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lizolsen2011
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lizolsen2011
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I am looking to start a blog. I post looks on here and have all the creative ready. I'm just not sure logistically what the first step would be. What did you do first when you created your blog.

Thanks!

posted 9 months ago
lavishingg
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Just go for it! Maybe search for a layout that you would like to use for your blog and maybe start off your first post what telling what your blog will be about or start with an outfit post! Try not to think too much and just let it come naturally!

www.lavishingg.com 

posted 9 months ago
 
pupuren
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I think the starting out is the best part! If you already know what blogging platform you're going to be using, finding and/or tinkering with the layout and writing an about page would be the first I guess. Of course then it's all about writing your posts, which is also fun.

Or you could write first and let everything come together while you're blogging. No sense in waiting!

posted 9 months ago
 
lizolsen2011
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Thanks for the feedback. Looks like the consensus is that layout is the place to start.

posted 9 months ago
 
stylesplash
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Deciding on which platform to use was the most difficult part of setting up a blog. I opted for typepad, which isn't free. With hindsight I wish I hadn't as now I want to switch to self hosted using wordpress but migrating is proving to be a headache. If you just want a an easy to use platform I'd suggest blogger. 

posted 9 months ago
 
lizolsen2011
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What do you like about Wordpress?

Thanks for the advice.

posted 9 months ago
 
Taliscollection
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@stylesplash, I've done the migration before it wasn't easy but doable. I would suggest you doing it now rather than later. Use filezilla for migration, it will be easier. Or you can register your domain with a webhost company first and then ask them what you can do with the migration. They will guide you through. Otherwise just ask questions in the forum :) I am sure ppl like me would love to help. 

posted 9 months ago
 
Taliscollection
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@lizolsen2011 I've spent a year (part-time) getting the blog up and running. Finally its here :) 

Here are a few steps:

1. Register a domain name 

2. Find a webhost company

3. Blog layout & style (try to get a minimal clean layout)

4. Content structure (e.g. categories) - I think this is the most important step before launching your blog because this is kind of connected to your blog layout as well.

5. Start writing 

posted 9 months ago
 
Taliscollection
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Forgot to mention, please visit my blog www.blog.talis.com.au (daily update) 

Happy blogging everyone!!! :)

posted 9 months ago
 
lizolsen2011
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Thank you @Taliscollection for all your help. You are a blog genius!

Visit her blog it is really good :)

posted 9 months ago
 
Taliscollection
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@lizolsen2011  you are welcome!! i've been through this and believe bloggers should work together and help each other. :) stay in touch!! 

posted 9 months ago
 
lizolsen2011
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I've been trying to send you a msg. but I don't think it is going through. Is it Domain Name then Wordpress.org?

Thanks so much. Let me know if I can help you.

posted 9 months ago
 
Taliscollection
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Oh didn't you receive my message? I registered domain first. 

posted 9 months ago
 
lizolsen2011
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Thanks so much! Disregard my messages then.

posted 9 months ago
 
lizolsen2011
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@Taliscollection - Should I do .com or .org when registering a domain name? Do I have to do .org bc I will be using wordpress.org?

Anyone else who may know this feel free to help too. Thanks so much!

posted 9 months ago
 
pupuren
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I host my blog on wordpress.org too, and you're not limited to a .org. Mine is a .com! There are so many options out there, I heard there's even new domain website suffixes like .photography. As long as you're able to register it, anything goes.

Have you found a webhost company yet? You might wanna register a domain name together with signing up because some companies offer dicsounts if you get the domain name via. 

In addition, you might want to check out which webhosting offers one-click wordpress installation. I use Dreamhost and they make installing my wordpress blog so easy! 

posted 9 months ago
 
lizolsen2011
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.com it is. I thought wordpress.org is a webhost co.? That is what I was going to use. (This stuff is very tricky).

Did you register your domain name via wordpress.org? can you do that? I was planning on going through Crazydomain and then going to wordpress.org.

I need help :(

posted 9 months ago
 
pupuren
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Well come to think of it, I'm not sure if you want to be hosted on Wordpress.com, or have a self-hosted Wordpress blog. 

