How To Set Up A Self Hosted Site: Domain Name and Hosting | Pricing

How to Set Up a Self Hosted Site

Having a website is important because this site can be a one stop shop for all the information that your clients or potential clients need to know about you, your business and your services. You can also include links to related sites, like links to your social media accounts. Also, people looking for services would usually search for a business’ website mostly to ensure that the business is legit and credible.

There are platforms where you can build your sites for free. Yes, for free! However, your site will be under a subdomain of these free sites. We’ll have more of this later.

The other option is to go for a self hosted site. Which brings me to:

How I was able to set up my self hosted site. But before I go into details, here are some caveats.

  • I am from the Philippines and I availed the services of a local provider from here
  • Providers will have different processes in doing their business. Therefore, what I’m sharing with you is purely based on my experience – decision making about domain names and hosting, communications with the service provider, up until my website went online.

Domain Name and Hosting

Step 1: Choose a domain name

A domain name is the web address that you will register. Your domain name should be something that represents you or the business where you are going to use it for.

Step 2: Choose your domain name and/or web host provider

Most service providers have both domain name registration and web hosting services. You also have the option of registering your domain name with one provider, and the web hosting with another provider. You have to know which one works for you, depending on your personal or business need.

In my case, I went for the same provider for both my domain name registration. This is because I know I’m keeping my new domain name for several years and that it’s more cost effective in the long run. There are available discounted domain name registrations actually. However, this is only applicable usually to new registrations but the succeeding years will have the regular rates.

My current provider is coffeemags.com (no, this is not a paid advertisement but you can mention to them that you came to know about them through this blog). I sent them an email inquiry first and I made sure that all my questions, no matter how stupid I think some of the questions were, were answered and that everything is clear to me. Feel free to ask all your questions as well, before committing to anything.

When everything was clear to me, they just asked me to login to their site (create an account if you don’t have one yet) and went ahead and placed my order. Payment can either be via BPI or Paypal. I used Paypal so that it’s faster.

Right after I ordered, I received several emails to confirm my purchase, including confirmation from Paypal since it was what I used to pay.

I also received an email from CoffeeMags admin that contains all the details of the services I availed, including login credentials for my WordPress admin site and the control panel area.

Step 3: Validate Setup

Given the URLs and login credentials, I went ahead and logged in to WordPress admin.

Upon logging in, this was my default WordPress view.

And my site is up!

The control panel, or more known as the cPanel contains all the backend stuff for your site. It’s mostly technical but it’s also interesting to have a look at it. Here’s a screenshot of some of the available tools. There are a lot but if you’re feeling geeky, then you can start exploring them as well.

Pricing

So how much does it cost?

These information are all from my provider’s site.

Domain name registration:

Web hosting:

 

And that’s it.

So, are you getting yours too? 🙂  🙂  🙂

P.S. If you’re wondering why I did it at this point where I don’t have an established business to promote, because I think it’s cool to have a yourname.com LOL. Half-kidding aside, I am an IT professional and I’m naturally curious about stuff that involve websites and programming, even though I said goodbye to programming eons ago. My site will serve as my “development environment” because I want to play around with all the plugins which involve input forms, order forms and payments! Also, I just want an online portfolio under my name.

2017 Week 24: Assignments Galore

Yes, Monday at last. Another week to work on our life goals. While it’s easy to get carried away and complain that Monday came too quickly, I’d like to veer away from that mindset as much as I can. 

But let’s talk about last week. And I have nothing much to share yet again hahaha. 

The highlight at work was that I was able to convince the team to use just one criteria for the first round of eliminations of the vendors. I’m happy to report that they all agreed to it so we are now moving on to the next steps. Whew.

And then there’s the weekend where I was only able to study and do this week’s assignments! When I watch the videos, it sounds easy but when I’m already doing it, it’s really really challenging especially when you conceptualize on the look and feel. Other than that, I am enjoying immensely because I am learning a lot, not just pure theories but with hands on exercises as well. That makes learning really more effective. 

I am tired to be honest. I was not getting enough sleep. It was my nephew’s first week at his OJT and we almost have the same shift. So whenever I arrive home, he would usually share how his day was and that’s until the wee hours of the morning. 

But all’s good. Life is good. 

