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March 2nd, 2006

iPod Shuffle

The deadline to the win the iPod Shuffle has now come and gone. Thank you to everyone who signed up for hosting. The winner will be notified by Monday, April 3, 2006.

I’ve been blown away by how much support and praise this site has received since it went online in January. I had no idea that PoetryReviews.ca was going to make such a mark on the Canadian poetry scene, or that writers and publishers alike would embrace the site so quickly and so well.

As I’ve said before, the site is about promoting Canadian poetry and poets, and so I’d like to continue this trend and say thank you at the same time: If you’re a Canadian writer and you want your own domain name and Web site to promote your writing, sign up for our “I’m a Starving Writer” hosting package, and you could win a shiny, all-the-cool-kids-have-one iPod Shuffle.

For $35(+gst), you’ll get:

  • Domain Name (1 yr)
  • Hosting (1 yr), including:
    • 50MB Web Space
    • 1GB Bandwidth
    • 10 Email Accounts
    • Free WordPress Blog Setup (WordPress is what PoetryReviews.ca uses.)

If you already have a registered domain name, hosting is only $15(+gst) for 1 year. That’s 75% off what we typically charge. Why? Because you’re reading this site.

Here are some WordPress blogs we’ve set up for other writers:

If you’re interested (and over 18 years of age), send an email via the contact page with the following information:

  1. Your Name and Address (so I know you’re Canadian)
  2. Up to three recent publication credits (so I know you’re a writer)

Our deadline is Midnight (MST) March 31, 2006. I will notify the winner of the iPod on April 3, 2006.

Good luck, and thank you again for supporting PoetryReviews.ca.

Update: I’ve had a few questions about WordPress, so I thought I should point out that WordPress isn’t just blog software. If you only want a blog, you could sign up on Blogger for free and save your $35. Rather, with WordPress you can create a full Web site, including as many static pages (About, Samples, Resume, etc.) as you want.

Update 2: Another person asked if it’s possible to move an existing site over to our servers. The answer is yes. If you already have a Web site, and you’re paying more than $15/yr for hosting, you can transfer your site over to us.

Update 3: I see BookNinja now runs on WordPress. This reminds me: if you have a Blogger account, you can actually transfer all your posts from Blogger to WordPress.

Update 4: Here are two examples of non-literary sites we’ve built using WordPress:

Update 5: A reader just asked, “What is it your company Shadow Box Creative does? How easy is it to set up a webpage with you?” Here is the response I sent:

Shadow Box is a Web and graphic design company. I create websites for non-profit organizations. I also typically host client Web sites (i.e., those that I build), though I typically don’t advertise my hosting services (I’m not interested in focusing on hosting; I prefer building sites).

WordPress, once it’s set up, is pretty easy to use. You don’t need to know any HTML; all your edits are done in a Web browser (or you can submit articles via email). You choose themes for the look and feel of the site and click a button to install/switch them.

Here’s how it would work if you wanted Shadow Box to set up your blog/site:

1. I’d send a Hosting Agreement for you to sign, stating the terms and conditions of the hosting. Then:

2.a) If you don’t have a domain name, you’d send Shadow Box the signed agreement and a cheque for $35+gst and I would purchase the domain and set up the hosting account. You would receive an automatic email confirming that the hosting account was set up. FTP and account info would be included.

2.b.) If you have a domain already, you would let me know the domain name, send off the signed agreement and a cheque for $15+gst, and I would set up the hosting account. You would receive an automatic email confirming that the hosting account was set up. FTP and account info would be included. You or I would then need to change the DNS information of your domain name to point to my servers.

3. I would install WordPress on your account and provide you with the password/username. I’d also install the most common plug-ins (i.e., for uploading images, blocking spam comments, email contact form, etc.).

4. I’d send you a link to a WordPress theme site where you could choose the theme you want for your blog. I’d then install the one you wanted.
(PoetryReviews.ca uses a theme (MX4) with a custom header. There are over 300 themes for WordPress, I think.) If you wanted your own unique look and feel, it would be about $700 for Shadow Box to create an original design.

That’s basically it. I’d be available for any questions or tech support, and once a year you’d have to renew your hosting/domain name. The hosting also comes with Awstats, which tracks visitors.

Update 6: For anyone interested, I’ve set up a WordPress demo so that you can “try before you buy.” Just email me and I’ll send you the link.

Please, keep the questions coming, either by emailing them to me or by leaving a comment below, and I’ll respond here so everyone can learn more about hosting with us.

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