Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why do I need Help Blogging? Can’t I just do this myself?
A: Of course you can! I did! But there’s always more to learn, especially when it comes to blogging, when things change so often. So it’s worth reading the blog and subscribing to the newsletter just for that alone! And if you ever need help doing something, we’re always here when you need us.
Q: What’s a blogging platform? Do I need one?
A: Yes, you do need one. Think of your blogging platform as the structure on which your blog gets built.
If you think in terms of a house, your blogging platform is the wood and the framing that becomes the structure of your home. Your theme might be the roof, and siding, and the way the inside walls form the interior of your house. Your blog posts are all the furnishings you add, and your graphics become the pictures on the walls. And your URL? That’s your address!
If you want to learn more about terms like this, see our library, where you’ll find lots of free forms and a guide to terms like this.
Q: I’ve got all kinds of questions about themes! Where do I get one? Which one do I use? Can I make it look the way I want? How?
A: Questions about themes are some of the most common, and no wonder – they’re the fun, pretty part!
You can get themes in lots of places online, some for free and others you purchase. If you have a WordPress blog (and you should – that’s the platform we talked about), there are themes available right on your site. WordPress usually comes installed with three, and there are others you can access from your themes tab. All are free.
There are also themes available for purchase, starting around $75 and up.
Before you purchase a theme, there are things you need to consider. See our library for a free checklist.
Almost all themes you purchase are customizable, and so are some of the free ones. How you customize them and how easy it is depends on the theme. This is something that Help Blogging can assist you with.