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iPad Tutorial: Create a blog and update it

Setting up a personal blog is commonplace nowadays, but to make sure the content is timely and keeps your visitors coming back for more, you need to update it frequently

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Blogging is fast becoming the prevailing way to communicate with friends and complete strangers, and there are many services available to get you started.
WordPress is one of the most popular options and is free whether you set up a blog on wordpress.com or host it on your own server. Whether you want to set up a family blog or something that you want the whole world to see, your words can be published in a matter of minutes, but the key to success is keeping the content updated frequently and that is not always practical.
You need not worry, though, because the WordPress iPad app is the perfect companion for your new blog and makes editing and creating new posts child’s play when on the move. It doesn’t include all of the desktop features, but is more than powerful enough to create and edit posts and images when you do not have access to your desktop computer. Here we will show you how to set up a new blog and how to create your content on the iPad in a matter of minutes.



1: Create your blog

Go to www.wordpress.com and click the ‘Sign up now’ button. You will now be taken to a page where you have to input some information such as username and email address. Once you click Submit, you then need to confirm your email address and you are ready to go.


2: Make the blog mobile
Once you have set up your design etc, it is now time to set it up on your iPad. Install the free WordPress app, available from the App Store, and launch it. Press the ‘+’ sign and enter your URL, username and password. You should now be all set to start blogging from your iPad.


3: Write your first post
At the bottom you will see a ‘Posts’ icon. Click it and then click the ‘create’ icon top-right. At this point you need to insert a title, tags, categories and the main text for the entry. You can save the post as a local draft if you need to finish it later.


4: Add some style
Included is the ability to insert photos or links to other sites, but the default text formatting is plain. You can use basic HTML to add bold and italics, so do some experimenting to see which works best for you. No matter what method you use, the whole process is simple and effective.

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