Created a Self-Hosted WordPress Blog (152/366)

“It’s a little complicated …”
~ Nick, on the self-hosting setup


As it stands today, I am TWENTY SEVEN full days behind in posting entries.  I’m still doing a brand new thing every day, and writing when I can, but the fact that I can’t work on the posts the same way I used to has thrown me for a serious loop.  Figuring out this new system of writing posts has been a huge roadblock, but we think we’ve figured out what we need to do.  WordPress is a cool product, and it’s free, but the .com version wasn’t robust enough for what I wanted to do with the site, and part of the reason is because it’s hosted on the WordPress servers.  The way we need to go is to use the .org version, and to self-host the site (and the WordPress program).  Aargh!  Yikes!

First what we needed to do was download the latest version of WordPress; then we logged into our webhosting service, uploaded the version of WordPress that we had just downloaded, and extracted it.

After the extraction, WordPress lets you know it’s going to help you create a configuration file that’s needed to set up your blog.  Cool.

We filled in the necessary information, hit submit, and it created the configuration file for us.  Whew.

Glad they have a sense of humor about the process, because it was nerve-wracking for me!  Good thing Nick was almost literally holding my hand.  Ha!

After all this, I had to basically re-do the whole process that I did about a week ago when I moved the blog to the normal site, which I was already comfortable doing since I’d had my freak out doing that the first time.  Now everything still feels the same as what I got used to using WordPress *hosted* by WordPress, but the program (and my files) are hosted on our own server.  This gives us more control over the site and its appearance.  It also puts the entire thing into our hands, which is a little scary.  It’s kind of like the difference between owning a home and renting – if something goes wrong, we can definitely ask for advice from the people who run the WordPress site, or reach out to a WordPress users group, but there’s no one to call who’s just supposed to fix it – that’s on us.  This new setup is pretty cool and the options here are exciting … but again … yikes!

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