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Glowing WordPress Logo

Glowing WordPress Logo

I moved away from WordPress.com yesterday. I took the brave step of buying my own domain name and having my website hosted elsewhere, though i am running the WordPress engine server-side, because it is a wonderful tool for creating and maintaiining your own website.

There is so much to play about with on WordPress.com, and when you leave and move to a self-hosted WordPress installation, you are suddenly hit by the fact that a lot of those great tools, themes and widgets are not there for you to use any more.

Plus you’re under an obligation to learn a lot about WordPress itself in a very short space of time, just to get your new website up and running!

I didn’t even know that you in fact installed WordPress on your webspace, not on your computer! I was baffled because i couldn’t see a setup.exe file anywhere! Time to get one’s hands dirty and fire up the web browser, do a LOT of searching, and a hell of a lot of reading!

The website of the company who hosts my site and who i bought my domain name from have an extremely difficult website to navigate, and i did nothing for an hour after i had handed my money over but fret and scour the site for information on how to get started. Needless to say, within a couple of hours i was getting quite conversant with WordPress and the Control Panel software of my site host.

Once i had exported my old site from WordPress.com as an .xml file and then imported it into WordPress on my new domain, i was back up and running, though with very much reduced functionality. It has taken me a full 24 hours to get it to more or less how i want it, with all of the tools and widgets i need, and a few more besides! It’s not 100%, but it isn’t far off!

And i have my own mail server and redirect now, too! It’s so easy setting it up, and knowing that anyone who mails me at david{AT} davidecclesauthor{DOT}co{DOT}uk will ultimately reach me at my Gmail address is just brilliant! The Control Panel software supplied by my hosting company is just a dream to work with! It’s been a ball-ache, but well worth it, because all of the work i’ve had to do has given me a much deeper understanding of how WordPress works.

As for php, MySQL, and all the rest of the magical stuff one can get to grips with – i’ll cross that bridge when i come to it!


You Probably Weren’t, But in Case You Were Wondering…

…The words that appear in the image that makes up the header on this blog are all taken from the first paragraph of H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds. I pasted the text into Wordle, then made a screen capture before pasting the image into GIMP (for Gnu/Linux) (GIMP for Windows can be found here) and cropping then saving the resulting image.