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Options for Hosting Your Blog Free or Paid

Options for Hosting Your Blog Free or Paid

To create a blog, one needs blogging software. They are mostly free for hosting.

Examples:

WordPress

Blogger

Different blogging software programs provide different features to users although all provide the basic elements needed by casual bloggers. The composing window that is in-built in all the blogging platforms is more or less same.

Additionally, some blogging software programs can be hosted for free through the software provider while others require you to host the software through a third party blog host, which will require payment to that blog host.

The term ‘blogging software’ can also be referred to as ‘blogging platform’.

Different Blogging Platforms:

WordPress.com is free blogging software that provides a limited amount of customization by way of free templates that you can download for your blog. WordPress.com does not allow you to monetize with ads of any kind on blogs, so monetizing your free WordPress blog through advertising is not an option.

If you are using wordpress platform, your blog URL will be: acnecreamsreviewed.wordpress.com

That is only a sample URL friend.

Third party hosted blog

WordPress.org (WP) also offers free blogging software, but you must have your own domain and hosting account. The diverse customization options make WP very powerful and business bloggers with good experience prefer WP blogging platform. You need to buy your own domain and hosting account from hosting companies that include, Go Daddy, Blue Host and Host Gator etc.

 

Blogger is undoubtedly the easiest blogging software available. All new bloggers should start their first blogs with Blogger. It’s free and also easy to use. Blogger allows you to publish ads. It is totally free. It is owned by Google.

Free Hosting of your custom domain

With blogger, you can also have them host you’re your blog with your own custom domain for free. This means, instead of a blog address that ends with blogsoit.com, your blog address (URL) will be yourdomainname.com

Example:

acnecreamsreviewed.blogspot.com

http://www.mono-live.com/

Here, the hosting is completely free, but you will have to pay for your own domain which is at present $10 per year. Yes, you will have to renew your domain every year at the prevailing rates.

You can buy the domain through Google itself though you can also buy elsewhere and point your DNS servers to Google. Since this involves a bit of technical work, but Google has published an easy to implement tutorial.

Moveable Type is great blogging software, but it requires users to obtain pricey licenses. The installation process is cumbersome and the features are not as rich as other blogging software programs provide. Many people like Moveable Type because it supports multiple blogs without having to install the software again and again.

LiveJournal requires users to pay a monthly hosting fee, and it provides a limited amount of features and customization.

Summary:

So, if you are looking for free blogging software that allows monetization, then Blogger hosting is the best choice.  No downloading, no fees whatsoever.

If monetization is not important to you, then WordPress.com hosting is the choice. No downloading, no fees whatsoever.

For bloggers who want full customization and advanced features and aren’t afraid of technical challenges and out-of-pocket expenses, WordPress.org hosting is the best choice.

You must download the wordpress blogging software and upload it in your hosting server and point to your domain.

The cost of having your blog in wordpress will be:

$10 per year towards domain registration

$6.00 per month towards hosting.

There, I have given you the facts about various blogging platforms and the cost involved! Choose one that suits your wallet’s thickness.

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Apps

Samsung SoundAssistant App Launched, Brings More Audio Controls to Galaxy Smartphones

Samsung SoundAssistant App Launched, Brings More Audio Controls to Galaxy Smartphones

Samsung unveils the SoundAssistant app for Galaxy smartphone

Samsung brought a better way to control the sound on the range of Galaxy smartphones with a whole new app called SoundAssistant. As the name suggests this SoundAssistant app will allow the Samsung Galaxy users to personalize as well as customize the sound setting on their devices. This will allow them a wider control over the sound on variety of individual apps present on the smartphone. At the moment Samsung has made this SoundAssistant app only fully compatible to its high end models of Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ therefore users on other devices will find some of the features missing. This app is designed specifically for those who also complain about the lack of sound controls on their devices.

New features more freedom

Some of the new features include the ability to set a preference for a specific path for each app. In short users will be able to guide the sound depending on the app either to the Bluetooth speaker or phone speaker without the need of setting this selection each and every time. Some other cool features of SoundAssistant include is the ability to control various functions of audio like automatically switching the volume keys from the control over call volume to the media volume. In this way users will be able to control the media audio directly from the physical keys rather than getting into the app to do it.

 SoundAssistant

Samsung has brought a deeper level of customizability to the device sound control with this new SoundAssistant app. The customization of the sound on the Galaxy devices using this SoundAssistant app is so deep that one can even reach 150 steps in order to refine the sound quality and volume. It also comes with the Floating Equalizer (EQ) support along with the ability to create and active the highly personalized sound settings. Users will also be getting a chance to tinker with the left and right balance along with making most of the support for the mono audio.

