On my road to make my real estate blog, I took a couple of detours. First I started with Blogger.com. It was pretty easy to get set up, but I was having two problems. The first was that I wanted to host the blog on my own server, but the publishing process didn’t seem to work very well. The second, and more significant problem, was that a Blogger.com blog is a bit plain, and seemed lacking in comparison to other blogs I had seen.
So I did what I should have done from the beginning, and fired up the Synaptic Package installer on my Linux box. I recognize that you probably don’t know what that means, but Synaptic lists almost every bit of free software that you can get for a Linux Server. It’s not a fairly nice search tool, so I searched for blog. And near the end of the search I found WordPress.
And thanks to their famous 5 minute install….5 minutes later I was up and running. Well, almost. But it was fairly easy to set up. The hard part, is picking a theme. There must be 100’s of themes you can choose from, and naturally none of them seem quite right. But I found a theme I felt I could work with, and customized it over the course of a few days. I also looked for plug-ins that would add custom features to the basic wordpress software, like SEO optimization, sitemap generation, and a different post editor.
I’m still looking to improve my blog’s look and features, but as they say, it’s good enough for now. SideDoor, was substantially easier, since I knew how to do the setup. It really came down to picking a theme.
If you want your own blog, Blogger.com is a good place to start. But WordPress.com is also a good place to start. Custom themes have a small cost at WordPress, but the software is substantially better.