In case ANYONE ever signs up for a server…I have increased disk capacity!

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When I first thought of this insanity I figured I would get maybe 3 or four volunteers. Then it hit me, I might get a few more than that and using an 8 gb server just wasn’t going to hack it.

So I have increased disk capacity to 25 gb total available space. That doesn’t mean you get any more than 1 gb to start with, but you will damn sure have a better chance of being allowed a bit over.

Of course if you happen to be the first to sign up..I will give you 2gb, space. [Note here: screw around, use the space for anything illegal and I will delete you faster than John Wayne killin’ a bad guy.]

Moving on….sign the hell up, and send a PM.

Thanks,

Tim

 

 


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First things to do when you are all setup.

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There are any number of things you should do when your site is first running, but number one is to set up a few basic settings and install a few plugins.

Step one is to go to your Dashboard and go to the settings section and set your general settings and then Writing, Reading and Discussion sections.

Next is to install a few plugins. There are literally thousands to choose from, but the few must haves as far as I am concerned are:

  1. Jetpack – gives you stats and allows for automatic publication to a variety of Social Media.
  2. Google XML Sitemaps – a small plugin to help generate a sitemap of your site, helping the search engines find it.
  3. SI CAPTCHA Anti-Spam – keeps folks from signing up using bots.
  4. Sendgrid – if you want to allow folks to sign up at all, you will need an email host.

Next thing you may want to do is download and play with a few themes to see if they fit your vision of how you want your site to look.

Those are the basics of your first few hours playing around with WP and it should keep you busy for a day or so.

Tim

 


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How to use your free site. Basics 101

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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.

 

 


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I need one volunteer..just one, to try the system out…ok..3 would be better.

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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)

That is all,

Tim


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How Does one host a WordPress Server at Home you may ask?

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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 .


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I guess I am missing my target audience…or the world is content to be restricted.

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So while I didn’t exactly expect a thousand requests for a free WordPress server, it simply confuses me that no one, as of this moment, has chosen to register on this site and request to either be a helpful admin or run their own little WordPress server.

Perhaps I am giving the human race far too much credit for wanting to try new things and/or do a wee bit of their own thinking and learning.

After all you can get a free domain and a WP server elsewhere with all thos restrictions that prevent you from learning. If that is your path, you have chosen poorly, but you go right ahead and enjoy it.

Tim


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