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without a 'name.blog.com' one?
Or do yav to buy a domain?
Probably not worth paying for the domain if it is going to be shite.
mi step dad's got a little garden centre and it could do with having a website to tell people opening times and stuff.
install wordpress (a simple click click affair) via your hosting control panel.
add some pages (rather than blog posts) to wordpress 'blog' (static pages like 'about', 'contact', opening times', 'find us', etc, which automatically have links that sit in the top menu bar).
change the header banner.
fiddle with prettifying non content-centric settings for thing like widgets, themes, menu item order, landing page (ie front page of website, if you don't want the blog to be the first thing you see), turn the blog off if you want (so the site becomes a 'wordpress-based blog site' with some fixed pages but no actual blog, just the static pages), or keep the blog part and have it as a news section to promote offers/discounts etc.
bosh, you're done. all basic point and click stuff. no need to worry about HTML stuff unless you want to. it'll look basic, but a million times better than some shitebag homemade site with papyrus font header, comic sans body text, 2MB resized unaligned images, etc, made by some have-a-go website design hero.
no need to thank me, just settle up on my £200 consultancy fee within 14 days ta.
I believe you can do it via Wordpress.
wordpress is super easy to do it with
You have to buy your personal .com (from 123reg, 1&1, heart internet, zen internet, vidahost, or whoever + yeah, i believe wordpress can sort summats out domain-wise if its a wordpress blog).
You can redirect your .com to any other URL on the whole wide intertrons. Which is an easy catch all-answer. (But the destination URL will end up showing in the address bar. If you don't want that, then...)
Most blog sites (wordpress, blogger, tumblr, posterous...) let you map your bought .com onto the blog you have with them so that URL in the address bar is yours rather than theirs.
If you wanna go one step further you can pay a couple of quid for some shared hosting and install a 'proper' wordpress blog (for example), which will mean that the site is all yours and backupable and transferable at your whim-and-fancy, rather than (for example) a blogger blog at the mercy of and easily deleted by google without warning because you're linking to (even legit) mp3s (or whatever it s they've decided to throw a mardy over this particular month).
if you buy it through 123reg and then associate it with wordpress, it basically breaks the email service :'(
good to know.
Personally, 123reg and 1&1 have always seemed so big, dominant and (on the face of it) too good to be true (until you read the small print) that I've always been wary of 'em. But I put 'em on the list of examples cos I've not had personal grief, only suspicions, so it seemed a bit tryhard indie and wilfully obtuse to leave 'em out. Was gonna go with eukhost recently, but Theo mentioned a couple of reasons to be wary, and mentioned vidahost, who I opted for and am happy with. </ottblahblahblah>
is it a means to retail something you have or just a personal thing or whatever? Also can you tell me about the vidahost costs cos I cannae be assed reading the small print
would you recommend them to host the site?
sounds like a question that raises further questions - ones which would be best answered by someone who knows what they're talking about (ie: not me)
the site i have most to do with is a local community one (info, some hosting of downloadable files, mainly PDFs, no sales).
if you want hosting, probs just get the cheapest linux* shared hosting and upgrade if needed.
*nowt to do with whatever you use on your own PC, it's the standard for this sort of thing