Tag: Website

Why Build a Website?

Over time, I’ve become increasingly dedicated to consuming as much intelligent media as possible. I’ve played less video games even though I love them like most people. I’ve abstained from tons of trendy TV shows that everyone on my Facebook news feed can’t stop talking about. I’ve even been listening to very little mainstream radio, which might seem odd to people since my internet persona is “Matty G the Musician”. Instead, I’ve tried to become immersed with intelligent sources of information that I hoped would teach me things and benefit me in the long run. One of those changes came in the forms of podcasts, which have seemed to pick up steam in recent years. Once I discovered that there’s a podcast app for the iPhone, and that I can download podcasts onto my phone for free, and that they can play in my car without any connection issues, I was pretty much done with radio. My two favorite podcasts right now have been The Motley Fool and Smart Passive Income with Pat Flynn. I was hooked on the Motley Fool for a couple of years but have been listening to SPI a lot these days. On SPI, Pat has a bunch of interviews with successful people who have built successful businesses that allow them to generate passive income. Long story short, the podcast inspired me to get back into websites and get started on a new adventure. So I signed up again with HostGator and got to work.


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Building a Website with WordPress as a Total Beginner

 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 hereBuilding a website with WordPress as a total beginner was made easier because of it.

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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.

What’s Next?

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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