Start a new blog on a shoestring

Blogs are a great way to share your ideas and content online, maintain control over that content, and network with others within your niche.  The good news is there are several ways to start a new blog on a shoestring.

The thought of setting up and managing your own blog may at first seem overwhelming and even unnecessary to some, but the truth is it’s quite simple.

If you’re looking for a free solution check out Blogger, WordPress.com, Tumblr or Weebly.  These platforms have tons of great features and you can literally be up and running in minutes.  The downside is you won’t have complete control over every aspect of the site, including the URL (which you can personalize for a fee).

Two great paid solutions include WordPress and TypePad.  Wordpress is the most popular mainly because of the plugins and support community.  Both are specifically designed for blogging, so the admin capabilities cater to ease of use and it’s very easy to add new content on a regular basis.

If you choose to download and install WordPress on your own server or domain, you’ll need a hosting package.  I use Bluehost, but several other options exist.  You’ll also need an FTP client such as CyberDuck, which allows you to easilly upload files, images, themes, etc.

Again, most of the functionality and features to get started are built in, but for those of you that want a more customized approach, WordPress is probably your best bet.

Any other good options you recommend to start a new blog on a shoestring?

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Thanks,
Steinar