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How to Start Your Event Blog In 5 Easy Steps

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So pay attention to this quick story…

A few years ago, back in the days of yonder when MySpace.com ruled the interwebs, there was a young promoter who called himself the MySpace King.

His parties were built up on his MySpace presence, his followers grew to epic levels and it seemed as if his reign would never come to an end.

Tons of money was being made, champagne bottles being hoisted and it seemed he could do no wrong.

Then his kingdom abruptly fell to pieces. What happened you may ask? Well, when last have you updated YOUR MySpace profile? Even worse, did you even know a social media platform named MySpace even existed?

It so happened that when the MySpace platform fell to pieces, drifted out of favor from the masses and everyone fled to the greener pastures of Facebook, this young budding club promoter’s empire crumbled.

No more “I Am King!”, no more champagne, no more limelight, no more money and honeys. His empire was built on quicksand, worst yet, it was built on some one else’s quick sand?

What the hell does this have to with building your own event blog or website?

Well, it’s great that you have your many Facebook Fans, Twitter followers and Instagram friends, but the big problem with that is, one day it could all be gone.

Whether it’s because those platforms chose to delete your accounts or your friends and fans lose interest in them, it’s not smart to have everything vested in a platform owned by others.

You’re at their whim and fancy. Which we know can be fickle. I mean, how many times have you seen a profile on Instagram reading, “Follow My New Account. Last account deleted at 20k followers. Sucks to be me!”?

Can you imagine the NIGHTMARE of waking up to a blank page, to an account that you invested so much time and effort building, just GONE? The thought alone can just tie your stomach up in knots.

HOWEVER…

If you own your own site/blog for your events, that you drive traffic to, that you post your pictures on, that you get people to sign up to your events from, it doesn’t matter what Facebook, Twitter or Instagram decides to do with your profiles.

So if you’re interested in building your own kingdom on proper ground, keep reading this post. You’ll be glad you did.


What you’ll learn in this post:
learning 1 Step-by-step how to set up your own site in no time flat. ( Simpler than you think )
learning 2 How to register up your own website domain name.
learning 3 Where to get your site hosted and up with a few mouse clicks.
learning 4 How to make your site look snazzy and professional.

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Resources Used In This Tutorial

  • NameCheap – Get your domain name for your website.
  • Hostgator – Hosting for your site with 1-click quick install.
  • Theme Forest – Get great site themes so your site looks professional and awesome.

OK Let’s Get It Done!

STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS ON SETTING UP YOUR EVENT BLOG

STEP 1: PREPARATION

Before we get started, you’ll need a few things:

  • A credit or debit card (to pay for hosting and your site name)
  • 15-30 minutes to set everything up
  • A notepad file on your computer to save all the website name, hosting and blog credentials you’re creating.

STEP 2: GETTING YOUR DOMAIN / SITE NAME

The first main step for you to get going with your site, is to get your domain name / website.

This is simply the name of the link people will type into their browser to pull up your website.

Our preferred place to sign up for website and domain names is Namecheap.com. Their system is simple and straight forward. Another thing we like about them over a service like Godaddy, is that they don’t try to upsell you a million different services, just so you can get your website name reserved.


Namecheap

Namecheap

The average cost for a domain name from Namecheap will run you under $12 for the year. We also recommend you get the WhoIsGuard service for your website name, to protect your personal information from being shared online. Often spammers will look up who owns the website name and hit them with loads of spam.

WhoIsGuard protects you from all that spam and more.


who is guard

INTERESTING TIPS:
Don’t purchase your domain name through your website host. We’ve had old domain names seemingly held hostage by our old hosting provider simply because we bought the domain name through them. Also the cost some of these website hosts charge for your website name tend to be higher than if you got it through a domain registrar like Namecheap.com.

STEP 3: GETTING HOSTING FOR YOUR SITE

Once you’ve purchased your domain name, it’s now time to get hosting for your site. This is where the contents for your site will be saved so it can be displayed properly on the web. Consider this like renting shop space in the mall to sell your goods to mall visitors.

Now as mentioned on our nightclub tools resources page, 1 of the best hosts to get started with is, Hostgator.com.


hostgator

They have many of the right ingredients that you’d want in any hosting provider, hosting your website.

