Some people even see setting up a wordpress database as synonymous as setting up a SpaceX space shuttle program. Seriously! 🙂
Here are a couple of concrete examples of (real) emails I get from people like yourself:
I am looking to set up a WordPress blog, but I am at a total loss. Can you set it up for me? I look forward to hearing from you!
I attempted to start my own blog and I’ve gotten stuck in a few areas… Please can you help me and any suggestions you have.
I am new to internet and need someone to help me with the following:
1. setup/customize a wordpress site and theme I purchased
2. connect plugins to this site
Was told this would be simple and easy. but was harder to do than I thought..
But if you feel this would be an easy job for you, please write me back..
Not sure if you can help me out –
I bought a theme for wordpress that is designed to work as an ecommerce site, only after I purchased it I realized it is not something I can install onto my wordpress blog.
So, yesterday I added webhosting to my domain I registered through namecheap.com, and through cPanel and Filezilla, I have been trying to connect and import wordpress to my domain and I absolutely do not know what I am doing. I have been trying to google answers, but because I know very little about this, I have spent a lot of time trying many options.
What I am wondering, is if there is any way for you to help me out? It seems like this might not be possible, as I would like to be the one updating the website in the future and whatnot, through my own computer, and my problem seems to be with filezilla.
Anyways, if this makes sense at all, can you let me know if there is anything you are able to do?
Thanks in advance!
Well, I do not blame them. Technology is something not easy for most people to grasp.
If you are in such a similar shoe, do not worry. I can help you.
Not only that, I will also freely do the following to get your blog started on the right track:
add a recommended robots.txt file
generate a sitemap which you can submit to google webmaster for your SEO purposes. A Google sitemap will also help your blog urls get indexed quickly on Google.
I will install & configure one of the best SEO plugin, namely All In One SEO Pack – which will help your blog rank higher with search engines like Google.
Configure Akismet to help your wordpress blog fight spammy comments
Configure your wordpress blog to use friendly SEO URLS (also known as permalink). Instead of http://yourdomain.com/?p=1, your url will be pretty (to google bots) as http://yourdomain.com/hello-world/
I will install WP-Optimize – which is WordPress’ most installed optimization plugin. With it, you can clean up your database easily and safely.
I will configure your blog to use https – that is, your blog will be serving web pages securely encrypted using an SSL certificate, using the free LetsEncrypt certificates (worldly popular)
Configure one firstname.lastname@example.org email for you
What’s The Catch?
I highly believe in SiteGround as a quality shared-hosting provider. I have personally met some of their core team members in Bulgaria/Sofia while I was invited at the Bulgarian PHP Conference. We had dinner together, shared the same hotel..etc, great experience.
These guys are some serious quality folks – very dedicated for excellence.
I have also personally tried and tested their shared-hosting plans, before I can even recommend them to you. And happy to say, I am fully satisfied.
Their support is also responsive and they know what they are talking about, unlike a lot of others like bluehost or hostgator.
They are the ones paying me for each customer I send their way.
If you were to pay someone to install WordPress and the above mentioned features & plugins for you, it would cost you at least $100. With me, you do not pay anything, except for the cost of your hosting plan ($3.95 per month) which you pay directly to SiteGround.
To get my free WordPress installation service, all you have to do is:
In my email response to you, I will also include instructions on how to change all your login passwords. I will not keep any of your forwarded credentials. Once WordPress has been setup, I will delete the email completely from my Mail box.
I’m confident you are getting the best value for money web hosting deal right here!
If you are a blogger or a writer, you have inevitably stumbled upon the word ‘pillar article’.
If you have not yet, you are not grinding enough, aye!
Have you ever wondered or thought about how you can define a pillar article?
I bet most of the time you have taken the word for granted and passing over to the next lines. Here is an opportunity to have a discussion, so let us have a talk about pillar articles.
For your info, the definition below comes through my 10yrs+ of blogging experience.
Meaning it is definitely not a copy past from places around the web. That also means, it is not perfect. So I challenge you to get in touch with me to help make this article “The perfect article on what is a pillar article” with your valuable contribution (due credit will be given)!
What Is A Pillar Article?
I define a pillar article as an article depicting all of the following:
Is a lengthy article which clearly, concisely and deeply explains the subject matter.