Dual App features comes to Galaxy devices

Samsung has given a twist to the Dual app by bringing the very same feature to the SoundAssistant wherein users will be able to play music from two different apps at the same time. So now users will be able to listen to the YouTube video on their smartphone while at the same time Spotify app can be used to play music directly to the Bluetooth speakers. The best thing about this innovative music control is that they will not overlap each other and controls for the both of them will be completely separate for the users for increased usability.

If you are a Galaxy device users then go to the Google Play Store and download the SoundAssistant for free. This SoundAssistant app is only compatible with the Galaxy device running on or above Android 7.0 Nougat. Samsung is working round the clock to increase its compatibility on wider range of Galaxy as well as non-Galaxy devices and even allow it to work like a charm of some of the old version do the Android.

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Gadgets

Samsung Galaxy Book Review: One Step Forward, One Step Back

Samsung Galaxy Book Review: One Step Forward, One Step Back

As the race for the best PC in the market continues, so does developments from various companies worldwide. Microsoft being the epitome of PC’s, is copied often and recently so was done by Samsung. The goal is to make a tablet which mimics a laptop, is portable, travel friendly and easy to charge. The Windows 10 powered Samsung Galaxy Book is one such recent release by Samsung. It is an upgraded version of the Surface pro and TabPro S.

The Variations of Samsung Galaxy Book:

This mighty gadget Samsung Galaxy Book is released in two variations. The 10 inch Wi-Fi model and the 12 inch WiFi cum LTE model ay a higher price. Along with the tabs, a pen and keyboard accompanies, again separately chargeable.

Intel Core it processor, 4GB RAM and 128GB storage HDR Super AMOLED touchscreen are few of the features the 12-inch version boasts of. The clarity is superior. As reviewed, the only issue is the massive drop in brightness and the 3D screen saver which pops up.
The separate keyboard helps functioning as a stand for the tab as well as input device, with no charging necessary and easy connectivity.

The Functioning of Samsung Galaxy Book:

The gadget is big to use independently as a tab, hence most of the times it is paired with the keyboard and backlight facility of the keys. The touch gestures are superior and state of the art.
The multi tilt facility of the Surface pro is however not met in this device as it is attached by magnets to the display, but better than Apple’s Smart keyboard. The problem with the Samsung Galaxy Book device is to balance on moving objects and un-plane areas like someone’s lap. On the other hand, it is stable on a flat table.
The LTE book would be super user friendly if the stability of the device was superior. Powered by Verizon, it is the gadget of the future.
The Apple or Microsoft pencil might be better, but this one works just fine for different functions. It needs no pairing and is kept on a pen loop on the keyboard. Again, shabby.

The performer:

Definitely better than the TabPro S, the Samsung Galaxy Book is handy for business usage and not for heavy loads. It is petite and has very few performance issues. The hum of the machine is a constant though. As usual, the Samsung Galaxy Book runs out of charger faster than what the company claims.

Compromises:

Even though the gadget Samsung Galaxy Book has advanced from its previous models and seen improvements, but with that there are more issues which brings it down. Also, the price is very high. Newer devices are being developed and released in the market, and such devices fall short and remains mediocre. Samsung needs to either buck up or halt the competition it has since the market is competitive and people will buy what sells.

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Social Media

How to See What Twitter Thinks It Knows About You

How to See What Twitter Thinks It Knows About You
Twitter tracks surfers through the netTo learn more about users, Twitter now uses so-called tracking cookies. If you do not want to be observed during surfing, you can turn it off 🙂

The Twitter short message service has changed its privacy policy and its terms of use. Most important innovation: The Twitter button, which is installed on many websites to share their content, now has an espionage function.

On the company’s blog, Othman Laraki, who is responsible for “growth”, announced that it would make Twitter more accessible to new users, and to implement “tailored suggestions”, ie, user-specific recommendations.

Twitter is actually a cross for beginners. The real benefit can be drawn from the service, who has assembled a list of people who are interested in and whose tweets he wants to follow. This search however can be frustrating in the sea at pseudonyms and nicknames. As a result, new users will be offered interesting accounts for them.

A comprehensible idea for a manager who cares about the growth of the company. The problem is the necessary data. In order to be able to suggest something new to a new user, it must already know it before it logs in at all. Exactly this is now a big task!.

