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Hosting your Blog

Or, where do I put it?????

Okay, so I know I wanted to write a blog. The next thing to do was figure out where to put the blog. I’m one of those people who don’t like to make quick decisions. I like to spend days reading everything I can on the topic, make lists, talk to people. And then when I’ve invested hours, I flip a coin.

This decision was no different. I started by researching all the different places I could host my blog, and figuring out what fit my needs the best.

My goal was to create an interesting repository of tips and hints that would help other with some of the many tips and tricks I’ve learned while working with Microsoft Office. (I hate to admit it because of what it says about my age, but I’ve been using Office for more than 20 years.) In addition, I hoped to make a little money hosting that blog (at least enough to pay for the cost of the blog!)

Free Hosting Services

First I tried Blogger.com. It was easy to use, and free. However, I have a full time job and only a little amount of time to figure out how to make things work. I didn’t like the way my blog looked and I couldn’t figure out how to make it look the way I liked it.

Next I tried WordPress.com for a free blog site. I loved it. And I loved being able to use different themes and some simple css to control how my blog looked.

However, all of these free hosting services limit your ability to make money off of your site. So I decided to look into a paid hosting service.

Paid Hosting Services

Wow. For the beginning blogger, prepare to be confused, scared, and intimidated. Pick a host and do some searching and you will find a list of people who hate the host, have lost money, been scammed, you name it. And the more I researched, the more confused I got.

So what did I do? I went with the company already hosting a site I had put together for my husband. Although I read a lot of negative things about GoDaddy, I also read a lot of negative things about every other hosting company I found. I haven’t had a problem with GoDaddy.

Getting My Blog Installed

I found a great article online, How To Save Money Hosting Multiple WordPress Blogs on a Single GoDaddy Hosting Account. I followed the detailed steps, updated my account to Deluxe, added my new domain and installed WordPress. It worked beautifully! In less than an afternoon I had this blog and my new blog,

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