I am still a bit WP dot org shy, but I have finally bit the bullet and gotten shared hosting and have registered two domain names for this project that I will make live once I have all my ducks in a row.
Here is where we step away from the zero cost portion of this blog and look at the investments that one makes to go from amateur to pro. I have invested in a 3-year hosting plan with all the needed security and commerce extras and downloaded the WordPress program.
If you’re like me and thoroughly intimidated by the idea of changing over, I hope this post can shed a bit of light on the process. ^_^
STEP ONE: PICK YOUR DOMAIN NAME
From everything I have read, it’s best to pick a clear and concise name. I would suggest thinking up a few variations on the theme because you have to be sure the website name you want (abc.com or whatever) is actually available. Plus if you are doing eCommerce, you might want to create a few landing pages (a single page where customers enter their information before being forwarded to your main site). If you have a few names in mind, you can purchase those names (if available) once you pick your host. Which leads us to the next step.
STEP TWO: PICK A HOST
If you are using WordPress.com, you could do like I did with emunaendeavor.org and just pay WP $30/yr to host it within WP.com, but that will limit your revenue options especially if you have only a little bit of traffic currently. The good news if you are doing like me and transitioning from dot-com to dot-org is that the back-end site set up is virtually the same as on dot-com.
I said all that to say that if you go with WordPress for your site design program/template, WP has links to hosts that they are affiliated with. If you’re new to this blog, affiliate links are where the owner of the page posting the link gets a percentage of the sale. So if you like WP and love that they give you a FREE program, then to use one of their suggested hosts is like a “thank you” to them. ^_^
If you are not going with WordPress, then be sure to do your homework to make sure that the host you are selecting is what you need based on your budget and your future goals for your site.
STEP THREE: SET IT ALL UP
OK. You have picked your domain name and it’s available and you have gotten your host and signed up for the plan that matches your needs. Now what? You make it look the way you want! For me, I go to my site URL (zerotoinfinityprocess.com) and I get the big “COMING SOON” screen with the Admin login button, I click it and sign in (FYI, the login will NOT be the same as your WP dot-com login).
This is where I am at. I am going through all the available templates and seeing what plug-ins I need. Did I lose you just then? Yeah, that kind of thing is why I was apprehensive about getting off of the free platform, but not to worry! If you are on WordPress.com everything is very similar to what you are already used to!
When I have everything all set up and ready to go, I will definitely post a link so you can see what I came up with.
Are you on the free WordPress.com platform and thinking of expanding? What types of options were you looking at? Have you already taken the leap? How is that going for you? I would love to hear from you in the comments! ^_^
Hi! My name is Niccolea Miouo Nance. I am a poet, artist, amateur fire-spinner, and soon to be world traveler via sailboat. I love learning new things and challenging myself (hence this project). Above all else, I love to enjoy life and be spontaneous.