Tracking cookies

The Twitter button, which is integrated on many pages, to share texts, videos or pictures, can therefore be even more in the future. It now contains a script that looks at every browser and leaves it a so-called cookie

It is as if a couple of joking folks put a piece of paper on the back of the schoolyard. Anyone who can see the note afterwards now knows that the bearer has passed the rumble. And thanks to these so-called tracking cookies, Twitter now knows which websites a browser and its users have visited before.

If a new user comes to the page of Twitter, they search for the cookies and sees, for example, that the one was often at Spiegel Online and rarely at the Focus. As a result, Twitter suggests to follow users who have a similar surfing behavior – tailored suggestions. This is currently being tested with “some users”, says the announcement. In the future, however, it could become the standard to recommend regular things for regular twitter users

Although these data will be deleted after 18 months and Twitter is assured that it will not be passed on to anyone. Nevertheless, such collections are regularly used by data protectors to shake the head. Twitter is trying to dispel these concerns with another announcement.

Privacy is not the default setting

At the same time, the company stated that the service would respect the so-called Do-Not-Track Initiative. Different browsers now offer the possibility to tell other websites that the user does not want to be tracked. To do this, the Firefox in the settings under Privacy, the point “Websites that I do not want to be tracked” must be attached. Internet Explorer and Chrome also allow this, the latter via a program, which must be installed additionally.

This works however only, if the opposite, ie the visited website, which also accepts. The fact that Twitter is part of it is at least a signal. However, it is nice and good and more than Facebook is willing to do. It is not enough. In fact, such monitoring procedures can only be used if the surfer has explicitly agreed with them and not if they can shut them down, but they can only apply to them all.

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Blogging Tips

How a Blogger Can Generate Topic Ideas In Less Than a Minute?

How a Blogger Can Generate Topic Ideas In Less Than a Minute?

There are some excellent online resources for a blogger to generate topic ideas. I have talked about some of the resources in this blog post.

Bloggers, irrespective of experience do encounter ‘idea black outs’ once in a way. There are no exceptions and I have faced quite often these ‘author’s block’ since I started blogging in 2005. It’s familiar to all bloggers.  Even though the first few months of starting a new niche blog would have made you update it with search engine friendly content with the right keywords at the right places, the topic idea bulb will go dark.

This temporary blog topics idea poverty will happen rare if you are dealing with multiple keywords and niches.

How to overcome this topic idea shortage?

  1. I stop blogging for a week or two. After that brief absence, I couldn’t wait to switch on my PC and suddenly, my mind will be flooded with topics.
  2. If I am not able to afford to lay myself off, I turn to the following resources and they will oblige me with instant results on my queries. I call them content creation tools.

Content ATM

Content ATM-don’t you think it’s a creative term? Oh, you can also call it blog topics ATM. Go to any one of them below and you will agree with the name Topics ATM. Yes, they won’t fail you; they will not reject you because you made a spelling mistake in your search term. You will never see a board “No more topic ideas’ hanging in front of them.

<strong>Hub Spot (https://www.hubspot.com/blog-topic-generator)

This is by far the most used content generation tool by freelance writers. Hub Spot’s Blog Topic Generator as it is called is simply an amazing assistant to bloggers.  As you land on the web page, you can see you can enter three search terms in the three search boxes. Hub Spot will generate five blog post titles!

Ah, the titles of your blog post are the toughest part of creative writing. If only you could come up with a title that is compelling to click, you have achieved 50% of internet marketing success.

Example of Hub Spot blog traffic generator.

I typed in the following three words and submitted.

Blog promotion

Targeted traffic

Viral content

See below the five titles I was presented.

  1. 14 Common Misconceptions About Blog Promotion
  2. The Ultimate Cheat Sheet On Targeted Traffic
  3. 10 Signs You Should Invest In Viral Content
  4. Why We Love Blog Promotion (And You Should, Too!)
  5. 5 Tools Everyone In The Targeted Traffic Industry Should Be Using

Isn’t that fantastic? You need not write on the above titles but can think of twisting them too.

For example:

10 Signs You Should Invest In Viral Content

Re-written as:

Investing in Viral Content-the top ten reasons.

Got the idea?

 UberSuggest

I have used it almost 10 years ago when I was new to blogging. It is a very useful tool to generate several keywords for your search term.

I wanted more keywords for ‘targeted visitors’. I got these:

  • Targeted visitors for free
  • Targeted visitors software
  • Targeted unique visitors

Each of them presented more options for me that include;

I can search Google.com

I can look up Google Trends

I can expand the keyword to get more related keywords

Awesome tool

I hope you can make use the above blog topics idea generating tools. Once you practice, you will become innovative in your research.

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