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Old 25 Jan 2011
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Presentations about Blogs from Ripley 2010

I gave a couple of presentations about how to go about setting up a blog at the UK Travellers meeting last year.

You can view them online here...

In a nutshell....

The HU Blog facility should be your first port of call - even if you're also planning a separate site.

Going beyond the HU site, Wordpress is by far the best blogging platform (Blogger is also good, but nowhere near as flexible/powerful as Wordpress). It's free, but choosing between the hosted and self-hosted versions depends on your requirements. As someone else mentioned, Justhost.com is a good/cost-effective hosting provider. Use other services like Youtube, Picasa, Flickr, Google Maps, etc. to add rich content. Integrate with your Facebook, Twitter and other social channels.

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+1 for wordpress, we looked at quite a few different solutions, but wordpress seemed to fit our requirements,

Easy to up date, blog format, google maps, flash slideshow, + 1000s of other plugins etc etc. Support is also good through the forums,

We found blogger very limited.
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i prefer making the website myself.
Don `t like this "freepages".

Book your own webspace and book your own domain
and use:

+1 Joomla! Main Page - Joomla! Documentation
or WordPress › Blog Tool and Publishing Platform or TYPO3 - the Enterprise Open Source CMS: Home

But may be: You need some time to get used on it. So start with your webpage a couple of moth before you leave ...
Otherwise you may have a lot of stress during your trip.
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agree . I think I will go with World press
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Originally Posted by eljulian View Post
Wordpress.com or blogger.com (a Google service) are the most popular and easiest ways to create a blog online.

If you want something nice-looking yet easy to use, have a look at squarespace.com. It's not free but they have very pretty templates and a great user interface that even my grandma could master.

Happy blogging,

+1 for wordpress.

It's also very powerful once you get through the learning curve which can be daunting at first.

Take the fact that you can post by email or mobile. Especially useful if you have limited bandwidth in foreign countries.

Here is our blog to give you an idea. Riding2up Blog

Oh and did I mention that it is FREE?!
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Originally Posted by motravel View Post
i prefer making the website myself.
Don `t like this "freepages".

Mee to

But using programs like this does not cound as "maing the website yourselfe

Get use to type basic HTML in Notepad, later on PHP, CSS, Javascript and others will follow

Have fun, Tobi
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I was lucky because a local company set up my web site FREE and aloud me to administer my pages by linking to Face Book. So although the home page is static, daily statements and pictures , I have control of.
This system is easy for the likes of me [ not very tec], and with free wii fi in many places, economical too. I charge the net book up with an invertor plugged into a ciggy lighter. First 2hrs riding, book is fully charged.
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