Facebook Group: Creation and Setup

Originally posted on Hektechnologies in 2018

I will be adding a video about this later, but for now, check out this video I found, which talks about everything you need to know to make and customize your Facebook group.

Getting Started With WordPress Free

Originally Posted on Hektechnologies in 2018, I’ll be rewriting this in the near future

Building a website is easy when you know the right steps. I have a video I am making that shows you from start to finish.

If you want to get started before the video is done, I have a special offer I got from Bluehost! They are going to pay me a little and help support this blog when you use my link to sign up, and the best part is you will get a huge discount!

  • Free Domain
  • Free SSL
  • 1 Click WordPress Install

Check out the video below to get started with your Free WordPress website. Based on your feedback, I will add more information to this post and may produce another video to replace this one.

Thank you!

Elegant Themes: Review of Divi

I originally posted this on Hektechnologies in 2020.

If you have been looking for a WordPress theme, then the one you should be looking at is Divi. (Que Mic Drop)

Ok, I know a little dramatic, but if you have been looking for a versatile WordPress theme that is both clean and powerful. Divi would be the right fit for that. If you want a WordPress theme to do split testing and other advanced things, look no further than Divi. If you want mobile responsiveness or want to take it further and have separate layouts for computers, tablets, and mobile again, Divi has your back.

The things that I mentioned are only the start of what Divi has to offer because you can get all of these features and, if you so choose, can continue using your current theme… (dun dun duuuun) Yeah, I know, right!

Before you think I am crazy, leave in disgust, saying, “what is this guy talking about?”

Let me start with the basics. If you are a web designer this will be gold for you.

If you read my review and like Divi, you can use my referral link, and I will make a little money for my effort; it will cost you nothing extra to do so and would be very appreciated by me.

What are Divi and Elegant Themes, and Why Should I Care?

Elegant Themes is the company behind Divi. In me, they have found a 100% convert. After working with and using their product for 5 years, everything I have seen is fantastic. They work hard to support issues.

They have not made any terrible negative changes to their overall offering and have worked to improve the product year-over-year. They constantly surprise me with newer and better features.

What I Used to Do Before Divi

As a web development company owner, I spent upwards of $1,000 /yr on different themes and the required customizations of those themes. This also discounts the wasted time and effort in learning the ins and outs of a new theme, its development problems, etc.

Rather than subject you to a long story, I took what I originally wrote and made another blog post about it: Click Here To Check Out How Divi Saved My Marriage (JK, but I think I will write that post.)

You know the term work smarter, not harder. Well, this applies in spades here. When you spend money on most themes, you get the small set of designs they provide, and then you are limited to their choice of tools and procedures to edit that theme.

Outside of that, you are left hiring a developer or making code changes yourself. You get what you get and have to work within that frame. Not always bad, depending on your needs, but sometimes this can be a devastating problem for your profitability.

For some, this is more than ok and represents a healthy challenge in creativity, but it was always a sore point for me. I feel like you need to be able to make changes quickly and then own those changes.

With WordPress, everything is GPL, and you DO own those changes; however, Divi takes it a step further and provides an abstraction layer between the technology and the design that leads to something elegant (no pun intended).

Divi theme was originally the only way to use the Divi builder plugin. My first run-in with a builder plugin was WP-Bakery’s Visual Builder (I think they changed that name). It was cool you could make edits and pretty much see them live.

Then you could manipulate a page to your heart’s content and a level of perfection typically reserved for coders by adjusting sliding size bars or typing in parents etc. Some people have recently been excited about beaver builder; I mention this one because it reminds me so much of what Visual Builder used to be or what it wanted to be.

Back to About Divi

But Divi… Divi takes things to the next level. The smoothness of operation, the powerfulness of option, and ease for a non-developer are all things that set it far apart in my mind. And for the developer types, you have an API!

https://www.elegantthemes.com/documentation/developers/

I won’t get into details about the API and its uses in this review post, but it is awesome! I have made some very cool automation and have been working on a deployment app that might never get finished, but I have learned a lot in the process that will be useful later.