By the way, remember when a friend shopped for me? Her box where my pair of shoes was, arrived last week so the shoes is now with me. It’s so pretty I’m hesitant to wear it because it might get dirty hahaha. I’ll find the chance to wear it soon. 

I am working on an aspect of my personal life. I think I had too much negativity in that area and I don’t like the effect. I miss the more peaceful times so I’ll work on it to bring it back. So help me God.

The end.

Have a blessed week ahead.

The Tables Have Turned

Aka I am old LOL.

Seventeen years ago, I braved the streets of Manila to look for a job. During job hunting (which did not take long, thank God), up to my first month of working, I was commuting daily to my brother’s family’s home in Tagaytay. It was far and my commute usually lasts for 3 hours. The moment I received my first salary, I looked for a bed space to rent. Luckily, I was able to find one that’s walking distance to the office. And since then, I just visit them when I get the chance.

My brother has two kids, one in college and the other in high school. The college kid is now having his OJT here in Manila. He’s staying with me now, hence the title hehehe. He will be done around 2nd week of July. Their school required them to apply in BPO so they had to look outside of Tagaytay. Lucky for him as his office is near the apartment. I pray that this experience will prepare him better for the real world.

In relation to this, he was supposed to be with a friend. I already told him that it’s ok for his friend to stay at home but only a maximum of 2 as my studio apartment is not big. However, his friend can’t make it because of lack of funds for tuition and allowances. Their group of friends even raised funds up to half of his tuition but then there are other expenses to consider so he did not push through with his enrollment. It breaks my heart. I wish I can help but I am on a limited budget for my own needs too, plus of course there’s my nephew to help. But I hope the kid doesn’t give up given this little hiccup. 

To all the students who are nearing the finish line to college, I wish you well. Enjoy the ride, learn all that you can in school and just make it a habit to do your best. And best of luck when you venture out into the after-school life. 

2017 Week 23: Busy All Week

June 5-11, 2017

I was busy all week both with work and non-work. I was even supposed to go home over the long weekend. I already had tickets booked, but I had to reschedule it for July. The reason?

I enrolled in an online training. The gist: I have videos to watch, do some hands-on practice as applicable and then assignments. I mistakenly understood the deliverables every week. I thought there were only 3 assignments. Apparently, there were 7. And so, I needed all the free time I have to work on those assignments. I started on Saturday afternoon and I just submitted the last batch around 2 hours ago. Hagardo much pramis. But I learned a lot during the first week and I’m loving it so far. I’ll write more about this when I’m done in a month just to be sure that I am able to write about the whole experience.

The mass, the quick house cleaning, and ironing of this week’s clothes were the only breaks from the assignments.

The end.

Hope you will all have a blessed week ahead.

Early Saturday Musings

I just got home. And I’m hungry. Thanks to my officemate’s nissin noodles from the land of the rising sun, I have something to eat hehehe.

Semi-extended work hours are here again. But I’m not complaining. In fact, I’m happy so far with one of my projects even if the pressure is high and I’ve been “lectured” several times because of my failure to balance things. 

I’m happy because I’m learning a lot of things as the project progresses. We need a vendor so I’m working with vendors now. There are at least 5 we are choosing from and while it was challenging to coordinate with everyone, I really had fun talking to all of them. My non-existent people skills (because I believe I am an introvert) are being tested but honed in the process.

I am also closely working with our Purchasing team. This is the first time I’m directly working with them and I’m glad because I’ll have a firsthand experience of their processes as a department. I am learning a lot from them. Yesterday afternoon, I met with them to get their inpputs on our vendor selection criteria. While most criteria should come from us because we know the requirements better, they recommended that I make sure that the weight of the cost will not defeat the selection process. In short, we shouldn’t be at a scenario wherein vendor A won even if vendor B has the better solution just because vendor A is cheaper. Makes sense. And so I need to play around with the weights to get the perfect balance.

They also requested that we involve them at the very beginning so that vendors are aware they are working with Purchasing team. Purchasing is supposed to haggle for pricing. And vendors know that Purchasing knows the industry standard pricing so for they will avoid pricing way above industry standards. At least that’s how I understood it.

I also work with leaders of other teams. And working with them gives me the opportunity to observe how leaders think, drive and decide on things.

