A passion is something that you can’t keep hidden. It flows through you like the rivers flowed through the Grand Canyon.
It shapes you into the person that you will be, not who you are today.
There is only one way to let that river flow through someone else, and that is by sharing your passion and knowledge about it.
The most efficient way to do that is through the web. No, not a spider web.
The Interwebs = The internet.
The most amazing thing in the world that connects everyone together.
Can you imagine a more powerful place to share your passion?
I know you think it may not be the easiest thing to start up, but creating a website these days is as easy as taking candy from a baby. We’ll according to MythBusters (#7), taking candy from a baby isn’t really that easy, but I digress.
So let me show you how I started up this fancy website you’re on right now.
Hosting & Domain
The first thing you’re going to need is a place to put your lovely website.
I originally started with Bluehost but found that they were lacking in the uptime department (my site was unable to be accessed by people for periods at a time). Other people have had better results with them so do what you may, but I chose a host that I’m so happy with and adore.
My site rarely ever goes down, maybe once or twice in the very early AM…ever. So I’m ecstatic and highly recommend getting their baby plan so that you can have more than one site on your account (if you choose to expand into new passions).
After you get a host, the next step is a site name/Domain. I highly recommend NameCheap.
It’s best to have your domain separate from your hosting, in case you want to switch hosts like i did (unfortunately I didn’t do that for this site, so don’t you do the same).
They have pretty cheap domain names and they’re running specials every month.
Once you have that setup, just go to your HostGator account and quick install WordPress.
It’s the best content management system on Earth (IMHO). It’s the brains of the operation.
Now, how are you going to make the site look like mine? Well that’s where the theme comes in.
Yes there are a lot of free themes, and even some moderately priced ones, but they aren’t going to give you the flexibility to Do What You Want.
That’s where the Thesis Theme comes into play. It’s amazing, with great support, and you can do anything with it. I love it and highly recommend it.
Yes there is a learning curve but that’s what Google and the Thesis support forum is there for. Most people have done what you want to do and will share the details with you.
The look is what brings it all together.
No you don’t have to know how to Photoshop, although it helps. Lifehacker has a great tutorial to get you acquainted and lots of videos to help you out.
But the place that I went to make this site look like it does is……..Graphic River.
I just search around there and find a texture I like and then add it to this site.
That’s where I got the background for the site and pretty much all of my images with any type of background. It’s a great site that can really help you make a great looking site.
Yes you do have to buy them, but they are very cheap for the power that they can add to your website.
But all of that looks really hard
It’s not as hard as it looks and there are a lot of tutorials out on Google about html, CSS, and Thesis.
But, for some, it may be hard to grasp. And for that, the wonderful world of outsourcing is for you.
I have never outsourced site creation and probably never will, but I have outsourced other aspects of my business and I did it through Odesk.
They are a great company and if you choose to hire hourly, the worker has to use the Odesk application, which takes pictures at short intervals so you can make sure they’re not wasting your money on playing solitaire.
Just be careful, don’t be gullible (I’m pretty sure you can’t find that word in the dictionary) and make sure you interview. And most of all, be clear with what you want, they’re not mind readers.
That’s it, that’s how I made my site look the way it does and how you can get started.
I like sharing my knowledge, so if you want to learn more about creating a website for your passion and making money from it, check out my Do What You Want 10 day eCourse. I have a great free offer in there if you are unsure of your ability of creating your website.
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