Prologue – WordPress joins the Microblogging

It seems that the Automattic guys are not willing to make them Twitter or Jaiku compete and, with this intention or another, they just published a template it offers you what these microblogging services but without leaving WordPress .

The template, called Prologue and already available in your admin panel from WordPress. com can be protected to avoid intruders and would be perfectly suited to multi-user blogs in which to share thoughts or even serve as a mailing list between groups.

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When we talk about WordPress, unless you're out of this connected world, it seems clear that we all know that it's a system of doing those so popular web pages and that both have revived the generation of personal pages, known as blogs or blogs. The same translation of the word, something like " printed word ", in clear analogy to journalism, seems to indicate that it is a system of publication of news or opinions, but this time oriented to the particular user and not to newspapers to use.

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But there are people who start with this blog and confused with questions as simple as the question posed by this article.

And there are many great and good tutorials about almost everything related to blogs and the different publication systems but they do not always go into the detail of explaining each concept.

To begin with, we could define that WordPress is a Content Management System where the design and contents of the blog are handled in very different parts. This, which seems simple, is an advance to how other older systems and already expired in the network work. Years ago, the design and content of web pages were generated in a single process so that when we updated any small text we had to "send" all the complete content to where we had placed our page. With WordPress and other systems like Movable Type (more complicated to configure) or Blogger (more limited) this changed radically.

With WordPress you design the look of your blog and then, in a separate process, you are adding your writings, experiences, articles, which are usually called posts or entries. And the system of adding content is as simple as the one you would use by writing a letter in an application of text editing on your computer, but everything is connected and without having to use additional programs and without having to install nothing on your computer.

Well, more or less, that's WordPress. But you may have heard that there are two types of WordPress: WordPress.com and WordPress.org . And no, they are not just two Internet addresses but totally different concepts of using the same system. Let's explain each one so you can see the differences, although you'll really see that there are 3

Both systems were designed by the same founder, Matt but they are aimed at different types of user and offer particularities. Although the system on which they are based is similar (in fact they are versions of it) they provide different qualities depending on the needs.


1. WordPress.com

It is the simplest of the two systems and it works like any other blog service or web pages in terms of user management. It offers the maximum performance with the minimum effort since all the part of management of the web site, of the accommodation of the necessary files, updates to new versions, even maintenance are of account of the administrators of WordPress. When I said that there are 3, it is because the software on which it is based is a special version called WordPress MU or multiuser, which allows to have several blogs in the same installation. This special edition is widely used in educational blogs, where with a single installation a blog can be provided to each student. In this case, even if we are not students, is where we move: several users in a single installation of WordPress.

Having a blog on wordpress.com is as simple as registering on its website providing a email address and a username, and in the next step you can access the bowels of your blog which is already created and ready for you to start putting it to your liking and write "your stuff" .

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I'm not going to detail here all the things you can do in your blog but I'll tell you that to begin with you should click on the sidebar labeled "Administración "To access the configuration of the blog that, well organized in" tabs "separators, shows you in your language the different actions you can perform in your new space (Write, manage files, review and edit the articles already published, change its appearance , etc.)

What it is to highlight, and differs from the "other WordPress" are some of these tabs, about which I call your attention. One of them, called Interblog is a place from which, adding the name of a friend who also has his blog on WordPress.com, you can see his articles every day without having to visit his blog. The other, also extremely interesting is the Tag Browser

The Tags or Tags is a concept that you have to start to handle and know when you throw yourself into the world of publication in the network, and are words that help identify published content. They serve you and serve search engines like Google. In fact, when you write a new article on your blog you have the possibility of adding tags that identify you on the Internet so that it is easier to locate your blog around the world . In this way if, for example, you write an article about how beautiful Granada is and the architectural beauties of the Alhambra that you saw on your trip in the summer of 2007, in the place defined for it, you will write labels like " granada ] "," alhambra "," trips "and / or" summer ". In this way, any navigator, by typing the word " granada " or " alhambra " on your Internet search engine will have more chances to get to your blog .

In WordPress.com it works in a similar way, because not only will you be "announcing" what you're talking about all over the Internet, but users of this service will have, thanks to this Tag Browser a Quick way to find articles related to the text of them. Just enter your favorite tags or related to the theme of your blog and you will discover new blogs and, who knows, new friends in the WordPress.com network.

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The rest of the sections of this Administration Panel, which is what it is called, would be ] subject of an article that escapes what we want here, but I want you to know that it is really easy to configure any section and, more importantly, if you have any problem you can contact the technical support of WordPress.com so that you help or visit the Spanish WordPress forums or follow the articles of this blog.

The best of WordPress.com ?several things, but what main is that the system is opaque for you and allows you to concentrate on the main thing of a blog: write . Another important factor is the number of visits you receive almost automatically, thanks to Tag Browser . The speed of viewing blogs is impressive and they are practically never dropped ((It is said that a server is down when the required load of sample pages is greater than the capacity of the host computer)).

Worst WordPress.com ?. As the system does not handle it, you can have fewer customizations than your own installation. You depend on the templates ((Pre-defined designs that with a simple click allow you to change the whole aspect of a blog)) available, you can not add more features of the existing ones or include advertising for your blog to generate income. Another thing that you should keep in mind is that the capacity to archive images or documents is limited (50 Mb as of the date of this article).


2. WordPress.org

We could say that WordPress.org is the entry point of the "tripe" WordPress the software that facilitates both the publication of content. From this web is where you can download the application that will allow you, as in the previous case, to have a powerful system of publication and Content Management .

