Starting A Website
Name Search And Reliable Bloggers To Follow
Starting a website can be a daunting task. Finding a name can take long hours of hit and miss candidate lists that seem to go nowhere. The other problem is finding a name that is not already taken. I wanted to cover several topics that interested me and needed an all-encompassing name to fit.
I had already started a website with Wealthy Affiliates. However, it was buried inside their site when I tried to pull it up. It was (and still is) called “DIY Euro Kitchens”. I did want to keep the domain and use it for my new blogs. To do so, I had to re-register it inside the WA platform. This was not a viable way to create a 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 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 New Website Steps
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 are going to 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.
I finally was ready to take the next step and actually start my new website. However, I balked at this effort to get started. The name search list was now 50 to 60 possible titles long, and still unresolved. I needed help if I was to break out of this.
Website Developer And Mentor
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 would cover the cost.
So I took the plunge. All contacts were done by email and only a $75. deposit was needed to get started. I was required to come up with a domain name and they helped me decide. The final choice was the “SJKey Chronicles” moniker. I then registered the name with Names Cheap, a domain registration website. The domain name would be mine, but it would run on Jim Daniel’s speedy Go-Daddy internet hosting server.
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 immediately. There were no tie-Ins or confining links to another master site. Also, I did ping tests. You locate 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!
Jim helped me through the process while his daughter did the actual development and design using the WordPress.org platform. I had already leaned how to use many of the basic features with Wealthy Affiliates. But now it was really my go time.
The Initial Development Process
I provided some initial “Categories” for different types of blogs. This let me fill them with initial posts to be included in the new website. I wanted to talk about life experiences and provided instructional blogs as well. The “Menu” pages contained things like About (me and the website), Disclosure policies, and a “Contact” form.
The WordPress administrator page provided an initial email contact address for my Contact Form but I had no idea how to use it. I would plan to resolve that issue later.
His daughter setup the Theme for my website which incorporated all the viewable attributes for my posts, ads, and so forth. All the necessary “plugins” were installed to help me get up and running as soon as they finished. This got everything ready to go. 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. I felt confident that I was really on the right track to success with the help I got.
My next blog will focus on my delight on seeing what my website looked like for the first time. It will show how I began doing actual blogging to keep the content current and up to date. Until then!