Kloud SEO Solutions » WWW http://kloudseo.com Wed, 29 May 2013 17:19:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.6.1 The Different Blogging Platforms http://kloudseo.com/blogging-platforms/ http://kloudseo.com/blogging-platforms/#comments Sat, 10 Nov 2012 18:10:54 +0000 Bharath http://kloudseo.com/?p=204 There are many different blogging platforms available, including SquareSpace, Blogger, Blogspot, WordPress, Tumblr, Blog, TypePad Micro, Jux, Posterous Spaces, Blogetery, Weebly, and LiveJournal.

I’ll be discussing a few of these platforms in the paragraphs below and I recommend that you search for more information on the ones that I’m not discussing at this time.

Free Blogging Platforms

Blogger is owned by Google and is free to use.

The benefits of using Blogger (in addition to it being free) are that it is easy to use and can be set up almost instantly.

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Blogger is web-based and supports up to 100 users, so it’s easy to add more editors if your blog needs them.

Tumblr is also web-based and free, but it is more of a cross between a Twitter feed and a blog. The style of blogging used on Tumblr is longer than your average Twitter post (which is limited to 140 characters) but usually shorter than blog posts used on other platforms.

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The appeal of Tumblr is the easiness of setting it up and the ability to be more informal than you can with other blog platforms.

WordPress is an open-source blog platform that is easy to set up.  You can either create a WordPress hosted blog at WordPress.com or WordPress blog set up on your own server .

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This platform is also free and web-based; one of the major benefits of WordPress is that it has a huge community of developers and followers.

These developers and followers have contributed literally hundreds of themes, plugins, and gadgets.  WordPress is not as easy to set up as some of the other online blogging platforms but it’s not that difficult either.  And once you get your WordPress blog set up, you can add an almost limitless array of plugins and gadgets to it.

Posterous is web-based and free. Posterous’s claim to fame is ease of use. For example, if you want to set up a blog using this platform, all you need to do is email them (from any email account) and they will set up an account.

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You also can update your blog using email, and there is no limit on the length of posts.

Jux is a free microblogging platform that allows you to share your own content. Jux is best for visual content such as images.

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Paid Blogging Platforms

SquareSpace is web-based and starts at $8.00 per month.  Their pricing schedule is based on volume, so even if you’re just starting out you can get most if not all of the goodies that an established blogger gets.

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Blog.com is a WordPress-powered blog platform that is quite popular because its free version offers many premium themes.  The downside is that Blog.com displays many more ads than WordPress does. It also offers less storage (2 GB) than the WordPress blogging platform does (3 GB).

TypePad Micro has both free and paid versions; the free versions have no additional themes or technical support.  This option is good for those who know what they’re doing when setting up or maintaining a blog unless spending $8.95 a month strikes your fancy.

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The 10 Most Useful Web Design Tools http://kloudseo.com/web-design-tools/ http://kloudseo.com/web-design-tools/#comments Tue, 03 Jul 2012 15:45:36 +0000 Bharath http://kloudseo.com/?p=46 Not everyone who wants a beautiful and effective website is also experienced in ecommerce web design, so any tools that help to create the perfect website are to be welcomed. Here are some of the best and most useful web design tools currently available.

Dreamweaver

Formerly owned by Macromedia and now part of the Adobe stable of products, this program is often considered to be essential kit for web designers. The original industry standard for web design, Dreamweaver features a WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) editor for creating a website, or those more experienced in HTML can hand code sections for maximum flexibility.

Fireworks

Macromedia Fireworks makes it simple to visualise and develop a website.
Primarily aimed at web designers it allows them quickly and easily to create a site of several pages by using a Master page template, changing key elements within each page to suit the customer.

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Photoshop

Another program from the Adobe stable, Photoshop is the industry standard for image storage and manipulation. Any designer worth his or her salt will be familiar with the complex features of this program, but web developers should also take the time to get to understand its features to enhance online images. Excellent graphics play an extremely important part in ecommerce web design.

Firefox

This web browser has a variety of extra plug-ins to download allowing you to view source code for example. The wealth of add-on tools make this a piece of kit that every web developer should have in his or her armory.

Net Renderer

Many web designers do the majority of their coding via a Mac. Net Renderer allows the designer to quickly and easily view the site through a variety of Internet Explorer browsers and is also available as a Firefox add-on.

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HTML Ipsum

Lorem ipsum is a piece of text that has been in use since the earliest days of printing. It acts as dummy text for any page or site and has a distribution of lettering that approaches that of normal everyday reading matter. HTML Ipsum offers a range of preformatted text suitable for including in web pages before the actual text is ready to go live.

FindIcons

This handy site offers over 300,000 icons covering just about any subject that you could ever require an icon for. This is a site that every web developer should keep in their toolbox as it will be used again and again.

Firebug

Another extremely useful add-on to Firefox, this nifty little program offers you easy editing of specific HTML elements, tweak CSS immediately, debug Javascript, find errors and monitor network activity.

MyFonts

MyFonts offers the world’s largest collection of different fonts ensuring there is something to suit every website. If you have seen the perfect font but don’t know its name this site has a handy tool, Whatthefont, allowing you to upload an example which it will identify for you.

BrowserLab

No matter what platform a website is written for originally, it is vitally important that the site displays correctly across a broad spectrum of different browsers. Check instantly for any problems with layout to ensure that your site is displayed to its best advantage.

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