Building Webcam Model Websites Using WordPress
WordPress is an open-source CMS and one of the most used platform for web development. It makes creating sites and editing content incredibly simple. There’s also tons of 3rd party developers, meaning there’s tons of tools out there for adding new features and increased functionality to your site. There’s also networks out there making it easy to integrate your camming feed and store items directly into your site. Here’s how to get started building your WordPress site.
What You’ll Need to get started
- Domain Name – (Make Sure to purchase WHOIS protection! Privacy concern!) This should cost around $20 per year with the ID protection.
- (Adult Friendly) Web Hosting – A simple shared hosting plan should work. It’s only a couple bucks per month. Make sure to use an adult-friendly web host!
- WordPress – Download from WordPress.org. It’ll come as a zip file and it’s 100% free.
What Will Running A WordPress Site Cost?
The domain name will cost about $10 per year, plus WHOIS protection which is around another $10 per year. Web hosting should be under $5 per month for a basic shared hosting plan. That’s really all you need, unless you’re planning to get an insane amount of traffic.
There’s also premium plugins and themes out there. These are all completely optional, and there’s similar items that you can get free of charge.
If you’re looking for a no-cost alternative, I’d consider checking out ModelCentro. It’s a platform built for models and designed to create membership pay sites. They handle the hosting, payment processing and all the technical aspects of running the site. ModelCentro also provides an easy-to-use website builder for models.
ModelCentro makes it a lot easier to get started, and the built-in payment processing is a huge bonus. The only real drawback is that you don’t have access to the actual website code itself, making ModelCentro a lot less customizable. It’s a great platform, never the less!
Installing WordPress To A Hosting Plan
Once you’ve got your web hosting and domain name, the next step is to install WordPress. WordPress makes it incredibly easy to build websites, even if you have absolutely no HTML coding experience. WordPress is a “CMS” (Content Management System”) originally used as a blogging platform. Because of it’s user-friendliness and functionality, many businesses (including top brands like Coca-Cola, Justin Bieber, Beyonce and more) have chosen WordPress for their platform of choice. Best of all, it’s open-source and 100% free!
The Quick and Easy “1-Click Install”
On many web hosts, there’s an option for a 1-click install. This is the easiest way to install WordPress, but the manual method is a little bit more secure, for a couple reasons. Both ways of installing WordPress are covered below.
Choose “WordPress” from the menu on the left and fill out the information required to install WordPress on your website. An explanation of everything you’re prompted for below:
Application URL: Select your website and leave the part after the “/” blank.
Enable Auto Upgrades: Doesn’t really matter. Up to you.
Admin Email: Your email address.
Blog Title: Name of your website.
Admin User: Pick a username.
First Name: Your first name.
Last Name: Your last name.
Hit the button and the application will take care of the rest and give you a password. To login to your new website, go to htttp://www.yourwebsitename.com/wp-admin/. The “/wp-admin/” is the key part. Just add it to the end of your website name. You’ll be prompted to login with your credentials.
Installing WordPress The Old Fashioned Way
If for whatever reason the 1-click install doesn’t work, or you just want to do it the old fashioned way, that’s fine.
Step 1: Download WordPress – Simply click on that link and download the latest version of WordPress. It’ll come as a zip file.
Step 2: Upload WordPress – Next we’ll have to upload WordPress to the hosting platform. Go to your CPanel (link and credentials in welcome email) and find the file manager. See below.
Go to upload. It’s on the horizontal bar of icons at the top. This will take you to an upload screen. Choose WordPress and hit upload. Once WordPress is uploaded, extract it by right-clicking and hitting “extract”. Now we’ll have to move all the files to the “root folder”. To do that, double-click on the newly unzipped “wordpress” folder. Select all the files by hitting the “Select all” checkbox to select all the files. Now select the “Move File” icon at the the page. This will open up a “move file” window. Delete the “wordpress” down at the bottom, see below:
This will move all the files to the root folder. Now if you type in your website name, there should be a screen prompting you to create a WordPress configuration file. In order to do that, we’ll first have to create an SQL database.
Step 3: Creating SQL Database – Now it’s time to create the database. In order to do this, we must go to the database wizard, see below:
Select a database name, username and password. Make your database and user name as random and confusing as possible to make your site more secure. Copy these to a safe place, as we’ll need them in a second. When you get to the “privileges” screen, hit the checkbox for “ALL PRIVILEGES”. Now that the SQL database is completed, it’s time to finalize the installation.
Step 4: Finalizing Installation – Now type in the website name into your browser and the configuration prompt should come up. Click the button to start creating the config file. The next screen should look something (depending on WordPress version) like the screen below:
This is where you paste in the database name, username and password created in step 3. Keep host as “localhost” and table prefix as “wp_”. Hit submit and enter your website information and user information. You can now login by going to http://www.yourwebsite.com/wp-admin/. Just place “/wp-admin” at the end of your website name, whatever it is.
