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Email Marketing for Writers #2: Get a Web Host

I hope at this point you already have a domain name and need some web space. If you have not yet purchased a domain name, check out my previous post:
http://semitechnical.com/2013/02/email-marketing-for-artists-introduction/

Now you want to find some web hosting for your new website.

Web hosting will be a monthly cost, so you might want to wait on this part until you have something to sell. The cost isn't much (about $10 a month), but this might be a show-stopper for some.

The thing you want in a web host is "cPanel." This is a control panel that lets you install several free scripts on your website. The most important script is Wordpress, but we'll get to that in the next lesson.

To find a host, you can either search for "web hosting cpanel," or you can pick from a list. Here are the top 10 cPanel web hosts: http://www.top10webhosting.com/cpanel.php

Remember when I said you were looking to spend about $10 per month? These web hosts are most popular because they are cheap. The only reason they are so cheap is that the have lots and lots and lots of these cheap accounts running on a single machine. This tends to make the websites on these machines run very slowly.

You also have the option of switching to a different web host if you find that your selected host is running too slow. Migration is easy, as long as you pick a host that uses cPanel, of course.

The web host I use is actually under $10 a month, but they don't over-pack their servers. Their name is LinkSky. I'll be basing my instructions on signing up with them. Their service and support has been top notch. They are also fellow G+ers. ( +LinkSky Hosting +Shirley Foster +Joseph Maas ). I don't make any money from this recommendation. They are just who I recommend.

Step One. Sign up for a hosting account.

1. Go to LinkSky.com.
2. Pull down "Sign up Now" (top left) and select "Quick Signup"
3. Select the "Standard Feature" account and press "Order Now"
4. Enter the domain name you purchased in the last lesson and "Click to Continue"
5. Select how you want to pay (it's cheaper if you pay for several months up front. I prefer monthly billing).
6. Complete the rest of the purchase process.

Step Two. Tell your registrar about your website.

After you have signed up with your web host, you will receive an email containing your username and password information, cpanel access information, and your name servers.

In the name of all that is holy, do not ever delete this email. This one email contains all of your keys.

You will be giving your name server information to your registrar. This will let people find your website when they type your URL into their browser.

1. Note your name servers in your welcome email. This will be in the form of a URL. So you know what you're looking for, mine are ns1.linksky90.com and ns2.linksky90.com. Yours will be different. Check your welcome email.

2. Log into your registrar. We'll assume that you used GoDaddy. Go to GoDaddy.com and enter your user name and password for that site (login in top-left).

3. After you are logged in, pull down All Products -> Domains -> Domain Management.

4. Check the box by your domain name.

5. At the top, find "Nameservers." Click this and then select "Set Nameservers."

6. Select "I have specific nameservers for my domains."

7. Enter your two name servers into the first two fields. Click OK.

8. You will get a message that your changes have been submitted. It will tell you some total bunk about it taking 2 to 48 hours. Unless you live in Timbuktooistan, this will be more like 5 minutes. Go get a coffee. Drink slowly. Yes. Sweet, sweet coffee. You might need another. Yes. That's the stuff. Sweet, black nectar of life.

9. Here's your moment of glory. Open a new tab in your web browser. Type in "http://YOURDOMAINNAME.COM" and press Enter/Return. (You might have figured out that you should be using your domain name.) You should now see a message about this being the future home of your domain. This is the default message when you have the website connected, but nothing is set up yet. Success!

Step Three. Set up an email account.
Now that you have your own domain name, you'll want to have a fancy-schmancy email address to match. Please do this. You can always forward it to your AOL email, but we want to at least look professional. It's for the kids. Think of the kids.

1. Go to YOURDOMAIN.COM/cpanel.

2. This will ask for your user name and password. Remember that welcome email you got from your host. Yes. You didn't delete it, right? Your user name and password are there.

3. After you are logged into your control panel, look for "Email Accounts" in the "Mail" Section.

4. Put in the name you would like to use for your email address. You don't need to fill in your domain name.

5. Put in a password (this can and should be different than your main account password).

6. Tick off the "Unlimited" button so you don't get a full email account.

7. Click the "Create Account" button.

8. After you have created an email account, you will see it in the list below. Click the "More" button to the right of your new email address. Click "Configure Email Client"

9. This page will tell you all the settings you need to set up your new email address in your favorite email program.

Success! You're done for today!

Congratulations on your new domain name, web site, and email address. Our next lesson will cover some more geeky stuff, installing Wordpress so you can start blogging!
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E-Mail Marketing for Writers
Final Step:
Put MailChimp and a Popup on Your Site

How many years ago did I start this series? Febuary 28, 2013… only two years ago. Well, in the interest of finishing what I start, here’s the fifth and final step to launching your own blog with a mailing list. Do you need some reminders? I sure did. At this point, you have a domain name, a web hosting account, a website, a blog, an ESP (MailChimp), and an API Key for MailChimp.

Step One: Buy a domain name
https://plus.google.com/118085865046319783623/posts/TmgPsdy6DMp

Step Two: Get a Web Host
https://plus.google.com/118085865046319783623/posts/8K4enn7kZD5

Step Three: Install Wordpress
https://plus.google.com/118085865046319783623/posts/iRwtApuXz3B

Step Four: Sign Up for MailChimp https://plus.google.com/+MattMcCabe/posts/fEDg8BDvwnd

Step 5 (Final Step)
You're soaking in it.

1. Log into your MailChimp control panel at MailChimp.com.

2. Go to the API section (under your name in the top right, click accounts, then Extras, then API keys.

Now, the API key is a huge string of numbers and letters. How you want to copy it is up to you. You can just copy it, but you might want to copy something else.  You could copy it to a Notepad document. Do whatever you’d like… just copy it.

3. Now you will also need the List ID. Most of you will only have one list.

4. Click Lists at the top.

To the right of your list, there is a stats button. Click the down arrow to the right of it.

5. Click Settings.

6. Click List Name & Defaults.

The List ID is shown on the right. Copy it, as well.

We’re all done with MailChimp. The rest can be done on your site.

7. Swing over to your Wordpress control panel, at http://YOURDOMAIN.COM/wp-admin/ and log in.

8. Click on Plugins (on the left).

9. Click on Add New (at the top).

10. Using the search bar, look for “wp popup”

11. Click Install Now. Click OK to install. Then click Activate Plugin.

After you have activated the plugin, the menu on the left will change a bit.

12. Click on Settings on the left.

13. Click on WP Popup Settings.

14. On the right, click the big plus by MailChimp.

15. Fill in your list ID and API Key.

16. Click Save Changes.

Do you believe we’re almost done?

17. Back on the left, click WP Popup.

18. Click Add New at the top.

19, Fill in some teaser copy (top and bottom) and copy for bullet copy (you have three).

20. Down in the settings, click “Hide on mobile devices.” It doesn’t work so well on mobile devices.

21. Click Create Popup in the top right.

And now you’re done! With that, you have some experience installing plugins. The popup plugin is the most basic, but it’s free.. If you have some coin, you can pay for something more fancy. I have my eye on ITRO WP Marketing, at http://www.itro.eu/index.php/itro-wordpress-plugins-demos/

Have fun and experiment! Touch the buttons! Wordpress is hard to break.
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If you have a problem with pop-ups, definitely don't use one. This process will walk you through installing a plugin on a Wordpress site. Once you're comfortable with that, use any plugin you'd like. I like the official MailChimp plugin for Wordpress.
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