Niche Product Domain Name and Hosting

Posted by Neville on October 31, 2011 under How To, Niche | 3 Comments to Read

Buying and Registering a Domain:

If you have been following the series of Niche Product Site posts you will have decided on a carefully chosen domain name that significantly helps with SEO and getting your site to the top of search engine results pages (SERPs). The process you have been following will have allowed you  to choose a name that is still available.

Now it’s time to register that domain name.

I recommend that you use NameCheap for your domain registration.

Namecheap.com - Cheap domain name registration, renewal and transfers - Free SSL Certificates - Web Hosting

This video in the link at the end of this sentence  shows how to set up an account at NameCheap, and then how to Register and Buy a domain.

Hosting For Your Site:

This is a critical choice, as there are lots of different packages out there, and they can vary in price and the features that they have.

My recommendation is to choose Hostgator’s  Baby Croc Package. This package allows you to host multiple sites/domains all for the one monthly (or to save even more, annual) subscription. My package costs $9.95 per month for unlimited domains, subdomains and parked domains. You can use the banner below to investigate and sign up for a hosting package at Hostgator.

 

Another option for Domain registration and Hosting is provided as part of the membership package in Niche Profit Classroom. In that option everything can be done in the one place.

When you have a domain registered and hosting arranged you are now ready for the next stage: Content Creation.

New Blog Hosting Offer At dotrim

Posted by Neville on August 17, 2011 under Blogging, Resources | Comments are off for this article

Blog Hosting Offer.

Help for you to take that first step to blogging.

dotrim hostingIn the lifetime of this blog I have heard many people say “I will have to start a blog soon” or something similar. They have seen the value of blogging for the purpose that  would suit them.

It may be a marketer who wants to use a blog  as a vehicle for their marketing activities.

There are creative people who have things to share, such as their writing, photographs or other skills.

The blogger who wants a blog for their personal or family journal may also be putting it off.

Dotrim is now ready to help get through some of the stumbling blocks.

  • I don’t know how to set it up.
    • dotrim is offering to set up a blog for you, with some themes to choose from and several plugins already installed.
    • Your blog will be delivered ready for you to start adding content.
  • I don’t know how to add content, like pictures, links, and widgets.
    • the resourceful Blogging eBook gives an introduction to some of these issues.
    • Support is offered to bloggers who take up the offer from here.
  • I don’t have a domain name for my blog. How do I do that?
    • dotrim will work with you to find an effective domain name.
    • You will, as a part of your once only payment, have the chosen domain name registered for 12 months.
  • I don’t know how or where to host my blog.
    • dotrim will host your blog for 12 months.
    • The hosting will be managed for you.

In Summary: dotrim Blog Services will, for a one time only cost,

  • Register and host a WordPress blog.
  • Set up a blog, ready for you to add content.
  • Provide support.

For your copy of the Resourceful Blogging eBook report (no sign up required)


For more details check out the Blog Hosting Page.

Building A Website: Using a CMS

Posted by Neville on June 29, 2011 under Blogging, Resources | Comments are off for this article

Seeking Out A Good Web Site Builder

Local Business WebsitesA few months ago Mark Hodgetts introduced me to the notion of providing a website building service for local business owners. It’s an idea that has been ticking away in the background now for some time. Just a few days ago I found a magazine article that compared several CMS (Content Management System), and that set me to checking one of them out.

What I have been looking for is a CMS that will provide me, and the potential business owner with the fiollowing:

  • A professional site, with the potential to be styled for each particular business.
  • A site that can cater for different purposes and types of business operations.
  • A CMS that is ideally suited to small, owner operated business.
  • A site that  can be easily updated by the owner on a regular basis.

All of those things can be done with WordPress and the use of various Themes and Plugins.

A CMS that has a choice of Themes that can be easily edited for each individual site and provides many features as standard that need to be added as plugins in other platforms then it should get to the top of the list for investigating.

Concrete5Concrete5 is shaping up to be just the CMS that I have been looking for. And because it is Open Source, and available as a download from cPanel of my host I am using it to build a website for a Garden Club that I belong to. This experience is valuable in helping get to understand how to set up a website  and then take that knowledge and experience on to starting to offer services for building websites to help small local businesses get themselves online.

