I’m a BJJ fanatic. Training has done so much for my life and I think it could greatly improve the lives of more people if our community started doing more online. That’s not to say there aren’t already a lot of people promoting the art, but someone is missing, and that someone my friend… is you!! Even if you are still new to training, think about the impact you could have on the people in your circle of influence (friends/family/coworkers) by sharing what you’re learning on a blog or website. If you’ve been training for a while, you are going to be in a position to share about victory, defeat, and lessons learned on the mat! I’ve kept a training journal off and on for years, and it is always so interesting to look back over it and see how far you’ve come.
In this article, I’m going to breakdown how to get your site up and running TODAY! I mean, like literally a few hours from now.
The Domain Name:
Don’t do the mybjjsite.blogger.com ! Come on man! Wouldn’t you rather have it be official and just say mybjjsite.com? I did, and thats why I shelled out the $9 to buy newtojiujitsu.com. Would you’ve taken my site less seriously if it was newtojiujitsu.blogger.com? I hate to be “that guy,” but I do pay attention to that stuff.
I personally just used Bluehost (my hosting company), to buy my domain name. Godaddy is another option that I’ve used in the past though and it was totally fine. I’m not really a tech guy, so buying my domain on from the same people who host the site makes everything that much more simple. Godaddy usually has some good deals and coupons though. Like…
Get Your Site Hosted:
After you buy the domain, you need somewhere to host your site- This is how the world will access your site. Like I mentioned above, I used Bluehost for my host and to buy my domain. A buddy of mine was telling me recently that Hostgator has some crazy good specials going on right now worth checking out. I think they’re actually the same company so either way you’re set… Go for the better deal!
One thing I have to give big props to Bluehost for is their customer service. When I was setting up this site, I was chatting with their customer care people on SEVERAL occasions. They were always super polite and helpful. I made sure to always preface my questions by saying I’m a tech newb and don’t know any jargon or even how to do simple tasks and they were still always able to guide me through!
I know, I know, I keep talking Bluehost. Honestly because that’s all I know. Other hosts could be the same way, i can’t comment- but Bluehost makes Installing WordPress a one click process! how great is that? It’s available after you setup your Bluehost account. This site is built on WordPress and the majority of the sites you visit on BJJ, and really just in general now, are WordPress sites. It is super easy to use and you’ll have your first post or article up in 10 minutes after the install if you already have the article written.
Pick a Theme:
There are a lot of great free themes out there for WordPress. The one I’m using here is actually a premium theme from StudioPress. It’s easy for me to make changes and get things set up how I want them. If you are interested in a more traditional blog format, I would consider just using a free theme from wordpress.
So, now you have the slick website set up with the clever domain name, but that doesn’t do anything for you if you aren’t putting up any content! Let people know what your training has been like, how it’s impacting other area’s of your life, and give them a reason to want to check out jiu-jitsu. Check out this Judo Olympian’s blog for inspiration. With your blog you are now an ambassador of the sport. Make me proud! And if you need any advice or help with getting set up please feel free to contact me. Comment here or send me a tweet and we can go from there! @newtojiujitsu