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Plugins

There are many extensions and plugins available that provide a certain specialised function or facility, saving hours of coding and development costs. These can be installed and uninstalled without adversely affecting the core of the system. Many plugins, extensions are available free of charge. It takes another level of skill to determine and choose the right plugin to implement and achieve the individual blog’s best outcome. Usually is a mix of free and paid plugins

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What is an SEO?

Search Engine Optimization

Search engines like Google , Bing  and Yahoo continually look for and gather relevant bits of data from all websites on the internet. When someone innocently does a search, that search engine looks into its gathered data and provides links to pages it found your word on.

Refining and tuning the data made available to an SEO so that it places your link the closest to the top of the list as possible is the goal.

A site that provides a high ranking from search engines and continual increased popularity comes from a lot of refined tuning of all elements of your blog . There are numerous procedures to follow.

Even when all  tuning has occurred, it will still take time to increase the rankings and is produced from ongoing continual monitoring and qualified adjustments accordingly.

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What is a CMS?

A Content Management System is a pre-built and constantly updated core structure that can be installed easily, then modified and themed to suit the desired requirements of the blog.

There are many extensions and plugins to these that provide a certain specialized function or facility, saving hours of coding and development costs.These can be installed and uninstalled without adversely affecting the core of the system. Many plugins, extensions and themes are available free of charge.

It takes another level of skill to determine and choose the right theme and plugin to implement and achieve the individual blog’s best outcome. Usually is a mix of free and paid plugins.

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Which CMS suits my blogs requirements best?

Choosing a Content Management System for your purpose

This takes some research and basic familiarization with each system. Each one has a demo site that can give you an idea of their functionality in the Front-End and Back-End or Administrator area. Each having feedback and reviews from current users and developers.

To give you an idea of popularity and usage from the number of downloads and plugins written, the following has been gathered and summarized.

• WordPress

140 million Downloads – 2,000+ Free Themes – 27,000+ plugins – Best used from blogs to mid-sized corporate websites Easy to manage – SEO natively friendly – Masses of options

• Drupal

15 million Downloads – 1,800+ Free Themes – 24,000+ Plugins – The first CMS released in 2001 – The best choice for complex data and large user, community based sites – Light framework producing quick response times.

• Joomla

30 million Downloads – 900+ Free Themes – 7,000+ plugins – Created in 2005 – Popular choice for a variety of e-Commerce plugin options – Not overly SEO friendly.

They are all good systems and can make development of a slick website simple, with little to no computer experience.

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Hardcoded or CMS?

In most cases the CMS option will prevail as budget and access to a team of developers may be limited and not warranted. Keep in mind, depending on skills available to you, a web-developer and graphic-artist may be beneficial to engage and should short-cut the process and help you with these decisions.

Do I employ a local web developer and graphic artist(affiliate Muzz link) or do I look online and employ a developer from another country(affiliate Ducker&Co ????)?  Do I work it out with friends?

All of these will work. It is really determined by blog requirements and budget. Either way, you will need to have an idea of how you want your blog to look, feel and function.

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Where to start?

From the beginning there are numerous decisions to make before work begins to refine the best configuration that generates the best possibilities for your blog.

Some initial questions…
Do I build a hardcoded and unique to me framework in PHP and HTML or use a content management system like WordPress – Joomla – Drupal – others?
A hardcoded framework will give you uniqueness, however all functionality required will need to be created from scratch and will cost the most. You will probably end up with a blog that is similar in look and feel and also functionality to that of a CMS at an estimated 100 times the cost.

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What can a blog do for you?

What is a blog?

From Wikipedia
“A blog (a truncation of the expression weblog)[1] is a discussion or informational site published on the World Wide Web and consisting of discrete entries (“posts”) typically displayed in reverse chronological order (the most recent post appears first).”

What can a blog do for you?

Express your passions and skills.

Share your knowledge and experiences from your specialized field of interest.

Promote and communicate with your group, club, organization or family and friends, generating new members and opportunities that you wouldn’t otherwise even know exist.

Make Money from your interest.

Promote your brand and interact with its customers, clients and supporters.

Learn from others and each other – community spirited.