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Blogging for Business
What is a Blog? <ul><li>A blog is a type of website, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentar...
Types of Blogs <ul><li>Personal Blogs  - Individuals (ie: Dooce.com) </li></ul><ul><li>Corporate or Organizational Blogs  ...
Why Use a Business Blog? <ul><li>Blogs used internally to enhance the communication  and culture in a corporation or exter...
Blogging Tools <ul><li>MovableType </li></ul><ul><li>WordPress </li></ul><ul><li>LiveJournal </li></ul><ul><li>Joomla </li...
Companies Using WordPress <ul><li>Yahoo  - Powers many blogs they own. </li></ul><ul><li>eBay  - Manages eBay’s official w...
WordPress Features <ul><li>Static pages and dynamic posts </li></ul><ul><li>Themes (site layout) </li></ul><ul><li>Comment...
Types of WordPress Installations
WordPress.com <ul><li>It’s free and much easier to setup </li></ul><ul><li>Everything is taken care of: setup, upgrades, s...
WordPress.org <ul><li>Ability to upload themes </li></ul><ul><li>Ability to upload plugins </li></ul><ul><li>Great communi...
Let’s Get This Started <ul><li>Important: Username will also become part of your website address, so choose carefully. Mig...
Administrative Functions <ul><li>Dashboard  - Stats, Comments, Subscriptions </li></ul><ul><li>Upgrades  - Add a Domain, U...
Administrative Functions <ul><li>Appearance  - Administer the look and feel of your website </li></ul><ul><li>Users  - Adm...
Working with Posts <ul><li>Title your post </li></ul><ul><li>Type out your post </li></ul><ul><li>Style posts </li></ul><u...
Working with Pages <ul><li>Create an &quot;About&quot; page </li></ul><ul><li>Title the page </li></ul><ul><li>Type out in...
Creating a Blogroll <ul><li>Add links to favorite sites </li></ul><ul><li>Categorize links (ie: family blogs, news sites, ...
Changing the Appearance <ul><li>Hundreds of pre-designed templates that you can use for your blog. </li></ul><ul><li>Click...
Working with Widgets <ul><li>In preview mode, the right hand sidebar is made up of widgets.  </li></ul><ul><li>Widgets are...
Controlling Users <ul><li>Authors and Users  - allows you to control the type of access users will have for your website. ...
Using the Website <ul><li>Everyone goes to their own websites </li></ul><ul><li>Comments on each others’ websites </li></u...
Publish to Facebook/Twitter <ul><li>Go to Dashboard --> My Blogs -->  Check Facebook and Twitter (need accounts) </li></ul>
Adding a Payment System <ul><li>If your business offers services, you can accept online payments through PayPal.  </li></u...
Adding a Photo Gallery <ul><li>Earlier we added a Flickr widget to your sidebar.  </li></ul><ul><li>Create a Flickr accoun...
AddThis Widget <ul><li>Goto the AddThis.com website, and go through the setup to Get a Button.  </li></ul><ul><li>Then we'...
Adding a YouTube Video <ul><li>Once you've added your videos to the YouTube site, you can post them into your website fair...
Update from a  Blackberry or iPhone <ul><li>Download the app through your phone; you'll need to enter your Wordpress.com u...
Overview of WordPress.org <ul><li>For a more fuller featured version of Wordpress that includes the ability to host your o...
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  1. 1. Blogging for Business
  2. 2. What is a Blog? <ul><li>A blog is a type of website, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. The ability of readers to leave comments in an interactive format is an important part of many blogs. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Types of Blogs <ul><li>Personal Blogs - Individuals (ie: Dooce.com) </li></ul><ul><li>Corporate or Organizational Blogs - Companies (ie: coca-colaconversations.com) </li></ul><ul><li>Genre Blogs - Political, Travel, Education, Music, Legal, Family (ie: whitehouse.gov/blog) </li></ul><ul><li>Media Type - Video Blogs, Photo Blogs (ie: photoblog.com) </li></ul><ul><li>Device - Mobile Device (aka: moblog), Live Video (aka: vlogs) </li></ul>
  4. 4. Why Use a Business Blog? <ul><li>Blogs used internally to enhance the communication and culture in a corporation or externally for marketing, branding or public relations purposes are called corporate blogs. </li></ul><ul><li>See http://googleblog.blogspot.com/ </li></ul>
  5. 5. Blogging Tools <ul><li>MovableType </li></ul><ul><li>WordPress </li></ul><ul><li>LiveJournal </li></ul><ul><li>Joomla </li></ul><ul><li>Drupal </li></ul><ul><li>Blogger </li></ul>Some of the most popular include: WordPress, started in 2003, is the most popular blog software in use today, used by 202M websites internationally; 62.8M in the United States.
