Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The Beginner`s Guide to Self Hosting Your Blog

If you are ready to dive in feet first and host your own blog, then this helpful set of instructions can help you to get going. Just be aware that things may be different if your set up in any way deviates from what is described below.

This of course assumes you have the server up and running. If you do not, then you should look at the conversion steps at the end of this piece.

Step 1: Get your IP address for a simple setup; this will be easy.
Go to Start->Programs->Accessories->Command prompt. Once the prompt opens, type in ipconfig and tap enter. You will now get a number. Copy it down exactly.
If you have a router, firewall, or any other device that gives you a private IP (one that starts with 192., 172., or 10.) then you will need to configure it to forward HTTP traffic to your server. Just use the manual, since configurations will vary based on your exact hardware and setup.

Step 2: Get a domain name and DNS services.
Buy your domain name anywhere, and then choose your DNS service. There are both paid and free services for this, so pick which ever suits you and install their software. It is worth mentioning that if your service provider uses dynamic IPs, then you will need a dynamic DNS management system.

Step 3: Files
If you have not already put your sites files onto the server, do so now. Be sure to organize them, and not just dump them all into one file; use the same organization you would for any site.
This also means installing your blog software. It is easiest to use Wordpress.org (not .com), which has a support community for self hosting. Since the installation process will vary slightly depending on your setup, this community is a great place to begin basic setup, and get help troubleshooting.

Now you have a self-hosted blog. Enjoy publishing!

You may have noticed earlier that I mentioned you could convert an old desktop to a small server for this job. If you are interested in finding out more about that procedure, then these resources can help you out. Best of luck.

Double check
Go to Start, then Run. Type in http://local host and tap enter. If you see a web page, you are already setup as a server. An error message means you aren't.

Configure a Server
Most versions of MS Windows have a Microsoft personal web server just waiting to be configured. Follow these steps.

Go to Control Panel->Add/Remove programs->Add/remove Windows components->Wizard opens->Check “Internet information services”->click “details”->check world wide web and documentation boxes (Front Page as well if you plan to use it)->Ok->Next

The Wizard
The wizard should take care of the rest. Just plug in the necessary information.

Guest Post
This has been a guest post written by H. Richard Freeman.


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