Jumat, 08 Januari 2010

How to create a blog

Make a blog for free using Google's Blogger!

A blog is also called a web-log is a type of web site. A blog is basically a journal that is available on the web, which is usually arranged in chronological order from the most recent post (or entry) at the top of the main page to the older entries towards the bottom. The activity of updating a blog is “blogging” and someone who keeps a blog is a “blogger”.

Past few years, blogs have become very popular as these are easy to create and even simpler to manage and update. There are several ways to make a blog for free and you can even put up one on your web site.

In this article I will be providing the steps on how you can make a blog web site for free using one of the best services - Google's Blogger.

I've also included screenshots so that you can follow the directions easily. Just follow the simple steps below and you will have your blog set up in no time!


Blogger - Google's free service to create your blog

First visit this site Blogger.com, then you will see the screenshot below. To make your first blog at Blogger, you need to get an account at the service or use an existing Google account. If you already have a Gmail email account, use the same username and password to sign in.

For those who don't have Google account; please follow the steps shown below.



Step-1. Making a Google account

Detailed instructions can be found on how to create a Google account but if you don't want to jump across pages, here is a brief on the same. To create a Google account, just click on the large orange colored "Create a blog” button (as shown in above screenshot), then you will view on “Create a Google Account” screen as shown below.

As described step by step in the below screenshot, enter your email address in the first two fields. Choose a password and put it in the next two fields. View the password strength bar and make sure it's not something people can guess outright and, at the same time, it's not so difficult that even you are not able to recall later on. The next field requires you to type in a display name which can be your real name or something else. The process is almost over - try to decipher the wavy security text and enter it in the field below. Hit on the "Continue" button when done.


Next, open another browser window or tab and go to the email account you had entered when making the blog account. You should see an email from Google asking you to verify the newly created account - click on the appropriate link.


Step-2. Name your blog

In the below shown “Name your blog” screenshot, what you enter in the fields is important.

First provide a name to your blog and then select blog address (web site address) for it. The "Check availability" link will let you know if the blog address is available. As you may know, web addresses need to be unique - you cannot use one which has been taken by someone else. When you do find a suitable blog address, click on "Continue" to move forward.

Please note: Your blog address at Google Blogger will be http://the address chosen by you.blogspot.com (This address will go live on the Internet)



Step-3. Choose a design template for your blog

We are almost done. The next page lets you pick a design template for your blog web site and there are many to choose from; click on the "preview template" link to see how it looks - refer images below.

Note: the preview opens in a smaller pop-up window. Once you've made your selection, hit the "Continue"
button.



Congratulations! You have been able to successfully create a blog using Google’s Blogger.


Now you can start entering your posts and start blogging! You may also refer How to make post in my blogger blog page.