  6. 6. Companies Using WordPress <ul><li>Yahoo - Powers many blogs they own. </li></ul><ul><li>eBay - Manages eBay’s official website. </li></ul><ul><li>Digg - Blog is powered by WordPress too. </li></ul><ul><li>Ford - Runs their official website, using custom themes and plugins. </li></ul><ul><li>Wall Street Journal - The most famous journal in the world trusts it’s business to a free tool like WordPress. </li></ul><ul><li>Others include: People magazine, CNN, NY Times </li></ul><ul><li>http://wordpress.org/showcase/tag/fortune-500/ </li></ul>
  7. 7. WordPress Features <ul><li>Static pages and dynamic posts </li></ul><ul><li>Themes (site layout) </li></ul><ul><li>Commenting </li></ul><ul><li>Spam protection tools </li></ul><ul><li>User registration </li></ul><ul><li>Password protection </li></ul><ul><li>Hundreds of plugins (site features) </li></ul><ul><li>Easy installation and upgrades </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple authors </li></ul><ul><li>Support forums </li></ul><ul><li>Works with most mobile devices like iPhone, Blackberry and Android </li></ul><ul><li>Integrates with Twitter, Facebook and other social networking apps </li></ul><ul><li>Open source </li></ul><ul><li>... and best of all it's FREE! </li></ul>
  8. 8. Types of WordPress Installations
  9. 9. WordPress.com <ul><li>It’s free and much easier to setup </li></ul><ul><li>Everything is taken care of: setup, upgrades, spam, backups, security, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Your blog is on hundreds of servers, so it’s highly unlikely it will go down due to traffic </li></ul><ul><li>Your posts are backed up automatically </li></ul><ul><li>You get extra traffic from blogs of the day and tags </li></ul><ul><li>You can find like-minded bloggers using tag and friend surfer </li></ul><ul><li>Your login is secure (SSL) so no one can get into your account if you use wifi </li></ul><ul><li>No custom plugins, themes or coding available </li></ul>
  10. 10. WordPress.org <ul><li>Ability to upload themes </li></ul><ul><li>Ability to upload plugins </li></ul><ul><li>Great community </li></ul><ul><li>Complete control to change code if you’re technically minded </li></ul><ul><li>You need a good web host, which generally costs $7-12 a month, or thousands of dollars per month for a high traffic site </li></ul><ul><li>Requires more technical knowledge to set up and run </li></ul><ul><li>You’re responsible for stopping spam </li></ul><ul><li>You have to handle backups </li></ul><ul><li>You must upgrade the software manually when a new version comes out </li></ul><ul><li>http://en.support.wordpress.com/ com-vs-org/ </li></ul>
  11. 11. Let’s Get This Started <ul><li>Important: Username will also become part of your website address, so choose carefully. Might use your own name or the name of your company. You can also purchase a domain name and use that as your website address. </li></ul>http://en.wordpress.com/signup/
  12. 12. Administrative Functions <ul><li>Dashboard - Stats, Comments, Subscriptions </li></ul><ul><li>Upgrades - Add a Domain, Upload Videos, Custom CSS, Add Space, No Ads, Unlimited Users </li></ul><ul><li>Posts - Edit Posts, Add Posts, Add Tags, Add Categories </li></ul><ul><li>Media - Upload images, MP3 files; Video upgrade allows video uploads </li></ul><ul><li>Links - Create a list of favorite websites </li></ul><ul><li>Pages - Edit and Add Static Pages </li></ul><ul><li>Comments - Administer Comments </li></ul><ul><li>Ratings - Enable/ Administer Ratings </li></ul><ul><li>Polls - Enable/Create/ Administer Polls </li></ul>
  13. 13. Administrative Functions <ul><li>Appearance - Administer the look and feel of your website </li></ul><ul><li>Users - Administer your users, give permissions, invite users </li></ul><ul><li>Tools - Special tools, import/export posts </li></ul><ul><li>Settings - Main settings for your blogs </li></ul>
  14. 14. Working with Posts <ul><li>Title your post </li></ul><ul><li>Type out your post </li></ul><ul><li>Style posts </li></ul><ul><li>Upload/insert media </li></ul><ul><li>Tagging posts </li></ul><ul><li>Create categories </li></ul><ul><li>Publish </li></ul>
  15. 15. Working with Pages <ul><li>Create an &quot;About&quot; page </li></ul><ul><li>Title the page </li></ul><ul><li>Type out information </li></ul><ul><li>Publish </li></ul>
  16. 16. Creating a Blogroll <ul><li>Add links to favorite sites </li></ul><ul><li>Categorize links (ie: family blogs, news sites, search, social networking, etc.) </li></ul>
