In this post, I want to focus on your website. Many people have canned websites from their professional organization, such as AMTA or ABMP. Free is not always better. Free sites do not give you total control over appearance and content. Some free sites put advertising on your site. These are just some of the many reasons to have your own site, and to host it yourself. In this post, I’m going to talk about the do it yourself approach. There are many pieces of the puzzle, the first of which, is the hosting company.
The hosting company is where your website will physically reside. Usually, this is where you first go to get your domain name. While most people go to Go Daddy, I like to use FatCow. They are much less expensive, and everything is included. Setting up a blog is automated, with FatCow, you get unlimited domains, and your first domain is free. I’ve done web design for clients who use other hosting companies, and invariably they are problematic because it is very difficult to get access to the back end of the site. (I’m using some technical terms here–please feel free to contact me for clarification if you’re thinking of building your own site).
You will start out with searching for your domain name. It is preferable to have a .com name. You can search out possibilities on FatCow site. If you already have a name chosen, all you have to do is type it in. You will find out if a .com is available, as well as “biz, us, net, org.” If these aren’t available, you can attempt variations on the name. If you’re stumped, contact me on facebook via message, and I’ll try to help you with your domain name.
SETTING UP YOUR WEBSITE
I strongly recommend that you use WordPress for your website. Within FatCow, you control everything in your account with cPanel.
On your cPanel, there is an icon for “Simple Scripts.”
Within the SimpleScripts box, there is an icon for WordPress. Click on it.
You then have a 4-step process for setting up your WordPress site.
Step one gives you a choice of where you want it installed. Use the default installation.
Step 2 gives you advanced options. You want advanced options. Give your site a name, put in your username, and put in a password.
Finally, for step 4, check the “I have read the terms…” checkbox.
SimpleScripts will then install WordPress, and when done, send you an email with your login information. You now have a website. The next post will go into how to modify your WordPress installation, and make into your website.