Why Owning A Domain Name for Your Blog Is Important

by Derick Schaefer on December 9, 2009

Blog Domain Name Ownership
This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Domains & Hosting Intro

A domain name is the equivilent to your business phone number on the Internet.  From Internet browsers to search engines, every entity on the Internet recognizes your blog by its domain name.  However, every day business owners and individuals alike end up getting involved in scenarios where they give up ownership and/or control of their domain name.  Therefore, you should insure that you buy your domain name yourself and own it.  Here is why.   Read more about domain names


Blogging Platform: Choose the Best One for You

by Matt Lawrence on December 8, 2009

Wordpress Blogger
This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Domains & Hosting Intro

Choosing the Best Blogging Platform for You

Choosing the correct blogging platform is the first technical step in starting your blog, and there are some important things to know before you make your decision.

There are many different blogging platforms out there, but not all are created equally. In May of 2006 Online Journalism Review created a comprehensive blog platform comparison chart.  When I began writing this post I tried to find a more recent version of something that resembled their chart.  Then I quickly refocused on a core tenant of How-To-Blog.TV and decided to keep this simple.

The most popular blogging platforms are Blogger, WordPress.com, and WordPress.org. These three account for 85% of the blogging platform market.  Since I’ve never seen a Super Bowl commercial for blogging platforms, we have to take a leap of faith and assume that they have earned their market share for providing users what they need. There is no platform that is the best blogging platform for everyone, but between the three platforms on this post you will likely be able to find a blogging platform that works for you.

Find Out Which Blogging Platform is the Best for you.


WordPress, Domains, and Hosting

by Matt Lawrence on December 16, 2009

wordpress hosting
This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Domains & Hosting Intro

One of the biggest intimidation factors of self hosting the WordPress.Org software (vs. a hosted blog at WordPress.Com), is registering your domain name and deciding on hosting.  This is actually pretty easy to do but there can be a couple of pitfalls.  In this post, how-to-blog.tv will demystify WordPress, Domains, and Hosting.
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GoDaddy WordPress Hosting
This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Domains & Hosting Intro

Before we get started, let me first point out a few definitions you’ll need to know.

  • Domain Name: This is the website URL that you use such as www.yourdomainname.com.
  • Hosting: Every domain name must be hosted somewhere. The the hosting company will own the servers that your website will take up space on.

Okay, those are the main definitions, now let’s move forward.

Determining Where to Host Your Blog

So you have decided to blog and you want to start your blog on a self-hosted blogging platform that can grow with you and your blog. Now you need to know how to set all of this up so you can start blogging. The truth is it is not that hard, and companies like Media Temple & GoDaddy offer great support and 1-click applications to allow you to install WordPress, Joomla, and a host of other blogging platforms, CMS’s, etc. GoDaddy and Media Temple are not the only places that offer these services, however you need to keep a few things in mind for your hosting company.
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