How to start your own blog

When you are looking to start a blog of your own, it can seem like a daunting task. In reality, if you take it one step at a time and with the right instructions, you can easily create your own blog in just a couple minutes. The hardest part is choosing your website name and creating content. But if you are serious about it, in just a few minutes you can be on your way to creating your first blog post.

Step 1 – Choose a provider

The first thing you want to do is pick out a hosting provider. A hosting provider is who will actually store the files for the website and who will make it available for people on the internet.

I, myself, am a hosting provider, therefore I host my own sites. If you are interested in using me as your hosting provider, you can signup at and use the coupon code “1STMONTHHALF” and you get your first month 50% off. This tutorial will show you how to setup a WordPress blog on my hosting platform using the WordPress easy installer. Continue reading “How to start your own blog”

Create drafts of live posts

WordPress is amazing in what all it can do, and what all people has morphed it to be able to do with all the various plugins, themes, and settings that you are able to change. People has built entire businesses just around their website  – something I wish I could do one day!  Me and my wife has decided to start working together on her blog more – we have devised a system where she creates the post, I go in and make some changes such as adding links, revising it, proofreading, and adding SEO.

As powerful as WordPress is, I soon found out there is no method built in to allow her to post the blog post live to the website then me go back and suggest revisions and let her review or deny my revisions before they go live. After all, this is her blog and I don’t want to make any changes with her approving them. So I started doing some research, and I finally found my answer… Continue reading “Create drafts of live posts”

Change the default attachment link to setting

When setting up my blog, I was deciding on how to setup links in the attachment settings. I really don’t like pointing directly to the jpg file (which is the default) for a couple reasons. One, I cannot get an accurate reading of the analytics. Two, it does not get the pretty header and footer and links of my site. So I found the option to link to “Attachment Page”. I got to digging around, and there was no option to set the default link to! I found this:

There is a secret settings page in wordpress that allows you to change many settings that are not found in the regular wordpress setup. Point your browser to this address (of course replacing with yours):

Once you are there, look for the option “image_default_link_type”. There are three possible values for this field (notice they are all lower case).

  • blank – leaving the field blank will default to the “none” setting
  • file – this links directly to the file. I do not like this because you are not able to perform any analytics or visual styling of the view.
  • post – I use this one. This shows a page with the usual header and footer with the image only in the center.

As you can guess, some of these options mis-configured can cause your site to crash, so be sure to use caution when editing these settings!

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