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This post is about MailChimp vs ConvertKit – it compares and contrasts the two email services and fleshes out some of the differences between them. There are affiliate links in the post.

An email subscription service is really important for your website. Not just your blog, but for any site: your online art gallery, poetry blog, whatever it is that you are doing online, your own subscription piece is really important.

It’s important because it’s your own list of people who are interested in what YOU do. Used well, it can set up the chains of interaction with your audience that will strengthen your connection to each other.

No-one can take your email list from you: it’s not owned by Facebook (like your pages and groups are), it’s not owned by Google (like plus or your email). This list, once you cultivate it and build it up, is yours alone. It’s something to treasure.

Having said, that, there are a plethora of services out there and it can be tough to choose.

This article is going to focus on two of the most popular services for bloggers, comparing and contrasting them to give the reader a clearer sense of what a good option for them might be.

MailChimp

About:

MailChimp is a popular email service for websites. It’s used by bloggers and small businesses, and is readily integrated with website plugins.

Pros:

  • MailChimp is free for a long time.
  • It’s fun, quirky with the fun monkey and thumbs up feedback.
  • Drag-and-drop visuals and newsletter set ups make creating really good-looking newsletters and emails easy.
  • Fantastic visual options for the newsletters
  • Support is swift, friendly and polite

Cons

  • It is complicated to set up and understand the sequence options (- like, when a reader clicks X link, they can get sent Z email, etc)
  • The language is not intuitive (“campaigns”, “lists”, “forms” – ugh)
  • It has funky pricing – it counts your readers by the list, not the email address, so you can get charged more than once for the same reader

Check Them Out

Click to check out MailChimp

MailChimp

About:

MailChimp is a popular email service for websites. It’s used by bloggers and small businesses, and is readily integrated with website plugins.

Pros:

  • MailChimp is free for a long time.
  • It’s fun, quirky with the fun monkey and thumbs up feedback.
  • Drag-and-drop visuals and newsletter set ups make creating really good-looking newsletters and emails easy.
  • Fantastic visual options for the newsletters
  • Support is swift, friendly and polite

Cons

  • It is complicated to set up and understand the sequence options (- like, when a reader clicks X link, they can get sent Z email, etc)
  • The language is not intuitive (“campaigns”, “lists”, “forms” – ugh)
  • It has funky pricing – it counts your readers by the list, not the email address, so you can get charged more than once for the same reader

Check Them Out

Click to check out MailChimp

A Personal Note: MailChimp vs. ConvertKit

I’ve done both.

I used ConvertKit for a while and loved them for their amazing support and easy integrations. I’m deaf though, and super-visual: I ended up missing the visual component of MailChimp terribly.

I found out about Paul Jarvis’ course, Chimp Essentials. The course taught me how to save money using MailChimp, how to integrate it properly with google analytics and set up all the sequences. This course is why I’m back with MailChimp – I just learned how to make it do all the things that ConvertKit does, but still have access to the visuals and great layouts.

If visuals were not such a big deal for me though, I’d go back to ConvertKit in a heartbeat.

Which is Best for YOU?

MailChimp vs. ConvertKit

 PriceEast of Use:
Intuitiveness
SupportDesignMail
Integrations
MailChimpCheap before you have over 2,000 subscribers or want to do more with your list Not so easy to set up email chains or more intricate listsGood support, really nice people. Gorgeous design; fun, popping gifs, easy drag-and-drop form buildersYes: Easy to set up the integrations from sites through plugins
ConvertKitExpensive before you have 2,000 or more subscribers. From then on, it's cheaperIntuitive, easy to set upExcellent support. Lots of patient and friendly hand holdingText only. No drag and drop email builders. Just plain text.Yes: Easy to set up the integrations from sites through plugins
A table comparing the two email services

MailChimp vs. ConvertKit

I really hope this post makes it easier for anyone reading to figure out what service might be best for them and their uses. Feedback is appreciated.

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How to Install WordPress is the second part of the free Website Development Tutorial Series. In this tutorial, I am going to cover WordPress (which is free) installation on your domain and signing in through WordPress.

I’m including a blanket statement here that I do have affiliate links on this site, which means that if you sign up for something, you are not paying any extra but I receive a cut from the company. So if you are going to get it anyway, get it through here, so I will be inspired to really ramp up on the free tutorials and resources I put out! Thanks.

