How can I export a Posterous blog

The Internet is teeming with providers of your own blogs, so you could almost lose track of it. But how do these platforms differ? Which one is really easy to use and which one is well suited to a journalistic portfolio? Taalke Renken is a freelance graphic designer who designs and designs creative online campaigns, landing pages and the like, as well as newsletters for customers in the fashion, consumer goods and telecommunications sectors. She also works as a freelance writer and is a founding member of Digital Media Women. She compared the biggest blog providers and gives some answers:

Blogger.com is a service that is part of the wide range of services offered by Google. With a Google account, you can quickly open an account with Blogger without too much trouble. The operation is quite simple and you don't have to install anything: Your own blog is immediately visible to the public and of course indexed under the search engine desired name.blogspot.com on the web. Subpages, such as the imprint required by the German Telemedia Act or for a page with a vita, can also be created quickly and easily. There is a selection of templates for the design, which can be customized with your own header graphics. The brave can also change the entire design according to their wishes, provided they have the necessary HTML and CSS knowledge. It should be noted, however, that all data entered - including those of those who may submit comments - end up on the data collector's servers and you do not know exactly what is happening with it. Also, should you want to change providers, the data cannot be exported very easily in order to be able to insert them again at another point.


Posterous
is technically up to date. The strengths of Posterous lie in the simple distribution of new posts within a large number of relevant social networks - not only the usual suspects Facebook and Twitter, but also Flickr, LinkedIn, Drupal sites or Scribd. In addition, Posterous is one of the few providers to have a really well-functioning app for mobile updates (both for iPhone and Android), with which you can easily publish photos, videos or quickly typed texts in between with your smartphone. Posterous also offers convenient options for adapting and individualizing the layout of the blog and integrating the necessary sub-pages with additional information. However, those who rely on Posterous run the risk of being left with rather outdated technologies: Since the service was bought by Twitter in March 2012, it has no longer been actively developed. Technical errors are still being fixed, but the pace was faster before ...

Tumblr relies on the very simple creation and distribution of the articles, which can typically be very short and sometimes just consist of a single photo. But that doesn't have to prevent anyone from publishing long texts there. Tumblr as a whole platform can also be searched very well for keywords, which means that it is even easier to find. With very little effort, layouts from the large selection can be used, which can be easily modified without any technical knowledge. These layouts don't all look like a typical blog, either, which makes Tumblr interesting for those who blog less regularly than want to publish their highlights in a beautiful portfolio. In contrast to all other presented providers, however, a comment cannot be easily added to Tumblr as a reader - but the contributions can simply be copied into the reader's own Tumblr blog (blogging), whereby readers can then add their own notes. In order to comply with the German Telemedia Act and to introduce a proper legal notice or other sub-pages, you have to trick a little on Tumblr by creating posts with these titles or integrating the necessary information in the layout so that it is directly visible on the home page.

WordPress.com As a service provider, it should not be confused with the pure WordPress software (more on this in a moment). In this comparison, WordPress offers the most powerful software and not only serves as a blog system, but is also a complete CMS (content management system). You can also use it to create a complete website that is not just used as a blog. There are many functions from page creation to the media library and fully dynamic sidebar, and some statistics tools are also included. The free version has a good, but limited selection of designs, some of which can be easily adapted without in-depth knowledge. In contrast to all the providers presented so far, WordPress also makes it easy for the operator to moderate reader comments before they appear in order to minimize cases of possible interference. In my opinion, WordPress.com manages the balancing act between the many functions and, even for newbies, a good overview and usability, but just in case there are a lot of useful help pages here - also in German. For a move that may be required, all content can be exported in several practical formats. It should be noted, however, that all data are stored on third-party servers and that you have no control over what is saved.

WordPress.org is the only one in this series that is not a real blog provider, but rather software that can be installed on its own storage space with a web host of your choice. Accordingly, there is no technical support in the classic sense, although here, as with many open source projects, the developer community is very open and helpful. As a technically inexperienced user, you should definitely get help with this in order not to expire any possible security risk after the installation or to suddenly find yourself without your own website one day because of a wrong push of a button. But if you have this knowledge or get the appropriate help, your own WordPress installation is not only powerful, but also less dubious in terms of data protection law. The server can be selected by the web host itself, spying on by the hosting provider usually does not comply with their terms of use and commentators only leave their data on their own terms. In addition, the open source software, which basically contains all the functions of wordpress.com, can be expanded to include the greatest functions. This provides secondary work steps such as generating statistics, dissemination in the desired form on desired social networks or even completely free design options and all of this in a variety that one can search for a long time elsewhere.

Taalke Renken