Other Cool Features of Divi: A/B Testing

I have a few things on the back burner related to A/B testing. But yeah, for you marketing nuts out there that want to test every aspect of a page, from the color to the button shape. You can do that easily.

If You Are Selling Design Services

Back to the discussion. Besides making my websites look better, have a quicker turnaround, and sell easier, Divi was just fun. You get that immediate feedback even when you can do it right on the post or page in the visual editor.

(Video on how to write a blog post using Divi visual builder) <— I have to remake this video, but I promise to update this soon.

The other big thing I love is that clients can edit things easily. It used to be so complicated to explain to clients how they could log in to WordPress, find the post or page they want to edit, and do it from the backend.

It seemed easy to me, but no matter how often I showed people, I always got the same questions. The fantastic thing is when I started using Divi, these questions stopped.

My YouTube used to have many more videos about editing Posts and Pages on WordPress; many are unlisted videos made for specific clients. However, I can point people to 1 video with Divi and know they will “get it” every time.

For me, this means websites can be a more passive form of income. Now we can charge a yearly maintenance fee and sell blocks of support hours or make other similar offers. Before Divi, I spent 2-10 hrs a week or month per client updating and changing things because they couldn’t figure it out.

It pays; however, it is not what I want to spend my time doing.

Who Can Use Divi?

The secret message I am telling you right now is that complete beginners who are NOT “web people” can easily use Divi. After logging in, they land on the page they want to edit, hit “edit with the visual builder,” and start making changes!

If you’re a beginner, here are some of the problems you will avoid

  1. Sizing images – Divi makes that easy for you, similar to what most people are used to when using Word
  2. Responsive design – Divi is fully responsive, and you are given the tools to confirm that right in the editor
  3. Minifying CSS – Divi does that for you
  4. Editing CSS – again done for you, but you can customize anything by adding your own
  5. Embeds are made easy
  6. Making things pretty will feel very familiar

To give you some insight here, I have web clients that are in their 80s and find Divi easy to use. The general concept being if someone can operate Outlook or Thunderbird to make an email look pretty, then they can use Divi to make their website look like they want or say what they need it to say.

I’m going to make another version of this review. I’m also going to review the other products you get included in your Elegant themes account, including Extra theme, Bloom (email signups), and Monarch social media integration.

If you found my review helpful and decide to purchase Divi, you can use my link, and I will get credit for your purchase. It will not cost you any extra, and it helps me out a ton! Click Here To Buy Divi

How To Fix Continue Targeting Switch is Equivalent to Break

These warnings are part of the same “breakage.” Basically, you need to update or remove Revoslider as it is far enough out of date to cause PHP errors. If you previously purchased Revoslider, then updates are free.

However, if you need support because your issues are worse than an update, you can get support by purchasing the support plan here on Envato’s Code Canyon: https://1.envato.market/LPxAnY

There is not much more to cover on this one. You either need to update or get a support license. Leave a comment πŸ™‚

Original Error:

Warning continue targeting switch is equivalent to break did you mean to use continue 2 /wp-content/plugins/revslider session_start(): cannot start session when headers already sent in /wp-content/themes/yourtheme

Sharing Obsidian Notes with Others Using pCloud

If you have been struggling to find a way to work with notes in a team setting, we have worked out a free method using Obsidian and pCloud. Obsidian is suitable for use even on an individual level, and following this method, you could potentially share access to a work email or sync your notes between computers. Read along as I guide you through the process of setting things up. Leave a comment if you want more articles about Obsidian.md.

Installing Obsidian Notes

The first software we will be using here is Obsidian which you can download here.

Install the software as soon as the download is finished, and from there, you can create a new vault and start making notes, make sure to name your vault and pick a place to put your vault to keep things organized.

There is an option to place your vault by clicking the “Browse” button next to “Location.” We can use cloud storage, pCloud, to give people access to the same vault anywhere. Keep reading to find out how to do this.

