After a weekend of Greek Festival fun, a wedding in southern Indiana, and coding until the end of time yesterday I am finally blessed with a smidge of what some call “free time.” It’s not exactly free. I still have oodles of homework to do, but I did just submit a HUGE portion of research for my consulting gig and don’t need to start on the next batch for a week or so. What does this mean? I get to play with my website of course! 🙂
First, I have to take a moment to sing the praises of GoDaddy.com. In spite of their hideous homepage (think of the worst myspace page you’ve seen and then think of it as a homepage for a business) they are a great company to work with. Yesterday I got a call from Scott at GoDaddy who just wanted to make sure all was well with my account. We got me set-up with some anti-spam privacy goodness, he gave me tips of good resources for n00b web-development, and he sent me a personal email just in case I ever had any issues. If I have not said it enough, let me say it again: IT people rawk.
Today I had a chance to sit down and read through some of the ‘how to set-up your web-page stuff’ GoDaddy sent me and I was fairly successful. I used TextEdit to create an index page in html. I then learned what FTP was and used the free one that came with my domain-name to upload my newly created index.html file. In spite of my doubt it sort of worked. I say sort of because instead of displaying the text I wrote in html it just displays the html…but it’s a step in the right direction.
After reading through the code a handful of times, comparing it to the pdf document I got it from, and scratching my head I am quite happy to say, “I just don’t know what happened.” And, then move on.
Next I went back to that tricky WordPress.org site and started reading all of their information on how to install WP in 5 easy steps. Easy? Eh, maybe for some. I did what they told me and now have a very groovy MySQL database and a wp_config.php file that links said file to my database. Cool!
**WARNING***ROAD BLOCK AHEAD***
Apparently my new File Transfer Protocol (look at me using the lingo) is not designed to handle the large data transfer required by WP set-up. That’s okay. I have lots of resources now (thank you Scott) that list a few good FREE FTP clients. ….Well, okay so only one of them is for a Mac, but still. **Smaller Roadblock** FileZilla and I are going to work together sometime soon. You know, once they get their Mac client back online!
Ah, well. I expected road blocks, setbacks, and a high lvl of confusination (my new word for my state of mind while developing for the web). Plus, it’s kind of funny that my webpage displays random html text…