A blog consists of the pages the public can see, and a back-end admin that only you see. Both run from a database. You don’t actually ‘see’ the database, it just runs quietly in the background doing its thing.
The admin is accessed via a browser and is used to enter your content and images – it controls your entire blog. Pages, posts, galleries, polls, surveys, whatever.
The front end is where the public sees the formal presentation of your content in the form of nicely formatted images, galleries, etc.
Let’s talk briefly about a blog installation. Having installed MANY blogs, I do not recommend you do it yourself. Unless you are a serious geek, able to follow technical directions and have the necessary programs as well as a good understanding of security, it will likely take you a VERY long time. Do you know how to log on to your server and secure the folders? Do you know how to change the permalinks in the htaccess file? That’s just an example of what a proper installation requires. Would you install a new engine in your car? A new hot water heater in your house? Think about it.
Blogs need regular ‘updating‘ to incorporate new features and bug and security fixes.There are a couple of ways to update your blog, but doing an update from within the admin requires entering some sensitive data about your server and *I* consider that a huge security hole. I update from the server itself and it’s all part of the service.
Speaking of permalinks, the modification makes a slight change to the way your posts and pages are displayed in a browser so that instead of ‘http://paintwebs.com/blogtest/?p=260‘ your changed link would say http://paintwebs.com/blogtest/2011/04/blog-components/– which is easier for everyone and better for search engines. This also helps viewers if they search your site and helps with the automatic archiving as well. Interestingly, the old short link is still available if you want to tweet it or use it for other purposes by selecting “Get Shortlink”. Really very clever.
Next time we’ll talk about some useful plug-ins and how to use the widgets panel. I am enabling comments for a short while so that if you have specific questions about a post, they can be displayed here.