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Domain Names and WordPress – Woodie Knows WordPress

Woodie knows WordPress - Carrie Spencer Smart Ass RomanceAfter a busy day of digging holes and unplanting hydrangeas in the backyard, I usually like sit down to do a bit of blogging. Nosh on some daisies. Things like that.

Today, I’m going to enlighten you on domain names.

Almost everyone who’s ever BEEN on the internet knows what a domain name is. In case you don’t, let Woodie explain it to you. In easy terms.

cnn.com
msnbc.com
macys.com
nordstroms.com
carrotsrus.com

Those are highly recognizable domain names. Just like someday www.woodieknowswordpress.com will be one too. Boo-yah!

Getting your own domain name is easy. Go to www.godaddy.com or www.bluehost.com or your favorite hosting company and type in the domain name you’re looking for.

This domain is taken. Try again.

WHAT????

Well, it IS 2011 and domain names have been in use a long time. So you might have to be creative. Instead of dabomb.com try iamdabomb.com or dabombfromnewark.com. C’mon, think!

Once you’ve finally got your domain name, here is where you have a few more choices. One, to go with wordpress.org or two, go with wordpress.com. WP.org is going to cost you hosting fees (approximately $4-6 a month) but you can add in any plugin or widget you want, and pick or buy your own theme. WP.com is free, comes with 100 chosen themes that you can modify and has many pre-sets already installed.

While you’re deciding on that, lets talk more about your domain name and WP.com. Once you get your name, you’ll need to play around with the settings of your the domain-name-purchasing company of choice. You’ll generally find you can forward your domain name. So if I type in www.carriecspencer.com it ends up at www.smartassromance.com. I can also type in www.carriespencerbooks.com and end up in the same place. So, if you already have a WP.com account in place, you can FORWARD your domain name to any URL you’d like.

Handy eh?

Woodie knows WordPress - Domain NamesYou can also FORWARD and MASK. (Not that kind of mask…..sigh) Which means if I typed in carriespencerbooks.com the location bar wouldn’t show smartassromance.com like it does now, it would show carriespencerbooks.com.

Slick eh?

And it’s FREE.

You can also MAP an existing domain, directly from inside WP.com. This costs, at the time of this writing, $12.00 per domain name. This does basically the same as fowarding, but it’s all done through WP.com itself, rather than bringing in an outside vendor.

WP.org is a slightly different beast. Yes, you can import your blog posts from your old blog (we’ll discuss that in a later post) but you get WP with benefits. Add in plugins that do amazing things, widgets that let you put in sliding photo albums, different fonts in different colors etc. It’s a lot more freeing, but yes, a weeeee bit more complicated.

So the choice is p to you. Buy a domain name and keep your WP.com site? Or upgrade to maximum capacity and get WP.org, your own domain name and the ability to do with your blog what you will.

Any questions before I head back to the flower patch?

Woodie

Woodie Knows WordPress – What the heck are permalinks?

Woodie knows WordPress - Carrie Spencer Smart Ass RomanceSometimes when you’re bored, you go wandering through the dashboard of your WordPress site, and you come across something called Permalinks.

Most people generally shudder and move on, not understanding what permalinks can do for you.

Let Woodie explain.

Permalinks are the permanent URL to your post. Like www.cnn.com is their permanent URL, and www.smartass.com is MY URL. However, each individual blog post also has it’s own URL, generally quite a bit longer. I mean like waaaaaaaaaay longer. Longer than a woodchucks front teeth!

Your general default permalink is what we in the industry call “ugly”. It’s a technical term. Honest. What this means is your blog post will be www.smartassromance.com/?p=13

See, I told ya. Ugly.

So, let’s pretty it up some. Kind of like Extreme Makeover. Like I did with that hopelessly emo donkey here, by putting a contrasting yellow flower (delish!) behind her too-long ears.

If it’s important that your date be displayed in your link, such as you are a newspaper or magazine, go with this type of structure.
/%month%/%day%/%year%/
this displays the month/day/year of your post ie:
www.smartassromance.com/december/25/2011

If you want to display your category and post name (which is what I do)
go with this instead
/%category%/%postname%/
now you’ll get this
www.smartassromance.com/family-jewels/turquoise-wrap-bracelet

oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

see how much prettier and more descriptive that is? much better than post 15!

Now these are just the basics to modifying your permalinks. There’s tons more ways to change it, including adding in the time or the author.

Now go forth, and impress the world with your Permalink Knowledge young grasshopper!

=)

Woodie the Woodchuck
Wordpress Expert Extraordinaire

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