Setting up a Cloud Drive

Once Obsidian is done, we can leave it, for now, to set up some things that we need to use Obsidian efficiently. One of the good ways to use obsidian notes is to have cloud storage available to everyone, so the notes would be accessible by the group or specific individuals you need to access.

For this documentation, pCloud will be the software used for cloud storage. pCloud can be downloaded here. After downloading the installer, proceed to install the software and launch it after installing. At this point, proceed to login into your pCloud account (you can create one if you don’t have an account yet).

Once having a pCloud account, you will have cloud storage that will serve as a medium to place our obsidian notes to share with others. After installing pCloud and setting up an account, there should be a new drive that would be available on your computer’s files, typically named “pCloud Drive (P:)

From there, you would have your cloud storage. pCloud has features that allow you to share the folder with your friends, request files, etc., which would be great for collaborations.

Collaborating Obsidian Notes

Having the cloud storage prepared before, I will discuss how to share your Obsidian notes for collaboration with others in this section. Starting from the Obsidian Notes, create a new vault, name it on your preference, and then place the vault inside the cloud drive as its location.

Now you have your vault set inside the cloud drive. To share your vault with others, share your cloud storage from your file explorer. Right-click on the folder that you want to share, hover to the share, click on Invite people, enter the person’s email address that you want to invite, and send the invitation.

Receiving Invitation POV:

To accept an invitation from pCloud, open the pCloud software, and hover over the shares; from there, you can view all the invitations people sent you.

As Default, it would show named as “Shared” from the cloud drive. You can find shared folders but are not required to use this folder exclusively.

And to access their notes from the Obsidian software, you have to open the vault at the location where they have it. In this case, we set up our notes inside the directory Inventive Horizons Notes>Daily Notes

There you have it; you can collaborate notes as long as everyone saves them in the same folder on the cloud storage.

WP-Rocket Set up

WP-Rocket is a WordPress plugin that is a powerful caching, used to improve your WordPress site’s loading speed, SEO rankings, and it requires no coding to be made. More information about this plugin can be found here. This Document will cover setting up the WP-Rocket plugin after installing it.

Before doing anything, the most obvious thing that you need is to install the WP-Rocket plugin itself. The plugin comes with a price, but it would be worth every buck that you used to make this plugin work. More information about installing the plugin and its prices can be found here.

After installing and activating the plugin, we can start going to the plugin’s dashboard, which is located on the WordPress site settings>WP-Rocket

WP- Rocket Dashboard

Then follow to continue to copy the settings that you see on the pictures below. Be sure to save the changes before moving into the next section.

Cache

Cache

File Optimization

  • Activate Minify CSS files
  • Activate JavaScript files
  • Load JavaScript deferred
  • Delay JavaScript execution
Files Optimization

Media

  • Enable for Images
  • Enable for themes and videos
    This would be site-dependent (changes may occur)
Media

PreLoad

  • Activate Preloading
Preload

Advance Rules

Advance Rules

Database

  • Revision
  • Trashed Posts
  • Expired Transients
  • All transients
  • Optimize tables
Database

CDN

I didn’t get this

-Ok we can fix documentation later.

Heartbeat

  • Control Heartbeat
Heartbeat

Addons

  • Google Analytics
  • Facebook Pixel
  • Varnish
  • Cloudflare

Google analytics should mostly be open, and turning the Varnish on may depend.

Addons

After turning on the Cloudfare remember to modify the options.

  • Optimal Settings
  • Relative Protocol

The keys, emails, and IDs would be provided by the admin.

This would indicate that the settings were completed.
A check this WP Rocket Settings – YouTube for a video tutorial

Jira Software

What is Jira software?

Jira is software that was designed to manage the work of teams. It is a work management tool that can be used for any kinds of teams, like requirements and test cases, agile, project management, software development, product management, task management, bug trafficking features, etc. Jira Software is a work management tool for software teams that need to organize and track their work. Jira is incredibly flexible and can be customized to work with your team’s unique workflow, not against it, meaning teams of all kinds can enjoy increased productivity and visibility as they march toward releasing amazing software and products.
Additional Information can be found at this link.

Managing all projects

On the projects tab, you can view the projects that you’ve starred, recently opened projects, and also the option to view all the projects made and creating a new project.

Projects tab

Upon viewing all the projects, it shows all projects made by your team, and it also shows the Key project, the type of project, the lead, and the category of the project. It gives you the option to sort it by project type or categories, and it even gives you a search button if you’re still having a hard time looking for a specific project. You can still create projects using the top right button.

Viewing all projects

Managing a specific project

Upon opening a specific project, you’ll be able to see certain types of menu like the roadmap, backlog, board, reports, code, add an item, and project settings.

Roadmap

Roadmaps are one of JIRA’s features built to illustrate the team’s strategic vision and to show the teams what they should be working on. Jira roadmaps give you the ability to connect tasks into a broader product strategy and to order tasks and priorities based on consumer feedback. Everyone on the team can access the information, and the leader can also change the roadmap when needed.

Roadmap

Backlog

The backlog is the next step after figuring out and setting up your project, and it could also be for anything like a product or a service. It is the section wherein you set-up the things “to-do”(which is called issues). Still, normally it isn’t listed in the form of a detailed summary, more like in the form of a story, like “As a user, I want to do this and that,” but in the end, it’s really all up to you on how would you set it up to makes things understandable for your team.

Backlog Section

A small section would open in the write by Clicking the issue, showing you additional details that you can add or edit, like a description bar, assignee, labels, sprint, etc.

Editing Issues

Board

A board is a section where it shows you the issues created of a certain project that you are currently on. It is possible to have multiple boards on a single project if you are working and segments. In this section, you could also sort the issues by epics, types, or even group them to have them organized. Creating an issue would automatically put it on the “TO DO” column by default, but it also gives you the ability to add or edit columns depending on your system.

Backlogs

Using Gutenburg a.k.a. “Default Editor” Version 0.1

WordPress has a powerful new editor that has been out for almost a year now. As they have been making changes we have been using it more often for new WordPress posts and quicker and easier blogging. Jump in with me as we look at the many ways you can use Gutenburg editor for your next post!

To get started there are a few things you should know about our typical setup.

  • We use Divi Builder by Elegant Themes
  • We use Easy Affiliate Links even when the links are not affiliate links
  • This document is an effort by several people
    • Asley Arviola
    • Nathan Johns
    • Bryan Arandia
    • Spencer Heckathorn

Table of Contents

  1. Basics
  2. How to Make Paragraphs

If your setup is similar to ours you will want to make sure you are in the default editor. At the top it will say either “Use The Divi Builder” or “Return to Default Editor.” You are going to select “Return to Default Editor. Before we get started thought I’m going to breakdown some of the basics of the Gutenberg editor.

However, if you are working on a WordPress site that is not using Divi Theme or Divi Builder your should see this once you get to the new post screen.

[pic of new post on site without Divi]

Follow along in this guide and I will show you the basics of Gutenberg and give you a preview (see button 11 on the next screen) after we make each set of changes.

1. Basics of Gutenberg

I’m going to start by showing you the most basic elements of Gutenberg on WordPress. You will need to know these so you can navigate the post and work with all the other things I’m about to teach you. Come back to this section as a reference when needed.

  1. WordPress Logo: Takes you back to the Posts area to view your site’s complete post list. Basically this is how you exit the Gutenberg editor but before you do you might want to check out numbers 11-13.
  2. ‘Add block’ button. This is going to insert the block of your choice wherever the cursor is located. This can be useful if you are trying to put a block in between 2 other blocks or are otherwise not having an easy time getting the block you want.
  3. Undo button, this works as ctrl+Z works inside word does. If you are not familiar with this shortcut it will undo the last action you have done giving you an easy way to “back up”.
  4. Redo button, sometimes you might use undo to look at how something looks or to make sure you did what you were intending to do. If this is the case you may now wish to redo what you have now undone (say that three times fast). If this is the case this button will allow you to go back to your original state.
  5. Information button aka ‘Content Structure’, this button is very useful if you are trying to hit a word count or need to navigate a large document. The resulting popup from clicking the ‘i’ will give you this information along with a document outline that allows you to quickly and easily click to different points in the post to help during the creation phase of making your post.
  6. ‘Block Navigation’ is just like it sounds. Quick and easy way to click between the current block you are on and the next block in the pages list.
  7. ‘Tools’ to be completely honest I have not had a need for this one as of yet. But it allows you to select several blocks as elements to move around on the page by grouping them together. What I do is left-click drag my mouse to select several elements then select the block option “group” and then move them around. Click here to read about this in detail.
  8. Post Title. This is where you put the title for your post. It will automatically be H1 item on the page and be used for the ‘URL Slug’
  9. Main page block area. This is a single block and the default ‘Paragraph’ block which you can read about below.
  10. ‘Document’ settings area. I have intentionally left this with little detail as it is covered in detail later on, but the basics of the settings you will change before publishing are found here.
  11. Preview, click this button to preview the post, and see what it will look like before you make it public.
  12. Publish, make your post public to the world!
  13. ‘Save Draft’, this is missing in my picture because there needs to be some content before it will show up, and the option here can change and sometimes will say ‘Save as Pending’, or if you have already published the post then it will say ‘Switch to Draft’. I will cover this in more detail, but it is important to know before you click on #1 from this list (WordPress logo), close the tab, close the browser, or click the back button. Make sure you click on the “Save Draft” and keep doing it often. This will save you literal hours of work and likely add years to your life as you will have less frustration in your WordPress experience.

2. How to Make Paragraphs: Most Basic Element

Start by selecting the a paragraph block to insert it.

You can also simply start typing and the paragraph block will automatically be selected.

Type or paste the content you need into the block. Once you have a few lines we can start with the next part on formatting. Which will allow you to make your post look good and simpler to read.

3. How to Format Your Post: Look and Layout Options

Once you have typed in some content you can start to change the layout, look, and feel of the text to match your needs. Here we start with the alignment just like in a word document you can select to align left (default), align center (your text will be aligned to the center of the block on the page), align right (your text will align to the right of the block on the page).

Now that you know a little about the alignment options we can look at how to Bold and Italicize the selected text. Start by selecting the text you wish to change and then for BOLD text select bold shown in the picture as #1 and also indicated in Gutenberg by the letter ‘B’.

In the same fashion, ITALICS text is shown in the picture as #2 and indicated in Gutenberg by the letter ‘I’. Select the text you would like to change then click the ‘I’ to change that text to italics.

To find more controls click this button.
1. Default unjustified paragraph.
2. Justified paragraph.
This is how other options work.
To change the text-size of the paragraph just go to the text settings from the left, then choose between this two options:
1. You can choose between small, normal, medium, large, and huge.
2. Input a custom text-size.

3. Adding Links in Text

You can also add links, and like mentioned before I use Easy Affiliate Links because it allows for easy click tracking, and can help me understand when a resource is helpful or not.

  1. Mark the text you want to be a link.
  2. Click the link button.
  3. Input the link address (enable the “Open the new tab” if you want to redirect it into other tab when clicked.

To add a hyperlink with tracking

  1. Select the text you want to be a link
  2. Click the blue “link” button it looks like a chain that “links” πŸ˜‰
  3. Choose the link you want to attach to the selected text and click the blue link box as seen in the picture
  4. Done, the text will turn into different color and look like it is underlined indicating the linking worked

Sometimes the linking doesn’t work the first time if your text didn’t change colors make sure you have the right text selected and repeat the steps to try the linking again.

To insert an in-line image, click this button.
You can choose either to upload a image file or pick an already uploaded file on Media Library.
An in-line image will look like this.

How to Make Titles

To insert a title just click the “Heading” button.
Then input your title.
To change the size of the title, just go to the Heading settings then choose from the six options. Text size descends from left to right.
This is how your Title will looks like with different header sizes.

How to Make Tables

Insert a table block.
1.Input the desired the number of column.
2. Insert the desired number of rows.
3. Then click this button.
Your tables will look like this with different alignment
To change the table-style, just click this button then choose between the two options.
The default-style table and the stripe-style table looks like this.
You can align elements inside table cells with this threee options showed above.
You can add or delete either a row or a column in a table.
At default, table width expanses as the elements inside it becames larger/longer. You can change this by enabling “Fixed width table cells” option at the table settings, in this way the width will always be equal.
You can also enable/disable the header and footer section of the table by clicking the options above.
You can change the table background using the Color settings. You can choose between four options; subtle light gray, subtle pale green, subtle pale blue and subtle pale pink. In the image above it is set to subtle light gray.

How to Use the Images Feature

Add an image block first.
You can choose three options on how you like to add an image. You can choose to upload an image file from your computer, choose an already uploaded image on your Media Library or insert an url of an image.
After uploading your image it will looks like this.
You can change your image resolution using the “Image size” setting, where you can see three options; thumbnail, medium and full size. Take note that the images resolution can affect the page’s loading speed. Thumbnail has the smallest byte-size followed by medium then full size. Choosing “thumbnail” for images with short width and height like header logos is the best choice.
You can change the image dimension by moving the blue circles beside the image or manually typing the desired width and height of the image on the red box as shown in the image above.
There are two different image styles you can use, default style and rounded. You can also set the default style to “Default” or “Rounded” for new images to lessen your works.
This is how “Default” and “Rounded” images will looks like.
You can also add an alternative text for your image. Alternative text will show up when your image failed to load.
Just like texts, you can also align images from left, center, and right.
Your aligned images will look like these.
1. Align Left
2. Align Center
3. Align Right.
If you want to replace the image with a new one, you just need to press this button and choose from the three choices; “Open Media Library” where you will look for replacement on the already uploaded images, “Upload” to upload new image from your computer or “Insert from URL” where you will input the link address of an image from the internet.
You can also transform your images into different formats; Gallery, Slideshow, Tiled Gallery, File or into a Group.
This is how a gallery will looks like.
You can change the order of the pictures by clicking the arrows inside the green box of the image above.
You can align galleries in three ways; Align left, Align center or Align right.
This is how galleries will look like with different alignment.
Adding a caption on each pictures in a gallery is also an option. It will also add a gradient effect at the bottom of the picture to make the caption more visible.
Customizing the number of columns in your gallery can also add aesthetics. Here you can only make three column gallery. Enabling “Crop images” will fit your images to the boxes.
When you trasform your images into a slideshow it will looks like this.
You can change the transition effects of the slideshow into “Slide” or “Fade”. You can also maximize your page speed by changing your image-size from Full Size to Large, Medium or Thumbnail.
Enabling the Autoplay option will automatically swipe your images from time to time. You can also adjust the time delay from 3 secs (slowest) to 2 secs (medium) or to 1 sec (fastest).
You can always update and edit your slideshow using the button as shown above. You can add more picture or even delete some and add captions to each one of them.
Tiled gallery in the other hand is another way to organize your images.
You can transfrom your images inside a tiled gallery into rounded ones by typing your desired roundness in pixels. For example in the image above the tiled gallery is set to have the maximum roundness which is 20 pixels.
You can style your tiled gallery with four options; Tiled mosaic, Circles, Square tiles, or Tiled columns.
This is how Tiled mosaic style and Circles style will look like.
This is how Square tiles style and Tiled columns style will look like

How to Embed PDF

A plugin was needed to make this doable since WP and DIVI both are not great at it. For now the plugin is called PDF Embedder. I will update if we find a better solution.

From default editor, add PDF Embedder block.

“Click here to Open Media Library to select PDF”

Select or Upload the PDF

Add a download link by selecting a new File block.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is image-41.png
Select the same PDF.

Align the block to the center.

Delete the filename so that only Download button shows.

Site: E2GM – Hostlaunch

This is how to create a site for a customer using our Hostlaunch setup. This gives a DigitalOcean Server and Serverpilot control Panel clone. I’m working on improving this, however this is a very good option when someone needs their own server for security purposes, SEO, or performance. This also gives more options, but that is outside of the scope of this document.

Requirements

First before we can start we need the customers email and/or domain name to get started. If they do not have email yet because we will setup an email server there would be some additional steps that I do not want to “publish” at this time. For this case just let me know directly. For this example I am going to get a domain for the customer so we will head over to our domain reseller https://www.easytogetmy.com/ there are 2 versions to this site the www version is our GoDaddy reseller and the none www version is our private managed hosting. I will get into details of each in other documentation as we are going to look at our HostLaunch hosting located at: https://etgm.hostlaunchcdn.com/signup

At this point our managed hosting is via invite only https://easytogetmy.com and more guides and information will be added to this site for people that want to have blogs or other static pages.

To break down the requirements again you need:

  • Domain Name – Click here to get a domain name
  • email – Click here to make a choice about email

Getting the Domain

Once the customer has gone to Easy To Get My Dot Com they will need to either sign into their account or create an account:

Once logged in there is an easy to use search bar for finding a domain:

Searching can be done using the name of the customers company or something similar to what they are offering. In this case I search for “my new company”, notice I don’t worry about spaces, and the system automatically determines the domain I was looking for was the combination of all my words and shows it was taken. However, it offers several suggestions of things that are similar but available for purchase. If you are getting something it is wise to ensure you are not infringing on any trademarks or copyrights:

Once you have selected a new domain click the “Add to Cart” button next to the domain. It will leave you on this page so you can keep selecting domains you like, or even search for more domains. When you are done click the “Continue to Cart” button:

On the next page you are going to be asked about “Privacy & Protection” settings for your domain. I personally do this for about 80% of my domains, and I own hundreds of domains. The reason for doing this is simple. It will help cut down the spam and junk you will get in the mail, email, and even calls. People will send you all kinds of junk about how your domain is illegal or you about to loose it etc. If you are good about ignoring these things and don’t mind the constant annoyance then don’t get the protection. However, if you are like me and busy and tired of all the junk the $9.99 or $29.99 for Ulitmate are well worth the price. Especially since it is only a yearly fee.

If you select a restricted domain you might need to answer some additional questions. Just answer them honestly and you will move to the next step which will let you check your finial cart and select your term of ownership. If you are satisfied you can add your payment info on the left and complete the purchase:

Now that we have the domain we are able to start the next part of setting up hosting!

Setup Hostlaunch Hosting: Step-by-Step

Getting started with our Hostlaunch Private Server Hosting is very simple. We may change the name of this in the near future, but regardless this will help you get started. First on the signup page you will only need an email and password:

I recommend saving your password if your browser allows you to do so. The first thing you will be required to do is enter your billing info so that you can get started using the service.

Once you enter the billing information you will see you can manage the other parts of the account in this same area. Now you will have a new option to add a server:

Clicking this will allow you to select from the options and pick based on your actual needs. The full list is very much overkill for the typical site and you will typically only need one of the top 4 options:

MemoryvCPUSStorageB-WidthSitesPricePurpose
1 GB125 GB1 TB1$30Blog or “I’m here”
2 GB150 GB2 TB2$40Blog or “I’m here”
3 GB160 GB3 TB10$75Ecomm or Big Blog
4 GB280 GB4 TB20$92.73Ecomm or Custom
The first 4 server options on Easy To Get My DOT Com Private Server Hosting

Blog sites and “I’m here” sites are general purpose. with 1TB of bandwidth you would need tons of traffic to get above that. I have turned these values up the best I could so that you would have a site that should work with hundreds of thousands of monthly visitors. I also didn’t go for the typical .99 pricing and just left things even numbered except where I could find a little place to offer additional value or discount such as seen with the 4 GB 2 CPU option.

The reason why things are structured and priced the way they are this hosting is not going to just hang out and hope for you to keep the server up-to-date and secured. Instead we have set things up so that 99% of that is taken care of for you.

This means we have optimized the server with caching, secured it with the best practices, and set it to auto update. You will also get SSL for free, but need to email support to activate this feature until a future update.

Once you select your option and click next you will need to wait several minutes. If your server is not created within about 10 minutes there may be an issue and you should check out our support site. You can click the “check” link as many times as you would like to refresh the status and see if your server is ready to use.

Making Your Site

Once the server setup is completed you will be greeted with an IP address and several options when you click on the server name.

We will use this section to make our new site:

Start by entering a site name and the domain you have previously purchased. If you need a domain please visit our reseller site: Easy To Get My DOT Com

If you see my example above you will see I use capital letters and spaces. This is NOT ALLOWED.

Site Name here is the way the system keeps track of your server, and to work properly it must be all lowercase, numbers, and single hyphens only. You must also have between 3 and 30 characters and not start or end with a hyphen.

Next you are going to set your WordPress options. Pick a site title that fits your brand or purpose. Name an admin user. It is smart to make an admin user one that you will not use to make posts or pages, but this is not as important as it used to be. Pick a strong password, and add your email. This email will give full access and control over your site so you want to make sure it is one you know how to access.

The next part you are picking the server options including PHP version which should always be the newest available version that is not a BETA. You will also setup an FTP user either using an existing user if you have already made a server before and are using these docs as reference, or if this is your first go around you can make your FTP username and password here. DO NOT MAKE THEM THE SAME AS YOUR WORDPRESS OR HOSTING ACCOUNT!!!

Once you click create your site will be made in a matter of moments. You will be able to visit your domain and login using the credentials you setup earlier. Then you can start doing all the wonderful WordPress things you have been looking forward to πŸ™‚

How to Make Your Site Show Up

Back inside your www.easytogetmy.com domain manager you want to start by clicking on the domain you intend to use:

Once you are inside of the domain control area scroll down until you see “Additional Settings” and “Manage DNS” click on Manage DNS:

Inside this area you are going to put your IP address from your server for the A-Type Record value replacing what is typically “Parked” this will be all you need to do at this time except for wait up to 48 hrs.

Once DNS has had time to settle you will be able to visit the domain name you setup and see your new site. To login you need to add to the end of the domain /wp-admin/ and use the username and password you setup in the previous steps. I will have more tutorials coming in the near future on what you can do next from here.

Remember this is your own full private server where you can experiment or build your business etc. Actions you take on this server will only effect your site/server. You will have full access to the backend using SSH and full access to the files using SFTP.

Removing Sample Content

Each new WordPress install will come with some sample content even when the site is imported from an existing WordPress or other supported platform. This describes the way to check for and remove the “sample content”.

Posts: “Hello World!”

First start by looking in the Posts section of your menu:


The easiest way to look for the sample content is to search for the word “Hello” as the Posts section sample content is “Hello World”:

If nothing is found you can look on the first and last page by using the double arrows “>>” or “<<“:

When you find sample content you can simply move it to the trash:

Once you have moved it to the trash you can delete it permanently by clicking on the trash link then clicking “Delete Permanently”:

Pages: Sample Page

Pages like posts have some sample content and the process is much the same with only the name changing. This time around we are going to be getting rid of “Sample Page” get started by clicking on Pages on your menu:


Most sites are going to have a small enough number of pages that you could see directly if the Sample Page exists:

Just as before click the Trash option that appears when you hover over the page:

Just as before a “Trash” option will appear at the top of the Page list and you can click on it to find the Delete Permanently option:

With that done all sample content should be removed!