Building a Website with WordPress as a Total Beginner
Today begins a new chapter in my life. A couple of years back, I had a website called “mattygthemusician.com” that ran for a year. I learned a lot about starting a website and it was a fun and positive learning experience. I used GoDaddy for the domain and used HostGator for the web hosting and was satisfied with the results. This one YouTube video I found saved me a ton a potential frustration in getting started and it deserves a special mention: you can see it here. Building a website with WordPress as a total beginner was made easier because of it.
Getting Off the Ground Floor
Without these two videos by this cool guy named Anthony of InternetRiot, I may not have gotten off the ground as quickly. The funny thing is that if you do a YouTube search for “How to make a website” or “How to make a website with WordPress”, these two videos are not even in the first two or three pages of search results. Yet, in 2015 I found myself looking for those two videos and those two videos only as I began the journey of rebooting my website from years ago. This time around, I followed the same process as last time, buying the domain name from GoDaddy and the hosting from HostGator because I was happy with the results in my past experiences. Unfortunately, in the past couple of days I’ve had to contact HostGator Support Chat 4 times, yes FOUR times just to get started.
“Hey Support Team, It’s Me Again…”
To say I’m a noob at website development is completely accurate. I don’t pretend to know what I’m doing. Yet, it’s been a while since I’ve been so consistently baffled with something that seemed to be simple, especially with the awesome video tutorial I was using from YouTube. First, I had issues because I needed to figure out how to change my primary domain name. Then, I had issues connecting to FileZilla. Then, I had issues uploading all of the WordPress contents to my website. Then, I found out that HostGator has a quick install feature for their customers so that they can easily install WordPress. I did that, but then my domain name still did nothing. On my FOURTH chat with HostGator Support, I found out that I was missing some important knowledge about setting some DNS servers up on my GoDaddy domain name. For some reason, I don’t recall having the same issues during my last website adventure back in 2012, or 2011 (whenever it was). But through it all, I persisted and with the help of Host Gator and their patient support team, I was able to get my feet off the ground.
Building a website is one of the many projects I am working on. I am currently building online courses and hosting them on Udemy.com which you can find in the RESOURCES page. My goal is to continue to grow these projects into something successful and continue to build new high quality digital products, courses and web pages. I’m learning that there are a ton of ways out there to make successful online businesses, and I am currently learning and experimenting with several of them. I will continue to log some of my experiences and hope that it might inspire you to take on projects that you might have been thinking about. My philosophy is to just go for it and start right away. I find that it’s best to start a project quickly and just make adjustments along the way. Sometimes, we tend to over-plan and overthink which can lead to an inability to get off the ground floor with our projects. That’s why I’ve adopted the mentality of getting started NOW. I know I need to patient to get results, but I also know that sitting back and doing nothing won’t get me there.
What projects are you working on or wishing that you can get started on this year?
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