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• Thursday, October 30th, 2008

Getting a website or a blog up and running can be time-consuming.  But it can also be done quite quickly.  The choice is up to you.  Here’s the fast way:

  1. Sign up for hosting and (free) domain name with Bluehost.com.
  2. If you got your domain elsewhere, change the domain name servers to point to your new hosting. (They have help pages to help with this.) (If you got your free domain with Bluehost, I imagine you can skip this step.)
  3. Go to your Control Panel at Bluehost.com.  Scroll down to click on Fantastico (smiley face icon).
  4. In the left navigation, click on WordPress under Blogs.
  5. On the WordPress page, click “New Installation.”
  6. Fill in eight blanks (three are already populated and one doesn’t need to be).  Choose an admin login and password.  “Sitename” and “Description” will appear as the main name and tag line on your new blog, but they can be changed later via the WordPress Admin. Only change “Install in directory” if you’re adding this blog to an existing website.
  7. Click Install. 
  8. Voila!  You’re done!  Go see your blog and start posting! 
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• Thursday, October 30th, 2008

Ok, your grandma probably doesn’t need a website, but, if you’re starting a business, whether based at home or not, you’ll need a website.

It’s really much easier than you might think to get a site up and running, especially with the right tools. 

One thing to think about when selecting a hosting provider is their ability to help you install applications on your site.  About a year ago, I read an article which mentioned Bluehost.com as a decent (and relatively cheap!) hosting provider who also gave you Fantastico installations (automated installations which make it very easy and quick to set up and add stuff to your website).  So I checked it out and signed up to give it a try. 

Pros:

  • Unlimited domain names (for my unlimited businesses! Ha!)
  • Unlimited space and transfer
  • Fantastico installations for WordPress and Joomla, which I use the most
  • Free domain name with sign-up, so don’t get your domain first – Get it when you sign up so it’s free. (I didn’t know that, so I ended up paying for this domain name on top of hosting.)

Questions:

  • I read reviews that said their uptime was 99.5%+, but is it really?  With some many “unlimited” features, how do they do it?
  • I also read that customer support was good and quick, but I won’t be able to tell until I run into a problem.
  • I read one review that mentioned minor e-mail delivery problems.  I ran into that with another host a while ago and it wasn’t fun. I hope it doesn’t happen here.

From start to functioning blog (not perfect looking, but perfectly functioning), was one hour through Bluehost with Fantastico.  That’s hard to beat. (Read the step-by-step how.)

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