Creating a Blog: Part One

6 12 2006

There was a time in the far and distant past where Championship Manager players would sit in their bedrooms for hours, coding and designing page after page of website material, installing php systems and shouting in frustration as Macromedia Dreamweaver refused to work. Yet as we approach 2007 the scene, like most of the interweb, is turning to the blog for it’s quick-fix, ready-made websites. And in this guide, Blog FM will show you how easy it is for you to design, open, run and control your very own Football Manager blog website. Or so the plan is.

Of course a number of sites do still go down the road of individuality and I must admit it is these sites that tend to be the most popular. However, the reason why the likes of SortitoutSI and Throw-In use their own designs is because they have a different agenda to the likes of B-a-l-l-s and that wonderful site, Blog FM.The big sites, with downloadable content, player lists and various interactive features rely on confusing scripts and jargon to do the job. Ourselves, along with many other sites, offer articles (mainly) to the reader, and so having such systems on our sites would be wasteful. You see, us writers have a little tool up our sleeves to make the whole website business that much easier.

Visit most article-based sites in the Community nowadays and you will probably find that they are powered by something called WordPress. Wordpress is a simple piece of software that you can either install to your own server or use on a server hosted by WordPress themselves. While it is free to download and use, if you were intending on using it on your own server, you would have to pay hosting fees, domain registrations and whatnot. Using the free WordPress hosting service, you can have the basics set up for you at the click of a button.

WordPress has such a hold on the blogging community that it’s hard not to stumble across a site on the scene using the software when taking a quick browse around.  B-a-l-l-s, FootyGamer, The Last Ditch and Saint and Greavsie all use it, and each site looks different than the other. The reason for WordPress’ popularity is simply simple: the simplicity of it is simply astounding. You can be writing to your very own blog after a couple of clicks. A number of themes are also included in the hosted version, allowing you to personalise your site to a high degree – so much so that you will be spoilt for choice.

Pre-Wordpress, all decent scene sites were made by hand, lovingly created and cared for. They enabled the editor to show off his designing skills, with some really beautiful sites appearing over the years. WordPress does, to a degree, take away some of this hands-on approach. It almost feels too easy to write a new post using this – no loading of software, opening pages, editing html and .css, saving and uploading via ftp. A click of the mouse is all you need now. Which is probably, looking back, a much more accessible way of joining the scene.

I apologise if the introduction seems a little WordPress heavy, but I really do enjoy using this. And hopefully you will to. Below are some simple steps to setting up your very own website using the WordPress hosting, and it won’t cost you a penny. And to help you along the way, we’re going to set up our very own website too.

THE 1-2-3 OF SCENE MAKING 

Registering for a site

1. Visit http://www.wordpress.com

2. Sign up using a valid e-mail address

3. Choose a name for the blog and the address

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Logging in to the Website

1. Log in to WordPress if necessary

2. Visit your site (http://fm2007.wordpress.com – example) and click on Dashboard

3. Log in to your Admin panel (alternatively, skip part two by visiting http://fm2007.wordpress.com/wp-admin – example)

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Choosing the Look

1. Click on Presentation

2. Browse the themes, try a few out

3. Settle for one – but you can always change it later and you won’t lose any of your posts if you do!

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Customising your Site

1. Click on Options

2. Change what is necessary

3. Update the options

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Explore

1. Take a good look around the dashboard area – you might want to:

2. Change categories to fit your site (such as ‘Players’, ‘Tactics’ etc)

3. Choose your ‘widgets’ (If using a theme that allows them)

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Finally – Get Posting

1. Think of something that you want to talk about

2. Click ‘Write’

3. Type away and click publish

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And that is the basics of setting up your very own Football Manager website out of the way. Should you read this and think to yourself that you would like to air your views on the game or the scene, then please do so! It couldn’t be simpler, and now, it couldn’t be any cheaper.

A few bits and bobs:

+ We use http://www.wordpress.com to create and host the site
+ The example site can be found at http://fm2007.wordpress.com/
+ Should you wish to read more on how to create your own site, keep your eyes peeled for part two, when we will take a more detailed look at the actual content that goes in to making a site.
+ If you open your own blog, then please let us know and we’ll give you a mention!

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7 responses

6 12 2006
How to create your very own website « Create your very own FM Blog!

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6 12 2006
The Football Manager Community » FM Community Digest 06/12/2006

[…] Creating a Football Manager Blog […]

7 12 2006
Mike

Dreamweaver *sighs* remember those days only too well, before the gifts of Control Panel and WordPress.

Good article, shows neatly how easy it is, and how those of us with no web design talent but a desire to get our thoughts on screen can get it sorted.

8 12 2006
Creating a Blog: Part Two « Blog FM

[…] The other day we showed you how easy it is to set up your own blog from scratch by using a free online tool called WordPress. Today we expand on this, showing what you need to do in to sustain your site, how to get more visitors and other ways to use WordPress other than a blog website. […]

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