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Do I need to have an existing website to set up a WP blog?

Postby SylviaC » Tue Apr 07, 2009 7:16 am

I want to start a wordpress blog and I did some reading up on it yesterday. I'm not sure if I understood it correctly but it sounds like I need to have an existing website. Is this right? I have 1 website that I am still working on but the topic of the blog will be different than my existing site.

Thanks for any help you can offer.

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Postby TracyR » Tue Apr 07, 2009 8:49 am

Hi Sylvia,

You don't have to have a website to set up a wordpress blog (which will essentially BE your site ) but you do need to have website hosting in place.

If I understand correctly, the site you're currently working on and the "site" that you'd like to use with WordPress will be different topics?

Not to confuse you further but a "blog" can be a stand alone "site" or incorporated with your existing site. It just depends on what you want to do with it.
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Postby angienewton » Tue Apr 07, 2009 9:15 am

Hi Sylvia,
Tracy has ya covered. You definitely don't have to have a current website to have a blog.
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Postby SylviaC » Tue Apr 07, 2009 3:10 pm

I am still a bit confused about the wordpress platform.

My site is hosted with hostgator. For me to set up a seperate WP blog, that will not be related to my existing site, do I still go through the Fantastico De Luxe link through hostgator acct or will that tie it to my existing site? I'm only familiar with Blogger where you don't require a domain name or website. In the how to start a wordpress blog - checklist, the first 2 items is register a domain name and set up a hosting acct.

Is WP a blogging platform or website platform or both. This brings up another question...is it better to set up wordpress as a website with a domain name and host and use it as both a website and blogging platform?

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Postby TracyR » Tue Apr 07, 2009 5:55 pm

For me to set up a seperate WP blog, that will not be related to my existing site, do I still go through the Fantastico De Luxe link through hostgator acct or will that tie it to my existing site?



If you go thru your existing host on your current domain name, yes this would tie your WordPress blog to your existing site.

You can add a new/separate domain name on the same hosting account and use Fantastico to download.

Is WP a blogging platform or website platform or both. This brings up another question...is it better to set up wordpress as a website with a domain name and host and use it as both a website and blogging platform?


WordPress is a blogging platform that can be used as a website as well as a blog.

I'm sure that those that know better will add to this but yes, get a new domain name on your existing host IF you are creating 2 different site/blogs (no need to get a new host account) and create your blog/site - so yes it can be used at both a blog or a site.

Clear as mud?
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Postby AlexNewell » Wed Apr 08, 2009 9:44 am

Hi Sylvia

You are going to love WordPress - it is millions of time better than blogger!

Fantastico is an auto installer which can be used to do the "heavy lifting" of the installation of lots of different things -wordpress blogs, Joomla websites, forums like this one, support desks and lots more.

All fantastico does is ask a few questions which you answer by typing into the online form and then press a button and you have your newly installed blog or whatever it is that fantasico is doing for you.

There is another auto installer which may also be there in your account called simple scripts.

Your first decision is whether you want your blog to be on your domain so that it looks like this www.mydomain.com or whether you want to put it in a folder so that your blog looks like this www.mydomain.com/blog

You can do either. If you don't want an ordinary website but only want a blog then you go the first way

Traci has a post on this on her blog so have a look

http://genesisblogging.com/2009/01/word ... antastico/

Any questions just ask again.

Have fun

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Postby terrapin719 » Wed Apr 08, 2009 11:30 am

SylviaC wrote:
Is WP a blogging platform or website platform or both. This brings up another question...is it better to set up wordpress as a website with a domain name and host and use it as both a website and blogging platform?

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Both!

For blogging purposes you can have your blog on your own domain name instead of on something like yourblog.wordpress.com (which is available, similar to how blogger is available to use on your own domain or for free on blogger.com)

The benefits of having your wordpress blog on your own domain is that you have much more control over everything, you can customize your plugins and themes etc....

