100th post- Starting a blog!

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100th post!

Alright, so this is it. My 100th post. 100 seems like a big number, particularly in blogging. There are a number of sites that go up and never make it to a 100. So for this I feel fortunate. The next big mark will be the 1 year blog anniversary on October 26, 2017. 

Blogging has been a great experience thus far. It allows me to put my thoughts down on paper (or computer) and share them with the world. Hopefully among the 7.5 billion people out there, some will find what I have to say of value. If you are reading this, then thank you, because maybe you are one.

Honestly the best part of blogging has been the community. Meeting others through comments, forums, and emails has been rewarding. It is quite the friendly circle and while we are all in it together, there is no competition or animosity.

So I write this post recommending everyone interested in starting a blog to go ahead and do it. Don’t worry about whether your posts are perfect (they never are) or if others are interested (they will). Just start a site and start writing. Later on you can worry about tweeking and perfecting. So off we go.

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Starting a blog

So how did I go about this. I initially used GoDaddy to buy my domains and published my blog on Squarespace. I was happy with the service, layout, and overall ease of use. However, after 4 months I decided to switch WordPress. Here is what I learned after those 4 months.

There was no inherent need to switch at the time. I just realized that with the growth of my site, I wanted the ability to do more. To be able to add plugins, reach out to the blogging community for help improving my blog (the community really is amazing and helpful), and in general have more control over my design. WordPress seemed to be the right choice for that.

So after 4 months I switched to WordPress. I wanted to use a WordPress.org site (not WordPress.com) which means I had to find a hosting company. After reading various sites, I decided that BlueHost was the company for me.

 

BlueHost

Why BlueHost? Well honestly, it seemed easy to use, easy to install WordPress, and relatively cheap. There are always deals out there for cheap hosting. So I switched to BlueHost. They both own my domain and host my site. Here is a step by step on how you can easily start a website.


Setting up a domain and service plan

1) First you have to select a Domain for your site. You can also import an already owned domain if you like.

Think about this for a while, but it should not keep you from starting your site. The domain does not have to be perfect, but I would recommend putting some thought into it. What is the goal of your website. Mine is about Dads and Personal finance, thus the name Dads Dollars Debts. If your’s is about knitting, then maybe a knitting name would be better. Needles And Nuggets anyone?

Think about this for a while. Switching domain names reduced my traffic by half and it has taken me 6 months to my previous level.

 

I would recommend adding privacy for the $10 to $12 a year it costs to the domain. I have accidently not done this before and received close to 50 emails and phone calls the next day. It was brutal. So yes, the $10-$12 for privacy is well worth it.

Adding privacy is well worth the cost.

 

2) Pick a service plan. I recommend a basic plan to start. Better to start cheap and upgrade as your user base grows.  

I would start with the cheapest plan. You can always upgrade later.

 

Start downloading Word Press

3) Login to the cPanel page.  It is up at the top, in the second row, second tab in. Find the Website section then click “Install WordPress”.

The second row, second tab.

 

Scroll down to the “Website” tab and click the “Install WordPress” button. It is the second one from the left.

 

Click install! Bam you did it.

 

4) Choose your Domain Name to Install.

If you want the site’s main page to be the blog, leave the “directory” field next to the domain name blank.

You can also enter a subfolder. I still have not figured out the subfolder system, but apparently you can run a whole separate website (at least the appearance of a separate website) with a entirely different domain name through that subfolder. This can also be done later on after you have figured out blogging for some time. 

Domain name and subfolder.

 

5) Finally click “Install Now”. Wammo your website is installed.

Now that your website is installed, I recommend getting your SSL certificate for your site. This is the https:// that you see on websites. It gives you credibility. Go to “Add Ons” at the top and then scroll down and click SSL Certificates. You will have to pay for this per month but I think it is worth it.  

 

Fourth tab all the way over on the right side of the top menu.

 

www.bluehost.com/track/dddebt/
Scroll down and find SSL Certificate.

 

Side note, one thing I did do was park my old domain and other domain names to my primary website. If you park a domain, when someone types it into the browser it will direct traffic to the primary domain.

So if you type in DadsDollarsandDebts.com or DoctorsDollarsDebts.com, you will be directed to DadsDollarsDebts.com (my primary site). This tool is useful to combine your domains.

One downside, you cannot obtain an SSL certificate for the parked domains. So if you type in https:// before the parked domains, you will get an error. I probably loose a little traffic due to this, but not enough to make me change how I am running the site. 

 

Going live

Now you need to take your site live. Once installed, WordPress.com is where you will be making all the changes to your site.

6) You log in through WordPress.com and can access your websites DashBoard.

The WordPress log in page for my site.

 

6) Now select a theme. This is the overall look for your website and there are tons to choose from. You may want to look around a bit. One way I chose a theme was looking at what themes other bloggers you like are using.

The themes are under appearances. There are literally thousands out there.

 

If you look at the bottom of most pages run on WordPress, the theme is written there. I personally use ColorMag.

My theme is at the bottom of the page in the bottom left corner. 

 

Once the theme is setup you can start writing a post. You are literally on your way and now have a blog! Congrats. Later on you can figure out what plug ins you want to add. Here is what I have used in the past and what I learned about blogging.

So there you are.  I hope that is helpful. You to can get to blogging pretty simply. So go out there and create! 



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DadsDollarsDebts

I am a Dad and Doctor trying to find financial freedom by owning my dollars and debts. Helping dads with their finances so they can focus on the family.

20 thoughts on “100th post- Starting a blog!

  • August 11, 2017 at 3:30 pm
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    Congratulations on hitting 100 posts and almost one year blogiversary! I also signed up with Go Daddy and did it through Bluehost already, too bad I already started my my blog otherwise I would have used your referral links 😉

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  • August 11, 2017 at 7:42 am
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    Congrats on 100! I’m still under twenty but very much enjoying the process. Agree bluehost support has been awesome.

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    • August 11, 2017 at 7:41 pm
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      Thanks Turning Point. It has been quite fun to write and get to know other bloggers.

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  • August 9, 2017 at 8:11 pm
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    High five DDD! I completely agree that one of the best parts of writing a blog is being a part of the community. Speaking of which, will you be at FinCon? If so, would love to chat with you at some point.

    Congrats on making it to 100 and almost to the one year mark. We’ll be at our 1 year anniversary in the fall and we are nowhere near 100 posts. Guess Team Waffles has some work to do.

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    • August 9, 2017 at 9:41 pm
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      Waffles on Wednesday is killing it though. You have had some great posts and great features. So keep up the hard work.

      Missing FinCon this year because of my work schedule (poor planning on my part)…maybe next. Keep on keeping on. I hit one year in October.

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  • August 9, 2017 at 7:29 pm
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    Congrats on the milestone! I found you through the comments on ESI and now I’ve got a lot of catching up to do. Keep up the great work =)

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    • August 9, 2017 at 7:32 pm
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      Ah you are too kind. I love reading ESI. I definitely aspire to write more like him. Looking forward to checking out your site.

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  • August 9, 2017 at 4:56 pm
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    Congratulations, you made it to 100 posts very quickly. I’m looking forward to many more posts to come!

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  • August 9, 2017 at 1:32 pm
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    Congrats! 100 blog posts is a great achievement. That’s a lot of consistent work. Like you, I’ve found the best part of blogging to be the relationships and connections. It’s a great community.

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    • August 9, 2017 at 7:31 pm
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      It is quite amazing and not something I had expected to happen. Thanks for the support that you have given me.

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    • August 9, 2017 at 7:31 pm
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      Thanks. Hoping to get you you and BigLaw Investor status some time soon…for now I am happy to hit the milestones.

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  • August 9, 2017 at 9:18 am
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    Congratulations on the milestone, Sir. That is definitely a big achievement. I really appreciate you and your blog. Here’s to the next 100 and beyond!

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  • August 9, 2017 at 3:04 am
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    100 down, 1000 more to go! I use bluehost as well and have been quite happy with them, although they are not paying me anything yet to say do 🙂

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    • August 9, 2017 at 6:47 am
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      I have yet to get paid anything yet either…but if you click on a link above…and use them, then I get paid. I have had no complaints. The tech support has been pretty responsive when I needed them. Additionally, one time my site crashed from adding an old Facebook PlugIn. Blue Host had an easy tutorial on how to delete the corrupted file from my account. Saved me a lot of he ache.

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