There are two types of WordPress accounts. A self-hosted account, where you purchase a domain name and hosting account, and a hosted account, where your blog is hosted at WordPress.com. They are similar but have very different design capabilities, so it’s important to point out the difference before we get started.
Unfortunately we do NOT work with WordPress.com blogs. If you signed up for your blog through WordPress.com, we do not offer design services for your site. If you have a self-hosted WordPress site, or are willing to relocate your blog read on….
Hosting your own site is much easier than you think, and has many benefits.
First, you’ll need to purchase a domain name (a web site address). We recommend GoDaddy for this. We find they have some of the best prices around (around $2 – $14 a year) and think their domain manager is very easy to use. Simply visit their site, decide what you want your website address to be, and purchase your domain name. This will be your actual website address, and it’s one of the benefits of hosting your own site.
Now that you have a domain name, you will need a hosting account (a host is a company who will allow you to store data on their servers for your website). Please read on for hosting recommendations….
GoDaddy has a basic “WordPress Hosting” account, that is a quick and easy way to get started. You can either choose this option, or another host such as HostGator or HostMonster or BlueHost WordPress Hosting (our favorites). All three hosts use cPanel as their hosting control panel, which is the industry standard and offer a (more-or-less) one click software installation service. We like this because it makes keeping your WordPress version updated very, very easy.
Once you have a hosting account, simply provide us with the new account information, and we will install the WordPress software, customize it with a new design, and can even import your old Typepad, Blogger or WordPress.com blog posts, so as to make it as seamless a transition as possible. The benefits of hosting your own site include: choosing your own website address, having the option to add a fully functioning shopping cart at a later date (without having to pay for another domain name or website host!), and never having slow uploads or reliability issues that come with using a site like blogger.com or typepad.com that get bogged down from high traffic.
How the design process works:
Select a design package or item to purchase, and check out on our site. After your payment has been received, you will receive a confirmation email from a designer who will send you a questionnaire to complete and tell you when your project is scheduled to begin. (Usually about 3-4 weeks out). We will then ask you to email us with color choices, font requests, wording, image attachments, etc. to aid in your design. We will always do our best to incorporate your own ideas and elements to create something you love.
Please contact us with additional questions or concerns.
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