MAKING YOUR VOICE
HOW TO USE BLOGS AND WEBSITES
AS A PLATFORM FOR SOCIAL CHANGE
Many revolutionary concepts that changed history were exchanged at coffee shops, night clubs and universities.
Now even greater possibilities await on an online forum that can span the globe.
FREE ONLINE BLOGGING SITES
If you want a substantial space to
flesh out your ideas, a blog is the way to go. Especially if you are looking for something free.
can say what you need to say in as many words as you like and
alter the blog with the appropriate background and color scheme to match your ideas.
You also don't need to have knowledge of HTML in order
to personalize your page. The blogs listed below are very intuitive and
Blogs are also a great way to build a network among those who share your ideology.
They also have a "Facebook Share" button, so you can share your creations easily with your friends on Facebook.
Wordpress is one of the most commonly used blogging services.
Wordpress is not as easy to use as Blogger, but has more
options in terms of customizing your site and using widgets.
With wordpress there are two options: wordpress.com and wordpress.org
The major difference between these two services is who's actually hosting your site.
Put simply, with wordpress.org you host your own site, whereas with wordpress.com, they host the website for you.
With this service, you'll find free open source software that you can download and use to manage your website and have more control. But you still have to pay for a domain and hosting.
Hosting services like GoDaddy and Network Solutions are plugged in to this service.
So with wordpress.org, you can host your own site, control the code and upload with an FTP client if you choose.
We recommend this service for people who are a bit more web savvy and want to have more control over the content and security of their site.
This is a blogging service that comes with free hosting. But you have to pay for add-ons, like more control over your site's appearance, theme and code.
We recommend this service for people who are beginners to web design, or people who may want something easier, something that is already set up for them.
WordPress.com vs WordPress.org
To read more about the differences between these two services, go here.
Blogger is easy to use
and it is free.
It is also owned by Google, which allows you to expand your
audience to your Google + account if you have one.
Weebly is a free blog hosting service that makes it surprisingly easy to create a high-quality website, blog or online store.
BUY A DOMAIN NAME FOR YOUR BLOG
So you like your blog page, but want to have your own personal site name?
You can actually buy a web domain name for your blog, instead of having to start a whole new website.
Dummies Guide to Registering a Domain Name for a Blog
Buy a Custom Domain for Blogger
Buy a Domain Name for Wordpress
Buy a Domain Name for Tumblr
START YOUR OWN WEBSITE
So you want to host your own website, but you don't know
where to go? Check out the following hosting services below.
These services have low cost options. GoDaddy has packages starting as low as $3 a month. Network Solutions has a $10 a month option.
Going this route gives you more control over the content and code of your webpage than using a blogging service.
GoDaddy Inc. is an Internet domain registrar, web building and web hosting service.
Depending on the package you purchase, you can obtain web security, online marketing and email services for your website.
You can use GoDaddy to host a wordpress.org blog, among many other things.
Network Solutions is another web hosting service and online marketing service.
FTP SOFTWARE - YOUR WEBSITE'S FILE TRANSFER PROTOCOL
For those who want more control over their website's code, we recommend using an FTP client.
This is for people who manage their website's design and code on
Expression Web or Dreamweaver, and want a secure way to upload their site to the web.
An FTP (File Transfer Protocol) client allows you to upload files directly from your computer to your website.
With many blogging services, they take care of this for you and you do not need your own FTP client.
However, using an FTP client can make your site extra secure, and can boost productivity by connecting files across devices, network locations, and cloud services.
If you get your own website hosted on a service like GoDaddy, you can look into controlling the FTP of your website.
You can also use an FTP client to upload to a Wordpress.org site.
This is what we at World Future Fund do for our own website, which gives us more control.
In order to use FTP, you will need an FTP client which is a desktop app that connects your computer to your website's hosting account.
Check out the following applications below.
This is the service we use
WinSCP is one of the most powerful and easy to use FTP client for Windows users.
Cyberduck (Windows and Mac)
CyberDuck is an extremely easy to use FTP client suitable for beginners as well as advanced users.
Free FTP (Windows)
Free FTP by Coffee House is a popular FTP client among Windows users. It is very beginner friendly and quite easy to use.
There is a paid version available that comes with extra features.
FileZilla (Windows, Mac, Linux)
FileZilla is a popular free FTP client for Windows, Mac, and Linux.
Transmit is the most popular FTP client for Mac, particularly among web developers. It comes with an extremely powerful set of features like folder syncing, disk feature, and higher speeds.
WS_FTP Professional (Windows)
WS_FTP Professional is a popular commercial FTP client for Windows.
It offers enterprise grade security with SSH, and 256-bit AES, FIPS 140-2 validated cryptography and OpenPGP file encryption for transfers.
SSL CERTIFICATION - MAKE YOUR WEBSITE MORE SECURE
If you control the hosting of your website, you should look into getting your website SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) certified, making it more secure.
SECURING YOUR WEBSITE
What is SSL?
FREE WEB EDITING PROGRAM
Microsoft Expression Web (Windows only)
Mozilla Sea Monkey (Available for Windows, Mac OS and Linux)
PROFESSIONAL WEB EDITING SOFTWARE
The following software is a little pricey, but is