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Discussion in 'Blogging' started by RedMango, Sep 18, 2010.

  1. RedMango

    RedMango Power Member

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    Sorry, I know you'll take the piss, but I'm having real trouble getting started.

    Bought a domain a month ago from GoDaddy. Decided Dollar2Host would be better to host with. I've tried to install Wordpress (how f-ing complicated does the step-by-step have to be?) Once I'd tried myself, Wordpress decided at the very bottom of the page to say that you can click on Fantastico and voila, it will do it all in one or two clicks......why not say that in the first place??

    Anyway, I've installed it, only 0.06MB?!?! Doesn't sound right? Clicked on the domain.com/wp-admin and it comes up with a GoDaddy page. Is this propogation? How long do I have to wait? What am I missing?

    RM associate
     
  2. RedMango

    RedMango Power Member

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    Right, I've got it working now. What a total ******** on that was.

    Is it right that Wordpress charge $12 a year for domain mapping? Surely it's taking the piss? Domain name, hosting and using WP a (FREEEEE) platform costs $12. It's not the amount I'm bothered about (obviously) but when someone says free, I usually take that as not having to pay anything?
     
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    I've followed all of Wordpress' instructions. I have paid the $12 to 'non' free Wordpress and changed my domain name to primary. Unlocked it from GoDaddy side and when I click on preview site, it is still coming up with the GD site!

    What the hell have I done wrong?FFS, I might just try and rank a keyword.wordpress.com, this is a total piss on.
     
  4. Daniel0cean

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    there is a very big problem when installing wordpress. i happened to have same issue once. when you install specify exactly your destination folder eg:
    www.website.com or www.website.com/blog or blog.website.com because if you specify the folder of the hosting and not the domain you usually get that redirect and cant login or you view the blog all distorted. in order to correct and verify this issue you have to fire up phpmyadmin if its available, go to your database and check wp_options table. there you must have the info straighted up or if not modify it
     
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  5. iamsgf

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    What did you pay the $12 for?

    If you got a domain and a host, then WP is free!!

    Dude if you are still having prob's drop me a PM and I will set it up for you
     
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    Yeah, I don't get that part myself either. Is that domain mapping from an existing wordpress.com blog to your new domain?
     
  7. Derek Foreal

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    If I'm to understand this right, you got hosting at "dollar2host" and bought a domain at Go Daddy. You also at some point upgraded an existing blog you already had at WordPress.com for $12 extra per year and which is totally unrelated to your hosting account and newly purchased domain name you're trying to set up now.

    Correct?

    (Just on a side note you can easily find plenty of videos at YouTube where you can watch this whole set up process) (plus Google is your friend, LOL)

    If so...

    First you have to set your nameservers at Go Daddy within your "domain manager". You should be able to find your the names of your nameservers somewhere within your control panel or if you have cPanel they should be on the left-hand sidebar down at the bottom under "Account Information". Write down those two nameservers and go back to Go Daddy and add them to your corresponding domain in the "set nameservers" tab of your domain manager at Go Daddy.

    You then have to register that domain name to your hosting account which should be somewhere within the "domains section" of your control panel or cPanel.

    After you have that all done, you then test it by visiting that domain you just set up, type your domain in your address bar and if the resulting page is an "index of" you're all set and ready to install WordPress. If however after you set your nameservers at Go Daddy and added that domain to your hosting account you still don't have an "index of" you'll have to wait for it to propagate which could take a few more minutes to a few hours (I use Go Daddy and HostGator and my domains propagate within minutes and are ready to go by the time I get done adding them within my cPanel).

    When you have that "index of" page, you're ready to install WordPress through FANTASTICO. Just follow the on-screen prompts and you'll be fine, it's only like two or three clicks. It automatically creates your MySQL database and all you have to do is just assign a password and that's it.

    Upon going to your domain this time you'll be greeted with the default "Hello World" post and the new default WordPress theme which BTW is no longer that crappy kubrick theme.

    Typing http://www.yourdomain/wp-admin.com will now finally bring you to WP-admin.

