Starting Out: Part 1

Introduction

I’ve always started a new project or venture with a hiss and a roar and then fall by the wayside just as I see I’m getting somewhere. I think in some ways this is a fear of failure AND of success. I realise that’s an oxymoron, but if I don’t DO anything then I don’t have to face either.

I’m an introvert and a private person and that coupled  with a dose of British conservatism has made  it very hard for me to push myself out into the public spotlight and bare my soul in the  Quick Start Challenge. But what have I got to lose if I don’t do this? My future hopes, plans and dreams, that’s what. This time I clearly defined my WHY and I believe this makes a difference. So here we go……..

Week 1 Setting Up a Blog

The challenge this week was to set up a blog. This was relatively easy for me as I just looked through my list of unused domain names and chose one. I had already put word press on it, so it was basically parked in the garage ready to go. I just had to choose a theme. There are hundreds and hundreds of themes, both free and ones you have to pay for. If you choose a free one you can always change it later (without losing all your stuff you’ve written) by installing a new theme.

Vocabulary for Newbies

If you’re not sure about some of the vocabulary I’m using I’ve also got a page set up called ‘Internet Lingo for Newbies.’  That’s what they call us – those of us who are just getting going online. In my case I’m an oldie-newbie! I know there are a lot of us about – those of us who were not born clutching  a USB in one tiny hand and a smart phone in t’other and consequently are likely to be techno challenged. The below tips are for you.

Buying a domain name

To get a bit more specific if you have never bought a domain name you need to go online and find somewhere that sells them. From previous research I choose to go with either Go Daddy or Namecheap. My personal preference is Go Daddy as I have not found Namecheap so helpful in support when there is a problem. The hardest part about buying a domain name is deciding what you want to call it – if you’re anything like me you’ll use the bulk search tool and try about 30 different combinations. make sure it doesnt look like anything weird when all the words ane written together.  I also try to make it easy to remember, not too long and avoid any dashes. Check out and compare the prices of the .com, .org, .info and if there’s any specials.

Hosting

Then you’ll need to set up a hosting account.  Think of this as the ‘home’ for your website. Do your research on Google to check out the various providers. After my own research and comparing different plans I chose Hostgator, the Baby Plan.  I’ve been happy with them and find them helpful,  although I have to say I’m not always able to navigate my way around their site easily. You can of course have your hosting with the folks where you bought your domain but there are  various opinions on this in online forums.

Name Servers

Once you’ve got your hosting account set up you need to change your Nameservers.  Go back to where you purchased your domain name and tell them where your hosting account is. This is called changing Nameservers. Most hosting companies will have an easy to follow tutorial or set of instructions on how to do this. For example if you bought your domain at Go Daddy, login to your account. Then domains, manage my domains or similar tabs. Click on your domain name required, find nameservers. Go to your ‘Important Stuff Document’ and the emailed information you saved from your hosting company. Copy paste Nameserver 1 into the appropriate place (delete what maybe typed there forst) then repeat with nameserver 2. Click ‘ok’. The domain name is now ‘propagating’. This may be instant or may take some hours.

Keep the Important Stuff

This may seem really obvious but in reality not everyone does it. Set up a file on your computer where you are going to put all the important information. Then create a document in notepad or similar and copy paste into it your hosting account information, passwords and the like. Then you will know exactly where to go to find everything.

Basics for Newbies

If you’re really new to starting an online business and are looking to learn the basics then you could try the Chris Farrell Membership. You can find out about it here:  http://imalayna.com/cfm . I did Chris’s Four Week Fast Track last year and although I confess I didn’t finish for various reasons, I found it enormously helpful. You can find out about the Four Week Fast Track Programme from this link: http://imalayna.com/4WFT

Okay, so while your domain  name is propagating I’m going to work on the ‘Lingo for Newbies’ page. See you back here for Part 2.

 

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