Wordpress is also great for setting up websites of any kind, not just blogs. I've seen WP used to manage stores, craft sites, tutorials, and just about anything you can think of.
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Postby tknoppe » Wed Apr 08, 2009 12:41 pm

Hi Sylvia
I see Alan pointed you to my blog for my video on how to install WordPress via Fantastico. So that will help you once you get to that point; but what you first need to do, is register a new domain name that IS appropriate for this new blog you want to start.

Then log into your existing HostGator hosting cpanel and click the Add-On domain icon and enter that new domain name in there and follow the on screen instructions and that will add this new domain to your existing hosting account. Then you can add WordPress to this new domain and you're good to go. :)
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Postby AlexNewell » Wed Apr 08, 2009 12:55 pm

Traci - if you're gonna call me Alan I might call ya "Tracey"

:-)

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Postby tknoppe » Wed Apr 08, 2009 1:06 pm

LOL So sorry!! I plead multi-tasking & old age. :P ALEX!
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Postby AlexNewell » Wed Apr 08, 2009 1:34 pm

TeeHee!

No probs Traci!

:-)

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Postby SylviaC » Thu Apr 09, 2009 9:01 am

Thanks guys! This is all really helping.

Traci, I watched your video on installing Wordpress. At the part where it says 'install in directory' if I leave it blank does this mean it will attach to my existing site? If I don't want it to attach to my existing site do I make up a name for a folder I want it to install to(like you did when you entered the word 'blog' in that field)?

Also, what would I do if I wanted more than 1 WP site. Do I go through the exact same procedure for each site?

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Postby tknoppe » Thu Apr 09, 2009 9:19 am

Yep, if you want it in a folder, just enter the name of the folder in that spot. So if you wanted to install WordPress into a folder called /journal, enter journal in that blank.

Yep, rinse and repeat for each site. ;)
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Postby lindastacy » Thu Apr 09, 2009 9:46 am

Let's see if I can clarify more for you (and hopefully not confuse you!) by giving some examples.

For any website to be available to the public online you need two things. A domain name and webhosting. For example, the domain name for this site is selfstartersweeklytips.com and hosting is provided by a company such as hostgator (or one of many others)

This message board is attached to SSWT and was placed in a directory (or folder) and is served by the same hosting service. You can see the URL for the forum is
www.selfstartersweeklytips.com/forum

The rest of her website can be found by going to www.selfstartersweeklytips.com

Lynn's blog could have been added to the same domain and hosting by adding another directory or folder called "blog" or "clicknewz," so it would have been
selfstartersweeklytips.com/clicknewz/
And she would have installed that blog through the same hosting account as SSWT

But instead, Lynn choose to get a different domain name for her blog:
clicknewz.com
And she installed the blog in the "root directory" of that domain through her hosting account. (so when you type in clicknewz.com you go to the blog; there isn't another directory such as clicknewz.com/blog). She may have used the same hosting company and account (for example, one like hostgator that allows you to host multiple domains/sites on the same account), the same hosting company but under a different account, or a completely different hosting company.

You probably don't want the blog in the root directory for an existing website (or one your are building). Whatever is set up in the root directory is what visitors will see when they type your domain name into a browser.

Multiple blogs can be added to the same domain/site by setting up multiple directories/folders. For example
clicknewz.com/blog1
clicknewz.com/blog2
clicknewz.com/blog3

(The folders can be named anything you want, like
clicknewz.com/pencils
clicknewz.com/pens
clicknewz.com/chocolate)

Does that help?
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Postby tknoppe » Thu Apr 09, 2009 10:07 am

Good explanation Linda. However, WordPress can be more than just a blog - it can actually power an entire web site as it's a content management system (CMS) - not just blog software, with pages, not just blog posts - so one may very well want to install WordPress in the root.

So it goes back to what the overall goal/plan is for the system being installed. If one would be using WordPress for merely blogging only - no static pages, then yes, you can/would install it in a sub-directory and then they were need to either upload static html pages in the root or upload another content management system or something else there to run the root/main portion of their site; but if one were to use WordPress to drive their entire site, then install it in the root and you're good to go. ;)
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