STARTING A UNIQUE WEBSITE
My Initial Name Search And Reliable Bloggers To Follow
Starting a website can be a daunting task. Finding a name that fits your style can take long hours of hit and miss candidate lists that wind up going nowhere. The other problem you face is finding a name that is not already taken. I wanted to cover a multitude of topics that interested me and needed an all encompassing name that would serve as an umbrella title for that role.
I had already started a lame website with an online training program called Wealthy Affiliates. However, I found that it was buried inside the algorithms of their own site when I tried to pull it up as an independent entity. It was called “DIY Euro Kitchens” and I wanted to keep the domain and use it for my new blogs separate from their control. To do so, I had to re-register it inside the WA platform. As far as I was concerned, this was not a viable way to create my own blogging venue.
So, after locating a very helpful blogging site run by a blogger named Mathew Loomis, I used one of his recommendations to find the “ezWebBusinessBuilder2“ course run by a blogger named Jim Daniels. I purchased his PDF training manual and downloaded it onto my computer. I used yellow highlighting markers to capture important points during the course.
“Starting A Website” is Part II of a series of blogs about steps I went through and am currently incorporating to build my website. Part III, “A Done-For-You Website” will show what decisions I made to get my initial viable website up and running.
First Initial Website Creation Steps I Took
I read the manual quickly because it is an easy read with highlights and info graphics to help keep you focused. I also was reading many of the helpful training blogs put out by Mr. Loomis. Other bloggers were too busy trying to sell me fantastic quick-money schemes to be of much help. They had lots of promos with little helpful content in their posts or emails.
NOTE: Many bloggers and emailers are unethical in that they make money by selling your email address on the open market. Once you enter this arena, you will start getting blasted with enticing offers to buy this or that incredible product. Most of them do not work ‘for you’, and will require much more effort than advertised to make success a reality.
Once I did my homework, I was ready to take the next step and actually start my new website. However, I balked at this effort because the name search list I created now contained 50 to 60 possible candidates with no definitive choice in sight. Since the matter continued to remain unresolved, I figured I needed help to break out of this stranglehold.
Website Developer And Mentor Found
Around this time I received a promotional email from Jim Daniels. It was offering to have him and his daughter, Sarah, build a “Do It All For You” website from scratch. The cost was just $299. and was something I could afford. I had just received an escrow refund check from my mortgage company that provided enough funds to cover the cost, so money was not an issue.
With that said, I felt this was what I was looking for and took the plunge. All contacts were done by email and they only needed a $75 deposit to get things started. The first item that they required me to take care of was the creation of a domain name, and they helped me decide by suggesting I use my own name as part of the title. Since that idea appealed to me and I liked the word Chronicles as a tag, the final choice of “SJKey Chronicles“ was born. I then registered that name with a domain registry service they recommended called Names Cheap. The domain name would be mine, but it would run on Jim Daniel’s speedy Go-Daddy internet hosting server (which later was transferred to his alternate hosting service called SiteGround).
This may sound like the WA program all over again, but it’s not. When I typed in the domain name on my computer later on, my site came up as a stand-alone entity immediately. There were no tie-ins or confining links to another master site. Also, I did ping tests after locating a free ping testing service to run web downloading speeds from other cities. I did tests from New York City and Los Angeles. Both were in the 45 to 85 milliseconds range. Perfect!
As the days went by, Jim helped me through the process while his daughter did the actual development and design using the WordPress.org platform. I had already learned how to use many of the basic features within the Wealthy Affiliates training modules and had a basic working knowledge of the procedures involved. However, my get up and go time was now at hand whereby I had to step up to the plate and get serious about moving my product forward.
The Initial Development Process
For a menu, I provided some initial “Categories” for each “type” of blog I was interested in creating. This design feature let me create content up front by writing a few initial posts that they would include in the new website when it was launched. That initial thrust included topics about life experiences I had gone through as well as instructional blogs that let me share my expertise in different areas with the reader. The “Menu” pages contained things like About (me and the website), Disclosure policies, and a “Contact“ form where comments could be left and questions asked..
The WordPress administrator page provided an initial email contact address for my Contact Form but I had no idea how to use it. I figured I would plan on resolving that issue later.
His daughter setup the Theme for my website which incorporated all the viewable attributes for my posts, ads, and so forth. A variety of necessary “Plugins” were installed to help get up me and running as soon as they finished.
Plugins help the functionality of a website and make it much easier to use.
I only needed to provide 4 or 5 initial blog posts so that any viewers would have something to read. They could then decide if my website was worth following and reading (or not) from the outset. At this point, I felt confident that I was really on the right track to success with all the help I got.
So this ends the discussion about the initial creation phase of my product. My next blog will focus on the delivery date of the new website into my hands and the delight I felt seeing what the end result looked like for the very first time. It will also show how I began adding new posts to keep the content flowing and up to date for any potential readers that wanted to follower me. Until then!
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