Webhost for my first website: Lunarpages

Just as I was very thorough in researching for a domain registrar, I similarly did quite a load of research into my choice of webhost for my first website. Like I always say, I don’t want to make a hurried choice which might lead to stupid regrets later. Thus, off I dived into the ocean of information, or should I say a huge haystack of information. This time, the haystack has several needles in it and my goal is to search for the best needle that would serve me best for my weaving.

Yes, I took notes, I made a list with 2 additional columns for pros and cons, and acted out the whole regimen of exercises that one does when one is faced with a lot of choices and options. Of course the final page of the bunch of notes resulting from my research contained the final conclusion: “Webhost for my first website: Lunarpages”.

Even though I had seen and analyzed a lot of webhosting companies earlier, my first cursory scanning of Lunarpages’ offerings alone kept me glued there and made me forget about the rest. You know why?lunarpagesimg While the majority of webhosts are trying to keep you confined within specific space and bandwidth limits designed to maximize their profits, Lunarpages gives you total freedom. Unlimited space. Unlimited bandwidth. Who can top that? Not only that. They give you all that for a crazy low price of $4.95/month!

The question arises: How can a company afford to give unlimited space and bandwidth? Well, if you really want to know, this is your chance to test how Lunarpages Support deals with queries, both from their clients or non-clients. Go to Lunarpages and ask.

The other juicy add-ons to their service are the following:

  • Free domain name. (For the first year only. After the first year, you pay an annual fee of $12.95 for the domain name.)*
  • Unlimited storage
  • Unlimited bandwith
  • unlimited domain hosting
  • unlimited subdomains
  • unlimited parked domains
  • unlimited MySQL
  • $775 free bonuses
  • POP3/SMTP included
  • email accounts unlimited
  • email forwarding unlimited
  • email autoresponders unlimited
  • webmail 2 types included
  • mailing list included
  • spam protection included
  • ecommerce included
  • Free Web Scripts:
    • Fantastico Script Library included
    • Blogs 3 included
    • Content Management 6 included
    • SMF Forum included
    • Guest Book included
    • Web site templates included
    • etc.
  • Media Support:
    • Flash support included
    • MIDI file support included
    • REal Media Audio & Video support included
    • etc.…

I am now into my first months with Lunarpages. Support is prompt and very friendly. Any future additional websites of mine shall certainly be hosted by them. Recently, I ventured into creating a subdomain: binaural-isochronic.moralde.com. Another first. All in all, I am perfectly contented with Lunarpages as my webhost for my first website.

*Some webhosts offer free domain name for life. That is, as long as you continue having them as your webhost, your domain is free.

How to install wordpress on a subdomain

Installing wordpress using Lunarpages’ CPanel is a breeze. I simply followed the instructions and voila! I have a fully working wordpress site ready to take in my posts and settings. It is a one-click affair, in contrast to manually installing wordpress where you have to edit the config file and create a database. But that was wordpress on my main domain. To install wordpress on a subdomain was different. I need a ‘How to install wordpress on a subdomain’ tutorial to proceed. Or so I thought.

I remember the first time I decided to install wordpress on a subdomain, I was stumped when it came to the ‘install directory’ textbox in Lunarpages CPanel. lunarpagesiconEarlier, I had installed wordpress using the same Lunarpages CPanel for my main domain moralde.com. That was easy. However, for the subdomain, binaural-isochronic.moralde.com, I was hesitant to proceed as I did not want to take the risk of messing up my existing wordpress installation. What if I install wordpress on a subdomain and it overwrites the previous one? This concern wouldn’t have been an issue had I chosen to install manually. But I was using CPanel now. The ‘install directory’ part prompts me to leave it blank to install wordpress on the root directory. Which root directory?

Googling for the answer did not immediately give me a satisfactory and direct answer. Thus I had to submit a ticket for this no-brainer question. Lunarpages support , helpful as ever, promptly provided me the answer on how to install wordpress on a subdomain.

  • If you have not created a subdomain, create it first in CPanel.
  • Then click Fantastico icon.
  • Click on WordPress (under ‘blogs’ on the left side), then click on the ‘New installation’ link.
  • Select the subdomain you want to install wordpress in on the ‘Install on domain’ dropbox.
  • Leave the ‘Install in directory’ textbox blank. This will install wordpress on the directory of the subdomain which was automatically created when you created a subdomain through the CPanel.
  • Type in your desired username and password under the ‘Admin access data’ section.
  • Under ‘Base Configuration’, fill up the necessary boxes. ‘Site name’ is the name you want for your subdomain.’ Description’ is anything you want to describe your subdomain.
  • Click ‘Install WordPress’.
  • That’s it. To install wordpress on a subdomain is a piece of cake after all.

    My very first domain name from Godaddy

    I purchased my very first domain name from Godaddy. I mean ‘my very first domain name ever’. Prior to purchasing, I made a lot of research on which domain registrar to buy from. After all, it’s my very first venture into the world wide web. I don’t want to make any mistakes. I’m sure everyone who has a website or websites understands this .

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    I made a list and entered the pros and cons and every little feature that these domain registrars offer. Not content at the data I got from the domain registrars’ respective websites, I researched on other websites as well. I tried to know the domain registrars of all the websites that I liked and looked up to. Not surprisingly, it’s Godaddy. After a few weeks of research, I finally weighed everything based on the data I have gathered. Thus, I bought my very first domain from Godaddy. Moralde.com was born.

