Sue wants to start a website at geekyoldbroad.com. She already has the domain name, and now she can connect it to anything she wants. Wordpress.com is an easy-to-use site where she can set up a site for a low monthly cost. Another site that will do this is SquareSpace.com. She can just go in, pick a template that works for her needs, and start publishing content. Wordpress has a free tier with ads. These are the easiest ways to do it.
Susan does a wordpress blog and loves cruising. Since the internet connection isn't all that great on the ship, she wants offline blogging software to create blogs that she can update. Leo says if she looks in her Wordpress settings, she'll see that she has a Wordpress email address. This means she can actually post to her blog via emails. With practice, it will look just like the post. Here's some good software options Susan can use:
Evan is starting a blog and wants to know what the difference is between using WordPress and SquareSpace. Leo says for bloggers there are a lot of options. Blogger and WordPress are free options with ads inserted, and Leo says they're very good. Tumblr is also a good option. Wordpress also has a pay version, as does SquareSpace, where he can control the ads.
Dan wants to schedule to publish a post on Tumblr. He wants to schedule it out months, maybe even years. Leo says that if he can put in a date, Tumblr will publish it. Leo says that Tumblr will only allow users to schedule 300 posts in advance, so that's something to pay attention to. Leo also suggests If This Then That, which has an automated option.
Jared has a podcast where he wants to review gadgets, but is having difficulty getting review units. Leo says it's very hard starting out to ask providers to give him a product to review. It kind of puts the burden on him to give a favorable review if they give him a product, too.
Steven went to China and while he was there, he posted his travels to Facebook and Twitter by first posting to Posterous. Sadly, Twitter bought Posterous and shut it down at the end of the month. They offered a transfer utility to back it up, but it didn't really work all that well for Steven. Leo says that's a cautionary tale about free services. One day they're here, the next they get purchased and shut down.
Matthew has a blog and he's planning to switch his webhost from blog.com. The servers are down at blog.com sometimes and he wants a reliable host.
Leo says that Tumblr is a good, free choice with a lot of templates. Good for a free blogger. Google has Blogger. There's also WordPress.com. All are free options, but he's limited to the templates they offer.
Leo says he isn't sure that's possible. Jess can email posts because he owns the blog. To email comments would require giving readers access to the blog itself and that would be a serious security issue.