How To Jazz Up Your Blogging- Free and Easy!

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 How To Jazz Up Your Blogging- Free and Easy!  


Do you want to add color to your text in your posts?

Do you want to change the font size?

Do you want to add some highlights to grab more attention to your blog?

Here is a list of online editors that you can type in WYSIWYG- and then with one click have it all turned into html for you without you having to know any html code.  I have used all of these editors.

This is a review of the pros and cons of each of these online editors. This way you can choose which one or more that you want to use in your blogging.

When someone asks me which one do I use, I say:  IT ALL DEPENDS ON  MY MOOD! It also depends on what it is I want to accomplish and how.

My favorite online html editor now Kompozer. It is no longer called Nvu. It is now called Kompozer. Just click on the link to download Kompozer. Nvu and Kompozer are open source. I have Nvu on my laptop and Kompozer on my desk top. I use them both. These are free online editors that you can download right on to your computer's hard drive. It is a program that you can use off line.  There are times when I like to write offline especially living in Florida. We get power outages and daily storms. So when I want to write I do not have to be on the internet in order to draft my posts for my blog.

The features I like best in Nvu: ( Kompozer)

  • Offline editor
  • Save draft posts to external hardrive for copyright reasons ( among other reasons)
  • Work on several posts at one time and move easily file to file
  • The developers are always improving the product
  • I like to save most of my posts on my external hard drive to gather data for writing books later on.

  • Contains a CSS editor

  • Powered by Mozilla
  • Just like in Firefox, you can have one screen open and edit several documents at once.

  • Move between Htmls and WYSIWYG easily. ( Wish AR had that feature:)

  • You can customize all sorts of things with Kompozer if you do happen to know html. When you add an image, you can change your code right underneath the photo in a box that shows up with the source code. It is really neat!


The drawbacks to Nvu:

  • You have to remember to delete the first 3 lines or so of html code in draft mode on the Active Rain editor.
  • To add images in Nvu, you have to have a URL for the image. That means that you will have to upload your photos to Photobucket, Flickr or Picasa Web which adds an extra step.
  •  BUT this is NOT the case with Kompozer! With Kompozer- you can do all sorts of cool things with your images. You can load them from your computer's hard drive, you can add alt 1 image tags and you can embed links right into your images.


To avoid this step you can grab the source code, ( html code) from Nvu, paste it in Active Rain html editor, then publish to draft. Then go back in under WYSIWYG editor in Active Rain and add your images from your computer the ordinary way.


The next online editor that I use quite a bit is the new  Box. net Web Builder Page. I really like this online editor. You have to be online to use this editor.  I like to use Box.net for posts that take up a  lot of space such as my tutorials because the files are stored in your Box.net account. I wrote a post on how to write a post using the Web Page builder here.

The features I like best in Box.net Web Builder Page:

  • Online editor
  • Online storage area
  • You can share the files and others can add to your post before you publish. Great for team articles.
  • You can access your files from anywhere and from any computer.
  • You can add images from your computer without the extra step of uploading them to Photobucket, etc.
  • It has an auto save feature so if you forget to click save often; it does it by default for you.


The drawbacks to Box.net:

  • Some people have said the source code does not convert correctly in Active Rain html editor. I have not ever had a problem with converting.
  • You can not add alt 1 image tags in Box.net. I have put in a suggest request to their developers to add this feature.
  • You can not add link titles to your links. To deal with this, just add your links after you post to draft in Active Rain editor.


When I use Box.net- I use it for the font sizing, colors and highlighting. I then add the images and links in the Active Rain WYSIWYG editor.

A very fast and easy online editor is Online-html-editor.de.
This is an open source product from Germany. When you go into this program you need to click on the English tab in order to use the editor in English. Of course, if you speak German and want to publish in Germany then go for it the way it is.

The features I like best about Online-html- editor.de :

  • Online editor
  • Fast and Easy
  • The code seems to have no issues moving over to the Active Rain html editor. 
  • I use this editor when I want to post something very fast such as the Thank You for Happy Birthday that I don't care about saving.
  • The image feature is great. It has really good alt 1 image tag feature but you have to grab the URL so you do need to upload your images to Photobucket, Flickr or Picasa Web.
  • This editor has a simple and good link title tag feature. 



The drawbacks to this editor:

  • I don't like how you can not save the draft unless you save it as online as an html file on a web page.
  • There are too many steps in order to save files.
  • It does not have an auto save feature.
  • I can not use this editor if I am doing a longer post that I need to come back to later.
  • You can not upload images from your computer so there is an added step.


I use all of these editors like I said depending on what it is I want to accomplish.
You can try them each out and see which one you like best or you can use them all. My favorite one is the new Kompozer! It wins on every front.

Have some fun adding some color, highlighting, font sizes and other features these html editors offer without spending hundreds of dollars on fancy programs that you have to learn. These programs have the same features that Microsoft Front Page, Adobe DreamWeaver and other high end programs have.

You don't have to learn html to use these editors.
You just write in English just as you want to see it when it is published.
Then just click on 'source' which turns all your work into html code with a click of a button.
Then copy and paste that source code into the Active Rain Editor under the html editor tab.

One of the biggest tips I can give you about this is to make sure that you post to draft first, then check to make sure you like what you see in the Active Rain draft mode before you publish your post.

The learning curve on all of these is very fast and painless.

Have FUN!

