Jul 272012
 

Ready to Build Your Own Site?

GDI allows you to use Drupal to build your own site at your .ws domain. According to their main site, “Drupal is a free software package that allows you to easily organize, manage and publish your content, with an endless variety of customization.” To get started with Drupal for GDI, navigate to the Plugins section of your Members Area and turn the Drupal CMS plugin to the ON position. You can also click to view a demo or visit Drupal’s beginner’s page for tips here.

Want to Forward to Another Site?

If you would like your .WS to forward visitors to an already created site at another domain, you can do this with a just a few clicks of the mouse. Log in to your Members Area and click Domains on the left hand side. Once here you will be able to see your domains and their current DNS. Click on change DNS and then select the forwarding option. Here you will be asked where you would like your .WS site to forward to. Once you input this information, your site will begin forwarding. Simple!

Already Have a WordPress Site?
WordPress has built in Import and Export functionality to let you move your site to whatever host you prefer. To bring an existing blog to GDI, first login to your existing blog. On the main navigation menu, look for Tools. In the submenu of Tools, click Export and then press Download Export File. This will cause you to save a file to your local computer with a name like “blog-name.wordpress.YYYY-MM-DD.xml”. After you download the file, login to your GDI WordPress Blog. Again look for Tools, only this time click Import. Select WordPress from the list of blog services, and then Install to install the importer on the server (nothing is installed on your local computer). Next, click Activate Plugin & Run Importer. Finally, browse your computer and upload the file you exported earlier, the one with a name like “blog-name.wordpress.YYYY-MM-DD.xml”. Now GDI is hosting your WordPress site, and you cancel that Hosting service you were paying for!