Makes you feel that the writer has expertise in what he/she is saying and hence demonstrate an authority. The author knows exactly what he is writing about and will often share his experience or elaborate on different facets.
The structure of the article consists of:
a clear, simple definition
a full-fledged body (with balancing views where applicable & depending on context)
with credible/solid examples and analogies to help any reader better relate and understand the context
the author’s recommendation when applicable
The content itself is very unique, wonderfully structured, well researched coupled with the author’s own writing styles. (Very much like a balanced diet with an exquisite dessert)
The article is evergreen – it will still be valuable for the next incoming years and not time sensitive.
Why Write A Pillar Article?
Writing pillar articles, are very attractive and appealing to bloggers. They are willing to link-back or talk about your article with a happy heart.
You are not just writing an article for the sake of writing it or for search engines, but you are writing for humans, providing your readers with good, valuable content. Hence you are showing that:
you value your readership
you are not wasting the time of your readers
you are serious with what you are writing
your article rocks!
On the whole, a pillar article lures and increases traffic to your website, because you are providing value and useful content.
What Does It Take To Write A Pillar Article?
(1) Time and energy demanding.
Writing pillar articles is NOT like writing about ‘What John Chow is eating everyday‘ or what ‘Shoemoney is doing at PubCons‘.
Obviously, in addition to your own expertise, you will need to make some research.
You will need to refine and proofread your article to make sure it is of a high standard.
For some it might take hours and hours, for others it takes days and still for some it might even take weeks.
But it all depends on your personal skills, passion, experience and maturity.
Assuming you have the habit of writing, I think 2hrs is just enough, else I think you need to stop blogging and start writing for Readers Digest!
(2) Passion and true desire to write.
If you don’t have a free will to write a pillar article, just forget about it. Better not write, than spoiling the article and your credibility.
How To Write A Pillar Article?
I think if you have a passion to write a pillar article, I don’t need to tell you how to do it.
It’s like football, if you have passion to play it, you will play your own tunes – like Ronaldinho or Cristiano Ronaldo.
But still, keeping in mind that not everyone is an artist, I will briefly give you some hints as follows, but these are not by any means the only approach.
Choose a topic or subject which you are confident about or which you have had enough experience with.
Brainstorm ideas without any reading or research.
Now go make some research if you feel the need (but whatever your skills, research is important to keep you on track).
Link your ideas + the one you’ve acquired through research.
Sit down with an inspirational mind, write your article.
Proofread your article and come back later to make sure everything that you wrote is still making sense and is ready to be ‘published’.
Writing a pillar article is very much like writing a poem or crafting painting (art). Just feel the inspiration and let the spirit guide you to write some wonderful masterpieces.
They spend their entire time and energy crafting that best blog post, day in and day out. Most of them excel at writing good articles. While some even transcends to the next level in consistently and persistently coming up with pillar articles.
While writing is their skillset, most of the bloggers in the blogosphere are not techie – they have little to no technological expertise, specially when it comes to the web hosting world.
Technical terms like bandwidth, I/O rate limit, SSD or HDD, DNS, Cores, DDOS attacks..etc can easily intimidate someone who wants to start an online blog to pursue his/her objectives.
Choosing the appropriate web hosting for your blog, can be a confusing task.
If not done right, you can undergo some unnecessary mental stress.
Yes, web hosting can get you some pretty serious headache! Either you create an awareness about it, or let someone with experience help you with it.
While there are quite a few different types of web hosting, I will walk you through the main three which are directly applicable to bloggers and hence essential to be aware of.
I will also touch on some important points you also need to think about.
The main three web hosting types we will explore are:
Shared web hosting
Managed wordpress hosting
Shared Web Hosting
Shared web hosting has existed since so many years.
It is the most common type of web hosting that is used by bloggers world-wide.
But for the mindful and for the wise, shared hosting is also the least recommended solution to host your websites.
What Is Shared Web Hosting
As the name implies, the ‘web hosting’ is being shared – shared with other people like yourself.
What’s actually being shared you say?
