Tutorial: A Blog?! How You Do Dat?!
A friend recently asked me how I started my own blog. Good question!
Before you even think about starting a website, figure out what it is you’re wanting to do. You could start a blog, manage a forum, sell your vintage tube socks, the sky’s the limit!
I decided on a blog because that best suited how I was going to use it. I write posts, categorize them by subject matter, and publish them. This doesn’t mean I can’t change my blog into a forum later, but it does give me a direction to start moving in.
- First thing I did was acquire a domain name. “Minerphil.com” was the one I picked, but you can pick “whatevertheblazesIwant.com”.
- Personally, I go through GoDaddy.com, which puts me out $10 annually. Not bad, huh?
- Buuut, I can actually go cheaper. For $9.95 annually I can go through my web host and get a bunch of additional features as well, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves!
- Next, I searched for a suitable web host.
- A web host is a company who will host your website on the interwebs. (Note that you can do this on your own, but it’s a little more complicated–perhaps for a different tutorial)
- Back in the olden days, that’s all a web host did for you. But now-a-days, web hosts have all sorts of fancy gadgets and newfangled wizardry to help you out.
- For instance, my particular web host is FreeHostia.com. I went through them because:
- The base hosting plan is free (and by free, I mean completely free)
- No banners or advertisements (as you can see)
- The ability to install applications such as WordPress (like you see here) and other applications that do forums, allow me to sell stuff, etc
- And just to satisfy my inner nerd, it comes with an FTP account, a few email accounts, a sizable MySQL database, and enough PHP to get me into trouble!
- I’m sure other web hosts have similar qualities at a similar cost, but for this post, I’ll be limiting my scope to FreeHostia
- Create your website!
- It doesn’t have to be a blog if you don’t want it to be one, in the future, I may add a forum or a shopping section, who knows!
- With FreeHostia, all I had to do was install WordPress (sounds complicated, huh?)
- Fortunately, FreeHostia has a special installer that does all the heavy lifting for you, which they’ve dubbed the Elefante installer.
- Add your content!
- For a blog, such as WordPress, you may want to, um… I don’t know, create, like, a post or somethin? :cool:
- For a forum, you may start your first thread
- For a shopping site, add something to your inventory for sale
- In most applications, you can draft what you do before it goes public, just read up on it and take your time! This site took me a good portion of a day to build, and that’s including changing my son’s diapers!