“Free” comes with a hidden price. Why limit your potential? You’ve already done the ground work. Now, let the world see what you have to offer. Talking to us doesn’t cost anything, but it does benefit those who do. Contact us today. We’re here to answer your questions and help you reach your goals.
I started out with a free WordPress.com website, which did me fine until I realised that I wanted to get a lot more out of it. I want to be taken seriously as a writer and a teacher, and putting a lot of effort and a little money into this blog should definitely do that. However, I would not have been able to do this by myself. I was fortunate enough to connect with Cez [founder of Blog Installations], who has helped me no end with the setting up of this new improved blog of mine.
I highly recommend Cez if you’re looking to improve your website. He helped me move from wordpress.com to self-hosted and it has been so easy to work with him. If when you read about hosting and themes and domain names and have no idea what this all means, then he’s the man for the job! I’m not computer illiterate, but there’s still a lot of things I don’t know, especially about the web and he is always there when a Google search doesn’t quite get the result you want, or you just want to confirm something.
It may well be, but not if you want to be a serious blogger. Most of the people who blog now started on a free blogging platform like wordpress.com or blogger. There’s nothing wrong with that – apart from limiting your potential. If you do want to spread your wings and catch the wind of change and opportunity – read on.
WordPress is a blogging software, which can be installed on your server (aka web hosting). It allows you to write and edit posts, upload photos and videos, comment and share content, attract customers and earn money from advertisement, etc. WordPress can be extended by plugins and themes, and is supported by millions of users worldwide. Its only limit is your imagination and creativity. For this reason it’s used by more than 16% of top million websites (according to Alexa index). The best feature of WordPress is the ease of use.
While you will make money on blogging (everyone who regularly posts new articles does), there is an initial cost to it. It’s divided in two parts: compulsory (hosting, theme and a domain name), and optional (design – because you can do it yourself or hire someone like me).
Let’s start with a quick overview of the steps involved in launching a new blog:
1. Purchase a domain name and hosting
2. Install wordpress
3. Find and install a theme (see a list of themes in the section above)
4. Add sample content
5. Customise the wordpress theme (including logo design if needed)
6. Install plugins as needed
7. Remove sample content and add real content (import from your current blog)
8. Launch the blog! (by redirecting visitors from your old blog to the new one)
9. Double-check everything’s working correctly
10. Brag about it (not necessary, but we found that everyone does it anyway)
You can do the above steps yourself or we can do them for you. If you’d like the best of both, you can do part and we can do the rest – it will save you money and time, while you still get professional help. Get in touch for more info.
Please have a look at Making Money section of our website where you’ll find many ways of monetizing your blogging efforts.