You are sharing all of the following with 100s or 1000s of people:
same hard disk space – files/folders are not contained, they are just given the appropriate ‘ownership’ levels
same memory (RAM disk)
same IP address
In layman’s term, consider this as you are sharing the same house with other people – where you are typically sharing everything like rooms, wash room, kitchen, dining table, utensils, glasses, plates, washing machine, microwave, same phone and the same physical mailing address..etc, etc.. got the idea?
So if a thief is to break into that house, all the all the belongings of the people sharing that house are compromised equally.
That’s exactly how shared hosting functions. It’s true that sharing a house with several other members alleviate the cost of rental, but with a higher degree of compromises.
Are you willing to go on that path?
If you are just starting and want to play around, sure you can. But if you are meticulous and plan for long-term, you should probably stay away from that kind of setup.
Advantages Of Shared Hosting
Very cheap pricing
Since you are sharing space & resources with other people, the provider can afford to charge you a very cheap pricing.
Pricing can be as low as $1 per month. Let’s say you have opted for the $3.99 starter package.
Easiness to handling the server yourself using a hosting control panel – a graphical user interface (GUI).
Most shared host provide you a do-it-yourself dashboard.
The software that powers these dashboard depends on the web host provider, but these dashboard are very often powered by the famous cpanel, while others are just variants of it or custom made.
Such control panel allows you to setup a lot things on your server like setting up sub-domains, addon domains, create & manage databases, setting up email address, create a new website..etc
Here is a video showing you how the cpanel dashboard looks like:
Most of those shared-host provider, like the awesome SiteGround, will offer to move your whole website from your old web host to them, without any additional cost.
Free domain name during your first year with them
To entice potential clients, most shared-host, if not all of them, offers their client a free .com domain name (for which you will need to pay after the first year) as part of their shared-hosting package.
But be wary of the following: The domain name most of the time is not actually yours – see below disadvantage part.
Affiliate program to make you earn a few bucks per referral
The business of shared-hosting is dependent on the quantity of clients.
Since their pricing are cheap, they need to get as many people onbaord as they possibly can.
So just the monthly rental fees are not enough for them to generate a sustained revenue. To increase the odds of their revenue, they extend it by offering what is called as ‘get paid to refer them clients’.
In simple terms, when you refer someone to them, they will pay you a small commission. Some of them pays decent commissions – for example SiteGround pays $50 per referral.
Disadvantages Of Shared Hosting
The advantages of shared-hosting provides, can actually also be their disadvantages. Let examine those.
Cheap pricing also means ‘low quality’
Low quality in terms of server resources and also server hardware quality.
Very uncomfortable to move your stuffs to another web host
In this world where change is happening faster than you breath, it is inevitable that you will change web hosting space at least twice in your journey.
With a shared-host, moving your gigabytes of data (images, database and project source) is hard as hell.
This is because most, if not all, shared-hosting only allows data to be transferred via the oldish, archaic FTP transfer protocol which is so time consuming – not to mention the frequent ‘session time-out’ which will add to your frustration.
An intermediate level of knowledge with server technical stuffs, is definitely needed
While you can argue with me that shared-host provides give you a nice GUI or ‘one-click solution’ to help you get things done quickly and intuitively, I will be in-your-face saying that without a sound understand of ins-and-outs of servers.
You will not be proficient in handling it all by yourself.
Try it out for a couple of week and get back to me with your feedback – via email email@example.com. 🙂
Free domain without full control or ownership
Most of the time when shared-host provides you with a free domain name, it comes at an expense.
You do not really own that domain.
They proxy it you as the owner internally, but they retain account & full ownership on the domain name. Most of them do not provide you with a means to transfer your domain name to another domain registrar if you leave their hosting service at anytime in the future.
You lose your domain name with the hard earned branding and fame you created.
Note: That said, some of those providers do provide a healthy assistance though. They will generously act politely and help you in transferring your domain. To be on the safe side, before you buy their service, always contact them and ask all the questions that you have in your mind.
When you arrive at that aha moment in your blogging endeavours, you will suddenly realise you have started to gain some powers.
You are no more that newbie blogger who started a year or two ago (assuming you have been consistent). You also feel you can do even more in your blogging progression.
This also means, your site is handling more traffic per day, let’s say an average of 150+ visitors per day.
What is now preventing you from going that extra mile?
