February 7, 2011 in Help
page is about how to sign up.
Sign Up & Activate
To get started, you need to sign up for an
account by clicking the
link at the top of the page. On the first screen, you
will be asked for a username, password, and email address.
You must select whether you would like a blog
URL such as Balogney.com/USERNAME. created or if you want to
setup a username-only account.
A username-only account is useful if you just need an
API key for your self-hosted blog or if
you just want to be able to access a private
Balogney.com blog (note that you must also be given
permission by the blog owner after you setup an
If you choose to create a blog when you sign up, you will
be able to choose the blog domain (or blog URL) on the
second screen in the sign up process. You cannot change the
blog URL once it is created. You’ll also see options to set a blog title, language, and search engine privacy on the
second screen. All of those options can be changed in the
settings pages later.
Next, check your email for your
activation link and click on the link to activate your new
account. If you don’t receive the email right away, just contact
support and we’ll send you the activation link again.
Once you have activated your
Balogney.com account, you
should login to Balogney.com using the login link at the top
left of the home page. After you login, you’ll
see a gray admin bar along the top of all Balogney.com web
pages. The admin bar has quick links for getting to your
account pages, blog dashboard, creating a new post, and
more. Click on the My Dashboard link to get
to the settings and editing pages for your new blog.
Now that you’ve found the dashboard for your blog, you
may want to customize the blog title and tagline. You can do
that by clicking Settings on the left menu.
To create a new post, go to Posts > Add New
from the dashboard or use the New Post link
in the gray admin bar shown at the top of Balogney.com
pages while you are logged in. If you see a “not found”
message on your blog home page, that’s because you haven’t
added any posts or set a static front page yet. See the 404 Not
Found Error page to learn how to fix it.