A company blog is a great way to share the latest news from your organisation, your industry or your local area. You can use your blog to raise awareness of your products, to raise your organisation’s profile, and to attract visitors to your website. And publishing relevant articles on your blog gives you a great way to encourage your social media followers to find out more about you and discuss with you the issues that matter most to them.
But finding time to set up and manage a blog can be tricky. If you’re busy running your business and keeping your customers happy, managing your blog can quickly become something you know you should be doing, but never seem to get around to.
That’s where debbidoo can help.
We can set up a new blog for you if you don’t already have one, or we can take over or share the management of your existing blog – leaving you with more time to run your business.
If you want to create a blog on your existing website, this is something debbidoo can usually help with. We say “usually” because we’ll need access to your hosting account in order to set up databases and install WordPress; if you can’t give us access to your hosting control panel, we won’t be able to help. You’ll also need to ask your web designer to add a link to your new blog in your website’s navigation.
Assuming we can access your hosting control panel and you’re using a hosting plan that is suitable for hosting WordPress, we charge £140 to install, configure and customise a WordPress blog into a new directory on an existing website. This includes installing any free plugins you need, configuring widgets and providing and customising a theme.
If for any reason you don’t want to, or can’t, add a blog to a new directory of your existing domain (for example, if your current hosting plan isn’t suitable), debbidoo can provide a new domain name, hosting and WordPress installation and customisation at competitive prices.
We charge £8 per year for .co.uk domains, £15 per year for .com domains, and £35 per year for our generous hosting plan. Of course, you can register your domain name and hosting plan with your preferred supplier, if you prefer – just make sure the hosting plan you choose is suitable for installing WordPress.
For the installation, configuration and customisation of the blog, we charge £140, which includes installing/configuring any free plugins you need, creating one page (usually ‘about us’), configuring widgets, and providing and customising a theme. Hosting and domain name registration fees are as set out above.
If you need an entire website or ecommerce store rather than just a blog, please see our website design services page.
If you’d like a blog that’s hosted on WordPress.com (or another blogging service, like Blogger) we’ll deal with the blog setup for you, leaving you with a fully functioning blog that’s ready for you to manage yourself or, if you prefer, you can hire debbidoo to manage the blog on your behalf.
For this service, we charge a one-off fee of £95.
Once your blog is up and running, it needs to be managed. You’ll need to add articles to it (and publicise them), keep on top of spam comments, approve and reply to genuine comments left by visitors, and ensure that WordPress, themes and plugins are kept updated.
These are all blog management tasks that debbidoo can help with. How long we’ll need to spend on this each month will depend on how many visitors your blog gets, and how often you want to post articles; for newer blogs with few visitors, less time will need to be spent, and for more established blogs or those attracting a high volume of visitors or posting articles very regularly, more management time will be needed. Since it’s difficult to predict these things without knowing a bit about your blog, we don’t offer any fixed-fee blog management packages; we assess each client’s blog individually, and will provide a quote based on the number of hours we’ll need to spend each month managing your blog, at an hourly fee of £40.
If you don’t have time to write your own articles for debbidoo to post to your blog, don’t worry – we can help with this, too. To find out more, please visit our blog copywriting page.
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If you have a question about the blog setup and blog management services provided by debbidoo, or if you’d like to hire debbidoo to set up or manage your blog, please get in touch. We’re happy to talk to you about discounted rates if you’d like to combine our blog management and ghost blogging services on an ongoing basis.