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Welcome to the best way to start a blog or web site.
 

Want A Web Site Instead?

If you'd rather have a standard web site, like this one, no problem.  While the software we're going to use is basically designed for blogging, it can also be used as web software.
 

If You Don't Have A Blog Site Yet

If you're just starting out, count your lucky stars that you blundered your way across this particular site.  There are lots of how-to guides around, but none are very thorough.  I'm going to walk you through the whole process from this moment on, straight on through until you have a snappy, professional site.  I have twenty years of online experience teaching rookies the ropes, and I promise you this will be a fun, interesting adventure.  No particular computer expertise is required.  Just follow the directions.
 

If You Already Have A 'Blogger' Account

The "instant blogsite" companies like Blogger are great for the Junior Blogger just getting his or her feet wet, but once you get over that hump, it's time to move on and do it right.  This means getting your own domain name, using a professional web hosting company and installing some blogging software.  We'll use WordPress, and you just won't believe how cool this stuff is compared to what Blogger gives you.  We'll import all of your current posts & comments without a prob.
 

Costs

The whole thing will only set you back a whopping $3.95 a month for the web hosting service.  WordPress is free, all of the additional tools I provide you with are free, and as long as you select your domain name through the hosting company I use, it's free as well.
 

Battle Plan

Here's what we're going to do:

1.  Go over a few computer basics and get your computer ready

2.  Set up your domain name and web hosting account

3.  Install the file transfer program FileZilla

4.  Copy the WordPress files to the site

5.  Set up your new blog (choose a cool theme and some plugins)

And you're off and running.
 

Two warnings: 

  • Don't do any of the steps ahead of time.  Wait until they come up in the guide.
     
  • There's about a day's wait between steps 2 and 3 while the new domain name gets into circulation, so get steps 1 and 2 taken care of ASAP, then you can take your time getting WordPress installed.

Ready?  Then it's off to Step 1!