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Your Questions About Best Blog Designers

Posted on May 25, 2011 by Blog Design Journal

Sandy asks…

what is the best way to change my blog into a professional website?

Hi, I have a blog at blogger that’s been having very good traffic. I would like to upgrade it to a professional online magazine. What is the best way to do so without having to give up the blogger comfort and accessibility for me to have a complete control over the site since I’m not a web designer (just know the basics)?

Blog Design Journal answers:

Create a blog website, then redirect tou current blog tour new one, or put a link on your current blog’s homepage to your new one.

As you may know a domain name is just a name, not a real website/weblog. If you are going to create your blog website: 1- Buy a domain name. A domain name is a name you want to call your website (ex: www.yahoo.com). To get a domain name, you have to pay an annual fee to a registrar for the right to use that name. 2- Buy a web hosting service to provide your online space and enable you to get your blog online at your purchased domain name.

If you’re going to start your blog at your own domain with different pages, you need a web host providing wordpress.

Take a look at:

http://www.threehosts.com/blog

There you can reach the three reputable companies that are leaders in the blog/wordpress website hosting industry.

Another useful link:

http://www.threehosts.com/create

There you can find a step-by-step guide to start your website.

Hope this helps.

Mandy asks…

What is the best free, easy, graphic designer?

I am wanting to know a very easy site that you can create your own graphics for free. I now have a blog and I’m wanting to know what the best site is to make cool, easy, graphics for it! Please help give me some ideas!

Blog Design Journal answers:

FREE Online Photo Editors:

1) PhotoShop’s Own Online Editor: https://www.photoshop.com/express/landing.html
2) FotoFlexer – The world’s most advanced online photo editor: http://fotoflexer.com/
3) HP Creative Studio: http://h30393.www3.hp.com/printing/app/us/en/frame_autumnbounty-landing.aspx?jumpid=em_r11400_us/en/hho/IPG/ipg20_cpt_em_hpn_1695&hhosnl=hpn_1695|754342|5B6843994A88BFA0|F2F8C3A3EA42CEAA14BCEC1E6AC241B6
4) The interface looks almost identical to Photoshop (Pixir): http://www.pixlr.com/editor/
5)Looks similar to Photoshop, but is a little tricky to use (Splashup): http://www.splashup.com/

FREE software (No Animation):

http://www.getpaint.net/ (Very user friendly)
GetPaint Plug-ins: http://paintdotnet.forumer.com/viewforum.php?f=16
GetPaint Help File: http://www.getpaint.net/doc/latest/en/index.html
POS FREE PHOTO EDITOR (v1.27): http://www.photopos.com/Pos-Free-Photo-Editor.asp

http://www.download.com/PhotoScape/3000-2192_4-10703122.html?tag=mncol

Ron

Linda asks…

What is the best site for creating a photography website?

I have a small photography business and i want to make a webpage. i dont mind paying for it, i want something with my own domain name and maybe a blog spot! thee r so many webpage designer sites i dont know which one is best! right now i only have a facebook page but i look forward to expanding! id be greatful for any help, thanks everyone=]

Blog Design Journal answers:

Http://www.weebly.com/

It’s free, and if you want to remove the “.weebly.com” at the end and just make it “.com”, you pay a monthly fee

Sandra asks…

Best website hosting & designer for my needs?

I’d like to make my own website where I can kind of have a blog type thing. People can post up comments (but they have to register) in response to the “blog” as well as a forum for questions. I think I might even want a shopping cart but only to sell a few things. I’d prefer it to be cheap. Thanks!

Blog Design Journal answers:

Hosting in general for your needs is always fairly “cheap”. There is very high competition in the hosting industry so standard hosting packages are relatively low cost. That being said you don’t want the company itself to be “cheap”. Getting involved with a hosting company that is not well run and established can cause you weeks of headaches, lost data, and most importantly the loss of your time. So look for price but look for quality as well. You can find some tips what to look for in a website host and ways to avoid a bad company at http://www.hostingclickhere.com/index.php?/Web-Host/Web-Host-Types/The-Choice.html

As for your “blog” when you decide on a hosting package (linux would be my suggestion) you will have access to a “Control Panel”. Commonly referred to as Cpanel.

Cpanel is loaded with all the tools you need to administer your web server. Located in Cpanel is a program called Fantastico. Fantastico allows a user to install programs with a push of a button. In your case you could use this to install Word Press which is a free and very popular blog program. You could literally have your blog up in less then 2 minutes. Cpanel also has some installs for shopping cart systems, CMS (joomla – Drupal), newsletters and other similar software that maybe of value to you.

These installs are very easy to do but if you have trouble here are some video tutorials on common Cpanel installs. Http://www.hostingclickhere.com/index.php?/website-hosting-blog/Cpanel-Tutorial/

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