About this site

The site runs on Wordpress, installed on a server in Montreal at Media-Hosts. The WordPress install was very simple through  Media-Hosts own C-panel suite of apps. There is enough information available on line on how to install WordPress.

Once you have signed up with Media-hosts, you’ll get access to the client area. Go to Settings->My services->and click on the green ‘active’ button in your product and services section and the following page shows in the left hand column the link to C-panel. Click on the C-panel link. Scroll down to to the Softaculous apps installer at the bottom. Take it from there. (there are many other software packages available such as Joomla and Drupal).

Make sure you remove the default “wp’ in the field where Softaculous suggests you should install it if you want the content in your main domain (as in www.example.com). If you leave ‘wp’ and install it there, your website will be visible in www.example.com/WP and no one will type in WP behind your url. However, if you want to build your site first and then go live, installing it in the sub folder wp temporarily is a good idea.

Media-hosts is very competitively priced in Canadian dollars, with a price of CAD 3.33/USD 2.50/EUR 2.35 per month if you buy a two year contract.

New blog

If you don’t have a blog yet, start with buying a url (www.example.com) and space to host your site. Once you have paid for this (a URL is as low as 7 dollars a year now), you’ll get the info to access c-panel and once you are there, you can install WordPress (or other apps). From there, you either import previously written blogs or you start your very first blog.

Transfer blog

If you had a WordPress blog somewhere else, it is fairly easy to move your blog over by importing the XML files through the export – import plug-in in WordPress. Note that not everything gets moved. Your blog roll links aren’t copied (you can do that later, by following these steps), but your posts, pages, categories etc are. The media remain on the WordPress servers. SO DON’T remove your account at the WordPress sub domain, else all your photos/video/PDF’s are gone. Most websites are not very clear on this. You can move everything, but that requires a bit of PHP stuff.

Ready to take the plunge? Start with the Media-Hosts website. They have been good and provide service from Ottawa too.

Hans