Assuming that you have posted a comment or contacted me requesting a site and that I have approved it and set it up for you there will be a few steps you will need to take.
I will ask you for a username/domain name. This name will be used to create the subdomain assigned to you. For example, if you requested “superconservative”, your domain will end up being “superconservative.yourfreewordpress.com“.
I will then setup a database and username/password for it and send you that information. All the WordPress files will be awaiting you at the address you requested. (your user/domain name). So based on the example above, you would simply go to superconservative.myfreewordpress.com/ and you would arrive at the install screen. From there on you need only follow the onscreen instructions and use the correct database, username/pass for that database.
Once installed, your site will be up and running. It is just that easy. If you need to setup email, you will need to use Sendgrid. You will need to signup for a free account and probably explain to them what you are using your website for. They will give you 400 free emails per day, although I would hope that in trade you would see fit to throw a few banners up for them.
Once you have everything installed you will want to go to wordpress.org and search for plugins, at which time you can sign up for a wordpress.com account and then install the Jetpack plugin. It is probably the best plugin to start out with.
Now those are the basics. If you have comments you are encouraged to make them.
I have posted and shared and posted some more, but no one will even take me up on my offer of a free WordPress host site. I know, everyone thinks there is a hook somewhere, a scam, an angle, a plan. Well, you all are wrong. I just need someone to try the system out so I can make sure that I have all or most of the bugs worked out.
So I am asking my Google+ friends for one single volunteer to try the site and spread your conservative word if only for a week or so if that is your wish.
Who knows, you may find out that you really like WordPress as a blogging platform and eventually learn enough to create your very own server, with your own domain name.
I’ll be here for a few hours every night offering support/help and guidance.
So just register as a user, then send me a PM, after reading the “basics 101” post on here. (Look in Featured Posts)
Now that is a reasonable question. Because you are thinking, “well this jackass Tim is hosting his server and even offering to host other folks on his computer”. How in the hell is he doing that?
It is relatively easy and here are the steps necessary.
Step 1, you usually need a cable host with relatively decent upload speeds. Mediacom gives me roughly 7 mbps uploads and that is plenty.
Step 2 you will need some DNS services. There are quite a few, but if you are at home stick to those offering Dynamic DNS. I use ChangeIP.com which as of today works fantastic! There are others, so feel free to look around.
Step 3, you will need to set up a server, with Apache, or similar and php 5 and MySQL and a few dozen other minor items. If you are a Linux geek, this will be easily done. If not, well I am not here to teach, just tell you the basics.
Step 4, once you have some sort of web server installed you will need to configure to accept connections to the specified domain and point them to the correct folder. (it’s getting complicated now, ain’t it?)
Step 5, you will need to upload your WordPress install files to the correct folder and set permissions correctly. (this is called chmod)
Step 6, you will need to set up server aliases in case folks still type in ‘www’ before your hostname. Oh, yeah, you will need to set those up in DNS also.
Step 7, you will need to create a database, set permissions and then remember the username/pass for said database when installing WordPress.
Step 8, there is the mail server. Trust me, use Sendgrid if at all possible.
Step 9, did I forget to mention forwarding all the needed ports on your router. Yeah, you need to do that too. You also need to reserve that IP for that Ethernet connection so it doesn’t change.
Step 10, if are trying to do this via a Windows-based server I can’t help you….you are doomed. Please run your web server using a Virtual Machine such as Turnkey Linux LAMP stack.
If all the above stuff has you confused and bewildered, worry not, it took me only a few years to get good at it. But if you still want a free WordPress server to learn on….well…read the signup/rules link .