So I finally bought myself a personal domain. anrope.com. It’s something I’ve been meaning to do for a long time, and finally convinced myself to do (after 1am, of course).
Here’s a quick review of my Easter night:
- Decide I should try to register the domain for my oft-used alias “anrope”
- Become excited that it’s still available
- Get sidetracked for an hour considering going Peruvian (points if you get this). The Nuevo Sol is the currency of Peru, and it’s currency symbol is “S/.” (as opposed to our $), which means I almost spent 100 times more than I meant to. Whew.
- Spend another hour learning the “domain registration game”. Lots of nasty reading, Hacker News and this nice list ranking registrars by domains registered were easily the most helpful. I settled on name.com, the 11th ranked US registrar. After grabbing a coupon from retailmenot, I finally bought my domain. I probably over-researched, but I do that a lot.
- Set up my new domain to use the same web hosting account as the Cobbossee Colony Golf Course website, which I maintain. I was happy with how easy it was to point anrope.com at a subdirectory on the host. The more nerve-wracking part was reconfiguring golfcobbossee.com to separate the two sites, without stepping on any SEO toes. I hope I did that right.
- Install a WordPress blog. As much as I usually prefer doing things myself, the SimpleScript setup of WordPress was seamless and super fast.
So, $8 and a few hours later, I’m now writing my first blog post on anrope.com. Feels good.
Almost 5am, but time for another post!