionality you saw on my blog, SUBSCRIBE, COMMENT, etc.
For you, read a lot. Look at life critically. Try to have at least two threads that you can alternate between – post at least once a week (I post every other day). Take notes of potential subjects. Sit down with a word-processing program and, by subjects that you have chosen, try to fill out the details about your chosen subject and see if it is 500 to 1500 words. Have a beginning, middle, and an end – in the end try to answer that you posed in the beginning. For me, I host with Go Daddy, use a WordPress.org self-hosted blog, running the Thesis theme (http://diythemes.com/ ), with really good graphics, and about 13 plugins. I had the site built with my and http://www.smartauthorsites.com/ .
Copy/paste your article from Word to your WordPress software. Clean it up and use SEO techniques (search Google for SEO), and start. The going will be slow but keep at it. Your followers will increase.
Your work has an inherent copyright as soon as you create it and you may copyright anything that you create, as soon as you create it; you have copyright protection. This includes poetry.
I start my writing work as a word document. Whether it is a book, or just a post, I have that original document that is system dated, as proof. That is sufficient. Copyrighting allow you to seek damages in the event that others use you original work to profit or gain some advantage. Nothing more. There is no “Office of Copyright”. It is a concept only.
It won’t prevent others from copying your work and using it. That is impossible. All you can do is to ask them to take it down, or sue if they profited from its use.
PROTECT AGAINST HACKERS
There is no “Magic Bullet” to protect you against hackers. Good computing practice says that you should make your passwords STRONG, and change them often (once per month). You can Install a plug-in called Backup Buddy and backup your site to your local hard drive as frequently as you believe necessary. Hackers follow the path of least resistance, so if your site is a little more difficult to hack than another, they will move past you and attack someone else.
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HOW WE TEST
We test against the latest releases of Internet Explorer, Safari, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome. In addition, we test on a Dell desktop, Dell laptop, an iPhone 3GS and an iPad 2. We do not have the resources to test beyond that.