Chapter 3. FINDING A HOME FOR YOUR PHOTO BLOG
Needless to say, you need a home for your blog, a place on the Internet where you store your files. Breaking the decision of what to do next into smaller parts makes that decision easier.
Think of your blog like a car. You have to go pick it out, and you have to put gas and oil in it, but you use a mechanic to "make it run." Long gone are the days when you had to be a hardcore geek to publish to the Web. Today's excellent interfaces (see Figure 3-1) and services enable anyone with a basic comfort in using the Internet to publish to it with very little technical know-how if the right choices are made in the beginning.
Figure 3.1. 3-1
If you follow each of my recommendations in this chapter, you will end up with your own domain, a Web hosting company to call your own, and a design template ready to personalize. In other words, by the time you get to the end of it, you will actually have a photo blog, ready to use.
Common Terms and Acronyms
A photo blog is really just a collection of styling files, Web pages, and actual data such as your photographs and any text that you create. When a viewer types your site's URL (Universal Resource Locater starting with
http://) into his browser, the DNS (domain name system) server of his ISP (Internet service ...