Blog Hosting Offer At dotrim Has Closed

Posted by Neville on May 20, 2011 under Blogging, Money, Training | Comments are off for this article

Change Of Direction For dotrim.

Change DirectionIn recent days the offer of blog hosting at dotrim has been closed to allow for a new direction to be taken. Rather than hosting blogs on a dotrim subdomain people taking up the revised offer will be encouraged to purchase and use their own domain, and host the blog themselves.

If you want to get a head start you can do both of those things right now. In the near future a new eBook report will be released with further hints and tips to help you develop and build a business around your blogs.

Buying and Registering a Domain:

This step requires serious thought because a carefully chosen domain name will significantly help with SEO and getting your blog to the top of search engine results pages (SERPs). The biggest problem will be choosing a name that is still available.

I recommend that you use NameCheap for your domain registration.

Namecheap.com - Cheap domain name registration, renewal and transfers - Free SSL Certificates - Web Hosting

This video in the link at the end of this sentence  shows how to set up an account at NameCheap, and then how to Register and Buy a domain.

Hosting For Your Blog:

This is a critical choice, as there are lots of different packages out there, and they can vary in price and the features that they have.

My recommendation is to choose Hostgator’s  Baby Croc Package. This package allows you to host multiple sites/domains all for the one monthly (or to save even more, annual) subscription. My package costs $9.95 per month for unlimited domains, subdomains and parked domains. You can use the banner below to investigate and sign up for a hosting package at Hostgator.

There’s obviously a whole lot more that needs to be added here to help you get started, but if you feel confident about having a go right now, feel free to use the links above.

And keep your eye out for the new eBook report with more hints and tips, as well as staying in touch here where I will add more resources to help you build your blog and business.

A Milestone Reached

Posted by Neville on March 8, 2011 under Blogging | Read the First Comment

Alexa Ranking Hits A New Target!

Today the Alexa ranking for this blog, and all of the blogs hosted here at dotrim, achieved the target that has been appearing for some time now.Alexa Milestone

The ranking  figure is less than 300,000.  For the past 6 weeks I have been watching the figures head towards the 300,000 mark, then bounce around a little. But today is the day for celebration as a figure less than 300,000 is achieved.

If you take up the offer to have a blog hosted here for you, you will immediately start your blog with the same ranking as this one. When you get active with your dotrim hosted blog, you will be contributing to the ever improving ranking. That’s a win-win situation for you and your fellow dotrim bloggers.

You can check the progress of this blog’s Alexra ranking in the widget in the sidebar. This widget sometimes lags a little behind that figures that show in my Alexa toolbar or when you check at the Alexa site.

First Time: Blog Set Up

Posted by Neville on February 5, 2011 under Blogging, How To, Training | 3 Comments to Read

How To Set Up Your First WordPress Blog:

Instructions for Setting Up your first Self Hosted WordPress blog.

Register a domain name:

To host your own blog you will need to have a domain name. This is an ideal opportunity to choose a name for your domain that will help to make you known in the blogging community.

If your name is available to have a name such as yourname.com then you would be well advised to register that domain name.

NameCheap is a service where you can register your domain name. Choose a .com domain rather than .biz or .net or .info as these tend to be less effective for branding and authority.

Namecheap.com - Cheap domain name registration, renewal and transfers - Free SSL Certificates - Web Hosting

Name cheap also have a hosting service but I recommend that you have your blog hosted elsewhere, so that not all eggs are in the one basket.
 

Select a Hosting Service:

 For host a blog I recommend Hostgator although there are others that you could choose. It is important to choose a reliable service for hosting your blog because you don’t want it to be down because the host has significant down times.

The host you choose should provide cpanel to allow you to easily manage your site, including the simple installation of your blog.

When you have chosen both the Domain name provider and the hosting service you will need to point the domain name at the Hosting service domain name servers. Sound confusing? Check out this short instructional video by Mark Hodgetts of BreakFreeTraffic.

 

 

Install your blog:

These instructions assume that your hosting service provides cpanel. If you prefer to watch a video of this process you can see one prepared by my friend Philippe Moisan, in which he adds a new blog to one of his sites. View The Video HERE or below.