If you are considering to publish a blog using WordPress software, you should know that there are two main options for hosting it. Below we discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each one
On one side, there is the possibility of hosting it in wordpress.com. Main things to bear in mind:
- Free if you use a wordpress subdomain, such as myblog.wordpress.com
- Not possible to install new themes
- Not possible to install new plugins
- You need to pay for a server
- Use your own domain, without restrictions
- Install your own themes
- Install your own plugins
And what is a theme and a plugin
A theme is the look and feel of your blog. But it is a lot more, since there is some code in it, you can use your theme to achieve different behaviour in your content. For example, you can decide what categories are listed in the home, if there is a slider or not, and many more things that just the fonts or the css styles.
A plugin is an additional module that brings new functionality to your blog, allowing you for example to embed tweets in your blog with Twitget. There are a lot of plugins in https://wordpress.org/plugins/, and most of them are free to use.
Normally, if this is the first time you are going to blog, and you have no budget to spend, our recommendation is clear, go for a free wordpress.com account. It will also allow you to grow with their premium options.
Going for a self-hosted WordPress site requires that you have knowledge about servers and a bit of programming. You will need to configure a database, upload things to an ftp account and so on. If all of this sounds new to you, then bear in mind that you will have to learn it. It is not complex, but you need to like it or it will be heavy task. There are of course lots of professional agencies that can help you out and have a lot of experience in building a professional WordPress site.
Having a Q&A can be a great tool to be in touch with your followers, your fans, your potential clients, you name it. Using
publishing platform it is very simple
Let’s say you manage a website for a music band, or for a writer, or a sportswoman, or an expert or celebrity. Or just for yourself. If you want to publicly address questions from your fans or visitors, it would be great to have a tool to let you manage those questions and answer in a simple manner.
Well this on-line tool exists and it is called Dilmot. Just open an account at dilmot.com and start managing your Q&A.
Dilmot is closely connected to the main social networks, so there are some things that you can do such as receiving questions that the users send with certain #hashtag. You could announce, for example, send your questions using Twitter with the #askSamantha. And everytime a tweet is sent with that #hashtag, it will be automatically added to the questions in your inbox.
Also, the users that send questions can identify themselves using their Twitter or Facebook accounts.
Using Q&A’s has proven to be a valuable method of creating content for your website and create engagement for your readers.
So, what are you waiting for? Get your account today, it is free
Dilmot is a project that started one and a half years ago with a very simple idea: allow all the web content producers to be able to organise their own Q&A’s in a simple way.
If you are not yet familiar with the idea of an on-line Q&A, please read this article: What is an on-line Q&A and how does it work?
An on-line Q&A is a web content type that is transforming all the time. With the rising importance of communications and social network connectivity, having an agile and at the same time powerful tool to fulfill this need is becoming a priority for many on-line traditional media. And for many bloggers too.
With this new version we would like to ease the creation of your own Dilmot account, and we have also put a lot of effort on offering a free plan for non-profit organisations, educational sites and also for small publishers who cannot otherwise afford to pay for the subscription fees.
So, we hope you find it useful and keep providing feedback for us. Last year we have been working not only on this, but also on Qstion. Both projects are complementing each other.