To be honest, I am nervous whenever I need to work on this project simply because this is new to me. I’ve worked with vendors before but those were already selected. All we needed to do was continue with the nitty gritty details until successful implementation. 

But I’m still looking forward to more lessons learned along the way, while making it to the deadline. 

Time’s up. Noodles have cooled down a bit. Time to eat hihihi.

And so, goodnight or good morning and happy weekend or long weekend for those who are in the Philippines.

2017 Week 23: Sales Hopping | Unplanned Shopping

May 29 – June 4, 2017

Work

After the vendor sessions, we needed to come up with vendor criteria to guide us in the vendor selection. There were many suggestions and nothing was finalized during that meeting. There were additional documents we needed to get from the vendors so it’s waiting period for us. However, the proposals were all in and I now need to create a summary of all the pricing.

The other project has picked up as well. I was able to discuss the requirements to our developers so that’s one thing out of my plate and we can all move on to development and test script creation in preparation for testing.

By the way, there was another opportunity for a speaking engagement for June 10. However, I had to decline because I’m going home this weekend and the topics are not one of my expertise. I need to spend time for research. So, next time na lang.

Whew.

Weekend

On Saturday, a friend and I visited some of the ongoing sales hehehe.

First stop was at Shoe Buffet held at Casa Filipino in San Juan. Well, I did not buy anything. There was one shoe I wanted but not available in my size so it wasn’t meant for me.

Second stop was at the Oster sale in their warehouse along Sheridan St., Mandaluyong. While I did not buy anything, my friend was able to buy a stick mixer with chopper and whisk that she was planning to buy for sometime now.

Ok, the next one is unplanned. However, we had a lot of time to spare while waiting for the Wonder Woman movie to start at 9 PM. We went around the shops to kill time.

Our last stop was at Rustan’s. Longchamp to be specific. Seriously, we just wanted to touch and admire the bags! But then, there was an ongoing sale! Some of their seasonal colors were discounted at 45% off. The others at 15% off and some colors at 25% off. Le Pliage red garance long handle, the one in my list of “wants” was on sale at 25% off. I bought one and paid Php 4,688.00. My friend got one in old rose too.

The sale is until July 2 or until supplies last. We bought ours in Rustan’s Shangri-la Mall.

They have increased their prices for the large long handle from Php 5,950.00 last year to Php 6,250.00 to Php 6,450.00 this year.

Longchamp Le Pliage Long Handle Red Garance

Hi. I’m red garance!

On Sunday, my brother and nephew came for a visit. Will have a separate post for the purpose of their visit hehe.

The end.

Have a great week ahead. As for me, dildil asin mode on. Hahaha!

Random Thoughts on the FOJ

FOJ – First of June

June…yung totoo. Paano nangyaring June na? Bakit parang ang bilis bilis bilis ng paglipas ng oras?

Anyway…random things and thoughts and stuff

  • A busy workday is one of my happy pills. I forgot it for a while kasi mas nangibabaw ang negative feelings but I’m glad I’m feeling it again. Nakaka haggard minsan pero mas masarap pa rin yung alam mong marami kang natapos na trabaho in a day
  • My teammate said she tries to read at least 3 books a week. Not the romance or chic-lit or suspense types but more on personal finance. Astig. Magaya nga.
  • My other teammate said he joined a contest last year sponsored by Google. It’s Google’s way of supporting start ups. He and his group won and the province will help in setting up the company. He has not yet worked on it for several reasons. Sayang. Sana he changes his mind and see if he can handle both work and the company kahit pakonti konti lang 
  • I saw a headline that some big corporation will be buying corn from cooperatives. Opportunity! Magtanim na ng mais! I hope they do target the small farmers para naman may chance ang mga kapatid namin sa hanapbuhay na mas mapaunlad ang buhay nila.
  • I am closely working with the boss of the boss now. While I know that everything I do will be scrutinized, I am looking forward to the lessons that I will learn from leaders in higher management. Deadma na if masabon hahaha.
  • It’s officially the rainy season. I am glad that temperature will be cooler now but I pray that there will be no heavy typhoons to hit the country. Awat na muna please.
  • I am sad for what’s happening in Marawi. Why can’t the world just strive to live in peace? Why? I don’t know. I’m confused.
  • Long weekend coming up…need to reserve tickets. Can’t wait to go home again.
  • The jade plants I bought last May died. Huhu. Is it me or the weather or were the plants just newly transplanted when I bought them? I’ll try in Baguio. Maybe they’ll like the Baguio weather more.
  • Nawawala na talaga ang ID ko. Nalaglag nga ata sa nasakyan ko last Tuesday ng madaling araw. Bangag na kasi ako non. Di ko na natanggal eh clip ang gamit ko so nakasabit lang sa pants pocket. Actually, due for new picture taking na kami kasi nagpalit ng branding last year. Pero ayaw ko pa yun ilet go sana. Nene pa kasi ako sa picture ko sa ID na yun…at payat hahaha!

