One thing many flash template photography websites have taken some heat for is their lack of built in blogs. So you have this pretty flash site, but your blog is on another site instead of just in it’s own blog sub-directory.
Well Bludomain, one of the photo industries leading flash based template hosts, has recently released a “mini-blog” that goes a long way towards fixing this issue.
The bludomain mini-blog is a HTML based blog site that can be installed with your existing bludomain site for just $50.
It gives a clean blog appearance that can be easily customized to give a similar feel to your normal blu site by tweaking the background and colors.
One thing I really like is the floating nav bar and social media links that stay on screen as you scroll up and down.
On the backend is where the difference between normal blu templates and the new mini-blog become even more apparent.
Settings windows for configuring your RSS and social media links.
Under the homepage edit menu is the tools for editing your posts.
One of the huge changes is a new “drag and drop” file upload utility which appears to be a much simpler interface than the older version. With a blog and making posts several times a week anything to help speed up the process is greatly appreciated.
The box for editing text has all the usual options, however as a mac user one interest of note is the recommendation NOT to use Safari but rather Firefox.
One one hand most mac users have firefox for dealing with more PC specific sites, but on the other hand I’m always disappointed when companies who market to creative professionals who have a MUCH higher mac usage in their user base not fully supporting the system.
The main edit screen shows how it combines text and images.
So over-all this new “mini-blog” from Bludomain is a great addition for Bludomain users, but it’s clearly not a solution for everyone. I think even Bludomain thinks this since it’s titled as a “mini-blog” and not just a blog, I suspect something bigger and better is on the design boards for a future release.
What users are the mini-blogs a great solution for?
Current Bludomain users who want to be able to add a simple blog to their existing template for not much money and not much hassle. At $50 and blu does all the install work it’s simple and not going to break the bank. The controls and menu’s are close enough to your current template to be able to easily figure out, and since the blog posts in HTML it will give some SEO benefits from search engines since they can more easily scan this blog than the existing template site.
Who this mini-blog isn’t for?
Well first off all anyone not using bludomain. While it’s a great feature the mini-blog isn’t likely enough to make you scrap your current site if it’s hosted elsewhere.
Current Word Press bloggers. If you’re running a word press blog and using all the features for solid SEO then this blog is a big step backwards.
By the way if you’re hosting with Bludomain but still want the benefits for a Word Press blog, internet marketing and SEO consultant Marc Fuller, has an excellent step by step and can assist with this task. Important word of warning here though, while Bludomain has the tools available for installing Word Press they DO NOT support it. This means if you break it they won’t fix it for you.
Until next time,