The following is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Dick Eastman.Two weeks ago I described the easiest way to start a new blog (web log): sign up for a service that hosts blogs on their own servers. The process is simple. You can publish your first articles within a very few minutes after opening an account. The drawback is that people can only read your blog by going to some other company's web server.
Last week I described how to install blog software on your own web server. The advantage is that the blog remains on your own URL (web address). However, the process is significantly more complicated, requires more systems administrator expertise, and entails more future hours to perform system backups and to fix technical problems as they arise.
This week I will describe the best of both worlds: host your blog on someone else's web servers, but make it look like it is on your web site. While it is a bit complex to set up, once installed, you can forget all about system maintenance issues. The hosting service will handle all that for you. Yet your readers will be able to find your articles by going to your own web site.
I will use this newsletter's web site as an example of how to do this. Look at these web addresses:
Notice that all of them appear to be on the same web server: eogn.com. (The "eogn" stands for "Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter.)
The first two addresses above are the same. As is the case with most web sites, you can enter the letters "www" or not. In either case, you end up at the same place: a web server in Texas.
Address #3 is the more interesting one for this discussion. Notice that it appears to be on the eogn.com web server. However, the reality is that the pages being displayed at http://blog.eogn.com are on a different web server, hosted at TypePad.com in California.
You can do the same with one or more blogs. In fact, you can even "re-map" your remotely hosted blog to your primary domain name. For instance, look at another web site that I own: http://rv.dickeastman.com/. The entire web site is hosted at TypePad, not just a part of it; yet, it appears to be on its own server at dickeastman.com.
The process for re-mapping domain names is fairly easy although you will have to wade through some technical mumbo-jumbo first. I will attempt to avoid the technical terms as much as possible, but my explanations will need to dive in occasionally out of necessity.
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