Malapit na ako sa office. Until next session.

Pero yung totoo. Bakit talaga June na?

2017 Week 22: Vendor Sessions | Movies

May 22-28, 2017

Work

One of the projects I’m working on requires a vendor. Last week, we were able to meet with all the vendors for their discovery sessions. It was a brain draining activity but it it also interesting to see how the different vendors showcase their solutions.

Like for one vendor, I was hesitant to shortlist them at first because aside from being expensive , I think their product won’t fit all of our requirements. However, after a second session with them, I changed my mind. Of all the solutions we saw, theirs might be the most robust and configurable, well at least based on how they answered our questions.

There was another vendor who I want to drop from the list early on but the boss of the boss said to still invite them. Ayun, I’m still not convinced, and even the stakeholders did not feel confident about them.

Because of these activities, meetings were held at the stakeholders’ offices, depending on where they’ll be reporting that day. And so on Thursday, we found ourselves traveling all the way to Alabang Town Center. My oh my, I love the place! The roads leading to the building were lined with trees!

But of course I don’t want to report there on a daily basis because for sure, commuting will be a challenge. We booked Uber (thanks, boss!) and our fare was Php 555.00, inclusive of toll fee. Imagine, more expensive than a 1-way fare to Baguio hahaha! So, no. Sana hindi kami ilipat doon.

I was also in Worldwide Corporate Center on Wednesday and Friday. I had dinner at Coffee Project. The place has pretty decors. I’m not just sure how I feel about the fake flowers hehehe.

I ordered sardines pasta and I think caramel vanilla frappuccino (I think). The pasta is good but I think it’s expensive at Php 180.00. The serving though is bigger than the usual single orders in other restaurants.

Dinner is served. Yum.

Daming ganap last week.

Weekend 

Because I wanted to relax a bit, I checked with my friend if she wanted to watch a movie. She said yes so we met at Megamall in the evening. We watched Dear Other Self and Pirates of the Caribbean.

While I like Jodi, I think the story did not depict a true-blue travel blogger hahaha. Basta medyo ilang beses kaming napa-comment ng “Akala ko ba travel blogger sya?” Hehehe. But we were there for entertainment so we got it.

We watched the Pirates at the Director’s Club. Yes, those with reclining seats. And yes, ubusan ng allowance ito hahaha. But we enjoyed nonetheless so dildil asin na lang to compensate hahaha. I thought I was going to sleep because of the comfy chairs but the movie kept me awake until the end. At least di nasayang binayad ko hahaha.

The rest of the weekend was spent doing the usual household chores.

The end.

Have a great week ahead.

2017 Week 21: I Survived | Team Building

May 15-21, 2017

There were a lot of things going on at work that made me so nervous this work week. For one, I was asked to give a talk to not one but 2 schools last week, on the same day.

Second, I had to meet with some of the senior leaders for a project that I’m handling. Nerve-wracking but I’m glad that’s over and we’re on to the next steps. Hoping that the next meetings will be easier.

Weekend

It was our team building last Saturday. We went to Phillip’s Sanctuary in Antipolo, Rizal. The place is big. There were a lot of people but the place is big enough to accommodate a big group.

The good thing about the place is that, there are facilitators to for each team to guide you with the activities. It’s really an opportunity to build rapport with your teammates. But the activities really require physical strength.

We were grouped into 2, 11 members each. We had an ice breaker and whoever wins, gets a 2-minute advantage. Our group lost hehe.

We played about 7 games. Straight. The only breaks we got were when we drank water, waiting for the others to complete the game, or walking to the next game venue. Walang patawad ang facilitator hahaha.

