Finally – My Own Hosted Blog

October 14, 2006 at 1:46 am | Posted in Blogging | 4 Comments

Hurray!  I finally got my very first own hosted blog up!  So from now on, I would seldom update this blog.  Please visit my blog at Blog@Reginabally.net in the future.

In the mean time, I’m developing an interesting website.  Feel free to visit Regina’s One-Stop Station!

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My Progress on Hosting Own Blog

October 13, 2006 at 11:14 am | Posted in Blogging, Tech | 7 Comments

As I promised before, I’ll keep you update on what’s happening for my progress on hosting my own blog.  So here are the updates.

I’ve done many research on different companies that provide web hosting solutions.  After few times of Q&A with Jeff as well as the web hosting companies’ technical supports, I would like to start with something affordable.  That’s why I chose Giz Technology.

What interest me is their Giz Mini package.  They’re offering 500MB of space, 2.5 GB of bandwidth, Fantastico scripts, cPanel, unlimited POP3 accounts and lots more.  The best offer is they’re offering life time free domain for this package and I’ll just have to pay RM 60 (approximately USD15.79) flat per year.

This package really sounds fascinating to me since I only have to pay a small fees to have a personal space and identity on the Internet.  Anyway, this is my first time.  So, I’ll start to learn how to manage a web hosting account as well as managing my own blog and website.

For my blog, I’ll continue to use WordPress as my blogging platform.  I’ll announce here once the new blog is on.

Apart from that, I’m learning to use a CMS (Content Management Systems)  – Joomla! to build a website.  Joomla! is an open source CMS.  It allows users to build personal as well as commercial website with it’s quite friendly user interface. Various kinds of extensions are available to be installed to add extra features to your website.

I plan to have news feeds, interesting links (education, technology, downloads etc), and might as well provide downloads for applications and games.  Of course, all downloads are legal which would be freeware, shareware or open source.  More contents will be added after proper planning.

So now, I plan to get my blog up first.  In the mean time, I’ll start designing the website using Joomla! and sharpen my skills on CSS and PHP.  To tell you honestly, I’m extremely bad on designing.  Maybe I should find some website templates on the Internet and study from them.

Do you have anything to tell me?  Regarding the web hosting package, my blog, or the CMS?  Thanks for commenting!

PHP, MySQL and Apache

September 21, 2006 at 11:57 am | Posted in Blogging, Tech | 3 Comments

As I mentioned before, I wish to host my own blog. So now, I’m starting to learn PHP. I’m now reading this two books: Sams Teach Yourself PHP, MySQL and Apache (2004 Edition), and Beginning PHP, Apache, MySQL Web Development (2004).

I followed the “outdated” instructions inside the book to install the AMP (Apache, MySQL and PHP). But I can’t make it run correctly. Why I mentioned it was outdated? It is because the AMP version mentioned in the book was older version. It is using PHP 4.3.3, MySQL 4.0.15 and Apache 2.0.47.

So, while I was furious on failing to setup all those required components, my friend Jeff introduced me a very useful and convenient software named xampp. I really have to thank him for this. The xampp really ease my pain.

What I have to do is just download and install. That’s it. I don’t have to do all those configuration for each of the AMP because xampp will do them for me.

For those who want to try this: make sure you don’t have previously installed AMP in your system. Or else, you’ll scratching your head wondering why it won’t work. (This happened to me yesterday, how stupid I was)

My next plan would be learning PHP, installing WordPress 2, and at the same time do some research on different packages of web hosting from different web hosting services.

I’ll post up my results of research after I’m done.

2000 Hits!

September 14, 2006 at 10:55 pm | Posted in Blogging | 6 Comments

Wow!! This blog has reached 2000 hits today! (14/9/2006)

I think I need a celebration for this.

Although you might think it’s not a big deal for having 2000 hits. But for me, getting this result in only one month (from the starting day of this blog) is a really big deal.

Thanks for those who viewed my Jay Chou’s “Still Fantasy” album review. You really helped me a lot for boosting my blog’s traffic.