 

        

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Comments (109)

Jeff Link
Asheville, NC
"Your Asheville Real Estate Link"

To add images in Nvu, you have to have a URL for the image. That means that you will have to upload your photos to Photobucket, Flickr or Picasa Web which adds an extra step.

 

The extra step can have a very big seo benefit. Because you can add a back link to your website from flickr thanks to the picture you uploaded.  

Jun 21, 2009 03:42 PM
Katerina Gasset
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Wellington, FL
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services

Jeff- yes, this is true and I need to do more of that. I just have to choose how to use my time. I can not take 2 hours writing a post and uploading to flickr etc. It would be great if I could and that is where Elance is going to come in. I am interviewing different people at Elance to do some of these chores so I can just keep on blogging;)

Jun 21, 2009 05:27 PM
Bob Dunn
Sutton Group West Coast Realty - Abbotsford, BC

Started working with Kompozer tonight. This is going to make a huge difference in my web presence.

Jun 23, 2009 05:41 PM
Christine McInerney
Great Life RE - Knoxville, TN
The McInerney Team, Knoxville TN Homes For Sale

I just download Kompozer and love it!  Thanks for the links and reviews!

Jun 27, 2009 06:11 AM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Nestor & Katerina - I have been looking for something like this for a while.  I just downloaded kompozer, so I will see how it works.  Thanks for sharing.

Jul 17, 2009 07:00 PM
Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

Thanks again for all the research that you do and share with others.  I will definitely try Kompozer and probably Box.net also!

Sep 03, 2009 04:41 PM
Marcy Eastham
Town & Country Realty Corvallis Oregon - Corvallis, OR

Thank you, thank you, thank you!  I saw this when it was first posted, and then lost track of it.  I'll try to figure out how to make it all work!

Sep 07, 2009 02:51 AM
Celeste Chism - Serving You in Crossville, Fairfield Glade, Lake Tansi & Cumberland Cove
Legacy Realty - Crossville, TN
Serving You is My Top Priority

HI Katerina,

Yesterday I was on the phone with Gabe at RealBird telling him what an awesome lady you are for all your ideas, help and support. I am so glad I am taking the SEO class and learning some of this first hand.

I also wanted to tell you that I did a post Thursday evening on Crossvilel Short Sale, which is a strange animal around here, and my buyer agent googled Crossville Short Sale and my post came up on page one and the very first spot! I'm so excited to do and learn more. Thanks for this great post too.

Sep 19, 2009 01:37 AM
Linda Lohman
Fonville Morisey Realty - Cary, NC
Former Teacher/Broker

Katarina,

I've been using Kompozer is there a trick to getting the pictures to transfer correctly. The picture boxes transfered , however the images did not. I'm sure its something simple I'm missing.

Oct 10, 2009 01:14 PM
Barbara Heil-Sonneck
Design2Sell - Atlanta, GA
Home Staging Atlanta

Katarina, great advice and review, I will look at Komposer right now.

Aug 13, 2010 10:04 AM
David Langlois
One Percent Realty Vancouver Island - Victoria, BC

Thanks so much for this, I'm off to give it a try!

 

Aug 16, 2010 06:15 AM
Terry Chenier
Homelife Glenayre Realty - Mission, BC

Katerina,

i printed this all off tonight. Thanks; big help.

Aug 23, 2010 05:45 PM
Brenda Hughes
Evansville Home Staging & Re-Design - Evansville, IN
Home Staging & Re-Design Southern IN, KY

Wow, thanks for all the info, definitely downloading the programs right now.  Looking forward to creating interesting blogs..

Aug 27, 2010 02:35 AM
Brenda Hughes
Evansville Home Staging & Re-Design - Evansville, IN
Home Staging & Re-Design Southern IN, KY

Down loaded several of the programs and I am already having fun with all the ways you can use them.  Thank You again!

Aug 27, 2010 04:15 AM
Pasadena Short Sale Agents Pasadena Short Sales
Munson Realty Southern California Real Estate - Pasadena, CA

great tips, thanks coach!

Aug 30, 2010 05:38 PM
Katerina Gasset
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Wellington, FL
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services

YOu are ALL welcome! Thank you for learning new things!

Aug 31, 2010 03:54 AM
Florida Private Golf Communities
Golf Life Properties, LLC - Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Finding Home Never Felt Better!

Thanks Katerina.  I was an Nvu user, but hadn't worked with it in awhile.  Knowing very little about html it's helpful to know that they are constantly improving.  I'll have to try adding an image without Photobucket. I wasn't able to do that before.

Aug 31, 2010 08:17 AM
Tracy Santrock
Fonville Morisey/Santrock Realty Group, Inc. - Cary, NC
Raleigh - Cary Realtor/Broker In Charge

I'm finally getting around to doing this.  Thanks for the tips!

Sep 06, 2010 06:50 AM
Jim Courtney
OklaHomes Realty, Claremore Oklahoma - Claremore, OK
CRS, GRI, AHWD

Thanks for sharing the Kompozer link. I found it a few weeks ago and it made my blogging efforts so much easier! :)

Mar 10, 2011 04:55 PM
Travis "the SOLD man" Parker; Broker/Owner
Travis Realty - Enterprise, AL
email: Travis@theSOLDman.me / cell: 334-494-7846

GREAT brief hi-lights of the various programs. I'll check them out.

THANK YOU!

Sep 12, 2012 12:41 AM