10 Things to Do After Installing WordPress


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You have just created your own website, finished installing WordPress and your mint-fresh blog is lying there in all her virgin glory.

Itching to go over to PayPal and withdraw the ton of money you have made just by installing your blog? ( though it is possible to make lots of money from your website )

Not so fast, friend.

To get your blog from start to awesome, there are some other steps you need to take beyond owning a blog – steps that can turn your blog into a lead attracting magnet.

In this post, I have shared 10 strategic action-steps you should take after installing WordPress to take your blog to phenomenal success.

These action-steps are important, not just for new bloggers, but for long time bloggers who are yet to implement them.

So if you own a blog, do an audit using this post for a benchmark and bring your blog up to par.

One thing is certain, with this strategy followed, your blog will start to get traction needed for the much talked-about conversions.

Now let’s get started, shall we?

1. Invest in a Premium Theme

The benefit of having a premium WordPress theme cannot be over emphasized.

Trust me, you do not want a blog theme that every other person is using – at least not for your main blog.

Why pay $50 – $100 dollars for a premium WordPress theme when you could just use a free theme?

Two reasons readily come to mind:

The first is that because Premium themes are paid for, only a small number of blogs run on them? That means that your blog will to a large extent be unique.

It is important to differentiate your blog and make it stand out; doing that with a free theme used by thousands of other blogs may just not be possible.

The second reason is that premium themes are worth it because for the most part they are typically well coded. Web standards are changing frequently, as well as what our browsers can do. Premium themes are more likely to be designed with current web standards in mind.

Take for instance responsive design that has been topical of late.

In this age where people use a wide plethora of devices to access our blogs, it is important that our blog be able to handle all those different display screens functionally.

2. Engage Your Audience with a Mailing List

One of the most important things you can do with your blog is to get leads for your business. When people give you their email address, they transfer the power to initiate the conversation to you.

That is a great power to wield.

That is why I consider this one of the top things you can do for your blog to get it off on the right footing.

Add an optin form and create a valuable give-away – something truly of value to your audience.

For most first time bloggers, the challenge is usually deciding what to give away since they may not have Adrienne Smith’s advantage of a large audience they can ask.

The ideas below should get you started:

  1. Create an eBook that solves a common problem, and give it away in exchange for an email address.
  2. Record a downloadable audio interview or presentation.
  3. Make a video tutorial that demonstrates how to do something important you have learned.
  4. Create a short course delivered by auto-responder.

As Pat Flynn points out, starting a newsletter instead of an eBook giveaway is a better approach to email marketing.

3. Look under the Hood

10 Things to Do After Installing WordPress Having Google Analytics configured for your WordPress Installation gives you clarity on what actions are giving you results.

Such insight is invaluable if your ROI is to be anywhere near high.

Google Analytics takes guess-work completely out of the equation, as you have access to such metrics as the top visited pages on your blog, where visitors are coming from and how they interact with your pages.

This information can help you target low hanging fruits, doing more of what is obviously working.

4. Time to Think About SEO

Having an SEO plan for your WordPress blog is important. You have to get your blog in to google results.

Hopefully, before deciding on a topic area for your blog, you did some keyword research.

As you write your articles, how do you know you are targeting the right keywords – the keywords you set out to target?

Both All in One SEO and Easy WP SEO are useful additions to your plugins list.

All in One SEO plugin will help you optimize your WordPress blog for search engines.

Easy WP SEO is the perfect on page optimization plugin. Using it, writing keyword-optimized blog posts will be a breeze as it shows you the way search engines will view your article right from when you are writing it.

5. Edit the Permalink Structure for Your Posts and Pages

Out of the box, your WordPress URL will look like www.yourdomain.com/?p=12, where 12 is the unique ID of the post.

Not pretty, huh?

Search engines too find that structure unfriendly, as it does not include keywords that giveaway what the post is about.

That is why it is important you change the permalink structure of your blog to an SEO friendly format.

There are different opinions on which is format is the friendliest to search engines, but I have used /%postname%/ since I started blogging.

To change your permalink structure, login to WordPress administration area and go to Settings –>  Permalinks.

6. Give Spammers a Run for Their Money

Now your house is all set and done, it is time to lock the gates.

10 Things to Do After Installing WordPressDownload and activate Akismet plugin for your blog.

Akismet protects your comments section from spam comments that will begin to pile in as soon as you start to get some traffic.

Why is it so important to keep spam comments out?