In the future, I hope I can have more inspiration on writing.

However, I’m currently busy studying for my exam. So, will back to the “blogging field” after the “exam field”.

Happy blogging!

My Chinese Blog at Blogger

September 11, 2006 at 11:11 pm | Posted in Blogging, Personal | Leave a comment

I’ve started another blog in Chinese at Blogger Beta.  The purpose of setting up this blog is: I wish to have a Chinese blog and, I wish to test the new features provided by Blogger Beta.

Well, I think I should allocate more time for blogging since I need to maintain 3 blogs including this one.

If you could read Chinese, I welcome you to drop by and give comments.

女王的波丽

Changes made to this blog

September 10, 2006 at 3:56 pm | Posted in Blogging | Leave a comment

I’ve transfered all my posts regarding health-related information and Vemma Business Opportunity to Reginabally’s Vemma.

Apart from that, I’m planning to write a blog at Blogger Beta in Chinese.  I will annouce it when it’s done.

Thanks for supporting me.  And feel free to give comments! (Your comments and suggestions is the most valuable to me as they are one of the motivation to keep me writing)

Windows Live Writer (Beta)

August 30, 2006 at 1:42 pm | Posted in Blogging | Leave a comment

I”m currently using Windows Live Writer (Beta) Version 1.0 (109) to post my blog posts for WordPress.com.

The good thing about using WLW is: I can insert pictures in my posts very easily. Unlike WordPress.com built in composer, I found it quite troublesome to insert picture as I can’t upload my pictures thru my laptop.

Other good thing is: I don’t need to login into WordPress.com which the connection speed is very slow (I think maybe it’s because of the number of users of WordPress.com).

I haven’t try out other features yet. But I think I won’t need it currently.

How I wish I could have a web host myself and have my own blog…Anyway, everything is under progress.

I’ll start to learn PHP after my exam. Hope I could pick it up very quickly.

Migrate from Blogger to WordPress.com

August 19, 2006 at 11:34 pm | Posted in Blogging | 1 Comment

I used to be a blogger at Blogger. I started to blog (seriously) at January 2006. I forgot the reason I chose Blogger as my first free blogsite, but I’m happy with it until I heard the word “WordPress” from my friend, Jeffrey.

I realized that I can categorize my blog posts in WordPress.com which I can’t do it at Blogger. But now Blogger has a beta version which allows you to tag your posts.

But somehow, WordPress.com doesn’t allow me to change my theme’s template. This restricts me to add some ‘extra’ features on my blog, e.g. Google adsense and other embeded services.

Anyway, I’m still happy with WordPress.com. In the near future, I might sign up a web host service and register for a domain. Then, I’ll use WordPress (currently is version 2.0 if I’m not mistaken) to write my blog and host it on my own.

I’ll make HUGE annoucements if I managed to do this. Hehe…

Lastly, I would like to thank Jeffrey for giving me so much information regarding blogging and web hosting. So now, he’s my “Guru”.

Blog Power – Are Blogs The New Force in Free Speech?

July 26, 2006 at 12:07 pm | Posted in Blogging | Leave a comment

Bloggers in many parts of the world have got into a lot of trouble for voicing controversial opinions on their own sites, but as long as the blogosphere continues to grow, it doesn’t look like they’ll ever be silenced.

Competitions such as the Blooker Prize just go to show how much weight the blogosphere really carries, and demonstrates how blogs have given a global voice to those who might not otherwise be able to speak freely. Blogs such as Riverbend and Salam Pax illustrate how vital blogs have become in providing a platform for free speech.

Anonymity is essential if blogs are to work safely, but how can any safety be guaranteed in a repressive regime? There’s still great risk involved in putting yourself out there. Blooker Prize judge Paul Jones told us that he wishes there was a way to embed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in every piece of software and that every country lived by those principles. Wishful thinking? Maybe. But it’s clear more has to be done to stop bloggers in certain countries from being silenced and abused for standing up for their beliefs.

Christian Hall
.net Magazine

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