How to Blog on FREE Wi-Fi
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Hi ! Welcome to my journey of learning to blog. Today I’m going to share with my first 5 steps to learning how to blog on free Wi-Fi. By sharing my mistakes and accomplishments, I hope to inspire you on your own blogging journey. After all if I, in my 50’s, can start this journey–so can you!
Step 1: To Blog or Not to Blog
First off I had to determine whether I even had anything worth blogging about. Actually this whole journey began because a young lady I know told me I should. I laughed at first–
- What do I have to say that anybody would want to read?
Well, within a day she messaged me a complete list with topics, categories, etc. Apparently she had been thinking I should do this for quite some time.
Needless to say I was both flattered and bewildered.
How could I do this? I don’t even have the internet at home. And by computer standards–I’m a dinosaur. When I took computer class in high school, it was BEFORE desktop computers and involved writing DOS programming for punch cards. Oh, I did mention I’m in my 50’s, right?
I’ve only been on Facebook for 2 years and am still trying to feel my way around that–let alone dealing with the 1,500 messages in my email box at any one time. HELP !! I don’t have the internet at home–I just access the FREE Wi-Fi when I go for a coffee at a local coffee shop.
Sooo, (as Ed Sullivan used to say–ouch, that really dates me now, lol) join me as we discover together whether operating a blog on free Wi-Fi is even possible. To read more check out: To Blog or Not To Blog: My Story
Step 2: Research and learn from others
Hey! Why not? Why reinvent the wheel? Isn’t that why you’re reading this blog? To learn how I did it? Sure you are !!
So I started to pay careful attention to the blog sites I enjoy most.
- How are they structured?
- What looks good? What doesn’t?
- Are they easy to navigate around?
- Can I find what I’m looking for?
- Are they pleasing to my eye?
- What kind of categories and topics?
- Do they have blogging tips? What are they?
Investigate other Bloggers and their free &/or paid resources too:
I especially tapped into the following people and resources.
Yes, one of the following links is an affiliate link source, and if you click through and decide to make a purchase, I will be paid a commission, at NO COST TO YOU, but that is not why I’m recommending it. I’m recommending this resource because for me—it helped!! And as the blogging world loves to share—I’m sharing with you!
- Rosemarie Groner from The Busy Budgeter–sign up for her FREE resource booklet too.
- Elite Blog Academy–this course is only offered once a year–however, there is a FREE resource you can get now.
- AWeber–email structure–click here and go to the bottom of the home page and get the FREE resource ebooklet to get you started.
- Abby @ a girl and her blog.com–her book–(affiliate link) Building a Framework.
- Restored 316 Designs.com–great themes and great assistance in setting up–using the Genesis Framework she and her team of experts have great child-themes, some even offer woocommerce setups if you have products to sell.
I learned not just how to set up a domain name and self-hosted blog site–I also paid attention to their advice about what NOT to do too.
As I was learning from them, and I believe that you should put your support behind those people and products you believe in or purchase, I made sure to use their affiliate links they offered on their blogs as I worked to grow mine.
Scratch their backs and maybe down the road I’ll be in a position where they or even you will scratch mine. So don’t be afraid to click affiliate links–yes, that person might make a small commission–but they are also personally recommending that person/service. A lot of us only affiliate with what we ourselves trust and use.
Step 3: Get a Domain Name
This is where my first major mistake was made. I knew from the advice from other bloggers that I was going to do a self-hosted site on Bluehost.com–however, I got my domain name from GoDaddy. Now, don’t get me wrong–I’m not familiar enough with GoDaddy’s services to berate them –honestly I just went for the price.
However, unknown to me was ICANN’s rules of a 60-day freeze on your domain name if you choose to move it to another hosting site such as Bluehost.
So here I was, having purchased a 5 year package on our domain name for less than $47 (CAD) only to find out I was stuck in limbo for another 60 days.
ICANN is the governing board of rules for website domains.