Spam comments can trivialize your blog and make even the most carefully written articles look trashy.

As a new blog owner, you may be tempted to approve some not so obvious spam comments (“This is the best post I have read this month. I like your writing style!”), but resist the temptation.

They usually send those ones to pass through the gate and have enough comments approved so their new comments will no longer require moderation.

Then the Keyword Warz begin.

When one gets to the comments section of your blog, ideally there should be a conversation by real people, not machine-spawned adverts for Prozac.

Without a spam filter like Akismet, you will have to manually delete spams.

Believe me, there are better ways to spend your afternoons.

Turn on Akismet and let it automatically separate the good guys from the bad guys.

7. Put on Your Jetpack, Its Time to Fly!

What can you do with Jetpack?

No, the question should rather be, ‘What can you not do with Jetpack?’

Jetpack is the plugin of plugins. Some bloggers have called it the Swiss Army knife for WordPress bloggers.

It contains a set of custom features native to the hosted version of WordPress.

It gives you ‘WordPress.com style’ stats free, email subscription capabilities, social sharing buttons, wp.me short links for your posts, easy embeds of videos and slides into your posts…

I hope you get the picture.

This one plugin gives you all that for free!

8. Have a Backup Plan

Have a Backup Plan

Having a backup of your entire WordPress site (WordPress files and database) is probably the wisest thing you would ever do for your blog.

Blogging can be fun, but that fun can quickly become a nightmare the morning you open up your site and meet an error screen.

Months of hard-work can be lost if that evil day meets you unprepared.

Luckily, that scenario will never come alive as long as you have Backup Buddy as your buddy-buddy.

With it, you can backup your site manually, on schedule and even ship the backup to a third Party service like Drop Box or Amazon S3.

It is a life saver.

9. Thank First Time Commenters

Having a blog no one comments on can be a real pain.

If you have never been there, you may not understand just how traumatic it can be.

When a person leaves a comment on your blog for the first time, it is like they stepped into a private club and mustered up the courage to say something.

Take away their doubt and make them feel they did something right by thanking them for their comment.

There are two plugins I recommend you use to show appreciation to first time commenters at your blog.

The first, Comment Redirect by Yoast redirects the commenter to a special thank you page. The second, Thank Me Later, is timed and unobtrusive, sending an email after a set number of minutes to thank the commenter for taking time out to join the conversation.

You can use any of the two options above, but be careful not to use both of them as that may annoy instead of surprise.

10. Stop Tweaking and Start Blogging

Now that you have put a solid foundation in place, the time has come for you to earn the ‘blogger’ name.

Don’t just jump in, though.

Succeeding as a blogger takes deliberation and strategic planning.

So what is your content plan?

Come up with 10 post ideas that are sticky and take your time to bleed on your keyboard, writing the best posts possible.

Write all 10 blog post and schedule them before you hit the publish button on the first one.

The benefit of having 10 posts lined up for your blog is that you are free to concentrate on promoting your content for at least two months after your blog goes live.

It will also give you ample time to concentrate on making connections and establishing guest blogging opportunities.

The art of writing an effective sales page


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The world is going the virtual way! There is no doubt about it. It began with online booking of tickets moved on to online banking and within a year we had created an entire new niche in the virtual domain called internet marketing.

People quickly realized that everyone was online at least for some time during the day. And they learned to use face book, twitter and pinterest to talk about their products and services.
Even as we write this article, we know that this is quickly changing to short concise write ups for smart phone apps these days.

Which brings us to the center point of the matter – How can we effectively use the virtual medium to sell our products and services?

Real life ‘word of mouth’ advertising or advertising over the mass media (TV, Radio and Newspapers) are an expensive way of marketing your products/services.
Internet marketing on the other hand – is free and serves the purpose for which it was created very effectively.
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Essentials for creating some great personal website portfolios


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a portfolio

A personal website portfolio is essentially a self promotion tool that is meant to market yourself and the skills you possess to potential clients or even employers. Such a website should showcase the kind of work you undertake and also facilitate a hassle-free means for people to contact you. A personal website portfolio also allows you to build a strong online presence that always presents plenty of benefits especially for creative individuals like web designers, photographers or even writers. However, creating such a website isn’t a simple task, and there are many factors you need to reflect on to arrive at a perfect solution. Some of which include:

Create an excellent logoGood Logo

The first thing users see when they review your website is your logo. Make sure you design a captivating logo that doesn’t have to be your name. Nevertheless if you are keen on self promotion integrating your name into the logo you design is always an excellent idea.

Integrate an appropriate tagline

A tagline is a good addition to some great personal website portfolio that delivers results. In essence it should be a brief summary of what you do best and how you do it.

The portfolio

As the name suggests a personal website portfolio is all about showcasing your work. Ensure you add screenshots and images of the work you have handled previously to let potential clients to easily review it and determine if you worth the effort of contacting. Always use clear and high quality images as well as links to the live versions of the websites you have worked on. Which should also be accompanied by precise descriptions for every project you showcase. It is also a good idea to include testimonials from previous clients, which allows prospective customers to ascertain how good the services you offer really are.


While a tagline summarizes your skills and experience, adding a services section can enable you to go into detail into the work you do and how you do it.

About me

It doesn’t hurt to add an about me section that lets users see the person behind the website. Try to include your background, academic merits your experience and also a recent snapshot of yourself, which always adds an element of trust.

Contact me

contact me page

You should also integrate a contact me segment into your personal website portfolio. That ideally should be a straightforward form which makes it infinitely easier for users to contact you and ask you specific questions they may have about your work.

Social media plugins

Finally you ought to add plugins to your various social media accounts that will enable visitors to your website to follow you and keep abreast of your day to day activities. Which also lets them familiarize themselves with your core values and other interests that you have that in turn creates the much needed trust to win over clients.

To get an excellent idea of how some of the great personal website portfolios look like the following are links you should check out.

50 Beautiful And Creative Portfolio Designs

Personal Portfolios

Personal Portfolio

40 brilliant design portfolios to inspire you

50 Inspirational and Creative Portfolios Sites

6 Essential WordPress Plugins 2015 and beyond


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WordPress empowers more than 23% of the internet, which in fact means a lot of websites. The reason people are more attracted to WordPress is that it does not require a specialized degree in computer science or ecommerce to use. Someone with basic knowledge of the internet and how content management systems works can use it without a fuss.

The best thing about WordPress is that the user can find plug-ins for almost everything he wants from his WordPress website. According to the official website, there are more than 35,000 WP plugins and the number is increasing day by day. The problem here is that what are the plugins that you really need to get through 2015? Here is the list of 6 essential WordPress plugins for 2015 and beyond that you simply cannot ignore.

W3 Total Cache:wordpress plugins

If you want to make sure that your websites load smooth throughout 2015, you cannot ignore W3 Total Cache. It is one of the most downloaded plugins having more than 4.1 million downloads until December 2014 and the number is rising with every new WordPress installation. W3 Total Cache helps in decreasing page load time, compresses WordPress data for less bandwidth usage and improves overall page performance.

W3 Total Cache

WordPress SEO by Yoast

SEO cannot be ignored but what if you do not have time to manage everything it requires from you? Get your hands on WordPress SEO by Yoast, the simplest, easiest and most successful SEO plugin for WordPress. After you have this plugin installed, it allows you to include target keywords, meta tags and meta description, generate XML sitemaps, configure .htaccess and robots.txt file and has social media integration. Its page analysis feature gets you rock in rolling with Google way earlier than you ever expected. For 2015, this plugin cannot be ignored.
WordPress SEO by Yoast

Jetpack by WordPress

For anyone who is new to this CMS, Jetpack plugin is nothing less than a mentor from heaven. Developed by WordPress itself, it is a combo of over 30 features in one plugin. Jetpack allows easy customization of WordPress themes, provides various content tools and visitor engagement options and helps in improving site performance many times over. For someone who does not want to spend a lot on subscribing to multiple plugins, it is the best choice without a second thought.
Jetpack by WordPress

 WooCommerce by WooThemes

Running an ecommerce website was never as easier as it is now and thanks to WooCommerce by WooThemes. Over 5 million downloads clearly show that this is the plugin that you need to go through 2015. This plugin is very powerful and impressively easy to use that anyone can transform a website into a fully loaded online store in just a few minutes. WooCommerce allows extensive customization to the website allowing a user to align his website to his needs, add payment gateways, shipping methods and lots more.


If the thought of losing your website for good sends chills down your spine, you need the BackupBuddy plugin. Although it is a paid plugin, it ranks way up in Essential WordPress Plugins for 2015 and beyond because of its ease of use and premium quality features. Therefore, whether you are planning to move your website to a new host, you want to migrate your content to a new domain or you just want to create backups of your entire website, BackupBuddy helps you get through like a breeze. Plus, if you have a lot on your table, you can schedule it for automated backups and link it to a cloud storage. In addition, it gives 1GB free cloud storage on subscription and can be used with almost all cloud storage.

Buffer, Super Easy Social Media Management:

social mediaWith so many things going on, it is easy to get lost in social media. Buffer can help you with that. It connects various social media platforms with your WordPress website, helps you in queuing your posts ahead of time and gives you detailed insights into your posts how they are doing over time, which is one feature rare to find. You can log in with your Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts and start sharing within minutes. Like WordPress, it also does not require loads of experience in social media and has easy to use features and customizations.


Idea: Making Money With a Delivery Company


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delivery_microdrones_dhlThere is no better time than now for new delivery services to open shop. In fact, as we enter deeper into a digital world, customer expectations are going up. With better technologies, new devices, greater efficiency and lower costs of having what they want delivered at your doorstep, customers are looking for deliveries for everything from food and retail to personal and business deliveries.

And delivery companies are raking in the dollars as a consequence of great demand. The demand is coming from businesses that don’t have their own in-house delivery systems. These may be flower and gift deliveries, grocery deliveries, business offices looking for couriers to transport documents, online retail businesses delivering goods to customers.

Clearly delivery companies are cogs in the wheels of businesses that keep them running smoothly. But depending on where the delivery business is located, it makes different kinds of profits. The West and East coasts are more profitable while the Midwest and the South are not so lucrative.

But how do delivery companies make money? Let’s take a look.

How Do Delivery Companies Make Money?

grocery deliveryMost types of delivery companies start with some initial accounts and reliable transportation. They purchase larger vehicles with the expansion of their business. The best of these pick up and deliver goods on time, providing excellent customer service. This is profitable in the long run.

Each delivery company focuses on either business or residential areas, or both. Businesses become regular customers. So, focusing on small retail outlets, office complexes, auto repair companies and small corporations is the first step to grow a profitable delivery business. Some couriers benefit by additionally carrying niche items such as medical specimens or airline tickets.

Most delivery companies charge a flat rate along with a mileage. Prices are set according to going rates for competitive services. Limiting themselves to deliveries by boxes and envelopes can help small companies to cut overheads and establish uniformity.

Initially it is not practical to setup a general Customer facing delivery company. Customers will need to deliver a variety of items to and from a large set of locations. Only large delivery companies can handle it. However it could be possible to limit the item types (for example flowers) and limit within city delivery areas for a start-up delivery company.It will need a customer facing website with an online rate calculator where general customers can place order.

When starting out, delivery businesses provide customers with incentives and price breaks to convert them into repeat customers. For instance, if the usual flat rate is $15, repeat customers may be given special rates of $10.

Making Money Through Online Food Delivery Services

An interesting variation of the traditional delivery company is the online food delivery company, which deserves a separate section of its own.

food deliveryThe average American spends more than $900 a year on take-out and delivery food, according to this report of a recent study. Pizzas top the list for consumer preferences, followed by burgers and then Asian takeaway. Clearly there seems to be a lot of scope for delivery companies to be making money despite tough economies.

Services like Seamless and GrubHub make it easy to order food online, through PCs and smartphones. All you have to do to place an order from your choice of local take-away joints is to look up an online menu and fill in an order form. The services offered are free. And with people storing their credit card information on their phones easily, many are choosing to use online delivery services for takeaway. These online delivery companies are paid at least 10% (or more) on each order by every participating restaurant.

Like any business, delivery companies are made profitable depending on their business plan. But the basis of a delivery business that makes money is great customer service, which helps to keep existing customers and find source new ones. A great transport service is the key to great customer service, and most reliable delivery services are aware of this.
[image credits: Lars Plougmann, micro drone from wikipedia,carolynconner ]

Currency Trading Basics


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Forex trading is over the counter market, purchasing and selling of foreign currencies. It is the world’s largest financial market, everyday over $3 trillion is traded in foreign currencies. There’s no mystery in currency trading. Anyone can make money. By understanding how Forex market works and some of the tricks of the trade, it’s possible to easily make cash trading currencies.

How it works

forexForex works by fluctuations of the subject currencies. To be successful in this business, you should to be able to see the trends of the currencies. Only then can you be able to predict where one currency is heading against the other. When the purchased currency increases in value compared to the one sold, the profit is made. You have several options to succeeding in a Forex market. You can hire professional traders or you can simply learn and become a trader yourself.

Principles of currency trading

For you to understand currency trading logic, you first need to understand the primary principles. If you are a newbie, you have to learn used terminologies and notions. Some of the terms used include currency rates, indirect rates and spot rates. Currency rate define the value of two currencies regarding one another. The value can be created by the supply and demand of participating currencies in the market or under a strict supervision of banks of the nations which the currencies belong to. Indirect rates define the value of foreign currencies in local currency. See also: The Different Ways to Trade Currencies

How to start

First, you need a computer as well as an Internet connection. Then open an account with a broker. There are a plethora of Forex brokers and naturally some are good than others. Keep in mind that this is the firm with which you’ll entrust your hard earned money, so if you have to choose your broker carefully! After picking a broker, you then have to execute an order. In Forex exchange you purchase and sell currencies. The primary goal is to exchange one currency for the other in the hope that the price will go up. Let’s say you have $1,000 and you want to buy British Pounds. If the value of the British Pound increases compared to the dollar, you will have made cash trading these currencies. You are to watch out for forex signals

How to make money trading currency

tradingWhen starting out with currency trading, do not be intimidated and think you have to learn each and everything in order to make a profit. First, you need to understand the basics and the terms involved. You also have to understand currency pairs. In Forex exchange market, currencies are typically traded in pairs. This means that you’re buying foreign currency with a different currency and selling it for profit depending on whether its value increases or decreases. It’s vitally important that you understand the two currencies and how they affect one another.

Some people believe that Forex currency trading is difficult. This is not true at all. Forex trading doesn’t have to be difficult so long as you’re willing to learn how it works. Although forex markets are extremely volatile, having a long term plan can help you evade risks by holding onto the investment.

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How to Build Web Forms that Convert Better


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Web forms are an essential component of any website. They can have a significant impact on your conversion rates. Most businesses fail to recognize the value of web forms and their influence on sales. Web form design, layouts, and copy can determine whether you will convert a lead or lose it. In spite of their great influence, most businesses rarely test or change their forms and this makes it difficult for them to improve their conversation rates. There are certain aspects that a business needs to keep in mind when designing forms.

Design Short Forms

simple email formA short form will offer better conversion compared to a long one. Less is more when it comes to designing a web form. Use a minimum number of fields to motivate the user to sign up. In most situations, all you need is an email address. Eliminate all the optional fields on the form. You do not have to ask for all the data that you require immediately. Get the most important data and then contact the user for any additional information you need. In ideal situations, you should have a maximum of five fields. If you are designing just an email form, most probably all that you need is a message field and the user’s email address.

Offer Value

It is essential to consider the value that you offer to the user to motivate them to fill the form. Most users want to know what is in it for them. Offer them something valuable on the form to get the users’ contact information. You have to give in order to get. The value can be a free tutorial, guide, or consult depending on your business.

Create Trust

html form sampleThe user has to trust you before they offer their personal information. You have to inform them about the intended use of the data. People like to feel that they are in control. Users will not fill up the form if they do not know how you will use the data. A privacy policy can also help to create trust. Reduce their fear by letting them know that their personal details will not be shared. Inform them that their privacy is guaranteed. Avoid using the word spam in your privacy policy. This makes the user associate your form with spam mail and discourages them from signing up. Also see:
Usability Tips Based on Research

Meet Expectations

Users often have certain expectations before they fill out a web form. If you set up expectations in your web content, you need to meet them. Give your users something they expect to drive conversations. If began a campaign to help users find reliable professionals in your business field, the web form should highlight this.


Web form design has to focus on clarity. You have to be clear about the information that you require from the user. Avoid being vague or including misleading information on the form. The user should not have to “over-think” when filling in the form. It has to be a simple process and this is only possible if the form is clear. Include some explanatory text in a field to clarify what you need. This will eliminate any indecision in the user.

Web form design has to be well thought out if you want to convert better. Think about the information you require and your users then come up with a simple and clear design.
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7 Interesting Ways to Promote Infographics


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infographics promotion

Sharing infographics may be hard because of the noise that comes along with it. Even the most beautiful infographics require lots of promotion to get quality backlinks and generate many shares. Below are some useful tips, tricks and ways on how to best promote infographics especially if you have them in your pipeline.

1. Optimize your infographic.

It is important to start thinking how you will promote your infographic while writing it. This allows you to include all the relevant keywords for people to find it easily on search engines. Try to research on Google Adwords to get the best keywords for infographics and the tags that you will be using. Finally include most of your primary keywords in the title for it to be found easily on Google.

