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What's a good alternative to my current hosting provider?

Mouse, keyboard, and monitor

Episode 1537

LaRayce from Santa Ynez, CA

LaRayce got her invoice for web hosting, and they've cut her three-year deal to a two-year deal. So she's looking for an alternative. Leo says it's easy to move, as web hosting is a commodity product now. Coding in HTML is pretty old-fashioned. Most websites don't run that way anymore. They use a content management system, which separates the site design from the content. That makes it a lot easier to update her content. WordPress and Squarespace are good examples.

How can I get into web design?

Web design

Episode 1534

Daniel from Long Beach, CA

Dan is thinking of getting into web design. What does he need to do? Leo says that having an understanding of HTML and CSS is important to understand how the websites are built. He should also know Javascript. All three of these are fundamental to learning how to create a good website. There's also Frameworks, which would enable him to design interactive and immersive websites. They are done through Google, Twitter, and others.

I bought a domain name. Now what?

Typing

Episode 1523

Cara from San Diego, CA

Cara is a budding writer who wants to set up her own website and blog. She has a domain name and set up her website through GoDaddy. Now what? Rich says that doing a WordPress.com blog is probably the best long term. They'll do it all, and all she needs to do is go into the settings and forward her domain name to the blog.

Another option is to do a self hosted WordPress blog for more control. But it would require a lot more work. So Cara should start small with WordPress and just upscale her blog plan when she needs to.

Should I link my WordPress blog to my domain or transfer it?

web address

Episode 1492

Gerald from Texas

Gerald is setting up a website in WordPress and wants to know if he should set it up with a domain name or link to it. Leo says it's a good idea to have his own domain that he can control. From there, he can forward it to his website on WordPress and let them host it, or he can host it himself on his own server. It's not really practical to "roll your own" hosting. Gerald should let WordPress handle the hosting and just have the domain name forward to the website. That won't cost him anything.

What is the easiest way to build a website?

Episode 1407

Sue from California

Sue wants to start a website at geekyoldbroad.com. She already has the domain name, and now she can connect it to anything she wants. Wordpress.com is an easy-to-use site where she can set up a site for a low monthly cost. Another site that will do this is SquareSpace.com. She can just go in, pick a template that works for her needs, and start publishing content. Wordpress has a free tier with ads. These are the easiest ways to do it.

What's a good website builder?

Episode 1401

Jimmy from Los Angeles, CA

Jimmy wants to build a website for his organization. What's the best way to do it? Leo says that he uses WordPress.com. It's easy to use, and would enable him to have a blog. SquareSpace is another, which offers dynamic page templates that are very current and trendy. It's great all-in-one web software. Those are the best two and they offer free trials. WordPress also has a business tier.

There are also non profit services, so Jimmy should look around.

How should I host my podcast?

Mic and Pop Filter

Episode 1386

Mark from Costa Mesa, CA

Mark wants to do a podcast and his partners say Podomatic is great because it's free. But he's thinking of going with WordPress and their podpress plugin. Leo says that either would work. The difference is that doing it on his site will mean he absorbs the bandwidth costs. Podomatic uses ads inserted into the site to cover bandwidth costs and profit. But they handle the burden of scaling it up if his podcast gets very popular.

Should I pay someone to build my website?

Website URL

Episode 1360

Arthur from Los Angeles, CA

Leo recommends a template based web builder like Squarespace, Weebly, Wix or Wordpress. Squarespace is great because it's free to start out, and then Arthur could either choose a template and customize it, or ask a group of experts help him add functions like logins, databases, social media extensions, etc. It's very expensive to do a professional grade website.

How can I update my blog offline?

Episode 1317

Susan from Los Angeles, CA

Susan does a wordpress blog and loves cruising. Since the internet connection isn't all that great on the ship, she wants offline blogging software to create blogs that she can update. Leo says if she looks in her Wordpress settings, she'll see that she has a Wordpress email address. This means she can actually post to her blog via emails. With practice, it will look just like the post. Here's some good software options Susan can use: