A few readers asked me about the software, technology infrastructure, and cost for starting and running this blog. Here is a step-by-step replay of how this blog was started:
- Domain name: I registered the domain name at www.namecheap.com. Cost: $8.41/year.
- Blog software: WordPress. Cost: Free.
- Web hosting company: I’ve been using Pair Network hosting for a long time. They’re not the cheapest hosting provider out there, but they’re very reliable with excellent customer support. I’m a pretty frugal person. But, when it comes to hosting my site, I’m willing to spend a few extra bucks for reliability, performance, uptime, and customer service. Cost: $15/month
- Blog editor: instead of using the WordPress built-in editor, I write all of my blog posts off-line, and then publish to my WordPress account. I use Windows Live Writer, a free download from Microsoft. Highly recommended. Cost: Free
- FTP: to make occasional edits to my WordPress files, I use WinSCP to FTP files back and forth between my laptop and my Pair hosting account. Cost: Free.
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