Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Being A Newbie Blogger - All Your Domain / Hosting Questions Answered

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In my first post Newbie Blogger, I asked several questions. Ones that I think most people who are just as computer or should I say internet inept as I am are asking as well.
Well breathe a sigh of relief my friends ... here are some of the answers !
The other night specifically I had a wonderfully informational conversation with Amanda from My Four Littles. We talked about domains, hosting, switching over and random other helpful tips . Most of what I mention in this post will reference to this conversation.

  • What does owning your domain mean ? 
    • Well first off a domain is just a fancy word for saying your sites web address. 
    • Owning your domain means you drop the sub-domain in your URL such as having it say or Owning your blog/businesses name also gives your readers the impression and sense of establishment
    • Owning your name makes it easier for readers to remember your blogs name and web address. 
  • What is 'parking' your domain mean?
    • This is when you have purchased a domain name but don't have a site ready for it to point to just yet. AKA unused domain names. What you do then is park it to a dummy site until you have a website ready for that domain name.  
  • When you became a dot com do you lose your Alexa rank and Page rank?
    • This depends. If you are going from a sub-domain (such as having or in your URL) and you purchase a domain for that site yes, all of that resets.
    • However, if you own your domain and then move from Blogger to WordPress you keep your Alexa and PR ranks. < Learn how to do this part on your own HERE.  
  • Do you have to pay to own your domain every year or is it a one time cost? 
    • You pay to own your domain yearly. It's not much though which is good. Expect it to cost around $10/year.
    • Some great site to purchase your domain on : 
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      • The ever popular GoDaddy- They have sales all the time right now their going rate is $3.99.  (see banner below) - Sparkle Me Pink's domain is held by Go Daddy :-) 
      • 1 and 1 First year is $7.99  
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  • Why switch from Blogger to Wordpress?
    • WordPress has a lot more features-gadgets 
    • Being self hosted means Google can not shut down your blog 
    • WordPress can be made to look more professional 
  • Do you have to pay for Wordpress ?
    • Not for WordPress it self - that is free, open source software.  You DO have to pay for site hosting though. You can use someone's referral link to get for only $10/year though !! (Site Ground) This is Amanda's referral link :-) 
  • What is site hosting and why would I want it/ need it ? 
    • Is a service through sites like GoDaddy,  Blue Host and Site Ground that provide space on the Internet for websites.
    • This too is a yearly fee type of thing
    • As I said above you will need to be self hosted to have a WordPress site, but this also mean you own all of your content!!
  • Why I am staying on Blogger - At least for now 
    • For now I am happy with my Blogger layout and gadgets 
    • I have made the step in the right direction recently by purchasing my name ( not only to have a more aesthetic looking URL but also to give myself peace of mind that no one else can own my name - because I truly love it <3  and if someone else had it I would have to kick their avatar butt. 
    • I don't have to pay for hosting - Blogger is hosting my content for me for FREE right now and since I am a relatively small blog at the moment I find moving might be too bog of a step for me right now. 
    • Will I ever move ? Possibly, if there are more issues/rumors with Blogger, yes. I personally have not had any issues with Blogger to date "crossing fingers" .
I will add to this post and update as I too learn more about Hosting and Domains and Blogging 

Let me know in the comments below if you have any more questions you would like answered about being a newbie blogger or just blogging in general I will do my best to answer them all :-) 

**All info in this post refers to the conversation between Amanda and I, and the lovely and ever insightful wikipedia. 

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  1. This is so helpful! I am new to the lingo although I've been lurking around blogs for years!

  2. This is so awesome! I have been blogging for a year and half now and I still don't get the majority of it lol...

    Thanks for the help!

  3. This is AWESOME! Thank you!!!!!

  4. Oh, this is *so* needed! I had no clue what I was doing when I first started blogging, and all the resources seemed too techy for me - I just wanted to write!!!

  5. This is a great post for the newbies out there!!!

  6. I am so glad you guys have found this helpful, I know I felt so overwhelmed and lost at first . N hey I am still learning but that's what keeps us on out toes right ?

  7. I haven't started blogging yet so this post is very helpful. I found a few free blogging courses on Udemy (where I take some other courses, lots at no cost/low cost). Even the intro courses seem overwhelming, so I need all the help I can get!