Your web hosting becomes too slow for your new super powers. That is the moment you will need to take a hard decision. Will you upgrade your existing shared-hosting to a higher shared-hosting package (say $15 per month), after all your web host provider promises more resources, but now at a higher pricing.
If I can advise you. I would strongly recommend you opt for a VPS hosting if you are a technical person and know the drill.
Else you could simply opt for a managed vps hosting.
At that more or less the same price of $5 per month as your starter shared-hosting package, you can get a higher performance server with better hardware and resources.
Even better, it will not be shared. That is now the time to introduce to you what we call the VPS Hosting option.
What Is VPS Hosting
VPS stands for virtual private server.
Some people also like term it as virtual personal server. Here there are two main things to draw your attention to:
Yes VPS runs and are creating under a virtualised environment using softwares like OpenVZ, Xen or KVM..etc
Don’t worry too much about this if you do not know what it is. I will explain these in a another article.
Implies you have a private space, dedicated fully to you – you do have privacy and flexibility
Let me explain to you in layman’s term.
Consider a condominium (aka condo) which is a type of real estate divided into several units that are each separately owned, surrounded by common areas jointly owned.
In this kind of setup your housing space is completely independent of any other housing space of other people. You have privacy and dedicated things like rooms (all of them), kitchen, wash room, bathroom, dining room, water supply, gas supply, electricity supply..etc. A condo also provides a common entrance to get inside its compound, with one or more dedicated security staff for the whole space.
So at any point in time, if a thief penetrates the condo, he can possibly attack any one house at a time.
But that will not affect (physically) any other house. So any such incident would be isolated.
In that same way, a VPS is a small self-contained server, our unit housing, space which sits on a bigger and highly performing server named as a dedicated server, our condo (We will not go in detail with dedicated servers as it’s out of scope for this article).
The VPS runs its own copy of an operating system (OS), most usual a linux-flavored distro like Ubuntu Server. The VPS is also assigned fully dedicated resources like RAM memory, hard disk space, computing power aka Cores.
Advantages of VPS Hosting (as compared to shared-hosting)
The cost of a VPS server can be as low as $5, almost same as a starter package for a shared-hosting package, but with more glaring advantages than the latter.
Since you have an independent and self-contained server, you are not sharing anything in your “house”.
This is 100% more secure than a shared-hosting approach
Reliability (think dedicated resources)
Having sure dedicated and stable resources (like RAM, disk and CPU) at your disposal, you can better plan and expect website reliability
Unlike a shared-hosting package, the resources made available by a VPS is fully scalable.
You can increase RAM size or disk space size or CPU very easily.
Dedicated IP Address(es)
Unlike a shared-hosting package, a VPS offer one free dedicated IP address.
If you need more dedicated IP addresses for each of the website that you will host, this is also made available at an additional minimal cost.
I remind you that one dedicated IP address per site is good for your SEO (Search Engine Optimization) strategy.
With a VPS, you get full control of your OS and inner configurations.
Does your website or application needs a specific PHP configuration to be enabled?
Does your website has a pre-requirement to install a specific server module?
Don’t worry! VPS has your back covered – meaning you can get all that installed and configured to your heart’s desire.
Needless to say that you also have complete full root access to your VPS system. This kind of approach is usually not possible with a shared-hosting environment.
Easy to move your stuffs (think virtual nomad)
In my 10yrs+ experience with web hosting, moving from one web host to another is inevitable.
The reason varies, but more often is either you saw a new opportunity where the cost/resource ratio is better than your previous one or you found a more reliable host.
With a VPS, since you have full access, you can move Gigabytes of data more easily and smoothly via a simple bash command (scp or rsync), versus the traditional FTP transfer that shared-hosting offer you which would take several hours and energy for transferring these.
Disadvantages of VPS Hosting
You need to have technical knowledge
With a VPS, you absolutely need to know what you are doing.
Think of it like configuring everything inside a bare house skeleton – where you need to create room separation, build the sink, build the kitchen entirely, build the wash room, the toilet, the wash room, the dining room, heck everything inside the house that will actually make the house look like a house.
So can you afford doing all that?
Are you ready to sacrifice your time and energy to get versed with the INs and OUTs of servers?
Not to mention, getting into the frequent frustrations of when your website fails, your database gets corrupted or you have to re-install everything.