Being hosted on wordpress.com would be free, but your domain name would be '[name].wordpress.com'. The downsides is that you are very limited in your ability to tweak your blog layout. Most blog themes offered by wordpress.com do allow customization to a certain degree, but if you want to go into the html level, I think you're out of luck. Another con is the limited amount of space you have for your pictures, videos, and basically any content that you would wish to put up on your blog. I remember using a third party site to host my media when my blog was with wordpress.com.

That said, however, I vaguely remember wordpress.com offering domain name registration for your wordpress.com blog. You'd have to pay them for that. Also, they MAY have paid packages for more space. You'd have to read up on wordpress.com for that; I'm afraid I've only had outdated information ever since I decided to be self-hosted. Same with Blogger and Tumblr- I've noticed some blogs are running on blogger/wordpress/tumblr, only with a purchased domain name. This is much cheaper than if you go by the self-hosted route.

If on the other hand you want a self-hosted blog (which was the assumption throughout most of this thread), this means you need to purchase a server to host your blog. This basically means the space that your blog is going to be in. Now these should cost about a hundred to two hundred dollars a year I think? Then you purchase a domain name (about ten dollars a year) for the blog, and after that you install wordpress from wordpress.org into the space that you bought. 

Have you tried creating a free blog at wordpress.com or blogger.com? You could tinker around with the user interfaces to see which blogging platform you like best. It's also a good starting ground to get your feet wet. Btw I just want to make sure that you know that wordpress.COM is the free one, while wordpress.ORG is basically the one which you pay for.

To answer your question, I bought my domain name 'pupuren.com' through Dreamhost, my host company. I hope this helps clear up any confusion!

posted 9 months ago
 
lizolsen2011
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@renr thanks for your help. unfortunately i'm still confused :(

i plan to use wordpress.org and heard that you had to use bluehost with them. so i was going to use crazydomain to get my name for about $9 a year and then use wrodpress.org and bluehoust? Does that even make sense? I'm only going off of what people have suggested.

What specifially costs $100-200? I don't know if I can afford anything like that right now.

@taliscollection feel free to jump in :)

posted 9 months ago
 
pupuren
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Yup it makes sense. So this means that you want to go the self-hosted route. 

Well I'm not sure if it will help if I use an analogy to describe what thse components are:

1) WEB HOSTING - Say for example you want to create a blog, just like how you want to own a car. First things first, you need to buy some space to keep/park your car in. A webhosting company such as Bluehost.com, Dreamhost.com, Godaddy.com etc provides that space. 

2) DOMAIN NAME - Now your parking space needs a name, otherwise other people can just park their car in your space. You need to reserve it! And that is your domain name. I briefly went to check up Bluehost, and it seems that they give you a free domain name when you sign up to get hosted for $4.95 a month. So you don't have to purchase one at Crazydomain at all.

3) BLOGGING PLATFORM - Lastly, You need a car. Wordpress.org, blogger.com, tumblr.com etc are types of cars that you can choose for your blog. Once you've chosen one type, say Wordpress, You install the platform and start writing in them.

My $100-$200 was for the Web Hosting. To be fair, I'm using a different plan, so it's more expensive. Bluehost offered quite a number of plans, and a brief look into it gave a plan that was $4.95 a month for that space. That's about $60 every year.

I suggest shopping around for web hosting. Bluehost is not the only one out there, and the prices are pretty competitve. Just make sure to read reviews because it has to be reliable! If your web hosting company goes down, that is akin to your parking space being demolished, taking your car with you. All your blog content is being hosted by your web hosting company. 

posted 9 months ago
 
Taliscollection
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@lizolsen2011 this is what you need to do:

1. register a domain (e.g. crazydomain)

2. Set up a webhost (e.g. godaddy or bluehost)

3. Add a domain and install wordpress (in the c-panel of the webhost company)

Don't worry about the exact procedures. You can either set up a webhost first or register a domain first. It doesnt matter. It may be hard to understand the logic. Here is the video of explaning how to get the above 3 steps done. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahwz8DG7ekA

Hope this helps. Let me know if otherwise :) 

posted 9 months ago
 
lizolsen2011
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Thank you for your help. I am in the process of them verifying my domain name then off to step 2. The video is a bit overwhelming so I think I'll just take it step by step. Your help has been invaluable.

posted 9 months ago
 
lizolsen2011
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Thank you everyone! It isn't finished but it is up and running.

http://www.lookfortheoccasion.com/

thank you @Taliscollection check out the Inspiration post

posted 9 months ago
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