Note: Available for FREE with the BlogWinners Beginner Membership.
In this course, we'll talk about the importance of laying a solid technical foundation for success. Without a strong technical foundation, my first blog post would never have gone viral. Our BlogWinners course is built around WordPress, which a website creation platform that powers over 25% of the entire internet. When it comes to running a WordPress website, there are two major things you need: a domain (your .com, .net, .org) and a hosting plan, which is the server that runs your website. Fortunately, it’s not difficult or expensive to set up your domain name and hosting.
Speed is another very important factor. Imagine your website goes viral and thousands of people are on your website are all at once — that’s a lot of work for your server to do. If your website can’t handle the traffic, it will crash and no one will be able to access your website — and you just lost out on tens of thousands of dollars. The solution is having a CDN, or Content Delivery Network. In this chapter, we’ll show you exactly how to choose and purchase a domain name, recommend hosting plans, set up a CDN, and help you install WordPress so you’re prepared for viral success.
In 2013, David Payette left his job at an Apple Store to start a freelance web design business called Payette Forward. Figuring that "having a blog" would sound good to potential clients, one morning in August 2013, David sat down and wrote the only blog post he ever intended to write, and forgot about it. Six months later, that blog post went viral and 5 million people read it in a week.
David relocated to Maui and worked as an SEO and WordPress consultant, occasionally publishing articles on payetteforward.com. As traffic to his website continued to grow, David stepped back from client work entirely to focus on his own projects.
Currently based in New York, David has transitioned Payette Forward from a one-man operation to a small startup with team members in the United States and abroad. He and his team have recently launched BlogWinners, an online course that teaches people how to replicate David's formula for success so that they too can enjoy the freedom of a decentralized lifestyle.