Also be sure to change the table prefix to something different than ‘wp’ to make your site more secure.
Now that WordPress is installed, it’s time to configure and customize the site. WordPress works off “themes”. Themes can be further customized by modifying the theme files, but that’s somewhat complicated and requires a little knowledge in HTML or PHP. Luckily, it’s easy to customize the look and feel and add/modify content quickly and easily with no coding knowledge. Although what needs to be done with the site depends a lot on what the site needs to accomplish, here’s some basic settings and tweaks to get you going.
Creating A Homepage and Blog Page
Since WordPress is a blogging platform, it starts off with the blog feed as the homepage. This can be easily changed. To do this, you must first create a homepage and a blog page. To do this, either click “New” on the admin bar at the top of the screen and choose “page”, or go to “Pages” and “Add new” in the admin dashboard.
After a Blog and Homepage have been created, goto “Settings” and “Reading” on the sidebar in the admin area. Set the front page to a “static front page”, see below:
Now the homepage will be the newly created page, and all the blog posts will appear on the blog page.
Picking Out A Theme
You’re probably not going to want to stick with the default theme. Luckily there’s many different themes available directly through WordPress and many more that can be purchased and downloaded by 3rd parties. The free and premium themes are constantly changing and the options are limitless. Under “Appearances” there’s a “Themes” tab. Within that tab, there’s a button to add new themes. This gets you to the theme selection screen that lets you search and choose anything currently available within WordPress.
Some themes have custom options and special homepages and functionalities. Others are more basic, and contain no custom options or features. Choose a theme that’s right for you and start building.
Integrate Your Cam Feed Into Your WordPress Site
Want to cam directly from your site? There are platforms out there that make it incredibly easy to add your chatroom directly to your WordPress site. Here’s the different integration options available.
Camazee is a platform for independent webcam models. It’s incredibly simple to add your Camazee chatroom to your WordPress site. In fact, they’ve got a WordPress plugin specifically for that. Camazee isn’t a camming site. You’re responsible for driving your own traffic. They do give webcam models a much higher payout because of that though.
More Info: Camazee – Add An Adult Chatroom To Your Site
Camgasm is a camming site developed by Chaturbate and build on the same technology. Unlike Chaturbate, however, Camgasm specializes in private chat and doesn’t allow any nudity in public, or on any of the profile images. Camgasm also features a really interesting CamScore that allows models to decide their payouts and site rankings.
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Chaturbate is one of the world’s most popular camming sites. Chaturbate also makes it insanely simple to add your chatroom directly to your website. Best of all, you make additional revenue from doing it! Your chatroom is automatically synced to their affiliate program. This means if new people signup to Chaturbate through your chatroom, you’ll receive an additional 20% from all their token purchases.
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Other Useful Configurations
Setting The Permalinks – You’re going to want to set the permalinks. This is an SEO issue. Setting the permalinks will help your pages rank higher in search engines such as google. Under “Settings” go to “Permalinks”. Choose “Post name”. The URL-structure of your pages will now look like the example on the settings page.
Creating A Menu – After you’ve created all the pages you want, it’s time to create a menu. Under “Appearances” there’s a “Menus” tab. This is where you create and define your menus. On the right will be a panel for selecting all the various pages that you want to add to the menu. Once you’ve created your menu, it’s very important that you define it! Depending on the theme, there might be multiple menu locations. You have to let WordPress know which menu should be displayed where. Screenshot below:
Removing Comment System – I personally don’t like the stock WordPress comment system. If you’d like a comment system on your blog, I’d highly recommend Disques or Google+ Comments. The stock comments get spammed up way too much and will require much regulation and moderating. To remove the comment system, go to “Settings” and “Discussions” in the admin area.
Sidebars and Widgets – Most themes have what’s called “Widgets”. Widgets are usually in the form of sidebars, but can also come in the form of footer sections, header sections and various other parts of the website. Which widget spaces are available depends entirely on the theme. To modify the widgets, go to “Appearance” and “Widgets”. There’s multiple predefined widgets, and a “Text” widget that accepts HTML. There are also plugins that can be added (see next section) that can make more widgets available. The widget screen is drag-and-drop. Simply drag the widgets from one panel to the other to add, delete and change position.
Plugins – WordPress has a robust 3rd-party developer community. These developers create the various themes and plugins available in WordPress. Plugins add extra functionality to the WordPress site. There’s plugins for social sharing, social automation, email marketing and more. To see what plugins are available, go to the “Plugins” tab on the admin bar and go to “add new plugin”. Simply type something in the search box to explore what’s available on WordPress.
And Your WordPress Site Is Up!
Congratulations on building your first WordPress site! Now it’s time to get some content added and build some traffic. Remember that anything you can do can be changed at a later time. If you’re trying to figure out how to do a certain thing in WordPress, there’s tons of resources out there and tons of WordPress tricks and hacks to make your site more functional.
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