Blogging has come a long way since in the last decade or so, and more people continue to dabble in blogs as time goes by. Of course, people have different reasons for blogging. Some blog for money, some want to make their voice heard, and others just want to put things down “on paper.” Whatever your reason for blogging may be, the good news is that it has never been this easy to start blogging.
One of the things that some people find troublesome when it comes to blogging is the technical part. There are many blog platforms that one can use, but perhaps the most popular is WordPress. It has heaps of features and gives users a lot of freedom in terms of customization. Sometimes, this freedom can be a bane, though – not everyone wants to play around with the technical stuff.
If you belong to that group, you might benefit from BlogMe, a premium WordPress hosting solution and web site builder service. This service is perfect for users with little technical knowledge or those who may know what to do, but simply do not have the time. There are four purchasing options:
- Almost Free – a one-time $3.99 payment for 1 year hosting for 1 blog; this can be renewed at the end of the year for $49/year.
- Starter – $39 for 1 year hosting for 10 blogs; pay $3.90 for each additional blog; renewal for $15/year.
- Small Business – $99 for 35 blogs; pay $2.82 for each additional blog; renewal for $8/year.
- Professional – $199 per month for an unlimited number of blogs, a dedicated account manager, and $5 renewal per year.
Once you’ve made your selected purchase, you will be asked to download the BlogMe manager, which will guide you through the whole process of setting up your blog. Installation is quite easy, as you will be prompted for practically everything. You have to remember, though, that you need your own domain. A FREE WordPress account will not work. As a matter of fact, I mistakenly used a free account the first time, and I had to get in touch with the Support Team so that I could use the Almost Free option for the correct domain. Here’s a plus point for them – they responded within a few hours, deleted the incorrect blog, and I was able to install BlogMe soon after. You can also watch the tutorial video to see the installation in action.
On the downside, I encountered a few difficulties with customizing the template I chose. I needed to change some elements such as the footer, and I really didn’t have a clue. For those who have more knowledge regarding WordPress, these things shouldn’t be an issue. If you are like me, just remember that the BlogMe’s support seems to have a quick response time. Still, I think it would be good to have easier options for beginners.
Overall, though, BlogMe does provide an easy way to set up your site/blog.