This is a work in progress, a sort of FAQ for those people using the "free wordpress installation" offer I have going on. For more information, head over to free wordpress offer.
- Do you support (fill in the blank) theme?
- Do you support (fill in the blank) plugin?
- WordPress says its really easy to install already, they have a 5 minute installation guide, why don't I just do it myself?
- But, the hosts you recommend already offer automatic WordPress Installations, why is yours any better?
- If I already have my blog/hosting/account and I need you to help me with it... Do I need to give you my username and password?
- How can you say its Free?
- But I still have to pay?
It depends, if its a popular theme, chances are I can install it for you. The ones that are supported for sure are: Thesis, Athahualpa, Revolution, Flexx, beyond that, almost any highly rated plugin from the official repository will do too, but just to be sure please check with me. There are some customizations I can do for you but this does not include custom code or theme development. Please see my services page for more offerings.
The same applies as the first question above, for themes. Please see it.
Please, by all means if you want to roll up your sleeves and give this a try yourself, then go for it. Millions of people have done it and new people do it everyday. It isn't that hard to do, there are so many free resources online already that can help you get started too. The services I offer give you peace of mind and worry free maintenance, but if you have time to do it yourself I encourage you to do so. You'll learn a lot and hopefully have a lot of fun. If you run into any issues, please let me know if I can answer any questions for you.
The automatic installation they offer is just a basic installation. You still need to go through at least 6 pages of configurations and settings before your website is ready to go. Not to mention, you have to make sure you have a backup, make sure e-mail works, your URLS are well formed, and that you know how to use the site, also I do the initial SEO for the site and help you organize your keywords and optimize your content.
It is up to you, there are two ways to do this, you can create your account as a master account, then go into the control panel and create me an account. Or you can give me your username and password, let me do all the work I need to do, then you can change your password when I'm finished. It is all up to you, I recommend that you create me a separate account so you can easily turn it on and off when you need my help.
In order to have a website of your own, you need to pay somebody for hosting. This hosting fee is going to be there no matter where you go. The reason I'm offering you this service for free is that when you buy hosting from my recommended host, they pay me a commission fee. This commision fee ends up paying for your installation, basic maintenance and basic support, as well as some of the hosting. So, technically it isn't free as in a free lunch, but at least it doesn't come out of your pocket. In this case the host pays me a percentage of your fee.
Your only costs are those you pay directly to Dreamhost, and your registrar where you bought your domain, I recommend Godaddy, I have over 60 domains registered with them. But I would not recommend their hosting service. DON'T GET IT PLEASE. (World's Largest Registrar - GoDaddy.com). Remember, you need a domain of your own. If you need help with this, please let me know and I'll be happy to walk you through it.