And even if you teach yourself to do that, can you go levels beyond to make your server be in the league of PROs in terms of “optimization” and “security”?
If the answer to the above is NO, but you STILL WANT to have a VPS because shared-hosting is 100% a no-no, then the next type of web-hosting IS FOR YOU!
Managed vps hosting to the rescue.
Managed VPS Hosting
So you are now in a confusing state of mind.
You know you should not choose shared-hosting because you know you deserve better.
But you also does not want to choose VPS hosting because you are not confident enough about taming it, due to the highly technical facets involved.
If you are in that state of mind, let me reassure you that you are now at the right doorstep, you just need to knock at it with a smile.
Yes, I mean it! Read on..
What Is Managed VPS Hosting
In a simple sentence, Managed VPS Hosting = VPS Hosting + skillful housemaids.
If you are someone who is living a busy lifestyle and cannot afford to clean your house (the one which you rent within a condo we mentioned above), you are most probably exploring the possibilities to employ a maid to “outsource” all your manual house-chores (including all the dirty tasks of cleaning the washroom, bash-room..etc you get it).
After all, why not?
You deserve it.
If you want to succeed in life, if you want to be able to achieve your daily goals to meet your long-term objectives, you cannot afford to lose energy and time with things that you are not supposed to be wasting time with.
You can argue with me that cleaning your house is not a waste of your time because it is your house. But let me get in your face and reiterate that doing your house-chores yourself is one of the most time and energy drainers in your life.
Why should you bother to cook, when your maid can ready up everything for you this evening?
Have a nice home-made meal (made by your amazing maid) and get back to your online activities, get that entrepreneurship going!
So as now this is getting clearer to you, a managed VPS hosting is when you rent a service with someone or a company who/which will completely handle all the server aspects for – from setting up the VPS, configuring your domain name to doing frequent and periodic updates to your server.
You can thus enjoy the power of a VPS without even bothering about how it works or how to set-it-up – enjoy!
Advantages of Managed VPS Hosting
You do not need to learn any technical stuffs. You do not need to know how a server works. You do not need to know how to apply updates. You do not need to do anything when or if the server has any issue. You do not need to bother when you need to restore to a previous backup.
You just sit back and relax.
You just let the guy or the company who is providing you that service, to fully manage everything for you – you just give your orders/requirements!
With a managed vps hosting, you get quality and dedicated support.
Any time you have an issue or a request, just contact the service provider and the job is done.
Run your blog on steroids
Quality managed VPS hosting providers, do provide high performing servers with top-notch additional features.
It’s really worth your salt.
They also use most of the latest technological stuffs under the hood.
Security & updates done for you
Whenever there is a major (security) update that needs to be done, you are covered.
Disadvantages of Managed VPS Hosting
Can be expensive
Unfortunately, the luxury of getting a skillful maid, will cost you additional expense.
But if you know what you are doing, if you are a serious blogger and is making money online, or if you want to be in the leagues of people making money online, then outsourcing your server dirty tasks to an expert, is worth ALL the while.
All the best with your endeavors, may you be successful!
So shared-hosting is similar to a university student sharing his room with one or more colleagues in the university campus apartments.
A VPS is an established person or a confident person who decides to live in an independent, fully own (by him) house unit within a condo.
While a managed VPS hosting is the person living in a condo, and with the intelligent use of his time and energy by leveraging his house-chores to a housemaids.
My advice to you:
When to use shared-hosting
If you are really starting out without any clue of the web world, or if you are very very tight on budget, start with a shared-hosting – you can confidently use SiteGround as your shared-host, I am fully confident with their quality and service.
A Small Long Intro | My Journey Into The Blogosphere
Pitfalls I Came Across
I started my journey online when I stepped into the university life.
I spent countless of hours & nights reading, practicing, researching and getting myself versed with “blogs & the blogosphere”. I always wanted to have that perfect approach to everything.
I’ve tried many different content management systems (CMS). I even spent time to code a custom one.
Needless to say it was so energy intensive.
I was spending more time coding and coding every feature that I foresee I needed.
By then, I started asking myself when will I have the time `in my long list of “todo”` for actually creating my blog and focusing on blogging? #pitfall01
I decided to jump on a third-party hosted blogging platforms.
