Adding a Blog to an Intuit Homestead Website
With blog platform’s popularity growing, many Intuit Sitebuilder-users want to integrate them into their Homestead website. There was a time when I spent hours trying to incorporate having one on my Sitebuilder pages using the RSS feature.
The truth is that you cannot have a REAL blog in the Homestead Sitebuilder program.
Even the new feature that the Intuit company added in recent months does not allow for search engines to read the content in the posts.
This is an issue I’ve previously addressed in videos and several articles. The RSS features in the web builder are coded using Java Script. Search engines DO NOT read Java Script.
Therefore, all of the content that you write will not be visible to Google, Yahoo and Bing. With this in mind, it becomes a waste of time, content publishing and effort to use the built-in features- unless search engine appeal is not necessarily an important part of your goals.
The visitors to your website will benefit from your content once they find your site, but they will never find you through a content post that you published using the built-in blog feature in the Sitebuilder. Not through the search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing.
How do you get a blog, then?
You will have to go elsewhere to a different company to get hosting.
I use Godaddy www.GoDaddy.com for all of mine. Hosting costs less than seven dollars ($7) per month. It doesn’t cost extra to get a domain name set up with a WordPress blog.
Follow These Steps to Set-Up A WordPress Blog (WP):
- Sign-up for hosting with Godaddy www.GoDaddy.com
- Purchase a domain name
- Call tech support at Godaddy
- Request that they help you set up WordPress with your domain
- Get this book: WordPress Starter Guide
They will kindly walk you through configuring the new site.
Wait a few hours and go to http://yourdomainname.com/wp-admin
Once inside your blog-administration panel, start learning how it works.
I’d recommend interacting with Godaddy mostly on the phone. Their website is set up to keep trying to sell you more and more stuff. It gets a little frustrating trying to wade through cluttered pages. If you get a tech-support person on the phone, they can get your account set up, your domain name purchased and configure your WordPress blog in the hosting control center with much less aggravation.
There are hundreds of pre-made templates to choose from in WP. If you stick with the standard designs- everything will go fine. It’s when you try to customize themes that things get a little difficult… that is unless you are good at CSS, PHP and HTML codes.
You will be introduced to two terms: “Widgets” and “Plugins”.
- Widgets get added to the sidebar area of the page
- Plugins customize your blogs functions
You will find many tutorials on the Internet to help you learn how to get the new WP site going. YouTube has hundreds of tutorials on using WP.
One site that has helped me tremendously is Website Babble. This is an interactive forum community where there are several people who know the WP blog program very well.
The owner of the site is an expert in working with WordPress blogs. She developed this book to help beginners: WP Starter Guide
The intuit web builder is all “point, click, drag and drop”. Learning how to design using a blog will be different than using a Homestead Sitebuilder set-up. With a little patience and time, you will be able to successfully achieve your goals.
Search engines tend to like the inner workings of blogs much better than normal static websites. What you will find is that your pages will get indexed in Google’s results pages within seconds. With an Intuit/Homestead site it can take days to weeks for a page to get put in the search engine results pages.
Although, I love building sites using the Sitebuilder, I’ve started using WordPress for most of my content publishing on the Internet.