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Noobie Question about Blogs
the title says what it is

 9:49 am on Jun 6, 2008 (gmt 0)

Ok, I want to start blogging with my own domain but I've seen sites like these:

They have features like comments and all their content is sorted. Is there an easy way to blog with your own domain and have all your content organized without having to edit everything in code using Notepad (which is what I use right now). Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

[edited by: jatar_k at 3:05 pm (utc) on June 6, 2008]
[edit reason] no urls thanks [/edit]


Baruch Menachem

 2:18 pm on Jun 6, 2008 (gmt 0)

My advice is to get a nice couple books on PHP programming and SQL and learn that first. CSS is also lots of help. Missing manuals has great CSS book, and I like the Wrox books PHP/MySQL book a lot.

It is actually pretty fun, and you have a huge amount of control, which is both good and bad.

I had something what you seem to have in mind for about a year. (No visitors, so I dropped it)

It was not complex at all. A CSS script, a simple data base with dates, topics, headers, and links to content and a very short PHP file to direct the traffic.

I had more fun with the programming than with the blog.

As a direct response to your question, there are lots of places like Blogger, and they mostly do the php/mysql stuff for you, but there are all kinds of control issues involved.

the more you value your independence, the more you should do for yourself. Especially in the blog world. Especially since the coding is relatively easy.

One very big issue before you start taking comments on your blog is security. Don't let any comment onto your blog without sanitizing it first, or else you will get comments like <script> for (lcv=1; lcv>100; lcv++){ document write (this blogger is a dolt)} </script> or worse.


 7:33 am on Jun 7, 2008 (gmt 0)

My advice is to get a nice couple books on PHP programming and SQL and learn that first. CSS is also lots of help. Missing manuals has great CSS book, and I like the Wrox books PHP/MySQL book a lot.

Well specifically I'm interested in Google Adsense, and I'm a registered basic user with 1and1.com which offers a blog built in which is Wordpress of course, though I cannot add adsense into it for some reason. And uploading all those files is a pain to install Wordpress, but if that's the only route I can go to install my own blog with customizable plugins then I guess I'll have to take it. I only know basic HTML right now, I'd like to get into PHP and SQL too. I'll look around for tutorials too when I have the time. I just have to get my blog up and running because most blogs like blogger.com or wordpress.com (not .org) don't allow you to blog with google adsense.


 8:47 am on Jun 7, 2008 (gmt 0)

Have Google host it for you!

Use Blogger, using their custom domain feature for your own domain name. It's a learning exercise to set up the A-Name at the registrar, and Google's instructions aren't 100% accurate, but once you get it going, Blogger is a snap to use, and the easiest around to modify if you want to. They're actually hosted on some Google servers, and the custom domains have some extra bells and whistles to fool with, too.

You can also host it elsewhere, and just use FTP to your domain from Blogspot. Either way, it's the simplest, installation-free (and secure) solution there is.


 9:47 am on Jun 7, 2008 (gmt 0)

Pardon, (I just got done setting up anames for nameservers earler) with Blogger to use custom domains it's CNAME you have to set (unless you use FTP).


FTP is easier, you just enter your login information in their interface once when setting it up, then do your posts and they upload to your site automatically. You keep your same hosting with the FTP route, but Blogspot hosts the files so you don't have to deal with security issues like with open source.


 7:26 pm on Jun 8, 2008 (gmt 0)

Ok, following this video: [youtube.com...]
I was able to upload my blogger blog to my website, though it's still work in progress.

Now Ive got work to do, thanks for the help guys!.

[edited by: encyclo at 9:51 pm (utc) on June 8, 2008]
[edit reason] no links to personal sites please [/edit]

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