The web is filled with millions of blogs. Many of them, perhaps the majority, have been abandoned. They float aimlessly in the void of cyberspace. A few are successful, and the rest sit somewhere in between. In order to propel your blog ahead of the rest, you need some type of competitive edge. While nothing is more important than good content, there are also some technical changes you can make to have a better blogging experience.
1. Find a Blogging Web Host
Probably all web hosting companies have the technology to host blogs. The software is not very complicated, and many, such as WordPress, are available for free. But many hosts do not optimize their hosting accounts for blogging. If you find one that does, you will get better performance, have easier site management, and get better support.
2. Use Plugins Wisely
With WordPress in particular, it is extremely easy to become addicted to plugins. They are so easy to install and can add so many exciting features. In reality, you will probably only need 5 to 10 – maybe even less. Too many plugins may bog down your site, and indiscriminately adding them might bring you to one that crashes your site completely. Focus on functionality first, and if you still have room for a few more, add a little style.
3. Learn Some Hosting Basics
Your web host may have installed your blog CMS for you and even provided you with a pre-designed template, but it is probably still a good idea to learn a little about how to make and manage a website. That way, if something ever goes wrong, you may be able to fix smaller problems yourself.
If you thought blogging was just about writing, you should have a different understanding now. Just as novel writer needs to know how to use word processing software, a blogger needs to know about the web. Doing so will help you tremendously down the line.