2. Encourage sharing.

Sharing is the easiest and the most effective way of promoting an infographic. You will have many people sharing it with their friend and followers on social media thus spreading the word about your new infographic. Make sure you have social sharing buttons for the major social networks at the bottom or top of your infographic post. It is also imperative to include a call to action aspect at the end of your post. These basic methods will grow your social media shares.

3. Promote them on social media.

share infographicsInfographics can be shared easily and many people are now sharing them on social media. Take them to all the major social networks and start promoting them heavily. Share them on Google+ and facebook, Instagram, tweet about them, Flickr and Pinterest. Include calls to action in your posts, tweets and encourage people to share them with their followers and friends. However, remember to leave enough space in your posts and tweets for people to retweet them easily without leaving out anything important.

4. Translate your infographic.

If you are intending to serve an international audience, you should translate your infographics using high profile languages like Spanish and Chinese. This translation is not hard and it won’t require cost you too much, but it will increase the virality of the infographics. You will definitely get more social media shares, more traffic and engagements that will increase your brand.

5. Create a short video

Most people on the internet like videos and images. You can therefore make a video version of your infographic, share i on social networks and put it on YouTube. Having both image and video gives you a better chance of getting more quality shares. You can deconstruct a video and add some music or create a PowerPoint presentation that you share to get more traffic and shares.

6. Try to tease your audience.

You can promote your infographics by creating two different versions: a normal infographic and a teaser version that shows the snippets of the infographic. The teaser will attract people who may end up visiting your website.

7. Add your infographic to your list.

Once you post an infographic that adds value to your subscribers, make sure you send a quick email to let them know about it. This will encourage more engagement especially if you have a loyal responsive list and generate traffic back to your site.

Finally, a great infographic promotion tutorial from David McBee

Image credits: clearlym.com

Hosting A Website In XAMPP


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XAMPP is a “free and open source cross-platform web server solution package” that makes it very easy to create a web server on your local machine. It is available for various Unix flavors, and for Windows, which is the version we will look at in this article.

Installing and running Xampp

xampp control panel Installing Xampp is a straightforward process.(Link to: XAMPP for windows) You just download the executable file and run it. All you need to do is specify where you want Xampp to install. If you accept the default installation, Xampp will install an Apache server, PHP, MySQL and PHPMyAdmin on your computer.

Before you can run the Apache server, you will need to make two small changes to the configuration. The default port that Xampp installs is port 80, and you need to change this to another value, for example 8000. Use a text editor to open the file c:\xampp\apache\conf\httpd.conf. Locate the line Listen 80 and change it to Listen 8000. Next, locate the line ServerName localhost:80 and change the 80 to 8000. Save the file.

In the Xampp root folder, there will be a file named xampp-control.exe. Double click this to open the control screen. Click the Start button for the Apache server. In your browser address bar, type in http://localhost:8000/ and you should see a message congratulating you on your successful installation.

Testing your website

Set up a folder, let’s say “mysite.com” in c:\xampp\htdocs, so you now have c:\xampp\htdocs\mysite.com. Copy all your web pages in here. Assuming you have an index.html file in the folder, typing http://localhost:8000/mysite.com in your browser will bring up your home page.

Going public

This is where it gets tricky. You will need your ISP allocated IP address, and the IP address, username and password for your router. Access your router by typing its IP address into your browser. You have to unblock port 8000, and how you do so depends on what router you are using. Next, go back to edit httpd.conf and change ServerName localhost:8000, replacing localhost with your IP address.

Problems using your local XAMPP for hosting your websites

You now know the basics of how to host website in xampp, but setting up your machine as a web server is fraught with problems. These are just some things to be aware of:

  1. Security is a prime concern, since you are letting the whole world access your computer.
  2. The outside world has to access your site using your IP address, unless you pay for a domain name to be associated with it.
  3. ISPs often allocate different IP addresses each time you login. Every time that happens your website will be unavailable until you reconfigure.
  4. Data, images, files etc. must be uploaded from your computer. Most ISPs are optimized for downloading, and upload speeds are very, very slow.
  5. You have to leave your PC on all the time. When your PC is down, so is your website.

The cost of running your PC 24/7, of associating a domain name with your IP address, and of putting backups in place will probably exceed the cost of using a hosting service. The time you spend poring over logs, and checking that everything is running fine may not justify the savings of having your own web server.