So you’ve decided to create a blog to share your photos and ideas with the world. Starting a blog or website from scratch can seem overwhelming if you’re not technically minded. Luckily, Photoblog is designed to save you that stress and the steep learning curve. By choosing to create your blog with Photoblog, you don’t have to worry about programming languages, widgets or astronomical hosting fees. In fact, this will be the easiest blog you’ll ever create!
Let’s take a look and We’ll talk you through the process of setting up your blog….
Let’s Create Your Photoblog Account
To get started, head over to photoblog.com and click on Start your blog.
A box will pop up asking you for some information about yourself. You can either choose a username and password for Photoblog, or you can create a blog using your Facebook account. It’s entirely up to you which you choose.
Tip: Username is used as the URL of your blog i.e. PhotoBlog.com/username. Choose it carefully and pick a short memorable username. If you need to change it later, you would have to contact support.
After you’ve signed up, a notification will appear, saying you’ve been sent an email to verify your email address. All you need to do is go to your email inbox, locate the message and click on confirm your email link.
Now You Can Upload Photos and Create Photo Stories
Sections below will teach you step-by-step actions on how to complete your blog. However, if you are really eager to publish your first photo story to the world, you can head onto our powerful story editor now and start uploading your photos. If you need help with the editor, we have a full step-by-step guide to it here.
Let’s Complete Your Blog in Few Minutes!
To complete your blog, tweak a few things in My Settings page and you’re good to go! Click on the avatar icon in the top right-hand corner and select “My Settings” from the drop down menu that appears.
Let’s take a look through the options in order, from left to right…
From profile settings page you can view your username, change your password and upgrade to a Photoblog PRO plan if you wish.
Scroll a little further down the page and you’ll have the opportunity to:
- Add a tag line for your blog (visible on every page)
- Complete “About Me” section
- List your camera gear
- Add your website and other social media accounts
None of these fields are compulsory but your audience will appreciate it if they can learn more about you. All these info will be listed on your “About Page” and helps in building connections in the platform.
Adding a Profile Picture
Next, proceed to ‘Profile Pictures’ tab, where you can upload a profile picture and a cover photo for your blog. We would strongly suggest you take a few moments to do this, as readers like to see a photo of the person whose blog they’re reading.
A head and shoulders shot will probably look most effective. You can also zoom in to adjust the photo.
Adding a Cover Photo
The cover photo is prominently displayed at the top of your blog. Use it to showcase a photo that you are most proud or to make a statement about your blog. We recommend uploading a cover photo that is at least 2048 x 535 pixels. You can zoom in and out to adjust how it looks.
Adjust Notification Frequency
Moving along to Notifications Page, you can make choices here about how much emails and notifications you receive about likes and comments on your photos. Your choices here are very personal. You can opt to receive email notifications instantly, weekly or not at all.
Tip: We strongly recommend though you leave the bottom option, Allow Commenting on your blog, checked. This is a great way to build an audience and connect with others.
Protect Your Images With a Watermark
This option allows you to setup a watermark for all your photos by default. Once setup, you do not need to worry about it again, all your photos will be watermarked before they are published in your blog.
Add Menus to Your Blog
This is another optional section, although one We would recommend using. Over time it’s helpful to set up a selection of categories to organize your posts.
These categories will then be used as your blog’s menus, under which you can file your posts.
Posts, Drafts, and Scheduled Posts
Manage Posts page list all your posts and gives a breakdown of published date, status, the number of views, and the number of comments it’s received.
Manage Your Comments
After you’ve received some comments, they’ll appear here as a list. You can then click through to the comments and reply to them if you wish.
Check Your Stats
Initially, the Settings Page will appear as a blank graph. It’s worth popping back to your stats page after a few posts to see a graphic view of the traffic to your blog.
If you choose to upgrade to a PRO plan, Billing Page is where you have control over your account and your payment method.
You’re ready to go!
There you go – your blog is now set up and you’re ready to upload your photos and create stories. Congratulations!
We’ve written another how-to article about How to Upload Photos using PhotoBlog Editor. Using our Editor is just as easy as setting your blog up so what are you waiting for?! We look forward to seeing you on PhotoBlog. Do share a link to your new blog in the comments below so we can all pop by and say hello!