The main difference, and there are not many more , is that here you are the one who has to take care of the installation, maintenance and updating of the system . You will also miss Interblog and the Tag Browser but the rest of the Administration Panel is similar, except that here you have control total of what you can do and customize in your blog .

Now, you need a broader knowledge and also have a "space" on the network to host your blog. You can get free hosting places for your blog, however, where they will facilitate much the whole process. One that I can recommend is Freehostia which, although in English, makes life a lot easier for the installation of a WordPress blog. Now, do not expect great viewing speeds of your blog or much space to store files and documents, for this you must pay for quality accommodation.

The process to have your blog here is longer and more complicated. It is not an impossible task but it does have more steps and you need to have certain applications installed on your computer. You will need a file decompressor as the file containing WordPress comes compressed and a FTP client to upload the files, once unpacked, to your hosting.

You just have to download the latest version uncompress the zip or tgz file on your computer, and upload the complete content resulting from this process to your hosting using the FTP client .

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Then begins the well-known as " installation in three steps " which replaces the registration process of WordPress.com. You can see the complete process (from windows) in this video or see the series that Guillermo did .

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That yes, in spite of the complications inherent in the installation, the control that you acquire from your blog is absolute . You can install more templates add plugins ((Small applications that add functionality to your blog)), modify the code of installation files, include advertising for make money with your blog and many other things that you will see in this blog and they are impossible in WordPress.com.

The best of WordPress.org ?. Absolute control on the contents of your blog, access to infinite functionalities, possibility of generating income and, above all, to learn a lot about the publication in the network and everything related to this system. Larger storage space for images, documents, etc.

Worst of WordPress.org ?. You stop receiving visits from Tag Browser and it is up to you whether or not you appear in the search engines (remember what we discussed above in the Tags). The maintenance and updates of the system depend on you and bad management could leave your blog without service. The speed of the page depends on the server you have hired.

Well, I hope this article has helped you. In my particular case I started a blog on WordPress.com but my concern to learn, something pathological in me, prompted me to hire a domain and own accommodation to move to WordPress.org and to have the blog to my taste without any restriction. I have to say that I have learned a lot, I am even encouraging to modify code, but I already had some blackout that I would not have suffered in WordPress.com and I had intruders . In my case it has been enriching and it has not diminished my ability to write but on the contrary because now in WordPress Help I can even share what I have learned . That if, when you have to update something my legs tremble : mrgreen: "class =" wp-smiley "style =" height: 1em; max-height: 1em;

NOTICE : this publication is from two years ago or more. If it's a code or a plugin it might not work in the latest versions of WordPress, and if it's a news story it might be obsolete. Then do not say we have not warned you.

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Meet the Administration Panel

When your blog grows it's a good idea to invite other bloggers to participate in it. Not only is it an enriching experience but is part of the very essence of Web 2.0 .

And if you want to have complete control of the management of these users and their permissions you must know the management panel of them in your Dashboard.

In the initial list of users you will find the basic information, which you can edit of course.

When editing a user it is interesting to indicate two fundamental data . The email will serve to receive notifications from the system, such as new users, comments to the entries or new messages in your subscriptions. It is also important if you have assets avatars, because they show the image depending on the email address declared. Including your web or blog will make the name that appears in the comments that you include in the blog have an active link to your page, allowing the readers of the blog to know it better.

Last, but not least, you can select multiple users in the selection boxes and change their profile or even delete them from the system . Be careful with this last option because it would also erase your entries, although before it will ask you if you want to assign your articles to another user.

Meet the Administration Panel – Presentation

We are dealing this time with the section of the administration panel where we will configure the look of our blog what our readers.

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In this section is where we can change the template and add functions that improve navigation by our blog, and the first thing we find is the selection window of themes

Just doing click on the name of a template or on the image that represents will automatically change the whole aspect of our blog . In this window you will see all the themes that you have uploaded to your directory wp-content / themes if you have WordPress hosted, or those of the standard installation if you use the free service of WordPress.com.

A then we have the section of Widgets which is the system that uses WordPress to add features to our blog without having to know programming . By default you will see a few but if you can install more you will see more possibilities.

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A very powerful function is the fact of being able to include in text widgets code HTML so if you know basic commands of this programming language you can expand your possibilities. If not, you can always take advantage of the predefined widgets, in which you can easily configure them with a mouse click . You just have to click on this button to open the options of each widget.

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Just install WordPress you will find this empty section, with the indication that you can "drag and drop" the small boxes from the bottom to these samples of the sidebars to add utilities to the blog.

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If you saw that you have a few widgets, especially the text ones, because they are so versatile, you can add up to 9 of each in the next section.

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Once you have finished configuring your sidebars with the widgets that you want to include, you just have to click on the "Save changes" button to show the modifications in your blog.

We continue with the section with a window [1 9459009] only for connoisseurs of programming and is that in the tab of Editor of Themes you will be able to access the code of each one of the files that contains the template and manipulate them so that they remain personalized. With this function you avoid the need to access via FTP and use an external editor. From here you can touch up the necessary code and save the changes so they are instantly displayed on the blog.

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And these are all the tabs that you you will always find Now, depending on the template chosen you can see more tabs. If the installed theme has customizable options you would find the corresponding tab, varying according to the theme.

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And there are enough that, at least, allow you change the header image and text colors even the default WordPress template, and it will show you a screen like the one below.

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And with this we already know the presentation panel of our blog. Its use is very simple but very powerful what it offers you. Without knowing anything about programming, you can greatly customize your blog, just using the mouse and some practice.

NOTICE : this publication is from two years ago or more. If it's a code or a plugin it might not work in the latest versions of WordPress, and if it's a news story it might be obsolete. Then do not say we have not warned you.

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