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Blog Plastic Surgery

December 7, 2009

The wife and I have decided that for Christmas we are going to give each other the gift of blog freedom and facelifts!  Yeah, that might sound lame, but we are also trying out this saving money for a baby thing.  So what we are planning on doing is taking our blogs off of the WordPress.com site and start using the WordPress.org self hosting software.  We don’t really know what we are doing, but we know that we will have more control over our blogs which is a good thing!

What I understand right now is that I have to have the ability to host on my domain.  Check.  What we are giving each other for Christmas is the gift of doing this without the dumb ads from GoDaddy.  So now if there are ads on the page it will be because we chose for them to be there.  But there are a few things that I don’t understand.

  • Does self hosting HAVE to happen through the place you purchased the domain name?
  • Will I be able to work on my new blog template without it changing up my page or will I have to basically shut down the blog while I work on it?
  • Where is a good place to get really good WordPress templates for free or cheap?

Help!

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. December 7, 2009 10:12 AM

    Follow corymiller303 he can help you with wordpress ?’s, he’s a good friend & wordpress is how he makes $ I told him u would contact him

  2. December 7, 2009 11:00 AM

    I’m sooooooo excited about my face lift! Merry Christmas to us!

  3. David permalink
    December 7, 2009 11:38 AM

    No, you don’t have to have hosting with the same place that you purchased your Domain Name (Your Domain Registrar). If you don’t have the hosting in the same place you have to work with your host to point your domain to their servers.

    Depends on how complicated and advance things are. It’s very possible to set up a website so that your “content” is managed (CMS) so that you can make changes and not publish them. I would be shocked if you were able to find this ability for free, because this kind of technology is pretty advanced.

    You could also do it the old fashion way, say you have a page http://www.brookjames.com/blog.htm, if you make a copy of it http://www.brookjames.com/blog2.htm you can play with the template on that page and just switch the names when you are done.

    Not sure about free templates, if you really want that customized look:
    -Create a template in Photoshop, expand your skills or if you know someone who will do it for you great.
    -For the coding aspect if you know someone who will do it for free, or you could pay someone. If you want cheap labor post an ad at your local university (Engineering Building & Business Building) for a web developer to do the work for you. I have several friends who got some really nice custom websites for $200-$300.

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