Ok, blogging for free…. kind of sucks, a little.
Monetize it, now.
Do I really need to go over the millions of reasons why to do so? Now that we’ve gotten you to see that light, let me enlighten you to know that your ‘blog for free’ software won’t allow you to do so. Why? Well they want those dollar bills, y’all.
You have to do it all by yourself, big kid… but hey, you’re blogging in the big leagues now, so let’s dress the part.
When I came over from Blogger years ago, a self-hosted blog sounded like platinum gold. Really desired, yet kind of heavy in the ‘how the heck do I ever achieve this kind of bling’ n e way.’
Well as any savvy saving diva wrench would know, you can get that shit on clearance, you know.
Everything including websites, are only worth what someone would pay for them. If you can cut corners and buy direct from the gold dealers, then you know you’re going to get a better deal.
Your first blogging deal starts with Host Gator, who has sales quite often usually and run you only around $10 or under a month with out discounts. I personally have had a great experience with them on new to mid-size blogs and other projects and do recommend them.
You can do this, hey, I will even hold your hand a bit!
Wherever you end up purchasing your domain from, you will need to point it or direct it towards your Hosting companies’ nameservers.
Even if your a 2 or 3rd time around blogger, this can seem really frustrating with Host Gator, because you literally can not find the nameserver information on the dashboard or c-panel.
All of the what is considered extremely vital hosting information is sent to you in one convenient but debilitating email. Don’t erase this one, you will be screwed .
So since you still have it in the recent 500 in your email, let’s get started.
These directions will vary from domain providers, but generally are in a DNS area, after you click on the domain name. Don’t Forget!! It can take up to …..forever or 48hrs for this process to complete, but in my experiences it’s around 2-4 hours.
Now you can set up some folders!
In the c-panel find the icon for Add-on Domain, if this is your first domain, you will get initial directions from your host because of it being your primary domain.
You now need to make a new MySQL user and password and connect them to the database where your going to install WordPress.
Ok, I think you are ready to get yourself some WordPress, as long as you kept up and waited that pesky time for your nameservers to change.
In your c-Panel find the QuickIntall button and dive on in.
This is where it is in Host Gator, so you screen may look different, depending on hosting companies.
Now you will need to choose a folder…
When you fill all of this out and hit that install now button you will see the link below to your new blog and the password.
One thing to think about, if you decide to use the login name Admin, expect to be hit tons with hacks, because that is the dumbest user name ever and they always try that one first.
Now, go get some ads and continue making smashing content with your fab self.
Of course, I am an affiliate of Host Gator, but all the content on this blog are my thoughts expressed through my finger tips alone and not my pocketbook.
Also, if you don’t like any of my advice, rants or whatever, remember, I did not make you come here. 😛