Back to blogging

It’s been so long since my last post. However I am still determined to continue writing. For 3 months I was unable to gain access to my blog from my university. One possible reason is that my university had filtered out websites with domain names with getenjoyment.org. So I had to look for another host which I hope would be more convenient. It would be easier if I just used one of the readymade CMS that blogspot or wordpress offers. But what’s the fun in that?

So now, I am hosting my blog on a different server which a friend of mine suggested. I really hope this would be the last time shifting to different free web hosts.

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Blogging on your own web space

Using your own web space gives you the flexibility and offers additional options on managing your blog compared to blog hosting sites for instance wordpress.com or blogger.com. Blog hosting sites limit the actions you are able to perform on your blog. It is there simply to provide its users the basic needs to start blogging. But if you want to add widgets or extensions to your blog, it is necessary to get your own web space. Which I did!

You can get a good web space for a reasonable price from many web hosting companies out there. But for me, I do not want to be paying monthly fees to host my blog just yet. Perhaps in the future when my blog gets more readers then I will consider getting my own domain name. For now a free web hosting site would do.

This blog is hosted by Leadhoster which I find quite appropriate so far. It works well with wordpress CMS which I am using at this point. It took me awhile to install the CMS but fortunately I managed to overcome it swiftly. Now that my blog runs on my own web space, I can hunt for wordpress themes from thousands out there. When using wordpress.com to host your blog, you can only get to choose from a limited amount of themes which isn’t really appealing in my opinion. You can find loads of themes from here or here.

Here are simple guides to configure your free webhost to work with the wordpress CMS.

  • Get a CMS for your blog.
    • There are 2 well known CMS used mainly for blogging which is WordPress and Moveable Type. I would recommend using WordPress than Moveable Type. You can get the latest WordPress CMS here.
    • Once you have downloaded the CMS, unzip it to your desktop. You would get a ‘wordpress’ directory after unzipping.
  • Register for a web space.
    • If you are looking for a free webhost, you can search for one here.
    • When you are done searching for the right webhost, go ahead and register for a sub-domain name (you have to pay for domain names, sub-domains are usually free)
  • Edit wp-config-sample.php
    • Open up the file ‘wp-config-sample.php’ in the wordpress directory with a text editor and fill in your database details.
    • Double check if all details are correct then save and rename the file to wp-config.php.
  • Upload ‘wordpress’ directory to your webhost
    • You can upload the files in 2 ways. You can upload the files individually or you can use an ftp client. Download the ftp client here.
    • Once you installed the ftp client, fill in your webhost information in the ftp configuration screen.
    • Once you are connected to your webhost via ftp, start transferring the ‘wordpress’ directory to your webhost directory.
  • Run the ‘install.php’ file
    • Set your webhost root directory to the ‘wordpress’ directory that you have just uploaded.
    • Run the ‘install.php’ file and follow the rest of the instructions.

Remember to change your admin password after the installation. There, we’re done. Yipee… Now you can start blogging like crazy.

Introduction

Hi there, and welcome to my own personal blog. Well, I’ve decided to start my own blog as a hobby and a way to improve my writing skills. This is not my first time at blogging though. I’ve started blogging as a requirement for a course project that I am taking this semester. For that particular course I was using blogger which is powered by Google as my blog host. To try something different, I moved to wordpress for a new environment.

I’ve seen different types of blogs from a few of my friends and it seems interesting and fun to make your own blog and start writing anything from your stories, events and news of your own personal life. It doesn’t have to be about you. You can write just about anything you feel that would be interesting to your readers.

My blog would concentrate more on my own interest that is computer technologies than stories from my personal life. Computers have been an interest for me for a very long time. And that is what led me in taking Computer Science as my major. I am hoping that I would be able to pursue my ambition as a professional computer programmer. So this blog will be used as a process log in pursuit of my dreams. Well, that’s it for now