I’m sure you can tell just by reading this post that the blog has changed. I changed the home page too, so check it out: after reading this entry, just click either my blog title or my picture in the left-hand corner to see the new homepage. It’s a new theme and it’s just a start to some changes I’m currently debating about. Please comment because I would love some advice!
I am starting to take ownership of the blog. If you didn’t notice, I have a new blog address. I did a lot of research and so I wanted to share some thing that I have learned.
- ‘Buying’ a domain is basically renting the internet “www.(insertyouraddress). (com/net/org/etc)” There are so many websites to do purchase your new URL. It’s typically a one year ownership, but there are longer terms if you desire.
- After you buy the domain, you actually need a web service to host your website. For instance, the typical free blogging platforms include: blogspot, wordpress, tumblr. Every website is a little different, but basically you reroute your web address of the blogging platform to your main blog.
- You don’t have to use a free platform. Many websites that sell the domains, also offer their hosting services as well. If you go for a paid hosting service, it’s more of a monthly fee that starts as low as $4/month and goes up from there. These are more time intensive to set up and you should have a little bit of internet know-how to get your website actually running. That said, you have a lot more flexibility, are able to make money, and it’s really the only way to go if you are running a company.
- A recommendation that I picked up. While the websites offer ‘packaged deals’ with domain names and hosting services, most buyers should be a cautious before doing this. In fact, it is more recommended to buy these services from separate companies. The same goes with buying your own e-mail.
So, at the moment, I’m not ready to take the financial plunge nor ready to commit to the time to self host my blog. As I said, I bought my domain name. I ended up using GoDaddy: and I do so for a couple of reasons. First of all, they have cheap start-up rates. Secondly, I found a great promotion coupon online. Last, I decided I really did not want to use them if/when I decide to host my own blog. My blog is currently hosted for free on WordPress. I am really open to hearing more ideas on whether or not to go to a self-hosted blog…especially if anyone has any experiences. Alternatively, if you can link some good articles to reference, I would very much appreciate it.
In addition to monetary changes, I’m thinking about going through my older posts and dividing them up and/or editing them. I’ve actually started going through some and expanding on others. Let’s be honest, many of my older blog posts need some work. I could make them better and give them the editing they deserve! If I do this, it will probably mean less new posts for a while, and then those that are subscribed might get a ‘new post’ update that’s not really new…so there is that. I know this is just a personal blog but I’d like for it to be a bit more professional and a place to showcase my writing. If you read through any of my posts that are particularly painful, please comment on it, so that I can fix it up. Thank you in advance!