Back in 2006-ish, blogger.com was as famous as myspace (yes myspace was kinda the facebook thing at that time). So I went with blogger. It was not really what I wanted.
I had by then tried many other type of platforms – most of them, if not all, were not flexible. Why?
I could not say I “own” my blogging platform.
It would be easy for me later to migrate my content elsewhere as I have no access to my database of content.
WordPress was the other rival and also gaining in popularity in the blogosphere. After a while, I tried the hosted wordpress.com platform. It was OK, better than blogger in term of features and usability.
But still, it is restricted. I had to use what they offer.
And I would still get migration problems.
It was also not mine.
I was writing on someone else’s platform, to not say compound. Just like you are writing on the wall of facebook – it’s not yours! It is the full property of facebook. #pitfall02
I was finally conquered by the self-hosted version of wordpress.com, which is wordpress.org.
I documented myself about the INs and OUTs of wordpress.
Finally I felt like I came across a software that I could do, modify and add any functionality I desire.
That feeling is still the same. As it is now (in 2019) 13yrs since I blog and wordpress for me is the best blogging platform.
Best of all, I can host it myself and claim my webspace as my property – I had access and full ownership to all asset files (like images), the database (which contains all my content & all the configurations) and also the source code of the wordpress system.
I was adamant in crafting my first custom (self-made) “theme” for wordpress as well. The free themes were not appealing to me. It took me hours and weeks of work.
I had to dig deep to make it work irrespective of the devices it would be viewed in (responsive web designing was not as easy as it is today). Instead of blogging, I had drained much of my energy into designing/coding my theme. #pitfall03
I still remember all the countless nights I had googled on how to get the best free web hosting for my blog.
My first blog was running on a 100% free web hosting. Only then after a couple of months, as and when I was gaining in server knowledge and skills, I finally realised there is nothing that is 100% free online.
Worst, free web hosting is a 101% NO-NO if you want to succeed.
I lost my database. I lost everything. I had to start back.
This time, I bought a premium shared-hosting. In my entire blogging life, I had experienced with using four shared-hosting. Stay away from most of them, if you can afford to. #pitfall04
Since then, over the last 10 years, I have started more than a dozen of blogs online. All of them from scratch.
I tried many web hosting providers, as well as different web hosting types. I have experimented with many approaches.
I have devised and developed my own way of doing things. I have also come up with my own way of building/installing my own web servers and logistics to maximise the chances of my blogging journey.
In that respect, I can convincingly and humbly say that I know at least one thing or two, which I can use to help you.
My most gratifying blog in terms of self-satisfaction is undoubtedly 7php.com.
Because it was a blog that I started out of pure genuine passion for something. That something was about “PHP – a web scripting language”.
I blogged and blogged, without caring about money and energy I invested into it. I had no expectation in making any kind of financial profit from it, although I can very much do it due to the visibility (in The PHP Community) I have gotten from it.
I have made clever use of tools and resources so that I could stay focus on only ONE thing – that is writing content.
Till date, I still blog and you will not find any kind of monetization on it. It’s simply a medium where I express my passion and to engage and be part of a community. That’s the biggest gratification I have ever had in my life.
So blogging can be awesome.
Blogging can make you derived genuine self-interest in yourself and in your passion. It can also make you earn a decent income online.
In whatever way you want to shape it, it is your own decision.
But before you can actually decide which way to go, you need to take that first step.
You need to have a solid platform and enough know-how about the blogging tools & ecosystem around to help you do what actually matters “writing content for your blog and make it successful”.
Can You Start A Blog For Free?
Yes you can.
You can use blogging services like wordpress.com or blogger.com. It is really free.
They host the blog system for you. They give you a platform to write your content. Think of it like facebook or linkedin. You get a platform where you can express your views.
But you can do only “what they allow you to do”. And most important of all, you will need to pay for most of the obvious additional stuffs that you would like to have – that’s their business model.
But look a bit further than that. Let us assume you are using wordpress.com. Here are the following disadvantages I see:
In the future, if you want to move away from them, it is not easy. They will not give you an export of your important data like all the images you have uploaded and the database which contains all the content you have written. Although for the content, you can probably use a wordpress importer plugin to import them. But it’s not neat.