  1. Simple to understand.
  2. Reliable, so your site stays up the majority of the time.
  3. Great customer service for when you have any issues.
  4. Trusted. Unlike many of these new fly-by-night hosting companies that seem to pop up everywhere, Hostgator has been around for many years and is a go to industry favorite.

The other great thing is that the cost of their website hosting packages are quite affordable, starting at $9.99 per month. Other pricing levels are offered based on the growth of your site traffic. You can get started where you are and for what you can afford.


Setting Up Your Hosting

Setting Up Your Hosting

After you pay for your hosting, you’re going to need to input the information from Namecheap.com your domain name provider so when people type in your site name it goes to your pages hosted with Hostgator.com. You don’t want people ending up in the wrong place, or no place at all.


Site DNS info

The DNS Info for Domain Names

QUICK TIPS:
We usually recommend you get started with the “Baby Plan” on Hostgator. That should be enough to get you going in the beginning.

STEP 4: SETTING UP YOUR SITE IN A FEW CLICKS

Alright… Now you have your website name, a place to host your site, but how do you build your pages?

It’s quite simple and you don’t have to be a rocket scientist or need years of web development skills to do so.

Ready to learn how?

Here goes…

You’re going to want to set up WordPress, which is a content management system that makes it easy for you to add and update pages on your website.

In the Control Panel of your website on Hostgator you’ll want to scroll to the section “Software/Services”


select quick install

Then click on the icon titled: “Quick Install”

On the left menu panel under “Blog Software” you’ll want to click on the “WordPress” link.


quick install

Quick Install

On the new page it’s time to put in the different details and credentials for your new site / blog.


hostgator quick install

Adding Site Credentials

Now make sure you have this information saved in a handy notepad file nearby, so you don’t forget everything once you hit install.


Signing Into WordPress

WordPress Blog Sign In

IMPORTANT:
– Once you log into your new blog you’ll want to change the generated password to something you prefer. Have a strong enough password that includes numbers, letter, uppercase and lowercase letters. The stronger the combination, the better.
– Don’t have your blog username set to admin, if you do this it’s easy for others to hack your site. Yes there are some bad people out there that want to mess with your site.

STEP 5: MAKING YOUR SITE LOOK GOOD

Almost there kiddo!

At this point you can pretty much stop, but no one wants to just throw up a site/house/project and not have it look good right?

Well that’s what this step is about.

For WordPress blog sites this is pretty simple. You’ll just have to find a theme that fits the vibe you’re going for. The great thing is there are many free theme sites and also many inexpensive themes offered by great providers.

Here’s where…

Free Themes: You can find free themes in the WordPress directory here.
Quality Paid Themes: ThemeForest is an awesome place to get great looking paid themes.

Once you’ve searched and downloaded a theme of your liking, installation is simple.

In your WordPress dashboard, go to Appearance > Themes and then click the “Install Themes” button, then the “Upload” link. Click “Choose File,” select your theme zip file and press “Install Now.”


How to Add WordPress Theme

Uploading WordPress Theme

After you click install, you’ll be asked to “Activate” the theme, then you’ll be all set.

There you have it, you’ve bought your site name, got hosting, installed WordPress in a few clicks and made it look amazing.

Now, it will take some tweaking over time to get your site totally perfect, but for now you have a fully functional platform to post event updates, pictures and allow your supporters to sign up for your upcoming events.

What’s Next?

Get your website up today!

If you don’t want to do it yourself, then get the help of a professional. You can check out our friends at 3 Day Websites. They’re who we refer others to when they want to set up websites quickly.

Resources Used In This Tutorial

  • NameCheap – Get your domain name for your website.
  • Hostgator – Hosting for your site with 1-click quick install.
  • Theme Forest – Get great site themes so your site looks professional and awesome.
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In Conclusion

As you can see from the steps above, getting your own event website up is very simple. Now you can point all your event marketing to your own site instead of your social media platforms.

This way you won’t end up like our friend mentioned in the beginning of this post who put all of his faith in MySpace.com then had it all disappear overnight. No more kingdom, no more money.

Tweet this! Build and own your own website today, so nobody can take your platform and success from you.

Here’s to your success!

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