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  1. silk186

    silk186 Derp

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    This past year I've been getting into publishing articles. I've been thinking about making a site for articles and blog posts. Something that would show off my publications. I a friend uses Squarespace which has nice products but I would like something with more economical. I don't mind paying a setup fee, but I would like a lower monthly cost.

    I'm wondering about registering a domain using some kind of software or site to put together a clean but basic looking site.

    This is my friend's site https://www.bijusukumaran.com/
    I would like something similar but with an article and publication sections that look more like a new site to provide easier navigation for older content.

    I'm pretty handy with a computer but haven't done any web design since high school. I don't mind a bit of a learning curve as long as maintenance and adding new content isn't overly laborious.
     
  2. RedFlames

    RedFlames ...is not a Belgian football team

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    If in doubt, wordpress?
     
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    It seems a good place to start.
    I'm tinkering with it. If I get something decent I will look into getting my own domain to transfer it to.
     
  4. Weekly_Estimate

    Weekly_Estimate Gives credit where its due

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    If you want a bit more of a challenge you could build one using Laravel

     
  5. Gunsmith

    Gunsmith Maximum Win

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    Wix is another one that I've seen people use
     
  6. Gareth Halfacree

    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

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    I run my sites on self-hosted WordPress, which works fine. If you don't want the hassle, use WordPress.com (not .org, which is the host-it-yourself version) and let someone else take care of the technical stuff. Alternatively, if you're looking for a built-in audience and would like to get paid, Medium.com has built-in monetisation and is free for writers to use.
     
  7. silk186

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    I don't expect a huge flood of visitors but this is something to consider as I get more serious about writing.
    I don't really want to have to deal with HTML or any other web language as I only need a basic personal site.

    I whipped something together with WordPress that is at least presentable in 2 days.
     
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    Zoon Hunting Wabbits since the 80s

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    If you want to self host, tsohost are very good.

    But there’s loads of places you can have a free blog on a subdomain. Tumblr even!
     
  9. RedFlames

    RedFlames ...is not a Belgian football team

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    iirc wordpress themselves do too... <your name here>.wordpress.com

    +1 for TSO... unless you need email [or more sepcifically, email that works]... then i'd looks elsehwere...
     
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    I will look into this later. I think it is easy to migrate with WP at a later date.
    I have a basic site which I will add some credibility to article pitches.
     
  12. RedFlames

    RedFlames ...is not a Belgian football team

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    re: wordpress plugins - Yoast [SEO], even the free version, is worth installing...

    one to be careful with - jetpack [which brings all/most of the wordpress.com features to a wordpress.org install]... some people swear by it... i mostly ended up swearing at it...
     
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    I will look into incorporating SEO into my content.
     
  14. silk186

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    I've created a website and started adding content. I've found that the theme I started with is very limited. Also, I can't use plugins unless I upgrade from a free plan and pay a monthly fee.
    I want to try a new theme but I don't know how long it will take and I want to have a backup in the event it doesn't work out. I can't figure out how to backup my site without upgrading to use plugins.
     
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    I tried looking on the WordPress site but I couldn't find a forum. Searching for information on backup only gave plugins. Can anyone point me in the right direction?
     
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    I managed to get the site up and running with connent. When I finish this trip I will change the theme now.
    The pain is that it doesn't seem that I can perform a back-up of the site. This requires add-ons which require a premium account to use.
     
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    Modsbywoz Multimodder

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    you can backup the website without having to pay. If you have access to the FTP and phpMyAdmin/MySQL database. Just download all of the files normally located in the "public_html" folder on the ftp and dump the SQL to a file and save these in a secure location.
     
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