  17. 17. Changing the Appearance <ul><li>Hundreds of pre-designed templates that you can use for your blog. </li></ul><ul><li>Click on any design to preview what your site would look like; </li></ul><ul><li>Click on &quot;Activate&quot; to choose it. </li></ul><ul><li>Search for &quot;INove&quot; and then activate it. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Working with Widgets <ul><li>In preview mode, the right hand sidebar is made up of widgets. </li></ul><ul><li>Widgets are a simple way to arrange various elements of your sidebar content. </li></ul><ul><li>Under Appearance, we'll click on the Widgets tab to control the order of our sidebar elements and what types of information we want to show up. </li></ul><ul><li>Drag sections from the left to the right side, where you can drop them and reorder them. </li></ul><ul><li>Let's add a search, archives, Flickr, Twitter, Links and Meta. </li></ul><ul><li>Other custom appearance controls include: extras, options, fonts and css. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Controlling Users <ul><li>Authors and Users - allows you to control the type of access users will have for your website. </li></ul><ul><li>Administrator - Somebody who has access to all the administration feature; including deleting the entire website </li></ul><ul><li>Editor - Somebody who can publish posts, manage posts as well as manage other people's posts, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Author - Somebody who can publish and manage their own posts </li></ul><ul><li>Contributor - Somebody who can write and manage their posts but not publish posts </li></ul><ul><li>Subscriber - Somebody who can read comments/comment/receive news letters, etc. </li></ul>
  20. 20. Using the Website <ul><li>Everyone goes to their own websites </li></ul><ul><li>Comments on each others’ websites </li></ul><ul><li>Editing the site and using RSS feeds </li></ul><ul><li>Using the top dashboard </li></ul>
  21. 21. Publish to Facebook/Twitter <ul><li>Go to Dashboard --> My Blogs --> Check Facebook and Twitter (need accounts) </li></ul>
  22. 22. Adding a Payment System <ul><li>If your business offers services, you can accept online payments through PayPal. </li></ul><ul><li>Need to set up an account and then add a payment button to your website. </li></ul><ul><li>The PayPal site will walk you through creating a &quot;Buy Now&quot; button and then will provide code to copy and paste into a page on your site. </li></ul>
  23. 23. Adding a Photo Gallery <ul><li>Earlier we added a Flickr widget to your sidebar. </li></ul><ul><li>Create a Flickr account and then add photos to your Flickr account. </li></ul><ul><li>Those photos will show up on your website. </li></ul>
  24. 24. AddThis Widget <ul><li>Goto the AddThis.com website, and go through the setup to Get a Button. </li></ul><ul><li>Then we'll add the code to the sidebar in a TEXT widget. </li></ul><ul><li>The title will be Share This and the code will go into the body of the widget. </li></ul><ul><li>Now the site can be shared with other social networking services. </li></ul>
  25. 25. Adding a YouTube Video <ul><li>Once you've added your videos to the YouTube site, you can post them into your website fairly easily. </li></ul><ul><li>You'll create a post for your site, using the media tool you can embed a video into your site by using the following format, from URL: [youtube=URL] </li></ul>
  26. 26. Update from a Blackberry or iPhone <ul><li>Download the app through your phone; you'll need to enter your Wordpress.com username/password to set the app up and then you can post simple posts from your phone to your blog. </li></ul>
  27. 27. Overview of WordPress.org <ul><li>For a more fuller featured version of Wordpress that includes the ability to host your own website, add any of the plugins available, any of the themes available, the first step is to find a host for your site: </li></ul><ul><li>Bluehost.com or Dreamhost.com offer a one-click setup of Wordpress websites for a low price. These hosts provide full control of your website including the ability to create custom email addresses, domains, etc. You should only go this route if you're confident in your ability to navigate a hosting site. It can be very complex and there's a potential to lose your website; however, if you do this, you'll have the complete version of Wordpress with every feature available and full support of the Wordpress community. </li></ul>
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