Setting up the Blog

I received my first email yesterday from Dr. Petrik about HIST 697: Creating History in New Media.  I’ve been spending today setting up my blog with WordPress, registering a domain name, and finding a host.  I’ve used free WordPress blogs in the past, but this is the first time I’ve done anything more advanced with the platform.

First, I researched web hosting services as many also provide domain name purchasing assistance.  I decided to use webhostingforstudents.com, a service that specializes in hosting websites for assignments, projects, and portfolios.  Webhostingforstudents.com costs $25/year for students with an additional $15 fee to purchase a domain name.  A benefit of using this site is that they automatically connect the DNS — as long as purchased through them — and host.

To accommodate the increase in subscriptions after launching, webhostingforstudents.com formed a partnership with Siteground, a larger web hosting service provider.  Working with Siteground prevents an increase in traffic to one student site from affecting speed or other functionality of another.

The company has a partnership with Treehouse, an online service that teaches users web design, font end development, WordPress development, and other coding languages.  Treehouse users also receive one free month hosting on webhostingforstudents.com along with other perks.

Other sites that I have looked at for DNS registration or web hosting include

In addition to creating my blog, I have also downloaded an FTP, file transfer protocol.  Dr. Petrik suggested Transmit for Mac (I’m a Mac girl); however, I wanted to try a free FTP client before purchasing Transmit.  I decided on Cyberduck after reading several reviews; Windows users can also download Cyberduck.  A popular free alternative to Cyberduck is FileZilla, which I believe has better Windows support than OS X.  Paid (cheaper) alternatives to Transmit include Yummy FTP and Flow.

I look forward to meeting everyone.  See you all the first day of class!