Why bloggers should invest in cloud-based services
A guest post by Frankie Wallace.
Even if you’re a relatively new blogger, you may have already collected a few tools along the way. Such as a great photo editor, a favourite stock photo site, and possibly apps like Grammarly or programs which help you with your SEO strategy.
But if you aren’t yet using cloud-based services, you’re missing out on valuable tools. These could help to make blogging easier while also protecting your work. Many cloud-based tools, like Dropbox or Google Drive, are free to use, and they’re accessible through multiple devices. Easy to use (and learn), these services can help you to blog more frequently and more easily.
Cloud-based services improve efficiency
The cloud offers many benefits, which is why many businesses decide to transition to the cloud. One of these is working in the cloud can improve efficiency for many people who need to edit or work on a document simultaneously. This means you can work on a blog post at the same time as your proofreader and even your designer.
Cloud-based services also make it easier to interact with remote employees or workers. If you have multiple writers, editors or designers who contribute to your blog, going to the cloud can streamline the workflow.
The worry about constantly emailing documents back and forth to each other has been eliminated. With one continuously updated document, there is no need to be concerned about someone accidentally working in an older version or missing an important update.
Putting your work in the cloud allows it to be accessed anywhere, anytime. This makes it easy for anyone to work from home offices or wherever else they happen to be located. Plus, workers can be on any device and still access the documents where and when they need them. This prevents hangups and missed deadlines, ensuring posts get published on time.
The cloud can act as a backup
You obviously put a lot of time and effort into your blog. However, a hacker, technology failure or similar problem could cause you to lose your your posts, and even your blog itself. That could amount to a massive loss when you consider the hours and energy that each post requires.
You may already backup each post and all your graphics on your computer. But even that isn’t failsafe, as a computer virus or hacker could damage or entirely destroy your backup files. Some subscription programmes, such as Carbonite, IDrive, and ElephantDrive, automatically back up your computer files to the cloud. They are available for a minimal fee, and run continuously in the background, so there’s no need to remember to manually back up your work.
WordPress allows you to use the cloud to back up your WordPress database. This consists of many elements, including your theme, plugins, layout, and more. If something goes wrong or someone hacks into your WordPress account, you could lose all this information. By creating backups and storing these in the cloud, you can keep your WordPress data safe to restore into your site if needed.
Transitioning to the cloud
It’s easy to get started with free cloud-based services. Dropbox and Google Drive offer a generous amount of free storage; all you have to do is create an account and you can get started. They are both user-friendly and easy to learn, and provide video tutorials online to help you.
You may also want to explore more apps you can use for team collaboration. These cloud-based apps can streamline communication and workflow between multiple team members, even in different time zones. Project management apps like Asana can also be helpful for bloggers, since they make it easy to keep multiple projects with different deadlines organised and on task.
With its ease of use, low cost, and ability to back up files for added security, using cloud-based services can make a powerful addition to your current collection of blogging tools.
About the author
Frankie Wallace regularly contributes to a wide variety of blogs and enjoys writing about health tips and politics. Wallace currently resides in Boise, Idaho and is a recent graduate from the University of Montana.