In addition to included features, like galleries, blogging, and other basic website functionality that WordPress includes, we have lots of plugins available to enhance its capabilities.
Some of our current offerings include:
- Custom URLs
- Social Sharing (send your posts to your Facebook and Twitter accounts)
- Contact Forms (so people can get in touch with you!)
- Site Maps (which make your site indexable and discoverable by Google, etc.)
- Mailchimp newsletter integration
- Event Calendar
- Tumblr and Blogger importers
- Security Features
- …and lots more!
Possibly. It depends on what it is. 🙂
Contact us and let us know what you’re looking for or want to do.
Yes! If you already have a domain, it is a simple, three-step process.
1. Go to your registrar and update the nameservers for your domain. You’ll need to create an “A” record that points to the IP address of our server, which is 126.96.36.199. It is much easier than it sounds! (Need an example? Here’s how to do it with GoDaddy.)
DNS entries can take up to 72 hours to process.
2. In your WordPress dashboard, go to TOOLS > DOMAIN MAPPING. Enter your domain name and select it as the primary domain for the blog.
3. Contact us and let us know that you have completed steps 1 and 2, and we’ll take over from there. We do our best to update these as quickly as possible (VIP members get priority).
It can sometimes take a while for everything to go through, so please be patient. 🙂
Yes! No setup fees. No monthly fees. No anything fees.
We are available to hire for website development, or you can sign up for our VIP service if you need us to walk you through the setup or want ongoing support, but those are completely optional services.
And, of course, you are always welcome to buy us a cup of coffee!
Great question! It’s completely free to set up a website. As a VIP member, you’ll have access to the same plugins and themes (although we may add some special ones later.) But being a VIP member gives you priority assistance when you need help or have questions and also provides you access to a little hand holding during the whole process. 🙂
Because the Noodle loves to support the arts, that’s why!
Not necessarily. Just about anyone can sign up for a free site, but the options we have available were selected with creative types in mind.
Please read the FAQ on restricted content.
Need something customized that we don’t currently have? Drop us a line and let us know what you’re looking for.
Yes. While we do not desire to limit free speech, there are some restrictions in place designed to keep the community safe.
- Hate speech
- Harassment or Bullying
- Exploitative content
- Sexually explicit images
- Selling of weapons or illegal items, or using the site to in any way break the law
Nothing that promotes one group of people (e.g., race, ethnicity, sexuality, political party, religious affiliation, ability, etc.) as being better or worse than another. There are plenty of places to express such opinions. This is not one of them.
Does this mean you can’t blog about who you want for president? Of course it doesn’t! (Although we’re not sure why you would want to discuss politics on your professional site). But the main purpose of your site cannot be political in nature.
Can you post rap lyrics you’ve written that use the “n word”? Sure. Can characters in your writing use socially unacceptable epithets? Sure, as long as the main purpose of the story isn’t to promote hate. Can you write a post about how you hate black people? No.
Can you write Christian / Muslim / Jewish / Hindu / (any other religion) fiction? Sure. Can you post about how this religion is superior to another? No.
Can women be victims of rape in your story? Yes. Can your story glamorize rape? No. Is rape different from S&M? Yes. Can you blog about someone “deserving to be raped”? No.
Determined at our sole discretion.
No targeting any individuals or groups. Determined at our sole discretion.
Determined at our sole discretion.
No pornography! Artistic nudity is okay – determined at our sole discretion.
This should be self-explanatory / obvious, but you cannot use our site to sell drugs. Selling weapons (other than cosplay / decorative items) is also prohibited.
These restrictions may be updated at any time and without notice.
Violators may or may not be given the opportunity to remove/adjust restricted content, at our sole discretion. Illegal activities will be reported to the authorities.
WordPress Basics (5)
Great question! It’s an easy, four-step process.
- Register your domain. If you haven’t already done so, register your domain name. We recommend Google Domains, as they only charge $12/year and have free privacy services.
- Update the DNS record. Once your domain name is registered, set the DNS “A” record to 188.8.131.52. You’ll have to follow your domain registrar’s instructions on how to do this. Although it may sound difficult or intimidating, if you are unfamiliar with these terms, it is usually a fairly painless process. On Google, it will look like this. This tells your registrar to point your domain to zwoodle.
- Contact us and let us know that you would like to add this domain. The process often takes 24-48 hours. We will respond and let you know when your domain has been added to our hosted domains.
- Add your domain to your site. After you get an e-mail confirmation that the domain name has been processed, visit Tools > Domain Mapping (in your admin area) and enter the URL. Select it as your primary domain, if you wish.
Your website should now be located at zwoodle.com/yoursitename.
For example, http://zwoodle.com/lilysnaturals.
By default, there should be a widget in the sidebar of your homepage that says META. Beneath that, you should see a “site admin” or “login” link. The direct link, which you might want to take note of, will be zwoodle.com/yoursitename/wp-admin. Just log in with the username and password that you selected. 🙂
We’ll add some more information here shortly, but WPMadeSimple actually has a great tutorial/explanation about WordPress and how it works.
If you think of your WordPress site as a person, you can think of a theme as how the person looks, such as their skin tone and clothing they might wear.
Themes are an easy way to adjust the color and style of your virtual extension, so be sure to pick something that is visually appealing and appropriate for what the presence you want to convey. How would you dress for an interview in your field?
If we continue with the “WordPress as a person” metaphor, you can think of plugins like giving your person skills and abilities.
A basic WordPress site will, among other things, allow you to add pages (usually static information) and posts (such as news and other information that needs to change).
A plugin will add additional functionality to your site that doesn’t come straight out of the box. Although they often have to be configured, you can add a calendar of events, a shop to sell physical or virtual goods, and even an entire social network, such as BuddyPress, with a one-click installation.