How to Install WordPress

All right, so. In the last post, I was recommending that you hop over to SiteGround or Bluehost to get your domain purchased and your hosting plan set (and the post explaining the difference between SiteGround and Bluehost is linked here). I’m assuming you did that, but if you haven’t and want to use either of those as your host, go ahead sign up.

Since I use Bluehost myself, all of the screenshots about installing WordPress are coming from Bluehost.

If you are hosting elsewhere, that’s fine.

  1. Log in to Bluehost

DO NOT LOG IN THROUGH GOOGLE. It’s just not a good idea to use your accounts in multiple spots and indirectly share your account passwords (and thus, account content).

Log in through your domain name and the password you established in your domain purchase and host set up.

It’s going to take you here, to your cPanel which looks like this:

Now, when I first saw my cPanel, I was pretty scared because it all seemed SO COMPLICATED. Guess what? It kind of really is! 

They try and fool you by making those large colorful buttons, but I know very well know that messing around a lot there without knowing what I’m doing will break my site. So don’t be like me. Be careful.

This is what you want – under the “Website” category, look for “Install WordPress”

Install WordPress

Go ahead and click it.

It’s going to take you here:

This is Quick Install, but I’ve seen Mojo Marketplace here too.

It doesn’t matter which service it is – you just want to click on the FREE INSTALL piece – ignore all the options for money; you really don’t need it if you follow this free tutorial to the end.

So, click on FREE INSTALL.

When you click on it, the “Install WordPress” page shows.

This page is important, because you need to enter your Admin Email address (#2) and Admin User Name (#3). The first part (#1) is where you enter you domain name

About #2 and #3:

Admin Email: it’s best to set this to an email address you don’t use that often, so it’s less likely that a hacker will guess based on your public or better-known email addresses.

Admin User: this is the username that you will be entering every time you log in to your account. You want it to be memorable of course, but not easily guessable. You can’t change your Admin User Name later, so make sure you choose wisely!

Click the green “Install WordPress” button.

When you do, this pops up:

This pisses me off, by the way – because they are basically trying to weaken your self-confidence in setting up your own site, because you need to decline their “starting at $39” offer and click on “No thanks, I’m a web designer” to go forward.

What baloney!

No, you are not a web designer, and I’m not either and you DON’T HAVE TO BE to install and set up your WordPress site.

So go ahead and skip the green button with “find a theme” and click on “No, thanks”

That’s it! WordPress is being installed on your site now.

When the popup comes that says it is installed. just logout and leave.

Congratulations: you are done with the installation!!

 

So Now!

Now it’s time to log in.

You know what’s funny? Well, when I first set this stuff for my site – that is, I moved doozeedad.blogspot.com to doozeedad.com, then I changed domain names to withalittlemoxie.com at Bluehost, and installed WordPress. I didn’t know what I was doing and was following a tutorial that I found online.

The tutorial left me with my site installed and then I had NO IDEA how to get in and actually get to my dashboard! I ended up having to get live-chat with Bluehost service staff to figure out how in the hell to log in.

#truestory. cuz you can’t make this up.

I don’t want you to go through that, which is why I’m going to tell you how to log in to your site!!

Just go to http://www.WHATEVER-YOUR-DOMAIN-NAME-IS.ORG/COM/WHATEVER-YOU-HAVE/wp-admin

So, if your domain name is www.juicyballoon.com, you go to www.juicyballoon.com/wp-admin

If your domain is www.hotmowers.org, you go to www.hotmowers.org/wp-admin

WHATEVER is is that you have as your domain + /wp-admin

When you do that, you’ll be taken to a page that looks just like this:

And you enter the Username and the password that you selected during the install.

Hit “log in” and you will be in your brand-new site!

Stay tuned for the next tutorial, which will be “understanding your dashboard”, coming soon. Sign up below to get the updates directly to your inbox.

The tutorial series is going to cover:

  1. Hosting & Domain
  2. Installing WordPress (which is free) on your domain and how to sign in
  3. Understanding your Dashboard
  4. Essential plugins, including basic set up for site protection and backup
  5. Themes
  6. Integrating social media

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