    Good luck and have fun customizing your new WordPress site.
     
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  8. RedMango

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    Thank you Daniel and Derek. I think everything you have pointed out will sort it. I'll try again today. It was 4am here when I was doing it, so I was a bit angrier than I should have been :)

    I ran through all of Wordpress' instructions (as complicated as they are), and yes the $12 is for domain mapping, which although (it seems) I don't need it here, I could not continue without paying it :)weird I know). Anyway, it's done now.

    I think I'm almost there, as you guys said, I just need to tidy some things up. After reading BHW for a good few weeks, having wordpress blogs for practice, I thought it would be straightforward.

    I've got it all written down, exactly what I needed to do, but then a myriad of stumbling blocks get me.

    /end of newbiness.


    EDIT
    - started to follow your instructions^^^, then I logged on to my site and IT'S ONLY BLADDY WORKING!!!! Is that propogation then? And 7 hours? really?
     
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    DNS Propagation can take up to 72 hours...
     
  10. RedMango

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    God I'm impatient :goodnight
     
  11. RedMango

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    Well, I asked for a refund from WordPress. They said they'd sorted it out and refunded me (they haven't), my website doesn't work now and I'm back to being annoyed now.

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  12. Derek Foreal

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    Yeah that sucks especially when your all excited about getting your site all set up and then you can't because of some stupid BS like that.

    It's EXACTLY because of all that un-necessary BS you get with using un-heard of hosting providers ...that I always recommend for hosting, people get "HostGator". It's really cheap and plenty good enough until you get some experience learning how to drive traffic.

    Once you get proficient at driving traffic you'll likely be moving on to a VPS or Dedicated server anyhow as shared hosting won't support loads of traffic...but by that time you'll be easily making enough to afford VPS or dedicated so that extra cost won't much matter.
    They are a really good first company to work with as any questions you might have can literally be answered instantly 24/7 with their "Live Chat Support". If you've researched them at all then you already know they've really built a pretty good reputation for their customer service that they offer. You can use this coupon code here: "HOSTGATORFORAPENNY" to get a whole month of hosting for a penny...that is if you still need or are looking for a decent hosting provider check them out, I guarantee you won't have any BS with HostGator's hosting.

    Good luck man
     
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    Cool man, cheers Derek. I did manage to sort it out in the end, but had to jump through unnecessary hoops. Dollar2host do have a Live Chat, but surely to make it easier, just make it straightfroward and automated so they don't have to waste their time.

    Weird company.

    Website is going well at the moment, but I'm working on other projects and this one is a hobby really so I haven't been able to throw too much time at it.

    I just wish I was a bit quicker at building sites, I suppose that will come with more experience then I can just replicate an exact procedure. Still learning...and reading BHW a lot :)
     
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    BTW - not even a month later, hardly any time thrown at it 9 backlinks (only 3 of which are authority high PR ones - which I have a feeling make the most impact), as I have a new project on the go, but I'm 3rd out of 3.3 million sites for my keyword. Admittedly, it's not a difficult keyword to rank for, but all the same, my first attempt I'm pretty stoked!!!

    The only ones above me are a YT vid with a few hundred thousand views and one auto site.

    Gonna busy this week me thinks :)
     
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    Awesome......my hosting company deleted the WordPress files on my website. Is there any way of retrieving the work I put into it? I had to reinstall it, so it's now blank and I'll have to start again by the looks of it.

    Mo-Fo's.

    Do not use Dollar2Host - they are retarded. I asked them a question on the Live Chat help bit and they changed my site which totally cocked it up, then they fixed it, but never told me what or why they did. I've asked numerous times why they can't just explain what they did but they ignore me. I don't care if they made a mistake, everyone does, but at least tell me! F*&King idiots.
     
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    From now on, keep a regular backup of your website files and database. Keep it on a harddrive away from your host server. That way if something happens, you just reupload everything instead of having to start from scratch.
     
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    Yep, lesson learned. :(
     
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    btw, number one in Google this morning!!! :) Regardless of having the site accidentally deletd. More ahead, hey ho.