    And I felt really justified with the choice I made. The transaction was very smooth. Every little newbie question I submitted thereafter was answered promptly. I looked back at all the saved webpages from my researches and I found that some negative reviews about Godaddy (btw, every domain registrar I looked into has negative reviews) were not necessarily true. The nay-sayer’s issue revolves mostly on Godaddy’s support, which on the contrary, I found to be exceptionally prompt and perfect.

    Had I taken more time, say months instead of weeks, researching , I would probably have added more prospective registrars to my list. Thus, I cannot assure myself that Godaddy is the best in the world, but having procured my very first domain name from Godaddy is one perfect decision I find no reason to regret. For me, there’s no doubt where I’m going to buy my next domain name.


    Tips For Dads Of Difficult Teenagers

    So, you’re a father and you got teenagers in the house. You feel that a particular teener is giving you more headaches than you did to your father when you were in your teens yourself. Now, reach up with your right hand and tap yourself in the back and welcome yourself to the ‘Dads of Difficult Teenagers‘ club.

    Generally, solutions can be conjured up more easily if you first try to understand a problem and the factors that contribute to it.

    Fathers, through a teen’s eyes

    A major source of conflict in father-teenager relationships is in the area of freedom. If allowed, teenagers tend to spend most of their time with friends than with their family. The urge to try new things is mostly in the ‘not allowed’ zones (from ‘staying out too long’ to the ‘unimaginable’) and, thus, a father is usually seen as a block to their freedom. A father, however, who knows when to be there at the right time and place is seen by a teenager as a reliable confidante, hero and friend, though this ideal type of father is a hard-to-find commodity.

    Why do they do it?

    Why do they do the things they do? Three major factors were observed to be most obvious: Physical-hormonal, emotional, and mental.

    Researchers now claim that aside from the physical-hormonal changes, brain areas that govern logic are further developing at this period. So, imagine a teenager making decisions while his ‘CPU’ is still loading up. And emotions brought by peer pressure and the need to look cool would tend to heat things up further. This mix almost sounds like a computer in the verge of crashing. They also think that old folks never understand teenagers, forgetting totally the fact that these folks had been teenagers at one time, and are definitely wiser now.

    Suggestions for dealing with difficult teenagers

    • Show ‘cool’ and strength. They are more likely to believe one who has the attributes that they strive for.
    • Respect their strange rhythms. Give leeway to SOME irregularities like the times they like to eat breakfast, sleep and wake up, etc.
    • Arrange more X-Outdoor activities. Put a little X (as in extreme) in your outdoor activities. You on your big bike and your teen and his friends on skateboards holding unto ropes attached to the bike. Cool?
    • Have more dinner together as a family. That TV ad promoting this activity proves that this works.
    • Get in their shoes, and determine when you should be there and when to stay in the backstage.
    • Have the iron hand within reach should it be needed.
    • Communicate! Talk! Sometimes, this is all you need.

    For EXTREMELY difficult situations, it’s time to level up. That is, it’s time to seek professional help.

    [tip]
    Author’s note: Children of some of my relatives are becoming teenagers really fast, and mine will soon be in a few short years. I also remembered a time when my father, also my hero by the way, had to deal with my younger brother who, for awhile, chose ‘friends’ over family. Some of the suggestions above were the steps taken by my father. The others are steps which should have cost him less frustrations had he taken them.[/tip]

    Helping My Kid Memorize the Multiplication Table

    Your kids may have started memorizing their multiplication tables earlier. Mine got to seriously start doing it only when he was 9 years old. Yes, it’s all my fault. I never gave thought about really helping my kid memorize the multiplication table or assisting him with his schoolwork during his first 2 elementary years as I always had this ‘theory’ that kids up to 11 years old should be given all the time to play, or maybe learn through play ( I can’t recall where I got this theory). On the 12th and onwards, he’d have to apportion more time to his education and less on play. However, after seeing other kids who are good at math, and yet are not wanting in play hours, I began to change my mind about my little theory. Perhaps I need to be stricter and help him memorize the multiplication table this time.

    The thing about studying and memorizing is that it’s easy and fun if you are really interested in the subject. Would my kid think of having to memorize the multiplication table interesting? Or fun? Nope! So, I need to have some technique to motivate him to do it willingly. Well, I’m no good at creating speeches to motivate people. So, I used the ‘scare’ technique. I told him that students his age should have fully memorized the table. Those who haven’t will have to go back to the same grade level in the next school year. That started him into taking things a little bit seriously. He will have to memorize the multiplication table now.

    I use my Yamaha DT-125 motorbike to get him to school everyday and it takes around 15 minutes to get there. It is this 15 minutes that I utilized for this exercise. He would start reciting the multiplication table behind me while we’re motoring along. Every now and then, I’d butt in when he makes a mistake or is taking too long to give an answer.

    This exercise turned out to be good for both of us. He gets to master and memorize the multiplication table. I, on the other hand, drive better as my mind no longer has time to drift off or wander into daydreams. There are only two tasks at hand. Drive and analyze the kid’s exercise.

    Much as I want this to be a daily exercise, there are times when I feel like giving the kid a break and let him enjoy the ride. Alright, I’m giving myself a break actually.

    Anyway, the kid later on found a more natural motivation to learn when, due to his daily exercise, he found that he has began to get better in math than most of his classmates. He thanked me for the riding exercise we did everyday.

    There surely are better and faster ways in helping my kid memorize the multiplication table

    . I could have opted for the online multiplication games
    in the internet. The bottom line however is practice. Online, offline, whatever, ‘practice and repetition’ is the key.

    [Author: Noel Moralde]

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