After we completed all the games and scores have been tallied, the facilitator announced the winner. The other group won by less than a minute. However, if they did not have the 2 minutes advantage at the start, we would have been the winners. But that’s fine. It’s the memories, especially the funny ones, that are more important hahaha.

The rest went for swimming after lunch. The others just played cards. There are other activities to do. Some have additional payments. But since we were too tired after all the games, most of us took a nap in the rooms.

Our package was for an overnight stay but some of us went back to Manila in the afternoon, myself included. Which was a good decision because that was really tiring. All my fats were shocked with all the activities yesterday so everything’s uncomfortably aching now. Therefore, I stayed home today and almost did nothing, except for the testing that I’m doing in between this post. Whew.

I don’t have a lot of pictures because I left my phone in the room.

Fruit bearing mango trees and sometimes mangoes just fall off the trees.

Our accommodation

I was seated in a swing. Had the opportunity for a very short me-time while we were waiting for our room to be vacated.

Phillip’s Sanctuary

Address: Pestaño Farm Trail, Antipolo, Rizal
Email: info@phillips-sanctuary.com
Phone: 738-1375 ; 707-8877 ; 435-2866
Mobile Phone: 0917-706-0916 0917-708-5367 0920-938-5068

The end.

Have a great week ahead.

Guest Speaker, What?!

Last Tuesday, May 16, I had the opportunity to speak in front of incoming 4th year college students and graduating students. It was my first time to do it. I didn’t want to accept it at first because I tend to get nervous during small meetings, what more with a larger audience who are strangers too!

However, my boss can’t make it so she had to delegate.

Worst, her college alma mater was also inviting her to give a talk on the same day. I was begging her to just send me to one and she handle the other but it wasn’t possible. If I don’t accept, I would have to give my next availability. Patay.

With no choice, I said ok. Plus, I realized that since this is a talk, I should be in a corporate get up. My wardrobe is limited. Wait, let me correct that. I don’t have a dress that is corporate enough. Blazer too. None. Wala. Nada. So I need to buy. And to limit the unforeseen expenses, just accommodate both requests on the same day hahaha!

Anyway, I was asked to talk about career opportunities for IT graduates. And so to give them as close to reality as possible, I talked about our team and what we do. That’s dual purpose. I met the required topic and I was able to sell (I hope) our team given that we need additional headcount now.

Lessons / realizations:

  1. It’s not as scary as I thought. Hah! But maybe it’s because I am familiar with the topic. I just reviewed the presentation deck shared by my boss early Tuesday and the rest was just really how the team functions.
  2. There are many types of audiences. Some interested and are listening intently, some don’t care, some I don’t know if they understand what I’m talking about. But I would like to think that most of them are listening because they react at the right time hahaha.
  3. I need to practice walking in front while discussing. I think I was stiff because I did not move a lot hihihi.
  4. I can smile the entire time and maintain an enthusiastic delivery but it’s a constant reminder to do those while I was talking. Most of the time in the office, I tend to get serious, hence, always misinterpreted as masungit.
  5. It’s fun interacting with students! Most of my audience were boys gentlemen so they were the typical sutil college students.
  6. It’s good to know that schools make an effort to bring in industry partners to talk to their students. That way, students can have a glimpse of the workplace and hopefully this can help them prepare for the real world.
  7. I need to have many stories because it’s easier I guess to hold the audience’s attention with stories.
  8. I am now comfortable wearing dresses. Some may think what the heck but this is a big deal to me because it was really a struggle for me to be comfortable in dresses. That goes back to as early as kindergarten hahaha.
  9. Lastly, if I got pregnant early, that child would be close to finishing college by now hahaha.

I was introduced as a guest speaker and I was shocked and confused hahaha. Pero oo nga naman pala. Guest speaker nga pala talaga pag mga ganon. Pasensya na, first time hahaha.

One of our HR Sourcing team was with me. She took care of a quick ice breaker / pampagising activity plus a question and answer game.

I also learned a few things from the speaker before me too. One of which is to never stop learning. True naman.

Overall, it was fun and enriching. If given another chance, most likely I’ll accept it without being too nervous this time hahaha.

Certificate!

I don’t know how to blur the other faces so I resorted to this to at least minimize visibility because I really want to post this picture for remembrance. Peace, kids! 🙂

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