ACA Presentation 2009, Part 2
Note: Part 1 is here if you missed it.
How was P212121.com made?
I started this blog in February of this year. After making that decision, my first step was to come up with an available domain name. I wanted a name that was related to crystallography and that was easy to type and remember. I finally settled on P212121. I chose this name because it’s the most common space group in macromolecular crystallography.
I bought the domain through 1and1.com for 7 dollars and I was the proud owner of P212121.com for a year. Once you buy a domain name, you can renew your ownership whenever you want. So, you don’t have to worry about someone else buying the name when your year is up. Once I purchased the domain I had set up hosting with 1and1.com so my website could be displayed on the internet. That cost is about $6 a month. So, if you can come up with a name that’s available and make at least $80 a year, you can do this.
The website runs using Wordpress which is convenient since it virtually eliminates the need to learn code. Wordpress is a downloadable program that offers blog templates (here are some free examples). The best part is the coding is already done and many of the layouts are free. You just pick one out. It’s all pretty simple once you get to this point. The layout is really user-friendly.
If you have a message you think is worth spreading by blogging and would like some help, feel free to drop me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org).