You are not in full control of the power that a blogging tool can give you. They offer you very limited plugins and themes. The idea is to make you pay for each and every other additional feature you need.
You are not allowed to install any other plugin or theme – whether it is open-source or purchased. They are clever, they want you to spend your money with them only.
You do not own the blog, it’s not yours, full stop!
If you want to run ads for monetizing your blog, this is not straight forward – either they will want a share of your revenue or they would just prevent you from doing it. WordPress.com for example is strict with regards to allowing you to monetize your blog.
People see your blogging initiatives as “not serious, not professional”. View this as someone who is renting a room in a big house somewhere, versus someone who actually has his/her own house. Which one of them you would see more serious/stable in life? Indeed, same principle goes with blogging.
You cannot build a brand that way. If you want to build a reputation and a brand, specially if you aspire to make money out of your blogging niche, you are better off getting everything setup on a server that you know you have full flexibility and which you purchased.
You will have little to no real value in terms of SEO and Search visibility.
Free Is Expensive
As you have seen above, free will give you headache.
Free will prevent your creativity from flourishing.
This now gets us to the main subject matter of this article: how I can help you create a blog in only TWO steps!
The TWO Steps To Create A Blog For You
Baring in mind all the pitfalls that I went through above and the disadvantages I see can hinder your blogging efforts, I have devised value-for-money and no-brainer solutions.
During the last couple of years I have helped a lot of people with their web hosting and wordpress needs.
I reply to so many emails. All my advices are always free.
I ended up doing this frequently. Nevertheless I enjoy doing it.
That’s why I decided to launch my services. Let’s have a look at how much I can simplify your blogging journey, with only TWO STEPS!
On WP Plus Plus, I can show you guidance about how to blog (through my articles and videos). I can teach you how to manage wordpress so that you can hit the “publish” button.
But at the end of the day, you are the only one that need to sit down in a quite place (or somewhere you feel motivated) and write that content.
So in this step you will need to spare some time and get yourself some super powers for the following:
learn how to use wordpress as a blogging platform
learn how to write good content. But the most simple way to start is by actually “starting to write”. Write anything that comes in your mind. Do not care about grammars or good english. At least not for the first months of your blogging journey. Because if you have been consistent in blogging for one month, you will feel a desperate need to know more and get better at blogging.
So all this sounds doable, right?
Right! It is! I’m here to make that happen.
The Traditional 8 Steps For Creating A Blog
Without my service or without a managed wordpress hosting, here are the normal traditional steps that awaits you:
Choose what is the right blogging platform to use – this involves you scratching your head and spending time to google here and there. You are always in a confused state in your mind.
Search & purchase an available domain name – You need to be able to know how to configure domain names & also which domain registrar to use.
Search for a quality web hosting – involves time to google and to ask around to know which is the best value for money web hosting, but also with a good quality both in service and support.
Configure your web hosting and domain configurations – involves a learning curve in knowing how all these fit together.
Install & configure wordpress – another learning curve + you would need to learn how to optimize & secure your wordpress blog.
Search for a good theme – chances are you might not get it right as there are so many sources of themes around.
search for solid plugins – there are tons out there, you will need to see if the plugin is of good quality.
Start writing content for your blog.
I have explained to you the pitfalls when you are new to the blogosphere. It can very much get daunting to start a blog on your own.
Much time and energy would be spent before you can actually sit down to write good content. This can easily eat up your main motivation, specially if you arrive at that moment where you can feel “I give up”.
I have already been through all those moments. I am taking a step forward to help people like yourself. I do not want you to get in probable frustrations. I want you to stay focus on writing content and promoting your blog.
I love to serve people.
I am a professional software engineer at my roots. I am passionate about server stuffs and setting things up for people.
I have been doing it countless times. Most of the time, freely and benevolently, for example I have sponsored the Aeronautical Society of Mauritius – I have setup everything from scratch for them.
Meaning I gave my time freely. I do not expect anything in return, specially that AESM has nothing to do with my career path.
So I can wholeheartedly and convincingly tell you to take the TWO Step approach to create your blog.
Do that and you are looking at a future that’s free from having to “scratch your head & waste your energy” to get your blog/website up and running.