Mini Series: Starting a WordPress Blog #1, Today: “Okay, so I’ll just pay and then I can have a pretty blog, right?”

August 19, 2014 fun 11

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How to NOT Start a WordPress Blog

Setting Up a Hosting Account (Not a How To)

So, how do I do this, do I just go to wordpress.org and pay them or what? What do they mean find a web host? How many are there??? Oh, is that like that godaddy thing I heard of? Wow, um, that’s a lot of options. Oh, hang on this site links to the ones wordpress recommends. Darn it, godaddy isn’t on there. Blue Host is looking good… Nice tutorial, seems easy to set up… What do you mean they don’t host porn? This tutorial person is praising that under values? The eff is wrong with him? What if they take my site down because of a racy book cover? Okay okay, let’s see… HostGator’s website is all over the place… Laughing Squid has a great design! So you just upload WordPress with the one-click thing like on the other websites? Hang on, hang on, they don’t have that? Weeeeeeeell… Maybe it’s not that hard, let’s take a look. Okay, you have to download something and- you know what never mind. Let’s Google again. Meh, HostGator being recommended again… Really didn’t like their design… HOSTGATOR COUPON CODE, LET’S DO THIS BITCHES. Ooooh, only 3$ dollars a month? That sounds great!!! What do you mean I can only have one domain? Like I could LIMIT myself that way, pfff… Unlimited domains, that sounds better! Okay, 8$/m, that’s definitely more… PAY UPFRONT FOR A WHOLE YEAR AM I FRICKIN’ BILL GATES!???

— 3 minutes later —

But I really want a nice blog. Like, REALLY. All the cool blogs run on wordpress.org. Hmmm… I did save some money…. I mean how high can the electricity bill be, right? So, ’bout 80 bucks for a year, I can live with that… Country: Germany, let’s check the final bill again to see if everything’s alri- HEY! Where did those extra 20 bucks come from!?? Wait, wait, wait… Value Added Tax? I have to pay the frickin’ tax when I buy something ONLINE? Just because I’m from Germany? That’s discrimination, I have half a mind to sue them. Okay, okay if it’s on wikipedia it must be right. Man, that’s A LOT OF MONEY. I’m a student, isn’t there a discount or something? I mean, like, who can live without a blog today, it’s practically a basic neccessity… for pretentious hipsters. Aaaanyway, let’s do this. Okay, so I paid, what now? cPanel, backend, the eff? Okay, okay that doesn’t look too bad. I’m actually starting to like this stupid blue dinosaur or whatever it is supposed to be. AHA WordPress one-click install, awesome. Already updated, this fast? Yay, this is so easy. Soooooo… where is my website?

Part 2

11 Responses to “Mini Series: Starting a WordPress Blog #1, Today: “Okay, so I’ll just pay and then I can have a pretty blog, right?””

    • calla

      calla

      Thanks, I’m glad you enjoyed it. :) Haha yeah, it’s sort of fun figuring it all out, but you have to invest a lot of time and be prepared to still suck at it for a while.

      I love Ashley’s designs, your blog included! I’d love to hire her, but she’s too expensive for me, especially after splashing out on the hosting account, so I’ll just enjoy them from afar. :D
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  1. Giselle

    Haha yeah it’s a bit at the start especially if you want a design as well or a nice theme, but moving to WP is totally worth it. I also recommend Ashley she did mine and she’s a doll to work with. She makes everything super easy and she will let you know what you should buy and what’s more worth your money, too! If you can’t afford her whole design you should at least get her UBB plugin. It’s an incredible time saver and was made especially for book blogs. It will change your blogging life! THAT’s how awesome it is!!
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  2. Savannah @Coffee, Books & My Kindle

    Another Ashley’s fan here.

    I started my blog on Worpddress.com and I hated so limited it was. I never felt comfortable there. Two months ago I moved with Bookhost.io and I love it. Ashley made all the arrangement, I adore UBB plugin it’s the best. The reviews look so pretty.

    I would love have the money for purchase a customized theme of her ;)
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    • calla

      calla

      Like you, I also had a blog on wordpress.com before. Mostly because I didn’t do enough research about the difference between wordpress.com and wordpress.org before I set it up because I just wanted something fast.

      WordPress.org is so much better and I’m really enjoying it a lot more than wordpress.com! A customized theme would be great… maybe someday. :)
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  3. Inge @ Bookshelf Reflections

    I have no idea what I just read hahaha. It all sounds very complicated and I would’ve run back to Blogspot a long time ago. Luckily, I have a co-blogger (also from Germany) who deals with the technical aspects – she created the blog and then asked me to join a couple months later. I just sit here, write posts, and look pretty.
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    • Vlora

      Vlora

      Thanks! :D

      It does seem very daunting at first, but it’s actually not that hard to understand the basics. I’d definitely recommend making the switch when you have some time on hand though! Once you’ve set up the site, it’s far less work. Although you’ll probably keep tweaking it and adding cool features anyway. :)
      Personally, I think it’s worth the money and the time because you have complete power over everything related to your website, especially if you’ve been blogging for a while!

      With this blog, I was using WordPress.org from the start, but I have another one (which I don’t really use much anymore) and HostGator transferred all my content to the new site for free (they only do that for one blog when you register, but they were pretty fast), so I wouldn’t even pay extra for that. Not sure all hosting services do it though. Good luck with your new blog if you do decide to take the leap! :)
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