So it wasn’t GoDaddy’s fault–it was the rules. Now I had to sit and wait before I could start the process of switching over to Bluehost.
Sigh. I should have just started with Bluehost and they would have given us the domain name FREE for 1 year.
However, I have seen statements from other bloggers that there are security benefits to you if your domain name is with one company and your hosting package is with another. I haven’t clearly discovered how it is beneficial to us–but apparently it is.
So, lesson 1 for YOU
Where are you going to self host on? Just get your domain name there too. Save the aggravation and delay in launching your site.
As I write this I believe the 60-day wait is now up, but I spotted today on GoDaddy’s site that if you change anything on it such as contact information–that another 60 day freeze will be imposed. Be careful what and when you change things.
Step 4: Get your hosting site
Now to start looking into pointing your domain name towards Bluehost.com. In my case, I had to send GoDaddy information to have them send me an authorization code. I also had to UNLOCK my domain name (which took a few tries until I figured out how to do that).
Next, I went back to the Blogger I trust and clicked on her affiliate link to Bluehost.com. Afterall, I felt good that after all of her support, advice, and encouragement, that she was worthy to be paid a small commission from Bluehost.com for her assistance to me.
“A worker is worthy of his hire.”
Pay attention and learn from this advice–I lost valuable time and days because I didn’t know what I was doing.
So, I tried to pay and set up my domain name for it to tell me an ERROR message.
Off to the chat helpline with Bluehost–this is great–they are so helpful, and I don’t feel like any of my questions are dumb.
To do the transfer process I had to provide proof of identity to Bluehost before they could open my account and start the transfer from GoDaddy. So another day passes as I gather the required information and email that to their office. This is the process to have me prove that I am who I say I am and that I have the legal right to transfer my domain.
FINALLY !! Success–signed up with Bluehost.com., proved my identity, setup my account, chose my plan and paid for 3 years.
Now while looking over mumbo-jumbo on GoDaddy I spotted that it may take up to a week to transfer my domain name usage to a different company.
So, feeling confident that I was well on my way to setting up my blog–I relaxed for another week to wait for GoDaddy and Bluehost to do their transferring thing.
Did the transfer work?
Well, not completely. Excitedly I logged into my Bluehost account and tried to 1-click WordPress to my site only to get that horrible ERROR message. Apparently Bluehost was still not set up as my server of choice.
So off to the Help Chatline with the Bluehost Technicians–longer wait time–but worth it–I finally found someone who needed and could use the authorization code I had received a couple of weeks earlier from GoDaddy.
Great–now that should work !! Wait one more week.
What? Still getting the ERROR message?
This is when I clued in that my domain name is still held by GoDaddy but my hosting is with Bluehost–So yes, I’m still involved with both companies.
This is also when I recalled reading something about setting up the domain to POINT TOWARDS your hosting site. Something about changing the:
- ns1 designation
- ns2 designation
Oh! Suddenly I remembered a spot on my GoDaddy account to do that !! So I went and changed the ns1 and the ns2 lines and waited one more day.
Did it finally work ? YES !!!
I logged into Bluehost and tried to 1-click WordPress–IT WORKED !!
Awesome! Now back to GoDaddy to lock the domain again so it doesn’t get hacked and my domain name moved somewhere else–Afterall, it only took 3 weeks for me to go where I wanted it –don’t need someone else with a couple of clicks to mess that up.
Step 5: Install 1-click WordPress
As you can see from a couple of sentences ago–that was easy to do.
- Decide whether to blog and about what
- Research and learn from others in the blog world
- Get a domain name
- Get a self-hosted website
- Install 1-click WordPress
Getting your domain name and hosting site at the same place will save you months of time in being able to be set up and running. Almost 4 months sooner, sigh, lesson learned.
Now onto picking out a theme. What’s a theme? It is that pretty background and setup for the blog. Go back to Step 2 and research, research, research. Check out the next installment of How to Blog on FREE Wifi (part 2) to find out how this journey continues……